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Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« on: January 28, 2017, 08:19:25 AM »
Click on the picture for an explanation.  Thought this was interesting.  Let's hope no one ever has to use this knowledge.

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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2017, 08:24:00 AM »
I have seen that before, but the headrests in many cars are NOT detachable. So...

But here is a fact.. And you can easily verify it (Watch a Safelight commercial where the technician is installing the windshield on a car)

Windshields are simply SET IN to a rubber gasket with a bit of adheasive to both seal and hold.. It is fairly easy to push it back out.. Feet work for this.  Very little chance of the glass breaking unless it is already cracked.
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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2017, 08:29:14 AM »
You really need to check with Snopes before spreading BS as obviously wrong as this.

http://www.snopes.com/car-headrests-emergency-escape/
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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2017, 11:58:17 AM »
Tom, it does say "not deliberately designed" but I know in my car mine are sharp and probably could break a window. That would mean me remaining calm enough to get headrest off and remembering in the first place.
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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2017, 12:02:53 PM »
Tom, it does say "not deliberately designed" but I know in my car mine are sharp and probably could break a window. That would mean me remaining calm enough to get headrest off and remembering in the first place.
Yes but how often have you been trapped inside a car and the door releases all failed at the same time? It is just a solution to a problem that does not exist.
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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2017, 12:17:07 PM »
We had tactical flashlights with a tiny steel ball attached on the end cap for breaking vehicle side and rear windows. Now I've seen them in stores for sale. Good to have especially if you live near water, such as the canals in florida.
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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2017, 01:07:31 PM »
Yes but how often have you been trapped inside a car and the door releases all failed at the same time? It is just a solution to a problem that does not exist.

It's not just door releases, Tom. In an accident (crash, actually) damage can occur such that no door will open, especially if the car is on its side blocking one side from opening with damage on the other side. Doesn't happen often to any particular person, but if you need it ONCE...
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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2017, 01:14:33 PM »
If you're really concerned, keep a spring loaded punch in your center console. Nothing has been invented that will take out a side window faster.
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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2017, 01:53:21 PM »
It's not just door releases, Tom. In an accident (crash, actually) damage can occur such that no door will open, especially if the car is on its side blocking one side from opening with damage on the other side. Doesn't happen often to any particular person, but if you need it ONCE...
How often does this happen? Windows can be rolled down pretty easy.
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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2017, 04:38:57 PM »
I gave each one of the guys  on my ladder truck spring loaded center punches for Christmas one year. They will take out side and rear windows, usually with one pop. Windshields are two pieces of glass with a sheet of plastic laminated between them to prevent them from shattering during a wreck. Standard procedure for a vehicle extrication was to stabilize the car and then take out every window not already broken before you started cutting, braking, or otherwise tearing asunder. The center punch made quick work of the windows and if needed, the windshield was cut out with a sawz-all. With electric windows and door locks becoming the norm, it's not unusual to be unable to lower the windows if the impact was enough to interrupt the power from the battery.
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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2017, 06:21:35 PM »
Let's hope none of us is never in the position of needing any of these things, but at least we know of the options out there if we do. I think the punch sounds like a good idea,  after all, we all have insurance and that's just another type of insurance  :D
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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2017, 11:47:33 PM »
How often does this happen? Windows can be rolled down pretty easy.

Happens all the time...hence most first responders have these available:

  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydraulic_rescue_tools

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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2017, 05:26:39 AM »
First of all, don't believe everything you read on Snopes and Wikipedia. Both highly edited sites.

I gave each one of the guys  on my ladder truck spring loaded center punches for Christmas one year. They will take out side and rear windows, usually with one pop. Windshields are two pieces of glass with a sheet of plastic laminated between them to prevent them from shattering during a wreck. Standard procedure for a vehicle extrication was to stabilize the car and then take out every window not already broken before you started cutting, braking, or otherwise tearing asunder. The center punch made quick work of the windows and if needed, the windshield was cut out with a sawz-all. With electric windows and door locks becoming the norm, it's not unusual to be unable to lower the windows if the impact was enough to interrupt the power from the battery.

Excellent points.
Windshields are considered a structural part of the vehicle. It is constructed as a laminated safety part consisting of glass and plastic. Meant to relatively protect you from airborne objects such as rocks thrown from the vehicle in front of you.
And trying to kick one out is not as easy as you see in the movies. It's like trying to pull two pieces of Eternabond apart! That's why glass replacement companies cut them out with piano wire.  The windshield is considered in the structural integrity of the roof of the vehicle.

And I don't remember the last time I literally "rolled" down a window. Think about it.

If worried about getting out in an emergency, a tool to get out through a side window is best bet. Depends on the situation.
I do agree...lets pray none of us find ourselves in that situation.

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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2017, 08:46:30 AM »
  Knowing this or having a tool that is capable of breaking a window could help in saving someone else's life if not your own. 
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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2017, 01:53:59 PM »
How often does this happen? Windows can be rolled down pretty easy.

I was thinking the same thing.  ;D


Then I thought what if the door got deformed but the window didn't break?
That would be a case to break a window by what ever means available.

But I also agree - How often does that happen.

And before someone says it only takes one time.  We can't be prepared for EVERYTHING all the time.  Just won't happen.
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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2017, 02:24:31 PM »
And before someone says it only takes one time.  We can't be prepared for EVERYTHING all the time.  Just won't happen.

If the cost of this situation only cost you $10.00 to possibly save the lives of one or more of your family, worth it to you?
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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2017, 02:43:21 PM »
I am going to stock my car with garlic. You never can tell when I might be attacked by vampires. ::)
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« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2017, 03:14:08 PM »
I am going to stock my car with garlic. You never can tell when I might be attacked by vampires. ::)

You would never know they are vampires, unless they're smiling.   ;D
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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2017, 03:21:41 PM »
I am going to stock my car with garlic. You never can tell when I might be attacked by vampires. ::)

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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2017, 05:38:35 PM »
First of all, don't believe everything you read on Snopes and Wikipedia. Both highly edited sites....

True.  Snopes is largely funded by George Soros, and the political leanings show.
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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #20 on: January 29, 2017, 05:42:43 PM »
True.  Snopes is largely funded by George Soros, and the political leanings show.

Remember, don't turn this into a political thread.
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« Reply #21 on: January 29, 2017, 05:42:56 PM »
I fail to see how a headrest could be political ::)
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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2017, 08:13:15 PM »
My .38 S&W will do the trick if I keep my mouth open when firing plus it's a Vampire stopper.
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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2017, 07:49:53 AM »
My .38 S&W will do the trick if I keep my mouth open when firing plus it's a Vampire stopper.
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Re: Emergency Use of Car Headrests
« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2017, 01:00:04 PM »
If the cost of this situation only cost you $10.00 to possibly save the lives of one or more of your family, worth it to you?

My point was - if you were knocked out and by yourself having a tool will not help you - and if it's inside your vehicle someone coming to help can't use it either.
Is that something you can prepare for?

I normally carry a tool bag in the vehicles I travel most in and there is a hammer near the top so I believe that if I was inside it would work - but if I was to try and help someone else it would also work from the outside.

I don't remember saying that you shouldn't carry something to help yourself.
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