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Wednesday March 6

EPGAA Calls for Further Laminated Glass Research by NHTSA

DETROIT -- Michael Sanders, president, Enhanced Protective Glass Automotive Association (EPGAA) commented on recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) articles in the news:

"An association dedicated to educating the automotive industry about laminated glass systems for side and rear vehicle windows, the Enhanced Protective Glass Automotive Association (EPGAA) found a recent report released by NHTSA inconclusive. The report shows a risk of injury for belted occupants in vehicles containing laminated glass, when in fact, no belted passenger testing was conducted. The EPGAA is strongly urging NHTSA to further research the use of laminated glass in ejection studies on a more complete and regulatory level in an effort to affirm the life-saving potential of the technology."

The Enhanced Protective Glass Automotive Association (EPGAA) is educating the automotive industry about the benefits of new security and safety glass systems for side and rear vehicle windows. Playing a lead role in automotive development and security measurement activities worldwide, the EPGAA supports the automotive industry's goal of achieving total vehicle safety.

Laminated glass -- required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on front windshields -- is a safety glass, which does not shatter under strong forces, thus preventing most ejections through the windshield during collisions and rollovers. Laminated glass used in window positions other than the windshield is often called Enhanced Protective Glass (EPG). NHTSA uses the terminology, Advanced Glazing (AG), which includes laminated glass.

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