More than one child a day has to be rescued from locked car
More than one child a day was accidentally locked inside their parents' car last year, figures from the AA Ireland have revealed.
A total of 460 children had to be rescued from inside locked cars last year, the company said. It also came to the rescue of 359 dogs and even one lamb.
In addition, the breakdown assistance provider was called out to five cases where a customer's spouse was unable to get out of a parked car.
"I think there are few things more worrying than accidentally locking one of your children into your car, but it's something that can happen more easily than you think," said Conor Faughnan, AA's director of consumer affairs.
"Quite often these cases start off with a parent innocently giving a baby or child their keys to play with while they pack some shopping into the boot.
"The parent then closes the boot, the child presses a button on the fob and panic ensues.
"The good news is that we're used to dealing with incidents like these and will always give priority to a case where a child or animal is locked in a car.
"While people locking their spouse into the car doesn't happen that often, it is something our patrols still see. It is embarrassing for anyone, but it has a funny side, unless it causes rows after we leave," he said.
Despite changes in modern technology, AA Rescue still attended to 2,038 cases of keys being locked inside cars last year. This is a slight decrease on 2017, when there were over 2,300 such cases.