Every week, over 2200 children are injured or killed in nontraffic car accidents. In over 70% of these unspeakable tragedies, a parent or the direct relative of the child is behind the wheel. KidsAndCars.org was formed in 1995 to be in the forefront of raising awareness and educating the public about nontraffic incidents which are very serious health and safety issues.
On average, 37 children die annually from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles.
Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car; and the end result can be injury or even death. Far too many children have been inadvertently left in vehicles or have gotten into a vehicle on their own. Vehicular heat stroke tragedies can change the lives of parents, families, and even communities forever.
Power windows have maimed and strangled thousands of children.
It takes just 22 pounds of force to suffocate or injure an infant while power windows can exert an upward force of 30-80 pounds of force. The anti-pinch or auto-reverse feature should be standard equipment on all power windows.
The trunk of a vehicle may seem like a perfect hiding spot to a child.
But they do not understand how quickly the temperature inside the trunk of a vehicle can rise. These tragic stories are about children who became trapped inside the trunk of a vehicle and were not found until it was too late. However, there has not been one fatality in the trunk of a vehicle with a glow-in-dark trunk release!