Power Windows and Kids: A Dangerous Combination

March 30, 2014 @ 12:55 PM
posted by Wender & Roberts

power-windowsChildren can hurt themselves when using or playing with a vehicle’s power windows. Many kids are injured when a window closes on their fingers, wrist or hand. Some children have been strangled by power windows. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has these tips to help keep kids safe:

  • Never leave your children alone in a vehicle for any reason.
  • Teach your children not to play with window switches.
  • Teach your children not to stand on passenger-door arm rests.
  • Properly restrain your children in car seats or seat belts to prevent them from accidentally activating power windows.
  • Look and make sure your kids’ hands, feet and head are clear of windows before raising the windows.
  • Never leave the key in the ignition or in the “on” or “accessory” position when you walk away from your car.
  • If available, activate the power-windowlock switch so that your children cannot play with the windows.

All new vehicles will have “pull-to-close” switches, which, as their name indicates, require you to pull up on them to close the window. Older vehicles may have window switches that a child can accidentally step or put weight on, easily causing a window to close.

 

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