4 Summer Safety Tips for Kids and Cars

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Focus on Features

“We’re not going to reengineer kids,” says Fennell. “But we can reengineer the products they interact with to make them safer.” Parents know to look for cars with excellent crash test scores and features that help avoid traffic accidents, but Fennell recommends looking at other features to keep kids safe in non-traffic situations.

“Rearview cameras and front and rear park assist systems are must-have features,” she says. Front- and backover accidents are currently the leading cause of non-traffic deaths for children. “People do not appreciate the lack of visibility in their cars,” Fennell says. The smallest children are the most vulnerable: 1- and 2-year-olds are the most likely to be hurt in this type of case. Many new cars have standard rearview cameras (they’ll be required on all new cars in 2018), and almost all new cars offer them as optional features. Aftermarket rearview cameras are also available and most cost less than $100.

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