Volvo Car USA LLC has issued a statement that all windshield replacements on Volvo vehicles must be performed “according to Volvo standards at an authorized facility, using only Volvo Genuine Windshields and adhesives.”
“The Volvo windshield is an integral part of our vehicles. Not only does it provide an undistorted view, it serves as a critical structure component on the vehicle,” the company states.
The many variants in aftermarket windshields cannot be verified by Volvo as being manufactured to exact Volvo specifications. When replacement is necessary, Volvo’s company statement says only Volvo Genuine Windshield and installation materials are to be used “so as not to compromise any structural integrity, nor any Volvo safety systems that are dependent on the windshield, such as optical, distance and radar-based systems.” If installed by a Volvo facility, Volvo can ensure recalibration is performed.
“In addition, using Volvo-specified adhesives will ensure proper bonding of the windshield to the vehicle’s body providing the same strength qualities as if assembled at the factory, providing a minimal safe drive-away time once installed.”