Izyan Kaher is an engineer in Malaysia. She was outside walking around when she saw a young boy playing near a car. Then he tucked himself behind a car tire.
Immediately she tweeted a photo with a stark warning:
A warning to all parents to alwys park yr tyres straight otherwise a toddler cn easily fit behind yr tyre. Accident cn happen so quick kan? pic.twitter.com/g5U5XSVS9H
— yan (@izyankaher) June 15, 2017
A warning to all parents to always [sic] park yr tyres [sic] straight otherwise a toddler cn [sic] easily fit behind yr tyre [sic]. Accident cn [sic] happen so quick kan [sic]?
The boy was not injured. She shared the tweet to ensure other parents are aware of the dangers of frontovers.
Frontovers are the opposite of backovers and can occur when a driver cannot see the person in front of them.
According to statistics captured by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and collected by KidsandCars.org, nearly 4,000 children have died in non-traffic car accidents since 1994 — 803 of them were from frontovers.KidsAndCars.org
The most common non-accident car fatalities were from frontovers, heatstroke, and backovers. In more than 70 percent of the cases, a relative was behind the wheel. Most of the victims were around one-year-old.
In an interview with Parents.com, Janette Fennell, president of KidsAndCars.org, said parents can help to prevent these tragedies by remaining vigilant:
“It’s important that you know exactly where your child is and that you check around your vehicle before you get behind the wheel. And once you’re in the car, make sure that you always use your mirrors and that you back up slowly.”
Parents could also install collision detectors, teach their children about car safety, or walk around the car before starting it. Parking with the tires straight and paying close attention before starting the vehicle could help save lives.