Power Windows

Power windows in vehicles have killed or injured thousands of children. It takes just 22 pounds of force to suffocate or injure an infant while power windows can exert an upward force of 30-80 pounds of force.





Child Tragedies

What goes up SHOULD go down.  Power windows have maimed and strangled thousands of children.  The anti-pinch or auto-reverse feature should be standard equipment on all power windows.  This problem is all too real.  These tragic stories are about children who were no match for over-powered power windows. 

Davin Knoll Yencey Ayala Steven Falkner Zoie Gates Samantha Leslie


Close Calls

Below are stories of just a few children who survived powered window related situations.

Samuel Mathis Mac Hergatt Savannah Smith Katie Ann, Delaney & Payton  


Fact Sheet

Power windows in automobiles have killed or injured thousands of children. Since 1990 over 50 children have been killed by power windows, with untold numbers of brain injuries and amputations of fingers, etc.; most of them to children age three or younger.

click here for the power window fact sheet


Charts, Statistics, Graphics

KidsAndCars.org makes available charts and graphs to be downloaded for free and are excellent education materials. We encourage you to share, print, copy, distribute, or enlarge them; but we ask that no changes be made.  Simply click on an image below to open a full PDF file of the chart.


Public Service Announcements

Heighten awareness about the dangers children face in and around motor vehicles with KidsAndCars.org’s Public Service Announcements.  Please encourage TV stations, hospital, doctor offices, public health offices, parenting classes, etc., to share this life-saving information.




Two-year-old dies after she was left in the car and got her head trapped in the power window

Daily News - Laura Cox

April 03, 2012

Safety experts have long been campaigning for auto-reverse sensors to be mandatory on vehicle power windows.

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Keep Your Kids Safe from Power Window Accidents

Pamela Reyhan, Allstate Auto Insurance

January 04, 2012

Power windows have the capacity to exert enough force to fracture or crush bones or even strangle a child. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study estimated that approximately 2,000 emergency room visits each year are caused by power windows.

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Power windows can be dangerously powerful for kids

Power windows can be dangerously powerful for kids

Injury Board BLOG - Craig Kelley

October 21, 2011

As we've written about before, child safety when it comes to cars is about a lot more than purchasing the correct child seat and teaching your kids about seat belt use. Cars are simply dangerous machines for kids to be around and far too many accidents involving kids and cars have nothing to do with a car crash, but happen in our own driveways or neighborhoods because of somewhat hidden hazards.

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Are Power Windows Dangerous for Kids?

Are Power Windows Dangerous for Kids?


June 24, 2011

There have been many stories about heatstroke, rollover accidents, even carbon monoxide poisoning. But have you heard about the potential dangers of power windows? Automatic reverse is an application for most elevators and garage doors. But what happens when something gets stuck in most power windows? It doesn't stop.

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Waldeck, Matteuzzi & Sloan Law Firm Service Day at KidsAndCars.org

Waldeck, Matteuzzi & Sloan Law Firm Service Day at KidsAndCars.org


March 23, 2011

KidsAndCars.org would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to Meagan, Lindsey, Jolie, Christopher, Marion and Brian from the Waldeck, Matteuzzi & Sloan, P.C. law offices for dedicating their time and effort to a volunteer service day at KidsAndCars.org national headquarters.

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Safety Agency Pulls Back on Power Window Rule

Safety Agency Pulls Back on Power Window Rule

New York Times (Wheels Blog) - Paul Stenquist

March 02, 2011

"We asked them not to issue the rule because it wouldn't have accomplished anything," said Janette Fennell of Kids and Cars, a safety advocacy group, in a telephone interview. "The way the rule was worded it would not have cost industry any money, nor would it have saved any lives."

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U.S. Regulators Scrap Automatic-Reverse Window Rule Proposal

U.S. Regulators Scrap Automatic-Reverse Window Rule Proposal

Businessweek - Angela Greiling Keane

February 28, 2011

U.S. auto-safety regulators said they'll scrap a proposed rule to require some car windows to automatically reverse if something such as a hand or head is in their way.

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Power Car Windows and Kids: Important Safety Info

Power Car Windows and Kids: Important Safety Info

AskPatty - Becky Scott

September 21, 2010

A study by Harris Interactive on behalf of KidsAndCars.org estimates over 13 million US adults have injured someone while closing a power window. And more than 22 million have been or know someone who has been injured in this fashion.

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Car Windows that kill;
The unseen dangers of automatic power windows

Car Windows that kill; The unseen dangers of automatic power windows

WSB Radio - Adam Goldfein

September 14, 2010

The news tells of dozens of stories of children who were strangled by automatic power windows a risk many people have never even considered. Here are three ways to keep your kids safe provided by Janette Fennel creator of Kids and Cars:

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The Car Accidents You Don

The Car Accidents You Don't Think About

Parenting Magazine - Jennifer Haupt

September 01, 2010

Every year tens of thousands of children are rolled over, caught in power windows, and even unintentionally left in vehicles. But these incidents are as preventable as they are upsetting. This is what every parent needs to know

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Below are studies specific to vehicle power window injuries and deaths.  There have been several studies published about vehicle power windows but there is still much to be learned.

KidsAndCars.org Auto Reverse Power Window Survey

2006 Spring Wave 2 Report: US Consumer Advanced Automotive Technologies Report

"Safeguarding of pinch and shear points on powerwindows by limitation of the closing velocity: A pilot study"

"A Study About Power Windows in Automobiles"

Injuries Associated With Hazards Involving Motor Vehicle Power Windows

Injuries Associated with Specific Motor Vehicle Hazards: Radiators, Batteries, Power Windows, and Power Roofs

Traumatic asphyxia in children

Accidental strangulation by a motor vehicle window