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Safelite Didn't Know Recalled Glass was Manufactured by Hangzhou, Company Reports

Safelite Auto Glass/Belron US spokesperson Jenny Cain says that the company was not aware that Auto Temp Inc. was sourcing the recently recalled glass parts from Hangzhou Safety Glass Ltd. in China when Safelite purchased the parts from Auto Temp. (CLICK HERE for related story.)

Ford Explorers manufactured between 2002 and 2008 are on NHTSA's list of vehicles possibly affected by the recall.

"We were not made aware that ATI was sourcing these parts from Hangzhou Safety Glass Ltd. (DOT 430)," she says. "Upon discovering the defects in the glass, and out of an abundance of caution, we promptly notified all glass suppliers that, until further notice, we will not accept any Hangzhou glass."

Cain adds that glass that Safelite manufactures itself at its Enfield, N.C., plant, endures extensive testing to ensure it is compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 205.

"With respect to glass we source from third parties, we expect and require all of our suppliers to comply with all relevant federal, state and local safety standards, including FMVSS 205," she says. "To the extent they do not, we reserve the right to seek reimbursement for any damages we incur."

This morning,™ was advised by an Auto Temp Inc. representative that company officials were in a meeting and may not wish to comment.

CLICK HERE for the full list of vehicles possibly affected by the recall from the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration.

CLICK HERE for a related story about glass imported from China.

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