Are Your Windows Rolling Down Automatically? Here’s Why

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Contributing Author: Craig Fitzgerald

A while ago, I was on the radio on WBZ-AM1030 when a caller asked about his windows randomly rolling down by themselves, leaving his interior soaked in the pouring rain. I couldn’t figure out why at the moment, but I now know the answer.

It comes from a reader at Car Talk, who sent pictures of the interior of her 2010 Honda Accord. It was like a real-life snow globe:

Snowy Honda Accord Interior/Image Credit: Amrinder Kaur
Snowy Honda Accord Interior/Image Credit: Amrinder Kaur

She couldn’t figure out what happened. She had rolled up the windows before going in the house for the night but came out the next day to find that Mr. Freeze blasted the inside of her car.

Through some advanced Googling, she came across some information, most of which is replicated in the forum:

This information holds true for the Honda Accord, too. Press the unlock button, then hold the unlock button down and all the windows roll down. Car Talk’s Senior Web Lackey asked how the button may have been held down, but the answer is unclear. “No clue!! That’s the mystery I haven’t been able to solve! I usually drop my keys in a bowl once I enter my house. Maybe somehow in the bowl, or in my jacket pocket before I got home.”

Our caller on the Bradley Jay Experience didn’t drive a Honda, though. He drove an Infiniti.

We took a quick look at Google and sure enough, there’s a similar procedure to lower all the windows in those cars, too. You push the unlock button twice and hold it down, and all four windows roll down. If you press it once and hold it, just the fronts will lower.

So that solves the issue for Honda and Infiniti drivers. What about other makes?




[Note that in later GM vehicles, you can disable the function with the screen.]

This same procedure works in just about every late model vehicle. Unlock, hold the button down, and the windows all roll down.

Similarly, if you hit the lock button and hold it down, all the windows will roll back up again.

Craig Fitzgerald began his automotive writing career in 1996, at, one of the first online resources for car buyers. Over the years, he’s written for the Boston Globe, Forbes, and Hagerty. For seven years, he was the editor at Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, and today, he’s the automotive editor at Drive magazine. He’s dad to a son and daughter, and plays rude guitar in a garage band in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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