Advocates Say Technology Exists to Prevent Accidents
By Greg Schneider
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 24, 2004; Page A01
At least seven children have died nationwide in the past three months by getting strangled in automobile power windows, prompting safety advocates to charge the auto industry and the government with dragging their feet in making relatively simple changes to reduce the danger.
Safety agency will require safer switches after growing number of deadly accidents
September 13, 2004
By Jeff Plungis / Detroit News Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON – Federal auto safety regulators will unveil new rules Monday calling for safer power window designs.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Thursday, September 30, 2004
After one of the most amazing delays in the history of auto safety, the federal government has finally decided to require automakers to make it harder for small children to kill themselves by accidentally raising power windows.
Starting in October 2008, all light- passenger vehicles sold in the United States must have power-window switches that are "resistant to accidental activation."
On January 15, 2004, CAS petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to reconsider a final rule issued December 1, 2003, regarding Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 301, "Fuel Systems Integrity." The CAS petition cited a number of inadequacies in the new rule, and made recommendations for changes that would truly protect occupants from fire-related trauma. In the petition, CAS noted the following:
For more than thirty years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has had the opportunity to prevent power window incidents inflicting death and injury by requiring manufacturers to install proper preventive mechanisms, but has neglected to do so. These tragedies could have been prevented had manufacturers been required to install fail-safe technology to ensure that occupants could not be trapped in rising windows.
Arthur L. Yeager, DMD, MMH
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June 16, 2006
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