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2-year-old girl dies after her neck gets stuck in car window

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A two-year-old girl died after her neck got stuck in a car window while she was seated in the back seat, in Tokyo on Tuesday.

The incident occurred just before 11 a.m. in Nerima Ward, NHK reported. The girl’s mother called 119 and said her daughter’s neck was stuck in the car window and she couldn’t release it.

Police said the girl was in a child seat but her seat belt wasn't fastened. Her mother told police she heard her daughter cry out and when she turned to check on her, she saw her neck stuck in the window. It is not clear if the girl or her mother pressed the window power control button.

Although the child was eventually released from the window, she was unconscious and taken to a hospital, but died later in the day.

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OMG poor kid. What a freak accident. They're so incredibly cute at two. I'm sure this family is devasted.

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Im sorry. This is yet another example of abysmal parenting. Why was the kid unbelted whilst the parent wasnt right next to them. Automatic windows take time to go up, why didnt the parent notice? Next level ignorance.

-6 ( +11 / -17 )

Why didn't they break the damn window, are people that slow and stupid?

15 ( +20 / -5 )

A terribly tragic accident. Very sad for all involved.

Why was the kid unbelted whilst the parent wasnt right next to them.

The article states:

“Police said the girl was in a child seat.”

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Surely there would be an auto stop. Most modern cars have.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

@Norm

News on TV is reporting that while the girl was in a child seat, she wasn’t buckled in, hence why she was able stick her head out the window and press the buttons. Very tragic but could have been prevented. Rest in peace, little one.

17 ( +18 / -1 )

This is why there are child window and door locks, so from inside the vehicle, the back doors and back windows cannot be operated.

Of course, it is easy for us, here, without any panic, to think of these things.

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BlattamexiguusToday  06:45 pm JST

Surely there would be an auto stop. Most modern cars have.

you’d think so but many of them don’t. They are extremely powerful and dangerous

A terrible way to go poor little thing!

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

RIP.

If this happens to anyone, it's safe to smash the window. It will shatter into thousands of rounded pieces which aren't sharp. I've broken a car window before by kicking up a stone with my weed whacker.

Powered sliding doors have an auto stop, but windows don't. You need to be careful with manual doors if you have kids and park on a slope. They can slam shut under their own weight.

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Poor mom. I can imagine what she must have gone thru when trying to brake the child free.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I hate those automatic windows, this sort of thing wouldn’t have happened with the kind you roll up with a handle.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Full stop. If the child was actually in a child seat(buckled in), then it's physically impossible for this tragic situation to have happened.

The math doesn't add up.

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Police said the girl was in a child seat.

@Chabbawanga I'm sorry, but did you really read the article or did you assume? You missed one important fact in the this story the "Police said the girl was in a child seat". Yet another example of an abysmal comment. I guess it the speed reading. Never speaking of next level of ignorance, especially if you have to eat your own words.

Im sorry. This is yet another example of abysmal parenting. Why was the kid unbelted whilst the parent wasnt right next to them. Automatic windows take time to go up, why didnt the parent notice? Next level ignorance.

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Moronic learned helplessness (TV reports that the child was unbelted).

A 2 year-old cannot get their head out a car window if they're belted into their seat, and the child seat is secured to the rear car seat.

Does the parent only put their own seatbelt on to stop the alarm buzzing?

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@kaimycahl According to Japanese reports, yes, it was a case of abysmal parenting. While the child was in a child seat, she was not wearing a seatbelt according to the mother. Furthermore, the mother apparently put the windows up herself except the little girl's side without checking, and only noticed the girl with her head stuck later when there was no response from the girl when called (20 mins after leaving). So she either accidentally put the girl's window up with the rest of them, or they weren't locked and the girl did it herself.

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Police said the girl was in a child seat.

There is no way a child who is belted into their seat could extend their neck in this way, not unless they are a giraffe.

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@Chabbawanga I'm sorry, but did you really read the article or did you assume? You missed one important fact in the this story the "Police said the girl was in a child seat". Yet another example of an abysmal comment. I

Why was a two year old unbelted whilst the parent wasnt next to them? Do you understand the logistics of this situation?

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Full stop. If the child was actually in a child seat(buckled in), then it's physically impossible for this tragic situation to have happened

Thank you

6 ( +7 / -1 )

The logical thinking here doesn't surprise me at all. In or out of a "CHILD SEAT" or buckled in or not!

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

This story is completely unbelievable. First how could she get her head out the window while being belted in a child's seat. Second why wouldn't the mother use the child control button on the driver's door? Why didn't she roll down or break the window?

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

The logical thinking here doesn't surprise me at all. In or out of a "CHILD SEAT" or buckled in or not!

Have a child, put them in a child seat, then make a response.

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This is a nightmare, just last week I saw a little girl not sure of the age but very young 2 - 4 Y.O. with head sticking out of the Left Side Rear Window and her mother driving probably unaware.

But it was not in Tokyo,

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Was she STRAPPED into the child seat? I don't think you can get that far out if you're strapped in. When my son was that young, I only cracked the windows, and he was always strapped in and I would converse with him unless he was sleeping.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

So the car seat clearly wasn’t used properly. How can a strapped in car seat move anywhere close to a window stepped in. What a tragic senseless loss.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

As obsessed as people over here seem to be with all things "safety", I'm often surprised how that doesn't seem to apply to passengers in a moving vehicle.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

As obsessed as people over here seem to be with all things "safety", I'm often surprised how that doesn't seem to apply to passengers in a moving vehicle.

