My auto mechanic is not a fan of the new electric cars. He doesn’t trust how the machine relies on a battery to operate and believes that Teslas and others are only built to last a few years. Nevertheless, the smart car is the wave of the future and people are shelling out tens of thousands of dollars to be on trend with the way they drive.
With backup cameras, Bluetooth connections, and keyless ignitions, smart technology has infiltrated the auto industry for some time now. But that does not mean it is always the safest tech for children. Although much of the technology has been invented to keep children safer than they were before – seatbelts, airbags, rear-facing car seat (just to name a few) – other technological advances have created risks for children that parents never thought possible on a few years ago.
The president of “Kids and Cars” Janette Fennell wants her safety organization to save children’s lives. She has a simple car-safety trick that can keep children from getting in harm’s way.
The push-to-start ignition is a brand-new function that has car enthusiasts, well, enthused! But this can be very dangerous when children are involved. If they’re in the car by themselves, they can easily start the car. And even if they don’t shift the vehicle into drive, they can put themselves at serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Because you don’t have to remove the key from the vehicle when you’re done, it can be easy to forget that the car is still on – especially when it is a hybrid vehicle with very low gasoline usage. But when you pull into your garage, this can put any children at risk, especially if they play in there or are still in the vehicle.
This means you need to install a carbon monoxide detector in your garage. Janette said it is a necessity if you have one of these ignition buttons.
Another trick that can keep children safe revolves around a paper towel roll. Because roll-up windows are dead, and every car uses electric ones now, children are at risk.
It only takes 22-pounds of pressure to crush a child’s throat. That’s not much. If a child sticks his or her head out the window, the automatic window can easily do a lot of damage because it exerts as much as 30 to 80 pounds of force.
Janette has an easy solution to keep children safe if they’re in the car, playing with the windows.
First, some power windows have a function that will result in automatically reversing if it senses pressure up against it. So if a child has his or her head out the window, these windows can tell and will stop rolling up.
Janette also suggested using a paper towel roll to test how your power windows work. The roll will exert enough pressure to see if your car’s windows automatically go down if they come across pressure. The more you know about your vehicle, the safer you can keep your children.
What do you think about Janette’s tips?