Most vehicles on the road today use either laminated or tempered glass for their windows. Laminated glass is used for windshields, while tempered glass is used for the rear window and the front and rear door windows. Laminated glass is made up of two pieces of glass with a thin layer of vinyl between them, while tempered glass is hardened and four to five times stronger than untreated glass. Both types of glass are designed to reduce the likelihood of injury in the event of an accident.
Tempered glass is more susceptible to breakage than laminated glass, and when it does break it is designed to disintegrate into small pieces the size of rock salt. Laminated glass, on the other hand, has a century-old fool-proof design that consists of two strong glass sheets sandwiched together with a layer of polyvinyl butyral in the middle. In severe impact situations, the glass “breaks” but usually does not separate because broken pieces adhere to the vinyl inner liner. Automotive glass is also used for sunroofs and is designed to be UV-resistant so passengers can enjoy natural light without harmful UV rays.
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