Z26.1 standard under fire
Officials at the National Glass Association, McLean, Va., have joined an industrywide effort to combat the revised Z26.1 Automotive Glazing Standard, urging members and those involved in the repair and replacement of automotive glass to submit comments to the American National Standards Institute recommending against its approval. All comments are due to ANSI by Dec. 24, 2007.
Specifically, the new Z26.1 standard states:
“7.3 Modified Glazing Markings: All modifications to the glazing materials made by someone other than the original glazing manufacturer shall be permanently marked on the glazing.”
Section 7.3 of Z26.1 is unreasonable, unfair to the public interest and totally unsuitable for national use, said Peg Stroka, manager of industry standards and auto glass, in a Dec. 4 letter to ANSI. “The Z26.1 [committee] has done nothing to demonstrate a need or purpose for marking the glass in its 7.3 recommendations. There can be only one reason to require permanent markings identifying each company who repaired one or more damages on a windshield and that is to discourage windshield repair and force consumers to choose the more costly option of replacing their damaged windshield,” she wrote.
To ensure such language is not included in the ANSI-approved version of the Z26.1 standard, NGA officials are encouraging industry members to request a free PDF copy of the standard from the Society of Automotive Engineers at 877/606-7323 and to express their concerns in letters addressed to John Turnbull, SAE ANSI Z26 Committee, 755 W. Big Beaver, Suite 1600, Troy, MI 48084, firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters should contain comments pertaining to the standard itself. The committee has no obligation to answer general complaints. For additional information on how to help in this effort, call Stroka at 717/558-0939 or write her at email@example.com.