The Potential Dangers Of Automatic Car Windows And How A Roll Of Paper Towels Can Help
As a parent, you do everything in your power to keep your child safe. This applies to all aspects of their life, including when you’re driving them places. You already know the importance of seat belts and car seats. But do you know about the hidden dangers of a vehicle’s automatic windows?
Founder and president of the Kids and Cars safety organization, Janette Fennell, reveals that it only takes 22 pounds of force to crush a child’s trachea. Scarily enough, the power windows found in all of our vehicles have between 30 and 80 pounds of force. Many vehicles also have the “one-up” feature, where tapping the automatic window button upwards will automatically put the window all the way up.
Janette set out to test if her vehicle’s windows had an “auto-reverse” function. She recommends placing a paper towel roll towards the top of the window frame and hitting the window up button. Some car windows will sense that there is something in the way, and automatically go back down (an important safety feature).
Parents should all test out this hack on their vehicles to determine whether or not the windows have this auto-reverse function. Otherwise, it’s extremely important to pay extra close attention to children and other passengers in your vehicle to ensure they don’t get stuck in between the window and the frame, which has the potential to be fatal.
To learn more about this and other vehicle safety tips, check out the video below.