Posted Dec 13th 2013 1:00PM
The busy holiday season is a time when many motorists prepare themselves for the dangers of winter driving, yet nothing could have prepared these surprised parents for this potential danger of cutting off their 3-year-old daughter's finger in the window!
A distraught family from Medical Lake, WA was shocked after discovering the tip of their young daughter's finger was severed off by their Chevy Tahoe during a routine drive to look at some deer. Driver Joe Hale and his wife Becky ended up rushing their daughter Kaila to the hospital upon realizing Joe had accidentally rolled up the window that pinched and sliced his little girl's finger off.
"I heard her gasp for air and then just a deep shriek and yell... She held her hand up and it was literally the tip of her finger missing and blood running down her hand," Joe Hale told KHQ reporters.
The Hale family claims the real problem is with the GM's design of the rear window in the Tahoe (where the sharp plastic piece meets the window at the edge of the frame) which essentially trapped little Kaila's finger. Although she was belted into her car seat at the time, Kaila was still able to reach the window and her parents say her little fingers would never have been able to reach the top if GM used a simple square design (with no gap on the edge).
"I shouldn't have to worry about my daughter getting her finger severed by sticking it between the window and the plastic trim... For her finger to just be cut off like a guillotine, it's pretty aggravating," adds Joe.
While the Hale's aren't asking GM for a mandatory recall, they are however seeking resolution after filing a claim with the automaker that's still awaiting response. Meanwhile, the Hale family remains hopeful that their story will at least lead auto manufacturers to redesign and reconsider using such window designs and also caution parents everywhere.
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