Parents’ Winter warning: 1200 babies locked in cars

The State’s peak motoring body has urged parents not to become complacent during the cooler months, as new data revealed RACQ had recused more than 1200 children from locked cars in the past year.

RACQ Patrol rescuing a child locked in car

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said it was an alarming statistic and an important reminder to parents and carers who assumed children were only at risk during hot weather.

“Shockingly, on average, our patrols are called to rescue more than three children from locked cars in Queensland every day,” Ms Smith said.

“Most of these are accidental lock-ins and happen when Mum or Dad give the child a set of keys to play with, and they then press the lock button – it’s a frightening thought for any parent.

“Even though it’s winter, there’s still no safe time to leave a child unattended in a car. Especially here in Queensland where our testing shows temperatures inside the car can rise by 10 degrees in just eight minutes – even if your car’s parked in the shade or a window’s left open.”

Ms Smith said children were at risk of death or serious injury if they were left in cars.

“We always treat these call outs as the highest priority,” she said.

Ms Smith said parents or carers who found their children in theses situation should remain calm and call for help.

“If you see a child locked in a car and are concerned for their health, call RACQ or emergency services. Don’t ever try to break a window though, as this can injure the child inside.”