The RESQME Tool Window Breaker
This window breaker tool (with seat belt cutter), named ‘resqme’, is something which you might consider keeping handy in your vehicle (or on your keychain) in case of an emergency where you may need to quickly shatter and break a window to escape.
In the event of becoming trapped in your vehicle, the resqme tool contains a sharp blade to cut a jammed seatbelt and also contains a spring-loaded spike to shatter the car window.
(UPDATE: It really works)
Not only had I bought one of these window breaker gadgets for my own vehicle, but I’ve given some away to others. I recently found out that one of the giveaways had actually been used (fortunately not in a life-threatening situation). There had been a car accident (no-one hurt) but the car was totaled. While on-scene and prior to tow, he noticed their nice umbrella which was still in the car and was unable to open the damaged door to get it. He used his resqme tool and pressed it against the front lower corner of the window hard enough until it snapped the spike — and it instantly shattered the window into a zillion little pieces (safety glass). Reached in and saved the umbrella 😉
I bought one of these to keep in my truck for an emergency, just in case. Not only could this tool potentially save my own life in a car crash or submersion, but it could be used to help rescue others. Also, in a SHTF world where you might need to gain access somewhere whereby breaking a window will allow you to do so, this tool is one convenient solution.
The resqme tool is designed to help you escape quickly from a vehicle following a car crash or if sinking in water. Here’s an article I wrote awhile back, “How To Escape From A Sinking Car”.
The tool holds a sharp blade to cut a jammed seatbelt and a spring-loaded spike to shatter the car window. It is small and can even fit on your keychain.
The window breaker is a spring loaded center punch with a spike that is activated when you push the head of the tool against a window. You can test it or try it out by pressing it against a piece of wood or a pad of paper, etc. You will notice when you press hard enough, the internal spike ‘snaps’, leaving a dent where the spike was released. The mechanism resets itself automatically so you can use it again in an emergency. It cannot accidentally ‘go off’ because it requires 12-pounds of pressure while pushing against a surface in order to ‘arm’ the spring and trigger the center punch.
The seat belt cutter portion is a razor sharp blade mounted in a groove to enable you to quickly slice through the seat-belt material. The blade is protected by a clip which snaps tightly into the tool. The clip has a hole in it which cab be used to attach to a key ring.
Knowing that I may get tired of carrying this on my keychain after awhile, I tied a small length of paracord to hold the resqme to the gear shift lever – where it will ALWAYS be accessible if I need it in the vehicle.