Child Safety Locks Car
As of September 1, 2001, automobile manufacturers are required to equip all new vehicle trunks with a 'glow in the dark' trunk release inside the trunk compartment. Show your kids how to use the release in case of an emergency. If your car is older and does not have the 'glow in the dark' trunk release, ask your automobile dealership about getting your vehicle retrofitted with a trunk release mechanism.
The lock is typically engaged via a small switch on the edge of the door that is only accessible when the door is open. Some cars implement the child lock control as a rotary mechanism which can only be operated with a key. This design ensures the child lock remains in its intended state, it is invaluable for older children or adults that may tamper with the lock when the door is open. Once the door is closed, control of these two mechanical type child locks is completely inaccessible to the passengers. In some newer models the child lock can be activated electronically from the driver position via a Door control unit, although Nissan offered manual, remote controlled child locks on their Pulsar/Cherry as early as 1982.
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Child safety locks tend to be built into the rear doors of most cars and are used to prevent rear seat passengers, particularly little ones, from opening the doors both during transit and while the vehicle is stationary.
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Keeping children safe extends beyond car seats. By providing educational information to parents and caregivers, and through our different prevention campaigns, NHTSA works to prevent the injury and death of children in and around vehicles.
When the child lock is engaged, the interior handle is rendered useless, usually just moving freely without unlatching the door. In this state a passenger simply cannot open the door, nor can he or she disable the lock, and is effectively locked in. The door can only be opened by someone lifting the outside handle, either a second person or by the passenger opening the window and reaching the outside handle.
Open your car's rear doors. While many cars have a switch or lever on the doorframe accompanied by a diagram showing which way to flip the switch to activate the safety locks, they're usually not self-explanatory. Some vehicles may have a recessed button with a small notch cut into it, such as the one in this 2015 Volvo V60 (photo above). In this case, use a car key, a flathead screwdriver or even a dime to insert into the notch, then turn it to engage the safety lock.