Monday 22 January 2018

Key mistakes leave children locked in cars

Treacy Hogan

INCREASING numbers of drivers are accidentally locking their children, dogs and keys inside their cars.

In recent case, a driver who just got out of the car watched in horror as his pet dog jumped on the door lock, trapping his baby inside. It was a hot day but luckily the driver was a member of the AA and help was at hand.

This was one of a growing number of instances where children and pets have been locked in cars, according to a report by the Automoblie Assocation (AA) Rescue Patrolman service yesterday.

The service revealed that they are being called out to an average of three car key lock-ins every day. A total of 56pc of keys were locked inside the main passenger section, followed by 40pc in the boot and four per cent in the engine itself.

So far this year, patrols have been called out to 774 drivers who were locked out.

More than 90pc of cars can be opened by the AA with no damage.

Irish Independent

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