By now, most people have probably heard of the recent controversy over a new set of tinted window shutter shades, as well as a new trend in the home décor industry called window glaze.
The issue arose when a California woman sued her local home décorator for not properly tinting her home’s window, according to a local ABC affiliate.
The suit claimed that the home’s glass windows were tinted “so dark and so thin that they would never catch the light of day.”
“It is so dark that they cannot be seen,” she wrote.
The suit was eventually dismissed in a Los Angeles court, and the California State Legislature passed a law in 2014 requiring that window glazes in residential buildings must have a minimum of 5 percent tint to be deemed safe for use.
But even the minimum requirements are often not met, as evidenced by the fact that the number of people who have reported serious injuries from window tinting has jumped from just 1,500 in 2015 to 2,000 in 2016.
Tinting glass is becoming a hot topic again after a series of deadly car accidents in Florida.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 200 fatalities in the state between 2016 and 2018, compared to just 50 fatalities in 2017.
The increase is largely due to the increased number of tint-blocked cars, according the National Association of Tinted Glass Installers.
“The industry is doing everything it can to educate consumers,” the association’s director, Matt Purdy, told ABC News.
“People are learning that this stuff is not safe.”
One of the most common complaints about window glazed windows is that they can scratch, causing injury.
Tinting is the process of coating the glass with a clear material, which is supposed to reduce scratches and wear, while also keeping the window’s appearance clean and bright.
Tints that are too bright can make the glass appear a dull or lifeless color.
The number of reports of injuries related to window tinted windows has risen sharply in recent years, according a 2015 study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
“Tinted window glass, particularly those with low levels of UVB protection, may not be a desirable option for many homeowners,” the study found.
“This may lead to an increase in occupational injuries associated with the use of this type of window.”