Ford Motor Company’s new Ford Certified Glass Network (FCGN) requires that all companies installing glass be accredited members of the Auto Glass Safety Council. The company designed the initiative to ensure that glass installation and calibration on Ford and Lincoln vehicles are performed to the highest quality standards.
According to the company’s On Target magazine, the network will prepare Ford-certified glass installers to meet emerging requirements for proper glass installation. According to Ford, an annual enrollment fee provides installers access to the Ford Workshop Manual, and an assessment by a third-party specialist to ensure proper tools, equipment and training are utilized.
Also included are calibration training, access to technical support, storefront signage and a partner vehicle purchase program. The latter allows purchases or leases of eligible Ford or Lincoln vehicles at non-negotiated discounted rates approved by the company. Lastly, FCGN includes a Ford glass installer locator that will direct customers to certified facilities.
“With ADAS technology now integrated directly into windshields, we need to ensure glass technicians are prepared to provide safe and proper installations and calibrations, especially as ADAS—as well as other features, including head-up displays and SoundScreen® acoustic glass—become more prominent,” says Ford Collision Network manager Dean Bruce. “Ford is dedicated to helping assure our customers have access to a network of glass installers who demonstrate a commitment to providing quality glass installation and calibration on Ford and Lincoln vehicles.”
The magazine also notes that FCGN and the Ford Certified Collision Network are two separate entities. Dealers and shops may enroll in both, or one or the other.
See the FCGN website for more information.