Car Cane by Bell + Howell is a removable handle that the sellers state will help those with injuries or disabilities get in and out of the car with ease. Car Cane claims it fits in any door latch, has a comfortable grip, can hold 350 lbs., and even has a built-in flashlight and seatbelt cutter in case of any emergency.
How Do You Use Car Cane to Get Out of Your Car?
Car Cane looks like the handle of a cane (said to be a patent pending design) made from forged steel and has a red grip they state is very comfortable to hold. To use Car Cane, they instruct you to slip it in the door latch exposed by your open door. Then, they say to simply grip the handle and press down on it to help you get out of your car; they promise the Car Cane won’t move and will hold up to 350 lbs. They add Car Cane is good for any type of car, be it a tall SUV or small compact. When you are up and out, remove the Car Cane and store it somewhere in the car like the door or glove box for later use.
In addition to being a handle, Car Cane is said to come with a flashlight that is super bright and can last 100,000 hours. It doesn’t say how bright the light is in watts or if it needs any batteries so we called customer service for more information (they didn’t have any). Car Cane also comes with a notch that it claims can cut the seatbelt and its handle can be used to break the window glass in case of emergency.
What Does Car Cane Cost and is there Any Guarantees?
Car Cane retails for $26.90, sold as $19.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling. There is a 30-day money back guarantee, minus those shipping fees. The commercial and website both promise that Car Cane will last a lifetime or your money back; however, when we called customer service they told us the guarantee was only for 30 days.
Bottom Line: Is Car Cane a Handy Device to Assist You or is it a SCAM?
Entering and exiting a vehicle can be difficult if you have any type of pain, injury, or disability; seniors can also often have trouble without assistance. That’s why a product like Car Cane can indeed be a handy device.
Car Cane Reviews
We did find a few customer reviews of Car Cane – over at the Home Shopping Network it receives 4-stars from 12 reviewers. (The product is listed as unavailable there.)
We did also find a customer review that complained it didn’t fit his older car’s door latch, which is round instead of the more traditional square. Some others said it didn’t fit as securely in every latch and may wobble.
Other concerns with these types of products include that they can be heavy (around 2 lbs.) and could slip out if you pull up on it instead of push down. Also, if you forget it’s in there and slam the door, it could possibly get damaged.
Alternatives to Car Cane
In spite of the fact that they claim it’s a patent-pending device, there are many other devices similar to Car Cane. The most popular is one called the HandyBar, which has 4.6 stars from 1,188 reviews on Amazon. HandyBar has similar specs and features (except for the flashlight) but retails for $39.99. Another product called Able Life Auto Assist Grab Bar includes a hidden key compartment and retails for $29.99.
We hope this helps you make an informed decision about Car Cane. Let us know your experience below!
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