At nearly 150,000 incidents per year, injuries caused by a closing door are the most common auto-related injury, according to a report released yesterday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The report evaluated the type and amount of non-traffic-related injuries nationwide, the first time the government agency has compiled such data.
It's clearly time to start thinking about removing the doors from cars. Those things can hurt you.
While we're at it, let's ban jacks, and for that matter let's leave it only to licensed, professional mechanics to make repairs on the cars.
Along with those 150,000 people who injured themselves closing a car door, another 10,000 each year are seriously injured when using a jack or other type of hoist. A full 74,000 are injured by a falling vehicle or vehicle part.
"I don't think anyone until now had an accurate sense of the extent of vehicle-related injuries and fatalities that did not occur on a public highway," says Rae Tyson, a spokesman for NHTSA. "It certainly underscores the risks that exist in a vehicle whether it's on the road or off, and I hope it will call some attention to some of those issues."
Message heard loud and clear: More regulation is needed!