Children can hurt themselves with power windows. Many kids are injured when a window closes on their finger, wrist, or hand. Some kids have been strangled by power windows.
- 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 and sunroofs.
- 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 window lock switch so that your children cannot play with the windows.
- All new vehicles will have “pull to close” switches, which 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.
- Some vehicles have power windows that automatically reverse when an object (such as your child’s arm or neck) is in the path of a closing window. Check both the individual vehicle rating pages on http://www.safercar.gov and your owner’s manual to see if a vehicle is equipped with this safety technology.