• Feb 18, 2009
While most of us are aware that 43,000 Americans die each year in car crashes, it's shocking to hear that the unsuspected car door also causes a huge amount of widespread human carnage. According to a report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 150,000 people in the U.S. are injured every year by closing car doors. The absurdity doesn't stop there. An estimated 68,000 Americans are cut by a sharp piece of metal or an unfinished interior edge, and another 9,000 are burned by hot antifreeze or radiator fluid. Among those who work on cars, 10,000 are seriously injured when using a jack or hoist, and another 74,000 are harmed by falling parts (or whole vehicles). Improperly load the interior of your vehicle and you may be added to the group of 20,000 people who are hurt by flying objects inside a car. Even lending some muscle to moving a stalled or stuck car can batter you as evident by the 88,000 injured by overexertion (loading/unloading cars or pushing a disabled vehicle). To keep yourself out of the statistics, experts suggest reading the owner's manual before performing auto maintenance, and using basic common sense around vehicles wouldn't hurt either.

[Source: AOL Autos, photo by Michael Harley]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Several years ago, when I went to the grocery store in a rental car, I accidentally closed the driver's door on my left thumb. It was very painful and my nail fell out. I grew back.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Having your thumb slammed in a car door is not fun.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Try closing the trunk on your thumb and having the latch shut. (I got distracted by a woman).
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is a common theme here... ummmm... Oh I got it! Most all these injuries are easily preventable by either A: Paying attention or B: learning to use your tools properly or C: Common sense. You can fix your car, you can fix your injuries, but you can't fix stupid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        I think that the term COMMON sense has been rendered useless...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        The NHTSA would disagree with you. After reading this, they are probably proposing legislature that will require a 5-fold increase in door safety.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When I was little, I had a car door closed on my fingers. I think it was my mom's '66 Chevy Biscane. But other than a lot of pressure it didn't do any damage. I wonder what would happen now with today's cars and their 3 mm panel gaps. Ouch!
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'd beat that red headed little monster for staining my white paint with his blood.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This brings back some bad memories of my family's old 80s nissan sentra coupe...worst experience ever, 5 black fallen nails later i know that the door jam isn't a hand rail.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Revise that: "ALL car-related injuries caused by stupidity". Don't close your hand in a door, stupid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The VW Fox had a problem here in Brazil, 8 people had their fingers cut. It happened when they tried to fold the rear seats, to do that you had to put the finger in a ring and pull it. There is a spring who pulls that ring so strong that it cuts the finger in half. They already fixed that, but nothing can give the half finger back...
      • 5 Years Ago
      A kid at my elementary school got his untied shoelaces caught in the door when his mom dropped him off. She dragged him 3 blocks before someone stopped her.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I remember when my ear got caught in the door...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Davin Peterson:
      "I grew back."

      I'm glad you had the power to regenerate! :-)
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