Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC (FCA) released a position statement on auto glass replacement, which states only “authentic Mopar glass is designed, engineered, manufactured and tested to the FCA US LLC internal and government-mandated standards and is the only equivalent to [a vehicle’s] originally installed glass.” FCA also stated a vehicle’s front facing camera must be recalibrated once its windshield is replaced.
“If your vehicle’s windshield is equipped with a forward facing camera (typically integrated in the rearview mirror assembly), the camera must be recalibrated after the windshield has been installed,” a portion of the position statement reads.
The auto maker also said it does not approve of or recognize glass replacement procedures where authentic Mopar parts are not used for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and FIAT vehicles.
“Aftermarket glass manufacturers may represent their products as Original Equipment Equivalent (OEE). No supplier is authorized to utilize FCA US LLC tooling, test equipment or intellectual property in the development or production of aftermarket glass. Aftermarket windshields and mouldings are often made with materials that do not adhere to FCA US LLC performance standards,” a portion of the position statement reads.
Any repairs performed not using Mopar replacement auto glass and not following published repair procedures may expose current or future vehicle owners to unnecessary risk, according to FCA’s statement.
FCA included a list of authentic Mopar glass characteristics, and some of the items listed were:
- Glass coatings that provide ultraviolet protection and in-cabin heat reduction.
- Glass may be equipped with enhanced acoustic dampening technologies integrated into the glass assembly.
- Glass must work with various Advanced Driver Safety System electrical components, including cameras, rain sensors, antennae and heating elements.