NHTSA Proposes New Power Window Safety Standard
August 28, 2009

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed a new safety standard for power windows. The standard is aimed at minimizing the likelihood of death or injury from the accidental operation of power window systems.

The standard would require power windows and panels on motor vehicles to reverse direction automatically when they detect an obstruction to prevent children or others from being trapped, injured or killed, according to an announcement from the NHTSA.

The NHTSA developed the proposed standard as a result of the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007, which directed NHTSA to develop such a standard, or to submit a report to Congress as to why such standards were not prescribed and to publish a list of vehicles that are not equipped with automatically reversing windows.

NHTSA proposes the requirement of automatic reversal systems on "express-up" or "one-touch closing" windows (those that close without continuous activation of the window operator), according to the release.

"We believe that this is an efficient, targeted rule that would close this gap in our power window safety requirements," writes NHTSA. "We are also seeking comments on a broader requirement for automatic reversal systems, and could include such a requirement in a final rule."

CLICK HERE for a current draft of the NHTSA's proposal, as of August 28.

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