5 essential car safety tips parents of young children need to know

Dec 10, 2018

Adults need to ensure that any children in or around moving vehicles are safe at all times. Sometimes all it takes is a little know-how. These five tips may save your child’s life.

1. Automatic car windows are a great invention; however, they are also a danger to any unsuspecting child

Many automatic windows go up and down with just one press of a button, and if your child were to activate the switch and lean out of the window at the same time, the force of the closing window could prove fatal. It has happened in the past.

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Bones can be shattered even if another part of the body, such as an arm or hand, were to be caught, especially for European cars.

You can test if your car has auto reverse windows where if the window meets with pressure, such as someone’s arm hanging out, it will automatically go back down.

To test your car window just place a roll of paper towel in the open window and activate the switch, if it doesn’t go back down when the towel starts to squash, you need to be aware of the danger to your child.

2. Are the gears locked?

Check if your gears can be engaged without a foot on the brake; this would mean that your child could put the car into gear and get it moving, something you definitely don’t want to happen.

3. For those with a push start ignition

These cars are mostly quite quiet, if not almost silent when the engine is engaged. So, there exists a risk of unintentionally leaving the car running in the garage and forgetting about it.

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If the baby is sleeping in the back—and the engine has been left running whilst still in the garage—the buildup of carbon monoxide can lead to disastrous results.

A carbon monoxide detector, which can activate like a fire alarm, would be a sensible addition to your home or garage.

4. There is a device to shatter glass with—which may be referred to as a keychain glass breaker—and it can be fitted to your keyring

In the event you need to break a car window to escape, or if you come across an accident where the occupants need help quickly, or even a child, or animal were left inside a sweltering hot car, this handy tool could be a real life saver.

Some also come with a tool to cut seat belts with, a 2-in-1 type.

I’m out in Spring Hill, KS with KCTV-5 News demonstrating how to rescue a child or animal trapped inside a vehicle. Big thanks to 169 Auto Parts for donating the vehicles for us to use.

Posted by KidsAndCars.org on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

5. New cars today probably have a trunk that if you are locked in, there is no escape through the car backseat

A device that is a glow-in-the-dark trunk release can be attached inside the trunk. If you are ever caught in there, just push the device and it will release the trunk. Phew!

Watch the video to learn more.


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