People here treat their minivans like their living room; TV on, kids unstrapped and climbing over and between the chairs and the car is in motion. I see this kind of thing every week. If something happens it is 100% due to parental negligence.

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People here treat their minivans like their living room; TV on, kids unstrapped and climbing over and between the chairs and the car is in motion. I see this kind of thing every week. If something happens it is 100% due to parental negligence.

As much as I agree with you. The parents are not the only ones to blame. The government and law enforcement have been woefully negligent in enforcing the law. Proper law enforcement would eventually change people's perceptions as it has with driver seat belts. And not properly securing children in a vehicle is only one of many laws that are not enforced.

S

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From updating news sources, the police account is that the child was behind the mother where she could not be seen, she was not fastened into the child seat, and able to stand up. The mother opened all four windows to get some air into the car, and then closed the one by her child. Since her child had become quiet, she checked, but 20 minutes had already gone by.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Sadly still so common here.

I've mentioned before - an "elite" kindergarten next to the high school I teach at, has parents picking up their kids daily. The staff help the kids into the cars and many sit in a child seat with no buckling up. I've watched countless numbers over the years drive off with the kids unbuckled.

Some even sit in the front seats - in a child seat or with a booster - a practice which is not only illegal, but especially dangerous for 3 ~ 6 year olds. And yes - some of these little kids don't have a belt on.

The duty of care by both the parent and staff is woefully neglectful in such cases.

Some countries would see them fined large sums, but here it's only a problem - if at all - after the fact ie a tragedy like stated in the article.

Mind boggling.

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As much as I agree with you. The parents are not the only ones to blame. The government and law enforcement have been woefully negligent in enforcing the law. Proper law enforcement would eventually change people's perceptions as it has with driver seat belts. And not properly securing children in a vehicle is only one of many laws that are not enforced.

A lack of basic common sense is pure negligence if it leads to the death of a child. I agree that law enforcement leaves a lot to be desired, but parents have a duty to make sure that their children are safe and secure when the vehicle is in motion.

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Surely there would be an auto stop. Most modern cars have.

Most newer model Volvos and Toyotas have them. But especially on Euro cats like Audi and BMW, the programming sometimes bugs up and opens the windows half way for no reason. Then you have unplug the battery to reset the system.

Some of the newest, most “Advanced” cars like the Tesla cyber truck were shown slicing carrots, watermelons, and apples like butter in YouTube videos of owners testing the “safe” doors and windows features.

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@Norm

News on TV is reporting that while the girl was in a child seat, she wasn’t buckled in, hence why she was able stick her head out the window and press the buttons. Very tragic but could have been prevented. Rest in peace, little one.

Thanks for checking the vernacular press. I should have done that.

What a terrible loss for such a small amount of carelessness.

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I wonder if this car was a Nissan or a Toyota? Was there no safety feature to detect an obstruction?

This article carefully leaves out that detail.

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I would smash the window - everyone should have a Resqme Car Escape Tool on their car keychain.

Get one if you don't already. They are cheap and potentially life saving.

https://shop.aa.co.nz/products/resqme-car-escape-tool-red

4 ( +4 / -0 )

If she was driving around for 20 minutes with her child’s head stuck out at a strange angle, it would be far too late to smash the window.

I just wonder why no one alerted her.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Why didn't they break the damn window, are people that slow and stupid?

That was exactly my first thought. At least that kid would still be alive, which is a lot better than breaking the window.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Parental negligence because not checking a 2 year old for 20 minutes would only be in your dreams, as a father of 3.

In my country (could not find elsewhere sorry), it is a legal obligation to have a safety anti-trapping function for automatic windows in cars and any accidental move on the control device will make window roll down, and that since at least 2010...

Also, why Japan gives so little importance about life saving reminders especially for little ones when the country sees disappearance of children (only 11,4% of population is between 0-15 years) is a mystery to me.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

why her mother not start car again and open window from main controller of all windows of car.

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There seem to be conflicting reports about whether the child closed the window on herself or the mother closed it on her while her head was out.

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/463808de5f6681cf2bd9c990d3e5c39e2bc216cf

Either way, the mother failed on so many levels — not buckling the child in, not locking the windows and doors, having the child seated behind her out of view, not periodically checking on the child, and not having the common sense to break the window.

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According to the police, the mother didn't put the seat belt on which would have kept her daughter IN THE CHAIR and would have prevented her STICKING HER HEAD of the window—bad choice by mum. Sorry but my guess is, this wasn't the first time Mum didn't put the seat belt on.

According to the Consumer Affairs Agency and other sources, more than 10 injuries to necks, faces, fingers and other body parts due to power windows have been reported over about 15 years since September 2009.

In one case, a small child’s finger was cut off when another child toyed with the window control switch. Both children were between the ages of 1 and 4. And still, the politicians don't get the police to FORCE a kid to be buckled up in a car. Unless medically excused. Now, we have someone dead. This and the others could be reduced if the police would enforce seatbelt laws more. Not just on the highway. They hide in little alleys waiting for someone NOT TO STOP at the stop line. Maybe the police should park outside some kindergartens and start fining these negligent parents.

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