CAPA Announces New Standard for Auto Glass

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Sept. 17, 2019—The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) has announced its technical committee has approved the CAPA 801 Standard for the certification of automotive glass.

The standard currently applies to windshields but may be expanded to include side and rear windows in the future.

In the past, fit and clarity were the primary concerns when using aftermarket glass; however, with the growing trend of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) being incorporated with automotive glass, considerations surrounding the functionality of ADAS equipment must be also made.

Following feedback from the collision repair industry regarding the quality of aftermarket automotive glass, CAPA created the 801 Standard, which requires demonstrated compliance to applicable sections of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205, Glazing Materials, as well as ADAS-related hardware, appearance, materials and dimensional requirements not addressed by the Federal standard.  The standard does not include requirements for glass installation.

CAPA’s Technical Committee, led by chair Nick Scheid of LNS & Associates, and vice chair Rod Enlow of RENlow Auto Technical Consulting, Inc., is responsible for CAPA’s Standard Development and approval, and is comprised of collision repairers, insurers, part distributors, manufacturers, and other industry experts. 

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