There are small, inexpensive,
and convenient-to-carry tools available to the public that are made
specifically to shatter a car window to free a trapped victim. I
have researched many of these. I have found two of them to be of
consistently high quality, easy to use, inexpensive, and do what
you need them to do in an emergency. They both perform two functions.
They will easily cut through a jammed seatbelt and shatter
a side or rear car window.
One is called a LifeHammer.
It is only 7 ½ inches in length and weighs 4.9 ounces. It
is shaped like a small hammer but with a dual conical shaped hardened
steel point at one end. A strike with medium force will shatter
a side window. I had my 10 year old
daughter try it and she broke the window on the first try.
The LifeHammer also has a seatbelt cutter built into the
other end. The LifeHammer should be mounted in the vehicle either
on the side of the console or anywhere it can be easily reached
in an emergency. You can view one by clicking anywhere you see the
The other tool is called ResQMe.
It performs the same functions as the LifeHammer
but it is only 3 inches long, weights just over ½ oz. and
easily attaches to your keychain. One advantage of ResQMe is that
it can go with you wherever you go as long as you have your keys.
You can view one by clicking anywhere you see the word “ResQMe”.
The Life Hammer is a little more robust and can be used to clear
out some of the shattered glass once the window is broken. I
on my key chain and a LifeHammer
in my car.
Whether you are in a sinking car or in a dry land accident
trapped with your car on fire and smoke entering the cabin, these
tools can save your life. The side and back windows
of most cars will shatter when struck with either of these tools.
Do not attempt to break the front windshield. It is laminated which
makes it extremely difficult to break. Be aware that some vehicles
may have laminated side windows.