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Mother, 6-year-old daughter in coma after two cars collide head-on

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A 39-year-old woman and her six-year-old daughter are both in a coma after the car they were in collided head-on with another vehicle in Susami, Wakayama Prefecture, on Sunday.

According to police, the accident occurred at around 10:45 a.m., Sankei Shimbun reported. The woman, her daughter and two-year-old son were in a light car driven by her 74-year-old father when it crashed head-on with a car driven by a 52-year-old woman.

The mother and her daughter were taken to hospital with severe injuries and remained in a coma on Sunday night, police said. The woman’s father, her son and the driver of the other car sustained minor injuries.

Police said visibility was good at the time. A witness said the light car was hit when the other car veered over the center line.

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OK, so the two years old was in the back, using a baby chair, the father, being the driver has worn his seatbelt, probably to stop the pesky alarm, and the mother and daughter were sitting next to each other on the other two back seats, of course without the seatbelts.

Wear seatbelts, people!

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Automatic braking needs to be an upgrade on offer for models that can be.

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75??? Too old be driving. Poor child and mother in a Comma now. Hope they snap out of the comma soon and to full recovery.

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75??? Too old be driving

Really?

A witness said the light car was hit when the other car veered over the center line.

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Very sad news.

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Oxycodin: Can’t blame the elderly driver this time (unless reaction time plays into it), as it seems the other vehicle veered into their car.

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Seatbelts?

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Yea obvious seat belts where not used by the injured. 75 and driving is not an issue if they are tested every year. Sure the reaction times are slower but cannot be any worse than a teen texting on a phone. Read a report once that there was a head collision at highway speeds. With air bags deployed and seat belts work both occupants walked away from the crash with no injuries. Japan needs to use their cultural shaming (as is done with so many other social subjects) to get seat belts worn and get child seats used ALWAYS. My North American model 2002 Suzuki car, "built in japan" has the modern attachment points between the two cushions for child seat. I was in japan a few years ago and the cars still don't have this. Thus the baby seat flops around uselessly with the seat belt. Crazy that Japan is the Automotive paradigm and their cars don't have the same safety features as the export models for their own people.

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Get them dashcams up. Make them standard on all cars.

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Shogun36 Dashcams are a great idea but the conspiracy people (especially the poor drivers in this groop) would say its an invasion. I think in Russia they get you a big discount on insurance that is why you see so many crazy Russian crash vids.

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the light car was hit when the other car veered over the center line.

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What was the 52-year-old woman driving ?

A light car when hit by a heavier car will crumple up more and increase the chance of serious injuries.

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I hope they recover.

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Light car? The text doesn't mention which one was light.

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Yea obvious seat belts where not used by the injured.

We can't know that. Visibility was good, and the larger car veered across into the smaller car's path.

https://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/397574?rct=national

My North American model 2002 Suzuki car, "built in japan" has the modern attachment points between the two cushions for child seat. I was in japan a few years ago and the cars still don't have this. 

Wrong.

Awareness and use of them (ISOFIX in Europe, LATCH in US) mightn't be as high as in some markets (the same goes for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, though), but my 11 year-old, bog-standard, domestic market-only car has them. On models designed since the mid-2000s they mightn't be as explicitly marked as elsewhere, but poke around for them, and you'll probably find them.

While we're on the topic, ISOFIX child seats were illegal in Australia until 2014!

https://www.drive.com.au/news/child-restraint-safety-how-will-australias-new-laws-affect-your-child/

Was your experience looking for ISOFIX/LATCH points in a taxi or a car with seat covers?

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Damn K-cars! There’s a good reason many countries refuse to import them. They have no side impact protection or crumple zones front and back. I’ve seen some that the back passengers are sitting right on the back door. If you were to have even a minor accident you’re going to hospital. Only a crazy person would put their kids in one. It doesn’t matter who caused the accident when you’re dead. I hope the mother and kid recover.

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Lindsay, hear hear! I had one years ago as a student. Total deathtraps! Never again.

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kochikameJan. 10 01:58 pm JST

Light car? The text doesn't mention which one was light.

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The woman, her daughter and two-year-old son were in a light car driven by her 74-year-old father when it crashed head-on with a car driven by a 52-year-old woman.

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A witness said the light car was hit when the other car veered over the center line.

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So the 74 year old father, his daughter and two grandchildren were in the LIGHT car when the other car driven by the 52-year-old woman, veered over the center line and hit them head on.

Just read the article carefully

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Mickelicious

Ya know I cannot rememer what car it was but it was a private Kei Car but it didn't have them. The other thing that blew me away is the car seat the people just bought didn't have the hooks and strap to use them anyways. Only seat belt. Its weird why the Light cars cannot be built safer as the Smart has excellent crashworthiness for the size of car.

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