Power Window Entrapment Accidents Pose Serious Risk to Small Children


December 04, 2011

Motor vehicles pose a number of risks for children, which includes but is not limited to being the leading cause of death for children according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Motor vehicles cause the death of over 1,300 children under the age of 14 and result in injury to another 184,000 children annually.

While seat belt laws, improved vehicle safety and more reliable child safety restraints have helped make children safer in cars, trucks and SUVs, there are areas of vehicle safety that have not improved significantly. Most parents are not even aware of dangers like power window entrapment.

Children may be injured in entrapment accidents involving power windows. Most new vehicles come equipped with power windows. Every year dozens of children are strangled, trapped, suffocated and/or killed by an accidental activation of an electric power window in a motor vehicle. Small children do not necessarily understand how these features function. If children are not closely supervised, they may lean out the window and become entrapped if they activate the power window switch resulting in a serious entrapment accident. When a child is entrapped this way, the child may not be able to reverse the window back down and may suffer serious injury or even fatal strangulation.

Most vehicle owner’s manuals offer no more than a brief, vague warning about children left in a car with the keys in the ignition. These cryptic references in vehicle owner’s manuals do not provide an adequate warning of the risk posed by power windows due to the accidental activation of the power window button by a child, which can result in entrapment of the child's head, neck or body. Most owners’ manuals do not even provide a brief reference to the danger of window entrapment resulting in severe injuries including choking, strangulation and wrongful death.

The auto industry has been aware of the entrapment danger associated with power windows for decades. Vehicle manufacturers have been informed of hundreds of window entrapment accidents but have yet to make safety changes to reduce the risk of power window entrapment of children. The danger of power window entrapment is even more serious because once the button has been activated a window can close in a couple of seconds. Many times parents leave the ignition on to listen to the radio so even turning one’s back for a few seconds may result in a serious power window entrapment accident. Fortunately, many new vehicles use lift style power window buttons to reduce the risk of automatic activation resulting in potentially fatal strangulation accidents.

Unfortunately, many vehicles still have power window buttons that are highly susceptible to inadvertent activation with no safety measures or warnings to prevent accidental window entrapment. If your child or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle window entrapment incident, the experienced defective products attorneys at Montlick and Associates have been advocating on behalf of the victim’s of defective vehicles for over 27 years.

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Category: Personal Injury

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