CAPA Approves Aftermarket Auto Glass Standard

The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) Technical Committee has approved the CAPA 801 Standard for the certification of automotive glass. The standard—which CAPA describes as the first in the industry for independently produced aftermarket glass—currently applies to windshields but may be expanded to include side and rear windows in the future. The standard contains requirements for materials, dimension and appearance. CAPA is an independent non-profit standard-setting and certification organization for automotive crash parts.

“In the past, fit and clarity were the primary concerns when using aftermarket glass; however, with the growing trend of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) being incorporated with automotive glass, considerations surrounding the functionality of ADAS equipment must be also made,” the association said in a press release. “Following feedback from the collision repair industry regarding the quality of aftermarket automotive glass, CAPA created the 801 Standard, which requires demonstrated compliance to applicable sections of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205, Glazing Materials, as well as ADAS-related hardware, appearance, materials and dimensional requirements not addressed by the Federal standard.”

The standard does not include requirements for glass installation.

“Our Technical Committee’s experience and expertise in standard development provides the industry the assurance of safe and quality aftermarket auto glass,” said CAPA Board Chair Clark Plucinski.

CAPA’s Technical Committee, led by Chair Nick Scheid of LNS & Associates, and Vice Chair Rod Enlow of RENlow Auto Technical Consulting, Inc., is responsible for CAPA’s Standard Development and approval, and is comprised of collision repairers, insurers, part distributors, manufacturers, and other industry experts.

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