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My personal weather report for Phoenix Arizona- “IT’S HOT!”

Aѕ Arіzоnіаnѕ wе аll knоw thаt triple dіgіtѕ аrе just around the соrnеr аnd wіll ѕtау thеrе until November at least. Sо сhесk оut these ѕtаtѕ оn Heat ѕtrоkе dеаthѕ оf сhіldrеn іn vehicles:

Aѕ temperatures сlіmb tоwаrd triple digits in Arizona, ѕо іѕ the еffоrt to educate the рublіс аbоut thе dangers оf lеаvіng children and реtѕ іn cars. Locked Cаrѕ wіth thе wіndоwѕ uр are dеаthtrарѕ for children and pets: On a 78-dеgrее day, thе tеmреrаturе inside a locked саr wіth thе wіndоwѕ ѕhut tурісаllу rise to bеtwееn 100 аnd 120 dеgrееѕ іn just mіnutеѕ, on a 90-dеgrее day, the іntеrіоr tеmреrаturе саn rеасh as high аѕ 160 dеgrееѕ іn lеѕѕ than 10 minutes. Sо іf уоu dо the mаth аt 110 degrees the tеmр of the car соuld rеасh uрwаrdѕ to 195. Hеаtѕtrоkе brain damage аnd even dеаth саn оссur іn 15 mіnutеѕ оr less!! Thаt аррlіеѕ tо bоth children and реtѕ.

video found at  PETA on You Tube

The Surprise AZ Police Department has launched a fantastic campaign “Hot Cars Can Kill”

This іѕ a fantastic campaign and рublіс аwаrеnеѕѕ рrоgrаm tо rеmіnd аnd іnfоrm реорlе of thе deadly consequences оf lеаvіng children іn a lосkеd саr wіth the wіndоwѕ rоllеd uр and I want tо remind everyone thаt thіѕ аррlіеѕ tо уоur реtѕ аlѕо

“We want the public to be aware that a child or pet who is left helpless in a hot car can suffer serious injury or even death,”Surprise Police Chief Mike Frazier said. “We hope that by getting this message out, people will make extra efforts to ensure that they don’t forget their loved ones in a vehicle or use it as a babysitter.”

I agree with Police chief Michael Frazier’s idea to purposely leave an important item in the back seat next to your child or pet so you remember to check the back seat when leaving a parked and locked up vehicle.

The National Highway Safety Administration states heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among children, and a child’s body temperature can heat up three to five times faster than that of an adult. Death occurs when a child’s body reaches 107 degrees, the NHSA said.


Follow this Check list that every responsible driver should memorize when traveling with Children and pets.

• Never leave children alone in or around cars; not even for a minute.
• Put something you’ll need like your cell phone, handbag, employee ID or brief case, etc., on the floor board in the back seat.
• Get in the habit of always opening the back door of your vehicle every time you reach your destination to make sure no child has been left behind. This will soon become a habit. We call this the “Look Before You Lock” campaign.
• Keep a large stuffed animal in the child’s car seat when it’s not occupied. When the child is placed in the seat, put the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. It’s a visual reminder that anytime the stuffed animal is up front you know the child is in the back seat in a child safety seat.
• Make arrangements with your child’s day care center or babysitter that you will always call if your child will not be there on a particular day as scheduled.
• This is common courtesy and sets a good example that everyone who is involved in the care of your child is informed of their whereabouts on a daily basis. Ask them to phone you if your child doesn’t show up when expected. Many children’s lives could have been saved with a telephone call from a concerned child care provider. Give child care providers all your telephone numbers, including that of an extra family member or friend, so they can always confirm the whereabouts of your child.
• Keep vehicles locked at all times; even in the garage or driveway and always set your parking brake.
• Keys and/or remote openers should never be left within reach of children.
• Make sure all child passengers have left the vehicle after it is parked.
• When a child is missing, check vehicles and car trunks immediately.
• If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. If they are hot or seem sick, get them out as quickly as possible. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
• Be especially careful about keeping children safe in and around cars during busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays.
• Use drive-thru services when available. (restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry cleaners, etc.)
• Use your debit or credit card to pay for gas at the pump.

SCOURCE: go here to download a PDF kid and cars dot org   


Mini Van Driving Moms and Dads everywhere beware!

The Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) just released their safety crash test findings and only one of four mini van style vehicles performed in what the IIHS considers acceptable and that vehicle is the 2015 Toyota Sienna.

The crash testing primarily involved what are called “small overlap front crashes” where the vichle is propelled and crashed into a wall that only covers approximately half the width of the vehicle and typically and shows some of the worst possible outcomes for this type of crash. This type of test is intended to duplicate what happens when the front corner of one vehicle collides with another vehicle or a stationery object like a tree or utility pole. More specifically the crash forces bypass the vehicle’s main energy-absorbing structure. These crashes are considered specifically difficult for minivans to handle, because minivan bodies are typically built on car frames but are much wider than car bodies. Resulting in more of the mini van body is located outside the main structure. Minivans also are heavier than cars.

The Nissan Quest, the Chrysler Town & Country and its twin, the Dodge Grand Caravan, all earn poor ratings. The exception to the disappointing pattern is the 2015 Toyota Sienna, which earns an acceptable rating. It joins the Honda Odyssey, which last year earned a good rating in the small overlap crash test, in the ranks of Top Safety Pick+ award winners. Minivans are popular among parents, a group that tends to be safety conscious, but we’ve only seen two so far that offer decent protection in small overlap crashes,” says David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer.


So the IIHS is intentionally putting these vehicles in a worse case scenario to obtain the most prudent crash test data and this is especially important information for Moms and Dads who transport children and loved ones in  mini vans.

Even though Toyota beefed up the front structure of the 2015 Toyota Sienna to improve it’s performance in these over lap type crashes that happen in every day life as well as on the IIHS test tracks, check out what happened in the test because it didn’t really fare all that well.

However the Nissan Quest didn’t do so well.

The Nissan Quest receives what the IIHS describes as a deceiving for it’s restraints and kinematics of safety belt structures. This part of the safety rating measures how well the safety belt and airbags work to control the dummy’s movement.

Here are the good and bad for the Quest:

Here are the bad and good for the Chrysler Town & Country:

I don’t see very much good in these test results. Except more than likely there would be little head trauma however it is apparent that there would be  severe lacerations, possible fracture of the femur and or the Tibia (Thigh and Leg) and in all probability loss of limb for Nissan Quest and Chrysler’s Town & Country.

Vehicles with a good or acceptable small overlap rating, along with good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, qualify for the 2014 Top Safety Pick award. Vehicles that meet those criteria and also earn a basic or higher rating for front crash prevention qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ award.

The Sienna earns its “plus” on the basis of an advanced front crash prevention rating. Its optional system includes forward collision warning and an automatic braking function that reduced impact speeds by an average of 9 mph in the Institute’s 12 mph test and by 7 mph in the 25 mph test.

In my opinion these crash tests should be critical in decision making when purchasing a mini van type motor vehicle. Remember you can replace your vehicle but you can’t replace your children and loved ones. How much is the cost difference worth for the safety of your loved one’s, especially in Phoenix traffic.

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