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Parts Numbers for Recalled Glass Released; Industry Continues to Look for Answers in Recall

Sources have told magazine that the parts in question in the Safelite/Belron US glass recall are as follows: NAGS No. DB10077YPY, DB10533YPY and DB10545GTY. The parts were supplied to distributors, including Safelite, by Auto Temp Inc. in Batavia, Ohio. They originally were manufactured by Hangzhou Safety Glass Ltd. (DOT 430) (CLICK HERE for related story).

Likewise, sources report that many shops were notified in November by Pilkington that there was an issue with these parts. At press time, Pilkington had not responded to's calls for comment.

Still, many are asking, what happened? Last week, Safelite noted in a statement to magazine that it depends on its glass suppliers to test the parts (CLICK HERE for related story).

But what happens when glass such as this makes it to a retail shop?

One Midwest glass shop representative who wished to remain unidentified says his company checks for the DOT number, and, if it's available, assumes the glass is suitable to install.

"Retail glass suppliers expect any glass that has a DOT number on it to meet all of the FMVSS requirements," he says.

He adds that if the onus were on the retail shop to check the glass for compliance with FMVSS 205, it would be very difficult for shops to handle this cost.

"There are very few retailers that could afford to test glass as we buy it," he adds.

At press time, Auto Temp Inc. was in the process of preparing a statement, and hoped to have it available to by January 23, 2008.

Likewise, officials from Hangzhou had not yet responded either to an e-mail from magazine about this issue.

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