Understanding the safety that a Genuine Volvo Windscreens provides
Did you know that your windscreen is one of the most important safety features in your Volvo? Not only does it have to ensure a perfectly clear and crisp view of what’s in front of you, but it is also part of the structural strength of the car.
The windscreen must be seen as a safety feature. However, it is not just the windscreen that is necessary to maintain safety integrity, the correct tools and installation are also required to be sure of a secure installation. Only Volvo installation methods will use a Genuine Volvo Windscreen replacement along with the accompanying adhesive.
Volvo's safety systems are designed to interact with each other and here at TMS Volvo, you can be assured we only use and fit Genuine Volvo Windscreens. It is very important that any replacement windscreen, along with any adjustments or repair of these key safety systems, is carried out using only genuine Volvo parts, together with the correct tools and following installation methods set out by Volvo.
All genuine Volvo windscreens have been tested to a specific set of requirements. These include its mechanical strength, light transmission, checks for any optical distortion or secondary imaging, colour identification and resistance to any temperature changes.
Volvo considers these specifications to be basic and goes much further in certain areas in order to support some of our advanced safety features.
Volvo’s Autonomous Safety Systems Rely on the Windscreen
Some safety systems are sensitive to both optical and geometric tolerances as well as glass thickness and mass. The City Safety software is configured for every specific windscreen variant. The correct function can only be guaranteed by a windscreen with correct features and tolerances in combination with the correct configured software.
When replacing a windscreen it is necessary to recalibrate the Forward Sensing Module using our diagnostic equipment (VIDA), in order to secure the functionality of Collision Warning with Full Autobrake and Pedestrian Detection.
Genuine Volvo Windscreens vs Aftermarket Windscreens
There are third-party or aftermarket windscreens available. For reasons of economy, common solutions have been developed by the third parties that ‘fit’ many different car lines. Only genuine Volvo windscreens have been made specifically for your model and there is no compromise to their fitment.
Using a genuine Volvo windscreen will ensure that the safety systems that are specifically dependent on the windscreen will continue to work as they were designed.
Factors differing Volvo original equipment parts from non-genuine parts:
Direct Glazing 2 Comp PUR Aftermarket adhesive - Tested and approved by Volvo Cars
Calibration After Windscreen Replacement
All windscreen replacements require calibration.
The windscreen is an important component for the structural strength of the car body.
Examples of risk factors:
Safety Systems Dependent on the Windscreen
Sensors, laser, radar & cameras. These safety features can be found on your Volvo in the windscreen, bumper and grille.