Custom sunroofs are questionable in safety, but with JeeTops there is no question . JeeTops is more than just a sunroof, it is the factory Freedom Top hardtop that lets you enjoy the outdoors and gives you supreme safety in case of collisions. It is not off-roading if you can only see the roads. JeeTops give you the full view of where you are driving, elevating the whole off-road experience. JeeTops has become the gold standard for hardtops for Jeep’s Wrangler and Gladiator series.
These OEM hardtops come directly from Chrysler/Jeep and then using aircraft-grade, impact-modified acrylic panels, designed to be durable, reliable, and resilien are encapsulated into the factory tops with bomb grade structural silicon . While typical polycarbonate materials, like those used in ClearLidz, last four to five years, JeeTops aircraft grade impact modified T2 Plexiglass is designed to last for the life of the top .
The material is lighter, thicker, and strong enough to resist extreme stress. Despite all this, it doesn’t impact the vehicle’s aesthetics – it works like the cherry on top. Every JeeTops hardtop follows FMVSS regulations and uses OEM parts to maximize safety.
But what does this mean, and should you care?
FMVSS and OEM
Why They Are Essential for Panel Safety
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 118 specifies all requirements for roof panel systems, power-operated windows, and partitions in motor vehicles. This standard specifies requirements to reduce the risk of injury or death due to accidental, improper, or defective maintenance of roofs, windows, sunroofs, and panels.
The standard dictates that the power windows should not operate unless the vehicle is on. It means that the disabled windows prevent accidental closure that could injure someone. That is important because if the panels move accidentally or unintentionally, someone could get caught in the roof panel, which led to injuries. That is why following this standard is so important.
OEM stands for an Original Equipment Manufacturer, in other words, the manufacturer who knows equipment best. OEM parts are made by those manufacturers who have deep knowledge of that vehicle. It means the OEM parts are more reliable, efficient, and durable than regular parts. Their better compatibility (instead of altered aftermarket parts) makes them significantly safer with less risk of injury during extreme conditions.
JeeTops Meets All FMVSS and OEM Jeep Parts
JeeTops always stays up to date on all FMVSS and OEM standards. This gives you the surety of the most elevated level of safety from all the panels. Our goal is for everyone to enjoy the ride without feeling closed or worrying about issues faced with sunroofs.
For example, sunroofs shatter, sometimes due to heat, glass ones shatter in collisions, plastic ones image the view. Or, there are situations where sunroofs might open or close without someone pressing a button. The JeeTops FMVSS certification ensures you maximized safety.
There’s no such issue as unreliability with JeeTops factory freedom tops. As JeeTops gets materials directly from OEM manufacturer Chrysler/Jeep, our hardtops last long, and their quality doesn’t decline with time. JeeTops hardtops are impact-resistant and shatterproof. But sadly, this is not the case with our contemporaries.
Unfreedom Top Clearlidz and Panoramic Worldwide: A Possible Sunroof Explosion
Though Jeep Wrangler comes with paramount safety standards, sunroofs from Top Clearlidz and Panoramic Worldwide compromise it sometimes even makes it more dangerous. Specifically, with Panoramic Worldwide, there is a higher risk of sunroof explosion as they use regular household glass and remove all the structure out of the hard top . According to Consumer Reports, there has been a rise in reports of exploding sunroofs and those are factory and meeting the FMVSS standards.
Exploding sunroofs are sometimes even more dangerous than collision. If the car is in operation at the time of the sunroof explosion, the driver might lose control of the vehicle, leading to a severe accident. Furthermore, there is also a risk that the driver and passengers could suffer dangerous cuts, scrapes, and lacerations. It is not something that anyone expects to happen while driving.
Clearlidz is a single ribbed clear plastic panel which accomplishes a completely distorted acid trip view , and Panoramic Worldwide uses a heavy household glass(entirely different thing from FMVSS certified hardened automotive glass REQUIRED BY LAW)) glued to the freedom top that can easily explode under stress and will fly off in a collision or airbags going off since the removed all the structure of the top itself. They both don’t meet FMVSS and OEM safety standards, which makes them the unfreedom top. JeeTops not only meets OEM and FMVSS standards, but it is also using military-grade structural silicon in the encapsulation construction.
Rely on a JeeTops Hardtop for Your Jeep Wrangler or Gladiator
If you are looking for a durable, stylish, reliable hardtop for your JK or JL /JT Gladiator vehicle, make sure it meets all FMVSS and OEM standards. That is what you will get with a JeeTops factory Freedom Top panel. JeeTops ensures the safety of passengers and comes with a 5 year/50,000 mile warranty. JeeTop panels makes your JL/JT Gladiator factory Freedom Top lighter and stronger, and reduces the cabin temperature and road noise.
Quality is the second name of JeeTops™! From the custom-formed, impact-modified acrylic to our attention to detail, JeeTops™ design has been perfected with 30+ years of sunroof design experience and research with some hard work also put in there.
To learn more about our Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator hardtops, contact us today!