The attorneys at The Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC have put together some useful tips on preventing your children from trunk entrapment….
- Always lock a vehicle’s doors and trunk particularly when the vehicle is parked in the driveway or near the home and keep keys out of children’s sight and reach
- If a child is missing, first check vehicles and trunks
- If you see a child alone in a car dial 911 right away
- Be aware of child-resistant locks. Teach older children how to unlock the driver’s door in case they become accidentally locked in a motor vehicle.
A toddler will not know they should climb to the front seat to be able to climb out of the vehicle
- If you find your child in a locked car get them out and call 911 or your local emergency number right away to check for signs of heat stroke
- Teach children that trunks are only used for carrying goods and are not safe places for them to play
- Show older children how to find and use the emergency trunk release should they need it
- Keep the rear fold-down seats upright in order to help keep the kids from getting into the trunk from the backseat of the car