Staggering number of locked kids and animals in 2017

5 January 2018 The State’s peak motoring body has revealed it rescued nearly 2000 children and animals from locked vehicles in 2017.

RACQ’s roadside assistance figures revealed Brisbane recorded the highest number of rescues, with 406 children and 161 pets trapped in cars.

The staggering figure has prompted a warning from RACQ’s Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding to motorists to take more care with their car keys.

“The majority of cases where children are locked in cars are accidental and avoidable,” Mr Spalding said.

“Parents or carers will hand the keys to their child to play with while they unpack the shopping or load their vehicle, and they inadvertently press the lock button.”

Mr Spalding said there was never a safe time to leave a child or animal alone in a vehicle.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re parked in the shade or your windows are slightly down,” he said.

“The reality is car temperatures can reach 40 degrees in just seven minutes and these high temperatures can have serious health impacts, or even cause death, for those locked inside.

“Please, keep your car keys on you and if you see a child trapped in a car, call RACQ or emergency services. Don’t try to break a window, this can injure the child or animal inside.”

Area Children locked in car Animals locked in car
Brisbane 406 161
Other areas 342 271
Gold Coast 169 101
Sunshine Coast 94 92
Toowoomba 45 16
Townsville 43 26
Cairns 33 22
Mackay 27 13
Bundaberg 21 15
Rockhampton 18 3
TOTAL 1198 720