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Sometime ago I posted a thread about few quirks that bothered me concerning feature design changes Honda (and most Asian carmakers) have made over the years.

One design change was from the older "toggle" style power window switch to the current generation "push/pull" or "lever" style. Well, I no longer feel this to be an issue, in fact I'm solidly in favor of the current design for good reason. I recently witnessed a neighbor's little girl almost strangle herself due to a bad window switch design.

While the old toggle style switch Honda previously used might not be as problematic it could potentially pose a risk under similar circumstances. The root cause can be traced to the current "rocker" style switches commonly used by domestic manufactureres here in North America.

When children crawl onto or lean on door armrests they can inadvertantly activate the window swtich. As you might imagine, without an auto-reverse mechanism the results can be tragic.

I bring this up as I recently witnessed a neighbor's child who almost asphyxiated herself as while I was talking to her parents from outside their vehicle.

They were all in the SUV getting ready to leave when the little girl's father stopped to ask me a question. Before any of us realized what happened she manged to close the window on her neck and was unconscious within about a half minute!

Since the truck was darkly tinted and she was on the opposite side, I didn't immediately see her. When I did finally realize what she did, I somehow (without thinking) managed to jump in and reversed the switch, lowering the window. After performing some CPR, we managed to revive her before the ambulance arrived. Pretty scary stuff, as I'm still shaking just thinking about it.

Several days later I heard something similar on the news and did some research online and found these interesting pieces:
http://vehicle-injuries.com/window-accidents.htm
http://www.ttla.org/ConsumerArticles/May2004/Window.htm
http://www.advanceautoparts.com/how...edia_html/dsm/DSM20030901PW/DSM20030901PW.htm

http://www.kidsandcars.org/

Bottom line, you won't ever hear me complain again about lever style window switches anymore! Also, use your window lock-out switch whenever you have young children in back. Should have known Honda (and other non domestic car makers) are using them for good reason. :bowdown:
 

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That is awful! CR reports the type of window switch in their assessment of safety now... at least they had an article about it. Scary to hear about an actual incident though - hope she's ok.
 

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damn that is scary
I'm the same way. I used to HATE the window controls like that but now they don't bother me.
 

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Wow...that's scary... Hope the little girl is gonna be ok..
 

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Damn, that is something I would never have thaught of ! I don't have kids, but heck if I did I wouldn't have realised that this was an issue, so I guess others wouldn't either? !! I don't think I have had a car where it used rocker switches so I am not sure of the standards here in Australia? One thing is sure though, American Manufacturers need to sharpen up their act !
 

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Another side note as a paranoid parent of two small boys..... before even starting the car, parents need to make sure all children are firmly buckled in their car seats. This situation might have been avoided if the child was buckled in prior to starting the SUV!

I'm glad to hear the little girl is OK.
 
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