After years of searching for a solution to car glass, consumers have finally found one, as a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that nearly one in three Americans has experienced car glass that is “unacceptable”.
The IHS’ report, which examined more than a million claims from 2009 to 2015, showed that more than two-thirds of all the cars sold in the US had some type of car glass.
The study also showed that two-fifths of consumers who had experienced car window tinting reported it to their insurance provider in the past two years, which the insurance industry has deemed an unacceptable practice.
According to the IIHS, people who have experienced car tinting are three times more likely to experience the type of injuries that are typically associated with those who have sustained a serious car accident.
“Insurers should not be required to cover the cost of covering an accident that could be avoided by avoiding certain types of windshields,” said Daniel Lebow, IIHS president and chief executive.
In a statement to Al Jazeera, Insurance Institute of Highway Safety chief executive Brian Lott said the study showed that the industry is working to find a solution.
“There are many more people in the world with car glass in their windshields than we think,” Lott told Al Jazeera.
“It is important that insurers understand the value of having that protection in their insurance policies and provide it to people who need it most.”
A number of insurance companies have come under fire for refusing to cover car window coating, however, and this has not deterred consumers from seeking coverage for their windshield repairs.
“I am more interested in the benefits of a safe windshield,” one person told the Insurance Research Center in a survey.
Another consumer who said that his windshield had been damaged by glass was quoted a $500 premium.
“If you have glass that breaks and you don’t take care of it and if it is still in your car, that’s a pretty bad deal,” the person said.
“They have the opportunity to get their money back, but I have to go with that option.”
The IIHS study found that people who purchased a new vehicle between March 2009 and March 2015 were the most likely to report experiencing car glass on their windshield.
In the two years after that, the number of Americans who had been injured by glass in the car glass market increased by more than 50%, from 14% to 17%.
In the three years after the study began, the rate of car window injuries increased by about 40%, from 7% to 11%.
The IIH found that in 2014, more than half of all car glass injuries occurred in states with laws requiring a mandatory minimum age of 21 for new vehicles.
Insurers have argued that these laws protect drivers from injury when driving under the influence.
But the IIH study found there is no evidence that age limits prevent car glass from breaking.
The IHI study found the average cost of car tint repairs was $3,200, while insurance companies were charging an average of $12,800 for a similar service.
In 2015, there were more than 4.7 million vehicle repair claims.
Insurance companies claimed an average $1,942 in claims, while insurers said an average amount of money was owed on the repair bills of $1.4 billion.