Self-lock cars trap babies
A rise in the number of toddlers and babies being locked in cars has seen one fire station looking into getting better equipment to deal with the issue.
Firefighters at East Coast Bays Fire Station on Auckland’s North Shore have attended three incidents in the last fortnight of children or babies being locked in cars.
Station officer Nick Penfold said the spike could be due to the rise in popularity of cars with selflocking mechanisms.
Some newer cars have a feature in which car doors automatically lock once an engine is turned off and a driver’s door is opened and closed.
Penfold said it was important to never leave young children or babies in the car alone, even if just for a short time.
He said, while self-locking mechanisms could cause a child to be locked in a car, he has seen, on other occasions, children had been playing with keys and accidentally pressed the lock button.
In these instances, the children are too young to know how to unlock the vehicle, so the fire service is called.
Penfold said the three incidents in two weeks were just in the East Coast Bays station’s coverage area.
The East Coast Bays Fire Station was now looking into getting better equipment to deal with similar incidents.
Firefighters from East Coast Bays Fire Station are looking into better equipment to rescue children trapped in self-locking cars.