“I think it’s imperative that drivers know what type of glass [is on their car],” said Al Vangura, founder of Pittsburgh-based We Cut Glass, which manufactures and markets to first responders a specialized drill designed to quickly cut through laminated glass. “Knowing what your options are can make all the difference in those critical first seconds.”
You can do that simply by looking at the markings on the window itself.
Most car windows include a label in the lower right corner that will say either “tempered” or “laminated.” Sometimes the glass type will be represented by markings. “AS-1” means the glass is laminated, “AS-2” means the glass is tempered.
You can also roll the window down partially and look at it from above. Laminated glass will have a ridge at the top, while tempered glass will be smooth.
for the latest list of current models with standard laminated side windows.
“You need to ask those questions,” said Voight. “Find out when you buy a new vehicle what kind of glass you’ve got in your car. That simple piece of information could help you get out.”