The Importance of OEM Windshield Replacement Honda and Acura Vehicles

The Importance of OEM Windshield Replacement

Honda and Acura Vehicles

Although your windshield may seem like it’s just a piece of glass, it plays a significant role in the safety and stability of your vehicle. The windshield helps support the roof and structural integrity of the cabin and contributes to the overall rigidity of the frame. In modern vehicles, many windshields also contain vital Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) components like sensors and cameras that aid safety features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Warning. 

With this in mind, American Honda recently released a statement about the importance of using Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) replacement parts, including windshields, in Honda and Acura repairs. Whether you need to replace your windshield or are just curious about the difference between OEM and non-genuine parts, here’s a look at why choosing an OEM replacement windshield is a smart choice. 

What Are OEM Windshields?

During the manufacturing process, automakers have suppliers bid for the privilege of providing auto glass for their vehicles. The winning supplier earns the title of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and gains the right to craft the glass precisely according to the carmaker’s specifications.

When auto glass manufacturers receive OEM approval, it speaks volumes about the caliber of their windshields. OEM auto glass makers uphold the rigorous standards set by car manufacturers, which ensures they’re of impeccable quality. Opting for an OEM windshield guarantees that the replacement will have the exact same safety features, fit, and finish as the vehicle’s original windshield.

On the other side of the spectrum is aftermarket auto glass, also known as Original Equipment Equivalent (OEE) glass. This type of glass is crafted by independent auto glass makers without the official license of manufacturers like Honda. There are also legal restrictions that prevent them from creating exact replicas of OEM glass, which results in noticeable differences, including glass thickness, shape, fit, and even tint. Although aftermarket auto glass may meet or exceed the minimum safety standards established by the Department of Transportation, it doesn’t match up to the stringent OEM standards.

Choosing the Right Windshield Matters

American Honda’s message is clear: when it’s time to replace your windshield, go for the OEM option. These windshields are designed and manufactured to match your Honda or Acura’s exact specifications. Not only will it look like your original factory windshield, but it will also preserve your vehicle’s original aerodynamics, structural integrity, and ADAS safety features. In contrast, aftermarket windshields can lead to potential problems like a poor fit, leaks, reduced protection during collisions, or failed ADAS calibrations.

It’s also important to keep your vehicle’s warranty in mind. If you choose a non-genuine windshield, your warranty may not cover the necessary repairs. American Honda wants to protect your investment, and that’s why they recommend sticking with OEM windshields. It’s not just about the windshield; it’s about safeguarding your vehicle’s value and ensuring your peace of mind.

For Quality Windshield Replacement, Turn to Lucky Dog Auto Glass

American Honda’s recent emphasis on OEM windshields for Honda and Acura vehicles underscores the importance of quality and safety. Your windshield isn’t just a part—it’s an integral element of your safety and overall driving experience. 

However, it’s not just about glass quality; the quality of your installation matters too. As a local, family-owned business, Lucky Dog Auto Glass takes your safety seriously. Our trained technicians ensure your windshield fits perfectly and is installed to the highest safety standards. Ultimately, the type of glass you choose will likely come down to cost and personal preferences. Our team is happy to offer recommendations to help you choose a windshield that meets your needs and budget. Contact us at 253-569-9403 for a free estimate or send us a message online.

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