Looking for a good emergency car tool (window breaker/seatbelt cutter)

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  1. BMX

    BMX Member

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    Any ideas? I was going to buy a cheap on eBay just wondering if those are ok or if I need to spend more on a "better" one.
     
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    Are window breakers and seat belt cutters really a thing? :dunno

    Seems like a rock and a box cutter would suffice.
     
  3. The_Whale

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    I just use my handgun to shoot out the window.
     
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  4. BMX

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    Yeah, I think the window breaker is the tough one to duplicate. It has to do with being under water and the pressure on the window so you realistically need a special tool to break the window. The seatbelt cutter is designed so you don't cut yourself in the panic of your situation.

     
  5. Bozak

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    They make a special hammer with a seat belt cutter in the handle, I have one, why I have no idea, does anyone need something like that besides James Bond and that guy from The Game?
     
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    You will be glad you have it if you ever get trapped in your vehicle.


    I think most people couldn't break the window out in regular atmosphere, especially after you just got into an accident. I can't think of anything in my vehicle hard enough to break the window & I wouldn't want to use my elbow.


    I coughed up about $12 for mine at Walmart & now they're on clearance for $4.


    Here is the redneck version:

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Household...harp-Blade-Utility-Cutter-Set-2-in-1/50255751

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  7. MLE

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    If you have a removable head rest pull it and use the metal ends.
     
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    It's amazing how strong tempered glass can be.
    I've seen videos on YouTube with cops trying to break side windows either to arrest a suspect or rescue someone trapped.
    They will try to use their batons to break the glass and it usually requires many blows with the baton to break the glass.

    So having a specialized tool for this purpose available to the driver and or the passengers just makes sense.
    Imagine crashing into water where you need to exit the vehicle but are held up by a seat belt or window.

    A multi tool with a pointed hammer (for breaking the side window) and a razor seat belt cutter is a good thing to have in the car.
     
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  9. Madsen

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    i've found one of these to be a handy tool to have in the car.
    funny how guys with big trucks think I need something bigger to start their vehicle.
    i agree to pull my car up if it doesn't work.
    works every time.
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    Just don't drive into a river and then you can spare yourself the expense :)
     
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    Just to be clear; I only use my pistol to shoot my way out of an overturned, submerged car maybe once or twice a year.
     
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    How's your hearing working these days?
     
  13. Chris Scott

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    I think even a hammer is going to be iffy if you're in closed quarters - you guys ever see that YT vid of the guy on some news show trying to break the side window? - he used a hammer and it just bounced right back....and that was with a full swing.

    Think about being in a compromised position, maybe even under water and trying to break any of the glass. I would imagine a pointed object with some mass behind it is the only way, so maybe the purpose-built tool's the answer.
     
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    How does it work for breaking glass & cutting seat belts? :D
    I can see it breaking glass maybe, but assuming it's in the trunk, it won't do you much good.
     
  15. Madsen

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    i could probably cut thru most seatbelts with the jumper cable teeth.
    it's been the most useful "emergency tool" in my car for the past decade.
    perhaps i've just been lucky, but i have yet to stumble on a situation where breaking glass & seatbelt cutting would be useful.
     
  16. bonegrubber

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    I have a lifehammer in my Jeep.
    Comes with a lil mount you can put almost anywhere.
    Fluorescent end for murk/darkness.
    I have a couple of these at the cottage, seem like they'd do the trick.
     
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    Just saw one on Fox news last week. Just hold it against the window and a little plunger shoots out and breaks it.
    They said they would have it on their website.
    Thanks for the reminder.

    Rescue Me Lifehammer, key version is what it is called. (Found it on youtube)
     
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  18. buddaman71

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    Ivation Car Emergency Escape Tool, LED Flashlight, SOS Light, Window Breaker, Seatbelt Cutter, Dynamo Mobile Charger, Rainproof, Recharge W Hand Crank
     
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    I can put you in touch with my ex...she is good at cutting brakes lines too.
     
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    Get ya one o deeze!

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