While people’s awareness of the dangers of leaving a child in or around an unattended vehicle is increasing, there seems to be no coordinating decrease in the annual statistics of child fatalities related to entrapment in a vehicle. For the most part, this is because the majority of these tragic deaths occur due to a very simple accident. No amount of knowing that something is important can guarantee that it won’t slip your mind for a minute or two at just the wrong moment.
In the accident cases referenced above, a guardian or other caregiver either leaves a child in or around an unattended vehicle while they concern themselves with other matters such as errands or unloading their car. By the time that an adult realizes that the child is still unattended in or near the car, it is far too often too late.
The Dangers of Entrapment Within a Vehicle
When children are allowed to have free run of a vehicle, or are left in the car alone, they are placed in great danger. Any number of things could potentially go wrong under either circumstance. There are three major concerns when a child becomes trapped within a vehicle with no way to get out, however. These three are the most serious and often deadly results of a child being left on their own in or around the car.
The first of these is suffocation. A child who is trapped within a vehicle for an extended period of time is likely to suffocate if they do not perish from hyperthermia or hypothermia beforehand. There is a very limited amount of oxygen within the cab of your vehicle, and even less within the trunk of your car. Automobile related suffocation incidents are most common when children play in the trunk of a vehicle, due to the highly limited amount of air available.
Heat stroke is the most common reason for child fatalities relating to entrapment in a car or other vehicle. The temperature within a parked vehicle rises as at alarmingly quick rate, which many people unfortunately do not realize. Just this year, there was a case of fatal heat stroke in an infant that was trapped in a car on an incredibly mild, 52 degree Fahrenheit day.
The Vesta device is designed specifically to help parents ensure their children’s safety from this particular trapping danger. It is GPS enabled, and monitors your vehicle for occupants as well as rising temperatures. If the system recognizes that there is a passenger in danger of overheating, the Vesta sends you a text message alert reminding you of your passenger’s status.
Putting the Vehicle into Motion
This particular concern involves not only the safety of the passenger that is trapped within the vehicle, but the safety of innocent bystanders as well. If a child has access to your car keys, they will naturally be inclined to want to start the car themselves. They may want to pretend to go for a drive, turn on the radio or tv, or a host of other activities that they consider exciting to do in the car. Even if they do not do so on purpose, a child can very easily knock a parking gear out of place, causing the vehicle to roll either forward or backward. This could cause massive property damage, injury to the child trapped inside of the car, potential injury to other parties, etc…
Always make sure that your keys are either with you, or put up someplace that children cannot get to them. The hassle of not having them sitting on the coffee table by the front door is well worth a child’s safety.