Have lived in Phoenix for 6 years, driven 5 different cars and NEVER had a cracked windshield. Only have 700 miles on my beautiful new Element and it has a crack from the base to the center of the windshield! Definitely seems like an Element problem - will report to both Honda NA & my dealer.
lost the first one to something so small it would be embarassing to call it a stone. that was @ 1500 mi. . turned into big crack and had to be replaced.
second windshield was hit by a small stone and put a one half in. star crack in upper left side. not spreading, so not replacing till this mess gets sorted out.