How is it that Mercedes cars have plastic headlamp lenses?

I was shocked at this.

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  • Neil
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    Most, if not all, modern cars have plastic headlamp lenses.

    They are cheaper, less likely to break, lighter and offer better pedestrian protection than glass lenses.

    Glass headlamp lenses were pretty-much phased out during the 1990s.

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  • zipper
    Lv 6
    3 months ago

    WHY?  Most cars to day have plastic lens, it is very rare to fine one with glass any more, and those are most likely custom jobs! Plastic is far lighter than glass and they want to reduce weight, also it does not brake as easy as glass.

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Part of it is weight, Part of it is shatter resistant, part of it is resistance to rock chipping, part of it is so that those that stick their tongue out to lick the glass do not freeze their tongue to the car...on very cold glass.. They have done this since the 60's

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  • 3 months ago

    Lighter weight, better optically.

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  • JetDoc
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    Nearly ALL cars have plastic headlight lenses these days, Skippy. Plastic is actually stronger and less likely to be damaged than glass.

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    • Anon3 months agoReport

      Only thing harder, more scratch resistant is diamond, or sapphire, as used in Rolex watch crystals.
      Is plastic "moire resilient "? It would not use the word"stronger" to describe it.

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  • Jay P
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    Most cars do these days...

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  • 3 months ago

    So a pedestrian doesn't get cut to pieces in the event of an accident.

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    • Markus Imhof
      Lv 7
      3 months agoReport

      In your 80s chevy, the front part of the headlight actually had an optical function - in modern headlights, all the optics are way on the inside, the front part now only serves as mechanical protection. And for that, plastic is much more suitable than glass.

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  • 3 months ago

    weight considerations maybe

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  • 3 months ago

    All cars have plastic headlamp lenses. It's safer and they are more robust.

  • 3 months ago

    You won't be shocked if you own a Lamborghini Gallardo and 2020 Toyota Supra.

    Are you buying a c8 Corvette?

    • 3 months agoReport

      https://iternettips.blogspot.com/2019/10/10000rupey.html?m=1

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