At some point we've all been tasked with the thankless Thanksgiving job of holding a hot casserole dish on our laps while the family drives to Grandmother's house. And how about getting all those leftovers home after Thanksgiving dinner? While Auntie May's pumpkin pie may seem perfectly pleasant perched atop a lace doily on the dining-room table, it can become a dangerous projectile if not secured properly in the car.
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A study of children involved in car crashes conducted by Intel Corp. and the University of California-Irvine revealed some alarming statistics:
- Of the more than 12,500 children injured by an item inside the car during a crash, at least 3,000 collided with unrestrained objects, a passenger or both.
- "Unrestrained cargo may even cause death in a frontal crash by striking an occupant's seatback."
- "Loose objects [in the car] can become lethal … even in emergency braking."
- To help out you and your family this Thanksgiving, I selflessly volunteered to indulge in some early holiday grub and experiment to find the best techniques to safely and cleanly transport your holiday feast favorites in the car. You can thank me later.