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KHQ EXCLUSIVE: 3-Year-Old's Finger Severed in SUV Window, Parents Concerned About Design

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MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. -

A Medical Lake family is looking for resolution after the tip of their 3-year-old daughter's finger was severed while they were on a routine drive in their SUV.

"I heard her gasp for air and then just a deep shriek and yell," Joe Hale told KHQ's Kelsey Watts.

On Thursday, the family was out looking at deer but when Joe rolled up the window, little Kaila's finger was pinched in it and he says ¼ " to ½ " was sliced off.

"She held her hand up and it was literally the tip of her finger missing and blood running down her hand," he added.

Joe and his wife Becky rushed Kaila to the hospital. Now, her right hand is outfitted with a splint and bandage while they wait to find out at an upcoming doctor's appointment whether it will heal on its own or require plastic surgery.

The Hale's say the problem is the design of the rear window in their Chevy Tahoe – a design that can be found in a number of makes and models. They say the sharp plastic piece that meets the window at the edge of the frame essentially trapped Kaila's finger.

"It's this piece of plastic here, it's just a decorative trim and if this was taken off, it would be more of a rubber mesh, and it might result in a broken finger," Joe explained, pointing at the window on their SUV.

Kaila was belted into her car seat when it happened, but was still able to reach out the gap on the side of the window. Her parents say if it were a simple square design with no gap on the edge, her little fingers would never have been able to reach the top.

The Hale's aren't asking for a recall but do hope their story will lead manufacturers to redesign such windows in the future. They've filed a claim with the automaker and are now waiting to hear back about what can be done.

"I shouldn't have to worry about my daughter getting her finger severed by sticking it between the window and the plastic trim," Joe added. "For her finger to just be cut off like a guillotine, it's pretty aggravating."

 

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