Recalled by PPG Supplier Also Came from WGA, PPG Reports
The suspect glass parts recalled recently by Process Polymers Development
(PPD) were sold to them by Paterson, N.J.-based importer Wholesale
Glass Automotive (WGA), according to PPG's Doug Sharbaugh, manager,
supply chain, for the North American automotive aftermarket. (CLICK
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Wholesale is the same company associated with selling the parts
Safelite recalled recently to Auto Temp Inc. in Batavia, Ohio, which
in turn sold the parts to Safelite (CLICK
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|PPD recently issued a recall for the windshield
for the Lexus RX 300, model years 1999-2003, from DOT 430 and
PPG had recently reported that the part, FB20415 ZPY from DOT 630
and DOT 628, did not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
with regard to its tempering level.
"The shards were larger than allowable by the standard," Sharbaugh
Sharbaugh notes that after Safelite announced its recall, PPG
learned it had purchased glass that came from the same manufacturer
involved in that recall (Hangzhou Safety Glazing Ltd.).
"After Safelite's announced recall, we learned that we, too, had
glass that was labeled with DOT 430 and started testing the product,"
he says. "At the same time, we learned that the same part number
had been received with DOT 628 markings and we felt compelled to
test both products for this characteristic. The testing was done
according to the ANSI Z26.1 testing requirements."
Hebei Tongyong Glass Industrial Co. Ltd. holds DOT 628.
While the recall notice has not yet been posted on NHTSA's website,
Sharbaugh says the filing was sent to NHTSA on March 4.
As for those that purchased the glass, PPG is in the process of
"PPG will be directly contacting customers that purchased these
part numbers with the DOT 430 and DOT 628 markings from PPG and
its affiliates with further instructions," he adds.
At press time, officials from neither Hangzhou nor Hebei were available
for comment, and efforts to reach Wholesale had been unsuccessful
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