Is FJ Cruiser Windshield Faulty?
Many in the
industry are disputing the story covered on WJLA/ABC Channel 7's website
yesterday regarding the possibility of faulty glass in the 2007 Toyota
FJ Cruiser (NAGS Part No. FW02652). While many note that they have replaced
numerous windshields in Toyota FJ Cruisers and that the design is a bit
different, most feel the damage has been caused by normal circumstances
Dave Hackett of Premier Auto Glass in Waukesha, Wis., notes that while
many consumers may bring the vehicle in thinking nothing exterior has
struck the windshield, often they don't realize the windshield has been
hit-not just with the FJ Cruiser but with other vehicles as well.
"Ninety-nine percent of consumers have no clue how a tiny, tiny
chip can cause a crack," Hackett says.
Despite the unforgiving structure, though, Duffy adds that he's yet to
see a broken FJ Cruiser windshield that hasn't been damaged by road debris.
"I've replaced 11 of them and all have had stone damage. I do work
for a very large Toyota dealership and have not replaced any under warranty
for stress or even seen any under question," he said.
One AGRR Forum poster agrees with Duffy.
"We replace 10 to15 a month," writes the poster. "It has
a very bad design, [and the] windshield is placed at a bad angle straight
up and down. We have not had any problems with stress cracks.
A representative from Bob's Auto Glass in Lawrenceburg, Ky., says the
shop has not yet replaced the FW02652.
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