Consumer group argues that power windows are an unrecognized hazard to children
On November 2, the KidsAndCars.org group challenged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to account more accurately for children injuries and deaths associated with power auto windows. It called for the universal application of an "auto reverse" feature on car windows to protect children. NHTSA responded that the risk to children is a "small, but persistent problem," not requiring government action. It estimates that car windows cause 1995 injuries to children annually, which it claims are "mostly minor," and six deaths. A 2003-4 study documented similar numbers, annually. Making the changes requested by KidsAndCars would cost less than $6 per window.