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Auto Rear Windows - BEWARE!!

That is a compelling reason, no doubt. But the car they are talking about doesn't have automatic UP windows to begin with. It was a faulty switch which can happen in any power window vehicle. That is why she is going after the dealer for not fixing it.

As for the automatic windows topic, I have them in my AV and love them. All it takes is a couple of pounds resistance and the relay shuts off the power to the motor and it stops. The module actually senses the extra current draw when resistance is put on the motor to prevent accidents like this from happening.

While the tragic death of this child is something to think about, it really doesn't change things in this application.
I cannot understand how the window rolled up with out the key being on? Maybe I just mised something. My dog tried to roll up his neck up in the window when he stepped on the button. Since then I always turn them off, excellent feature. What a terriable story, thats a horriable thing to have happen. :cry:

Personally I don't like the express down windows and never really saw any need for them. I never found it that difficult to hold my finger on the button for one more second. BTW, is there a way to disable that function?
I have the auto down feature, but i don't think I have a auto up feature. To tell you the truth I don't think any of my family cars have that feature. I might be missing something too. That is very sad to hear.
I actually like the design of the AV's power window buttons. Accidentally hitting it to cause it to go down is easy since it takes a downwards motions on the button to activate it.

But, to bring the window up you have to physically place your finger under the button and lift up. Not likely to happen accidentally. Would prevent pets from stepping on the button or children from leaning on it and causing this type of terrible accident.

I say the General put some real effort into this design to prevent these problems. :B:

Never heard of anyone being killed by the window opening. Though you could argue that a child or animal could fall out of the window once it is open. That's where I blame the parents for not watching their kids.

My .02
dday said:
I cannot understand how the window rolled up with out the key being on? ... :cry:


I don't know about that particular vehicle, but we have a Volkswagen that you can open and close the windows in after key removal for a short time (it's on some kind of timer or something). It is rather convenient at times.

Also, the VW has express/auto UP too (as I'm sure there are other vehicles with them too)...also convenient.

Yes it's a tragic story, but it sounds isolated and defective to me.
I understand that the boy had a key, so it may have been in the ignition. The video showed a switch marked "Auto" near the window switches. Does this model Buick have an express up and express down feature?
I have a large problem with this report. I have never seen a GM car with "Express UP" power windows.
I owned a 98 Buick Regal with ALL of the options that I could get on it (see list below). As you can see, there is a note for "Driver's side window express DOWN".
I feel really bad for the family of this boy, but the mother should have NEVER given him the keys to the car. What if he started it, and took a joy ride? I think he was playing with the window (with the ignition off, and the car on "Retained Accessory Power", and the power shut off.
Just my 2 Cents worth...

Interior Features

Air bags

- driver and front passenger, frontal
- driver-side seat-mounted side-impact
Air conditioning

- dual-zone climate control
- - -
- automatic dual-zone climate control

Air filtration system

Audio systems

- UL0-ETR AM/FM stereo with seek and scan, digital clock, Theftlock, cassette and auto tone control

- UP0-ETR AM/FM stereo with seek and scan, digital clock, Theftlock, cassette, CD and auto tone control
- Concert Sound II six-speaker system

- Monsoon? eight-speaker 220-watt premium audio system with diversity antenna
- rear window antenna

- remote steering wheel radio controls
Carpet savers - front and rear

Child seat anchors rear-seat upper and lower LATCH system for compatible child safety seats

Console - includes dual cup holders, auxiliary power receptacle, covered storage and leather-appointed shifter

Convenience Plus features - reminder tones for ignition key, headlamps, turn signals, parking brake "on" and low fuel reminder tone; delayed entry lighting and delayed exit lighting; perimeter lighting; theater dimming; battery rundown protection; lockout protection; flash-to-pass feature; retained accessory power; daytime running lamps with Twilight Sentinel and delayed locking

Cruise control - electronic

Head restraints - adjustable, front-seat

Heat ducts - rear-seat

Hood release - inside, instrument panel-mounted, remote

Instrumentation - analog gauge cluster with speedometer, tachometer, trip odometer, temperature and fuel gauges; warning lights for low fuel, door ajar, trunk ajar and washer fluid level

Lights -

- integral dome and reading (not available with available sunroof)

- rear reading and courtesy

Map pockets - front and rear doors, front passenger seatback

Mirrors -

- inside rearview with map reading lights

- inside rearview with electrochromic-auto dimming feature

- driver and passenger covered visor vanity

- driver and passenger covered visor vanity with lighting feature

PASS-Key II passive theft-deterrent system

Power door locks - include programmable automatic locking with memory and lockout protection features

Power windows - include driver express-down and passenger lockout feature

Rear window defogger - electric

Remote keyless entry - includes instant alarm, trunk release and programmable perimeter lighting

Safety belts -
- front-seat outboard lap/shoulder belts with shoulder belt comfort adjuster

- rear outboard lap/shoulder belts with center lap belt

Seats -
- cloth

- leather-appointed

- front buckets with manual recliners

- heated front seats (require ABS brakes)

- power six-way driver

- power six-way front passenger
- rear split-folding with fold-down armrest and dual cup holders

- rear theater seating

Steering wheel - leather-appointed

Sunshades - extendable

TILT-WHEEL - steering column, adjustable

Trunk lock release - power remote

Trunk release handle - mounted inside the trunk

We have a 2003 VW Passat that has the auto-up feature for the front windows. It takes only a minor resistance for the window to detect an obstacle and roll back down.
My friend owns a ford sport trac and the back window has a safety feature where is something prvents it from closing fully, it automatically goes down. ?Although this story is tragic, I didn't know they made express up in rear windows of model year '98. ?
Moral of this story: children should never be left unattended.