Windshield cracks?

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  1. IROCUBabe

    IROCUBabe Road Train Member

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    Passenger side front windowshield has a cross crack about 1 long by 1 foot wide in the very center. We would prefer to deliver then fix, is this a dot violation?
     
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    Correct, Smitty. If any 2 cracks intersect with one another it is an automatic O/O/S no matter what the location.
     
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    Hmm, well its a cross hair looking crack, intersects at the point of impact and goes outward. I will get with the co to let them know that it is an OOS violation are they SURE they want me to wait till I get to a term.
     
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    As long as it is not on the drivers side and/or interferes with the drivers vision DOT could care less.
     
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    You mean the crack length doesn't come into play on big rigs? I think it was Va. that was 6" for cars years back.
     
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    I posted a link above. Nothing in the rules says it can't cross the drivers vision.

    As long as another crack does not intersect.
     
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    This has come up again, this time it is a 3' long crack it extends from the middle of the windshield and has slowly grown in less then 12 hours to be nearly touching the end of the driver side of the windshield, this crack is in the field of vision although I wouldn't necessarily say it interferes with it it is in the middle there. It is hairline crack, caused by the cold. It does not intersect another crack, is it a OOS violation?
     
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    if i recall correctly, any crack more than 6" is a OOS.
     
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    This is what I found for windshields with cracks

    https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/title49/section/393.60


    § 393.60: Glazing in specified openings.



    (a) Glazing material. Glazing material used in windshields, windows, and doors on a motor vehicle manufactured on or after December 25, 1968, shall at a minimum meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 205 in effect on the date of manufacture of the motor vehicle. The glazing material shall be marked in accordance with FMVSS No. 205 (49 CFR 571.205, S6).

    (b) Windshields required. Each bus, truck and truck-tractor shall be equipped with a windshield. Each windshield or portion of a multi-piece windshield shall be mounted using the full periphery of the glazing material.

    (c) Windshield condition. With the exception of the conditions listed in paragraphs (c)(1), (c)(2), and (c)(3) of this section, each windshield shall be free of discoloration or damage in the area extending upward from the height of the top of the steering wheel (excluding a 51 mm (2 inch) border at the top of the windshield) and extending from a 25 mm (1 inch) border at each side of the windshield or windshield panel. Exceptions:

    (1) Coloring or tinting which meets the requirements of paragraph (d) of this section;

    (2) Any crack that is not intersected by any other cracks;

    (3) Any damaged area which can be covered by a disc 19 mm ( 3/4inch) in diameter if not closer than 76 mm (3 inches) to any other similarly damaged area.

    (d) Coloring or tinting of windshields and windows.Coloring or tinting of windshields and the windows to the immediate right and left of the driver is allowed, provided the parallel luminous transmittance through the colored or tinted glazing is not less than 70 percent of the light at normal incidence in those portions of the windshield or windows which are marked as having a parallel luminous transmittance of not less than 70 percent. The transmittance restriction does not apply to other windows on the commercial motor vehicle.

    (e) Prohibition on obstructions to the driver's field of view —(1) Devices mounted at the top of the windshield.Antennas, transponders, and similar devices must not be mounted more than 152 mm (6 inches) below the upper edge of the windshield. These devices must be located outside the area swept by the windshield wipers, and outside the driver's sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals.

    (2) Decals and stickers mounted on the windshield.Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspection decals, and stickers and/or decals required under Federal or State laws may be placed at the bottom or sides of the windshield provided such decals or stickers do not extend more than 115 mm (4 1/2inches) from the bottom of the windshield and are located outside the area swept by the windshield wipers, and outside the driver's sight lines to the road and highway signs or signals.



    Citation: [63 FR 1387, Jan. 9, 1998]
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