Earles Glass
1204 South Brundidge Street
Troy, Alabama 36081
(334) 566-4343
Automotive Glass
Safety and News

In today's world it is important to be an informed consumer.  We would like to help you with that by providing useful information.  Below you will find some helpful information about automotive glass safety and news. 

Click here to see the ABC Special News Report on the importance of proper auto glass installment.

Windshield Worries
Alabama Traffic Crash Facts
For information  based on an October 2007 report of Indicators of Health Status in Alabama.  You can view the full report at
People Safe in Rollovers
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Click here for a series of article done by the owner of Earles Glass about windshield safety.
The U.S. fatality rate as a whole is 14.7 % per 100 000 ----Alabama's fatality rate  is 24.8 % per 100,000.

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Windshields play vital role in car safety

Click here to watch a video by KHAS-TV 5 about the importance of the windshield in the overall safety of an automobile during an accident.

2006 Alabama Fatality Statistics from the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Since 1972, highway fatalities have decreased even though the number of vehicles and vehicle miles driven has increased dramatically. However, deaths and catastrophic injuries due to roof crush and rollover have increased each year for the last 36 years. 
        By clicking here you may research automobile crash statistics of any state and any county in the state.The national crash fatality rate is 14.7%. Do you know what the fatality rate is for your state, for your county?  How does it compare with neighboring counties?
On January 11, 1971, Fisher Body began testing its passenger car roofs using the two-sided roof strength standard. Between January 11 and March 9, 1971, virtually all GM vehicles that were tested failed to meet the proposed roof strength test. On January 21, 1971, Ford began testing its passenger car roofs using the proposed two-sided roof strength standard. Between January 21 and March 6, 1971, all of Ford production vehicles that were tested failed to meet the proposed roof strength standard. Ford’s recommendation to pass the proposed two-sided roof strength standard was to “have the second test on the other front corner of the car removed or have the test load reduced 25 to 50%.” Between March and April 1971, GM, Ford and Chrysler each opposed the NHSB’s proposed two-sided static roof crush test. Despite knowledge to the contrary, the vehicle industry told the NHSB/NHTSA on April 5, 1971, that testing both sides of the roof was unnecessary. GM, Ford and Chrysler proposed a much weaker one-sided test, with a platen and a reduction in pitch angle. The NHSB/NHTSA accepted the vehicle industry’s word and revised the roof strength standard down by requiring the manufacturers apply a static load to one side of the vehicle.  In short, the vehicle industry duped the government into implementing a standard that their vehicles could already pass, not a standard that would actually protect people in a rollover. As such, on December 8, 1971, the NHTSA announced that FMVSS 216 was being created as a temporary alternative to FMVSS 208 rollover testing.
One of the easiest ways to improve roof strength is by keeping the front windshield and the rear back-lite glass from breaking out or popping out.   June 27, 1984, General Motors  -  Ivars Arums   
Windshield  Warning : Rust  Video
Most rust under and around the edges of a windshield is a result of an unsafe shortcut by a windshield installer.
    Rust is much like a cancer . It eats until it destroys the strength as well as the appearance and resale value of a vehicle. In an accident the windshield is much more likely to come out.

1190 people were killed and 49,271 people were injured in 139,347  reported crashes in 1997

1997 Traffic Facts ;   If You Are A Typical Driver In Alabama, There Is A 37.8% Probability That You Will Be Injured Or Killed Driving An Automobile During Your Lifetime!
1208 people were killed and 43,028 people were injured in 139,781 reported crashes in 2006

Based on 2006 data, if you are a typical driver in Alabama, there is a 52.60% probability that
you will be involved in an injury or fatal crash while driving an automobile in your lifetime.