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Tips to avoid locking a child in a car

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    A baby, child or pet locked in a car can be life-threatening in the summer months.

MODERN cars with remote-controlled dead-locking doors could place children in danger this summer.

Thousands of babies and young children are accidentally locked in cars around Australia each year and the potential for injury or death is heightened in the summer months.


Always take the child with you, even if you only intend to leave the car for a brief time.

Keep the keys with the driver. Never leave them with the child, in the ignition or place them on a seat.

Never let children play with keys or access an unattended vehicle.

Check the vehicle is empty before remote locking.

Keep a spare set of keys with you.


Keep calm.

Think clearly and act quickly.

Call your local auto club immediately for assistance and if there are any concerns about the child's health, call emergency services (000).

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  • I think that labrat means that 50% of people are of average or below average intelligence

    Librarian who can't stand misquotes Posted on 07 January 2011 9:09pm
  • “Statistically, 50% of the population are of below average intelligence.”
    Hahahaaa That’s golden buddy! wink

    Tristan Marsh of VIC Posted on 21 December 2010 6:58pm
  • “Always take the child with you”.

    I have twins.. say I’m near a busy road, should I take them out and risk one of them running onto the road when I’m only going to be in the shop paying for fuel for 30 sec?  It’s a trade off, not an absolute.

    Mikey of ACT Posted on 17 December 2010 4:37pm
  • What an excellent tip! Thanks for sharing more wonderful and very useful tips! I’d love to write more about how useful this was but I have to pop out to the parking lot to let my kids out.

    Gax of Wollongong Posted on 10 December 2010 3:47pm
  • Unfortunately, such articles are necessary but their messages go unread or unheeded. Statistically, 50% of the population are of below average intelligence.

    labrat of Brisbane Posted on 08 December 2010 2:30pm
  • I can’t believe you just wrote this article. Theres a thing called common sense. People can use it, surely? I could be wrong, but I’d have thought that’s why they call it common??

    small-car-dude Posted on 07 December 2010 3:51pm
  • Good to see natural selection is still at work, sadly however at the childs expense.

    Lol Posted on 01 December 2010 10:35pm
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