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The hidden child dangers inside your car

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - If you have a child between the ages of two and fourteen at home, here’s something to think about: Car crashes are the number one cause of death for that young age group. And when it comes to protecting your kids, experts say buckling up may not be enough.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - If you have a child between the ages of two and fourteen at home, here’s something to think about: Car crashes are the number one cause of death for that young age group. And when it comes to protecting your kids, experts say buckling up may not be enough; your car must be childproof.

For many of us our car can turn into a tiny traveling office.

We bring food, books, bags and loose DVDs, never thinking what our stacks of stuff can do in an accident.

Rolayne Fairclough from AAA of Utah says, “Anything that has hard edges you need to keep away. You don't need to be in a crash for these to be a problem, you can just stop suddenly and these things can fly about."

Fairclough says if you can, secure almost everything in the trunk, even your purse.

In the force of a crash sometimes the smallest items can cause the most damage.

“So if you had a ten pound lap top and you were traveling at forty miles per hour it would fly with four hundred pounds of pressure or force. And it could certainly hurt anyone and seriously hurt people," says Fairclough. 

When it comes to toys, if you are a parent, try to keep soft ones like teddy bears in the car. Toys that are metal or have sharp edges can really hurt a child in a crash.

Also, make locking all the doors a habit. That will keep your kids from possible falls, and double check those car seats. They need to be securely belted in.

No one plans on having an accident, but just in case, experts say cleaning unnecessary items out of your car could protect your family.
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