kate_sherwood (kate_sherwood) wrote in little_details,

Car power windows - safety issue?

I've searched variations on power window safety, etc. but I can only find information on kids being hurt by windows going up on their necks - not what I'm looking for.

I'm trying to set up a situation where my main couple can meet dramatically, and I'd like to do it without making either character look like an idiot. But I definitely want A to rescue B from a serious hazard. Setting is modern day, rural Montana (or Colorado - a mountainous western state).

My idea is to have B slide off the road in her car, not over a cliff but rather into a water-filled roadside ditch, or maybe a pond or swamp of some sort. She'll be dazed, but not seriously injured, but I'd like her to be stuck in the car while it slowly fills with water. She'll try the doors, but they're all jammed (maybe just a two-door car, to make this less of a stretch - maybe a pickup). And the car's stalled and the power is shorted from the water, so she can't roll down the windows. She'll have nothing in her car strong enough to break the windows, I hope.

So my question is - do car windows work that way? If the engine was wet and had been banged, is it realistic that the windows wouldn't work? Also, how strong are windows? B is young and fit, and while dazed, isn't one to panic. I want this to be a legitimate trap, not something she's too stupid to get out of. Would she be able to just kick the windows out, if she could get the right angle?

I guess I'd LOVE to hear a list of things a smart, calm person would do in this situation (I'm a bit of a panicker, myself), and then a list of reasons why these wouldn't work. Essentially, I want A to stride over manfully and break her car window and pull her from her certain watery grave. Without her looking like an idiot.

Thanks very much for any help!
Tags: ~cars

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