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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “Reversible Power Windows” Are Not Necessary

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a study to determine the necessity of requiring vehicles to have reversible power windows as a safety requirements for passenger vehicles. The NHTSA determined that safety measures were already in place for the protection of children. These safety measures make it more difficult for a child to engage a power window. Unfortunately, even with safety measures in place, children are still being harmed or injured every year by vehicle power windows from strangulation and trauma. The NHTSA did recommend on some vehicles that reversible power windows which automatically reverse when an obstruction is sensed. The NHTSA reported that every year there are approximately 6 deaths and almost 2000 injuries from power windows. The technology is available to install reversible windows and the cost of such an important safety measure ($6 to $12 per window) seems to be minimal in light of the serious injuries and wrongful deaths that can be avoided through such a safety measure. You can read more about this important issue at NHTSA – Recommendations and Requirements as to Reversible Power Windows.

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