Many technological advancements in vehicles have made vehicles safer for children both inside and outside, but safercar.gov offers some dangers that all drivers and parents should be aware of.
Backing over a child can cause serious injury or death. This type of accident typically happens when a driver is backing out of a driveway and doesn’t see a child behind the vehicle. Parents can help mitigate this risk by teaching children not to play around vehicles and drivers should always check the vehicle’s surroundings before backing up. Backup cameras have helped mitigate the accident risk.
For children under the age of 14, heatstroke is the leading cause of vehicle-related deaths not caused by a crash. Vehicles heat up quickly in any type of weather condition. A child should never be unattended in a car, no matter how short the time is and even when the windows are cracked. This also goes for your four-legged children.
This type of accident occurs when a child is left unattended in a vehicle with either the ignition on or the keys in the ignition or available. A child can accidentally cause the vehicle to roll or drive away.
Children can accidentally pull the belt so it has slack and wrap it around their head and neck. A tip Safercar.gov gives is to keep any unused seatbelts buckled and locked to prevent accidental entanglement. Telling a child a seat belt is not a toy is recommended.
Leaving a trunk open can seem inviting for curious kids and lead to accidental entrapment. As of September 1, 2001 manufacturers were required to add a glow in the dark plastic handle that will open the trunk and parents can show their kids how to open the trunk in case they become stuck. Parents should also teach their kids not to play in and around the vehicle.
Children have gotten their fingers, wrists and have been strangled by power windows. Parents should teach their children not to play with the windows and use the safety locks for windows in the backseat.
Always watch your children when they are in and around a vehicle and teach them about vehicle safety so that you can prevent accidents.