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‘Reading’ the Seatbelt Pretensioner

Seatbelt Pretensioner Deployed

Vehicle rescue instructors should remind participants in your training classes, especially if they are EMS-oriented responders, about how they can 'read' a seatbelt pretensioner system and may be able to get a sort of second opinion about whether their patient was or was not wearing their seatbelt.

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2015 Ford Raptor: Rear Hinged Doors

The 2015 Ford Raptor pickup truck is yet another example of a vehicle having rear-hinged rear doors. Instead of the typical design where the rear doors are attached to the B-pillar, the Raptor’s rear doors open rearward.

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Breeching Through Obstructed Door

Here’s an interesting challenge to present to your rescue crews next time you are conducting your next extrication training. Position an acquired vehicle with one closed and locked front door near enough to a fixed object so that it is too close for the door to actually be opened normally.

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The 2015 BMW i8 Plug-in-Hybrid SuperCar

As a fellow vehicle rescue instructor, I always want you to be aware of new, interesting and important vehicle technology changes that are taking place among automobile manufacturers.

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Assessing the Windshield ‘Spider Web’

Remember, a ‘spider web’ on the windshield on the passenger’s side can be caused by three things; 1) unrestrained occupant contact, 2) airbag deployment, or 3) a flying object inside the vehicle.

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Roof-Resting Battery Shutdown

When training for vehicle rescue, responders consider electrical system shutdown a necessary task when working at a Real World injury accident; especially when occupants are trapped and extrication work must be accomplished.

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