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Old 03-26-2014, 01:47 PM   #1
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Seatbelt cutter/window breaker/rescue tool

While I doubt (hope) I'll ever need one of these.....a two pack can be had for only $5.94 on Amzaon, so I want to get one for me and my wife.

But, before I order....has anyone ever used one? Are there features I should be looking for? Or is it just a waste of $6.00?

Also, if anyone does have one...what is a good location to keep it? I want it easily accessible in case I quickly need it (so not in the glove box), but not easily seen. (Don't want to be naked in a parking lot and have some punk kid say..."ohhh...seat belt cutter...let's see if it works".



I figure this will be easier to get to than the Swiss Army Knife and LED flashlight in my underseat lockbox, or the medical shears that will (eventually) be in the first aid kit.

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I've been meaning to take mine to the junkyard for a test.

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Curious about these too. My Trek Armor seat covers have a zippered pocket on the front of the driver & passenger seats, so I'd probably put it there, but would the Maglite clips (bottom left side of driver seat) work with this maybe?
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Old 03-26-2014, 02:23 PM   #4
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I saw a show where a big burly guy, standing outside a car in a junkyard had a heck of a time breaking the window. My take away was they are not very useful. Also I had and EMT friend tell me that usually, when an accident is severe enough that a belt needs to be cut, the person it is cut off of is normally not in good enough shaper to do it themselves.
These are cheap enough there really isn't any harm, but I think likely not very useful.
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MythBusters Episode 72: Underwater Car

Mythbusters gave a crack at it.

Lots of good stuff.

I'm now looking at spring loaded window punches as opposed to the hammer style.....mostly because if you are in a position where you are unable to generate a lot of force with a sweing (pinned in your seat, lots of water in vehicle, injury), just being able set the tool against the window and have it shatter could help.

But for the most part, I'm assuming (hoping) any accident I'm in will never come to this....especially in a JK where I'm more likely to have my doors and freedo panels fly off as opposed to being trapped inside.
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A spring loaded center or window punch does work wonders on anything but the windshield. The seatbelt cutter will work well also. Truthfully anything with a point will usually shatter the side window glass. The trick is to hit in a low corner and not in the middle of the window. Its better than nothing if you can get at it after a major impact. Most people can't so your use would probably to rescue someone who has been hit.
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I carry this Gerber knife - safety knife combo: Amazon.com: Gerber LMF II Survival Knife

The butt end of the knife is a glass breaker. The seat-belt cutter is in the smaller sheath:

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Plus, the Gerber LMF II is highly rated as a survival/utility knife. Many birds - one stone.
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While I doubt (hope) I'll ever need one of these.....a two pack can be had for only $5.94 on Amzaon, so I want to get one for me and my wife. But, before I order....has anyone ever used one? Are there features I should be looking for? Or is it just a waste of $6.00? Also, if anyone does have one...what is a good location to keep it? I want it easily accessible in case I quickly need it (so not in the glove box), but not easily seen. (Don't want to be naked in a parking lot and have some punk kid say..."ohhh...seat belt cutter...let's see if it works". I figure this will be easier to get to than the Swiss Army Knife and LED flashlight in my underseat lockbox, or the medical shears that will (eventually) be in the first aid kit.
I bought one at target for $5 once. It's a flashlight, belt cutter, window smasher, and flare all in one. Looks awesome and can definitely be used as a weapon. Maybe you should look into a bigger one to use as a weapon, or just strap a knife to the driver side roll bar. Out of view of course.

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