Warning after car auto-locks baby inside on hot day

Yahoo News Staff
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Police have smashed a car window to free a baby who became locked inside on a sweltering day at one of Sydney’s beaches.

Vision obtained by Nine News shows police officers using a baton to break a window after a nine-month-old baby became locked inside the vehicle at Maroubra Beach on Monday about 12.30pm.

The family had just finished at the beach and were packing up the car when it auto-locked, trapping the infant inside.

Luckily, an officer was able to break the glass and open the back door.

A witness told Nine News the child was out of the car “within five minutes”.

A NSW Police spokeswoman told Yahoo News Australia the child was “uninjured” and paramedics checked on them as a precaution.

NSW Police smash the window of a car after a baby became trapped inside at Maroubra Beach.
Police at Maroubra Beach smash a window with a baton to free a child stuck inside. Source: Nine News

Warning for kids and hot cars

It comes as a reminder to parents to be careful with newer car models which might have auto-locking features.

The NRMA says the temperature in a car on a hot day can be more than 30 degrees hotter inside than it is outside.

“A child left in a parked car under those conditions for even a few minutes can very quickly become distressed, dehydrated and can die from organ failure,” the NRMA said.

“If you see anything, you need to act quickly. If you wait, it can be too late.”

It also recommends breaking the glass if a child is “clearly distressed”.

It is illegal to leave a child unsupervised in a car leading to the child becoming distressed or their health becoming “permanently or temporarily impaired”.

The fine in NSW is $22,000 and could also lead to jail time.

Most parts of Sydney’s east and southern suburbs closed in on a top of 30 on Monday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

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