(updated video, previous one was deleted)
After watching this video, my heart is racing and pounding as though it fell from seeing the child fall on the road. Growing up, I’ve seen and heard of car accidents where those involved would be in a hospital for long or worse, dead for not putting their seat belt on.
We’ve all heard of how crucial safety belts/seat belts are. They are intended to reduce injuries by stopping the wearer from hitting hard interior elements of the vehicle, or other passengers (the so-called second impact), are in the correct position for the airbag to deploy and prevent the passenger from being thrown from the vehicle. Seat belts also absorb energy by being designed to stretch during any sudden deceleration, so that there is less speed differential between the passenger’s body and their vehicle interior, and also to spread the loading of impact on the passengers body. (wiki)
We know how important seat belts are, yet most wouldn’t mind, even if it’s against the law. And as parents, we should be the first to secure our kids and be an example to them.
The other thing that parents should provide for when traveling with kids are car seats or child safety seats. Also called restraint car seat, they are seats designed specifically to protect children from injury or death during collisions. Automobile manufacturers may integrate child safety seats directly into their vehicle’s design. Most commonly, these seats are purchased and installed by consumers. Many regions require children defined by age, weight, and/or height to use a government-approved child safety seat when riding in a vehicle. Child safety seats provide passive restraints and must be properly used to be effective. (wiki)
Then there’s the child safety lock. These locks are built into the rear doors of most cars to prevent rear seat passengers from opening the doors both during transit and while the vehicle is stationary. When the child lock is engaged, the interior handle is rendered useless, usually by disconnecting the handle from the latch mechanism, or by locking the handle in place. In this state the passenger cannot open the door from the inside and is effectively “locked in”, the passenger can only be released by someone lifting the outside handle.
There are other safety concerns about kids when inside a car but let’s stick to these three. Apparently, the car in the video appears to have none of those mentioned above. Had the child been harnessed with a seat belt, she could not have reached the door’s lock. Should the safety lock been engaged, she could have not opened the door. Had she been sitting on a child safety seat, it might have fallen off with her which is another dangerous thing to not be harnessed with a seat belt. In any case, if you have a car, please make sure that it is safe for the kids. Prevention and being wary is always better than what ifs.