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My PSA Re: 2-Year-Old in the Car

April 21, 2009

Over the Easter holiday we got my back bumper replaced from the unfortunate incident with the shopping cart return rack at Lowe’s. So I had a nice sparkling new-looking car again.

Well, that was short-lived. I suppose I do have to take some responsible for it, but I’d rather blame the Little One. We stopped at the store the other day after dropping the Big One off at preschool. As I often do, I unbuckled the Little One and proceeded to unload the groceries. Usually the Little One climbs up into the Big One’s seat and tries to buckle herself. It’s fun and relatively safe to let her play while I unload things.

Well on this particular occasion, I walked out of the garage and into the front yard to retrieve the newspaper. As I turned around from picking up the paper and headed back to the car, I heard a familiar noise.

The garage door was closing. I ran as fast as I could to stop the door from closing. No I wasn’t worried a bout being locked out with her inside, rather I was worried about my car.

Remember I was unloading groceries when I made the newspaper detour. So the back hatch of the mom-mobile was open when the Little One managed to climb over the seats and center console, climbed up on top of the passenger seat, stood up on the passenger seat and poked the garage door remote to close the door.

So now my beautiful sparkling new bumper still looks great, however there are two lovely scratches on the back hatch where the garage door tried desperately to close.

So my PSA to you, don’t leave your mischievous 2-year-old in the car alone for even a second. {Now, don’t get lecturing me about leaving kids alone in the car. All the car doors were open and I literally walked 50-yards to the front yard to pick-up the newspaper.}

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Caitlin permalink
    April 21, 2009 8:20 am

    YIKES! Sorry about the mommy mobile! I never leave Connor in a car alone because I am pretty sure he is smart enough to hot wire the vechicle and drive off he is a big handful lol and I can imagine him doing this very thing.

  2. April 21, 2009 7:28 pm

    Oh no!!! I am sorry your garage was not more sensitive to your car being there. I have an ancient garage door opener, and it would likely crush the gate of my minivan. heh.

  3. fixitmommy permalink*
    April 22, 2009 7:40 am

    It’s kind of scary, it’s like the sensor on my van door, how hard does it have to hit something before it stops closing! UGH! Darn kids… It’s just a car I know.

    LOL, Caitlin! 🙂

  4. Beth permalink
    April 24, 2009 6:22 pm

    Well I won’t lecture you about leaving her in the car due to heat, but a child can move a shifter into neutral and the car roll. I have seen it happen more than once.

  5. fixitmommy permalink*
    April 24, 2009 6:48 pm

    Beth~ You are absolutely right. Now that I know she can get down out of her seat and climb into the front, her days of playing in the car over!

  6. Beth permalink
    April 24, 2009 7:10 pm

    My little brother was left in the front seat with the engine running, this was before car seats were required, he climbed up to the steering wheel and shifted the car into drive and it idled into the garage door knocking it down and it fell on top of the car. My mom was right there next to the car when it happened, the whole neighborhood heard her screaming, she was paralyzed to do anything. No harm was done to the car or my brother, but the garage door needed replacing.

    I just wanted to make sure people are aware of this danger as well.

  7. fixitmommy permalink*
    April 24, 2009 7:27 pm

    WOW! That is very frightening. Thank you for sharing your story. I am very relieved to know nobody was hurt. There is certainly no comparison between a broken door and a life.

  8. Samantha permalink
    May 6, 2009 4:44 pm

    Have you stopped by a body shop to see about some touch up paint? It is fairly cheap ($5-10) and it will cover up the scratches just fine.

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