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Andy, Will It Work? LifeHammer

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In the realm of auto safety, the LifeHammer just might be the wisest $15 you can spend. In the realm of auto safety, the LifeHammer just might be the wisest $15 you can spend.


In the realm of auto safety, the LifeHammer just might be the wisest $15 you can spend.

The 'keep-it-in-your-car' rescue device sports a sturdy, safety-orange plastic handle. At one end, it has a hooked razor blade for slicing through seat belts. On the other end:  a dual-head, steel-tipped hammer for smashing through car windows.

To test it, we had the guys at Midtown Auto Parts & Salvage, 1670 Chelsea Ave., flip a car on its back. I strapped into the driver's seat -- upside down -- with a LifeHammer secured and safely installed near the passenger-side visor, within my reach.

The salvage company's owner, Larry Walker, gave me a 3-count, then started a stopwatch. I grabbed the LifeHammer and went to work on the seat belt first, then on the driver's side window to make my escape.

The experience was harrowing. Hanging upside down is disorienting. Panic starts to set in as you realize the weight of the whole vehicle is above you.

But if you keep your wits -- and the LifeHammer -- within reach, it will deftly slice through a seat belt and punch out a window with a few whacks (the more square that you hit the steel point on the glass, the fewer whacks it will take).

I was able to escape the vehicle in one minute and six seconds.

The LifeHammer is a WISE BUY.

After several trials with the LifeHammer, we discovered it works faster in larger, older-model vehicles with wider driver's side windows and less sophisticated seat belt mechanisms. The LifeHammer does, however, cut through all seat belts rather easily -- again, as long as you consider the stress and adrenaline rush of a real auto accident.

The LifeHammer also comes with a handy mount. It's designed to be installed with Velcro or duct tape near a visor, on the dashboard or in a center console -- someplace where you can get to it quickly and safely.

It should not be stored in a trunk or inside a glove compartment. Trust me, I have to write that because some fool will do that.

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