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Old 04-22-2012, 07:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Rear Windshield Spontaneous Disintegration. Anyone else?

My neighbor borrowed my Insight and upon closing the trunk the rear windshield glass completely shattered. She is the goodest-yogi-vegeterian person on the universe so I have no doubt that she did not do anything wrong and that this was a fabrication defect on the glass that caused it to break when closing the trunk.

Has anyone else experienced something like this? Is this prevalent pathology?

Can anyone estimate the cost of the repair? Suggestions for a service? It's a 2010 with Navi in the Bay Area (94040).

Is there any chance to make a claim against Honda to get this repaired/paid for? Any advice on how to proceed?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-22-2012, 08:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Too many questions left unanswered. Year, miles, location, etc.

Fill in the blanks and maybe someone will respond.

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Old 04-23-2012, 08:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Good God-Fearing people are sometimes the slimiest, back-stabbing POS's that would make you want to hang out with the local occultist faction.

Sounds like she slammed the thing, IMO. Not what you want to hear, I understand that.

Never heard of anyone on here complain about spontaneously-disintegrating rear windshields.

EDIT: Hang on a second. There WAS one person here who had to have their rear windshield replaced. They said the glass looked distorted when you tried to look through it. But, it didn't bust or anything like that.
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Definitely haven't heard of that happening to anyone else. You can always try contacting Honda (Customer Service - the Official Honda Web Site). I imagine it's going to be an uphill battle, though...best of luck.

Out of curiosity, what shattered? The rear windshield (part that has the wiper on it), or the smaller, more vertical rear panel? I try to be pretty gentle with my doors and hatch, but other people (and myself, from time to time) occasionally close things a little forcefully, and I've never had a problem.
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I've had a side window shatter for no apparent reason while driving along. There's a whole Wiki page on this: Spontaneous glass breakage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I doubt it was your friend's fault. I would go to your insurance company, glass breakage should be covered under your comprehensive with no deductible.
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:50 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Same here, had the front passenger side window on my Prius shatter while driving down the freeway for no apparent reason? Do you have glass coverage on your car? I do and they replace any broken glass for no cost other then the $1-2 dollars it cost on my policy a month.
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:06 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for confirming that it does happen. I'm talking to Honda America tomorrow and crossing my fingers.

I have a high deductible insurance so I have to pay out of pocket for this; it works out in the long run but it stings when things like this happen.
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There is no deductible on glass breakage in my state, check with your Insurance company, there may be no deductible on glass.
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Default rear glass replaced

I had to replace my rear window when according to the police it looked like it had been shot with a BB. I had come home at night from a concert, it had been raining so I never heard anything. When I got up in the morning it looked like there was frost on the back window. But it was just a shattered window. The officer said it probably shattered when I had shut the door the previous night after it had been hit with the BB. Luckily I have $0 deductible on glass replacement. The bill from the glass co. was $701.00. Good luck with your case!
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I figure the shop jacked up the bill for the insurance company around 150-200 bucks. So paying for it yourself, you're looking at $500-550.
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