Acknowledges Latest Glass Recall
National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has acknowledged
the recall filed by Process Polymers Development (PPD) for a piece
of glass from DOT 430 and DOT 628. The Clinton Township, Mich.-based
company filed the recall in early March, after discovering that
the tempering levels on the glass did not meeting Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 205. (CLICK
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The part involved in the recall is FB20415 ZPY, the replacement
backlite for the 1999-2003 Lexus RX 300. Hangzhou Safety Glazing
Ltd. holds DOT No. 430, and Hebei Tongyong Glass Inc. holds DOT
In the report, the company notes that it received the glass in
two shipments; the DOT No. 628 product arrived at PPD on October
10, 2006, and the DOT No. 430 product arrived on October 17, 2007.
"These two shipments are the only shipments of DOT No. 430
or DOT No. 628 glass that have been used by PPD
The recall affects approximately 931 pieces of glass, according
to the report; at the time of the filing, 508 units had been quarantined
(at various customers of PPD's).
PPD writes that when the glass was tested, after the company learned
of the similar, voluntary recalled issued by Safelite in December
HERE for related story), it found that "the subject glass
may not have been sufficiently tempered by the prime glazing manufacturer
to insure that all fracture particles generated by the fracture
test are smaller than the required maximum particle size of 4.3
grams (0.15 oz.) per particle."
Like Safelite's, PPD's recall of the suspect glass also was voluntary.
The company also includes in the report the full record of its testing
on the backlites, which showed that all 10 samples tested of the
part, from each DOT No., failed the test, which checked for tempering
PPD reports that it purchased the glass from Wholesale Glass Automotive
Inc. in Paterson, N.J., the same company that is reported to have
sold the suspect glass from DOT 630 to one of Safelite's suppliers,
Auto Temp Inc. in Batavia, Ohio. Repeated attempts to reach Wholesale
have been unsuccessful.
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