Power Windows and Kids: A Dangerous Combination
Children 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.