It's in response to a tragic incident last weekend.
There are ways to keep your small children safe when you're in the family car. That's according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
The auto club says when you strap your kids into the car safety seat, make sure they're secured with a five-point harness. "It is more difficult for the child to get out of the harness," says AAA spokeswoman Christine Delise. "There's the buckle across the chest to undo, as well as a button to press at the bottom of the harness to release the child from the seat."
This advice about keeping toddlers safe comes following a tragic incident over the weekend. State Police say two-year-old Frehiwet Olsson got out of her father's car on her own Saturday afternoon. She and her father had just arrived at the parking lot at Heritage Farm Park in Walkersville. The little girl wandered through the parking lot and was struck and run over by a Honda Pilot. The driver was traveling around the parking lot looking for the exit when she heard a bump. She got out and noticed that her SUV had run over the child.
Frehiwet was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where she died shortly after arriving.
State Police say no charges are pending against the driver of the Pilot at this time.
If your vehicle has this feature, AAA also says make sure the child proof locks have been activated when you're transporting kids. "This prevent the back doors from being opened from the inside, and will prevent a child from accidentally opening the door and exiting the vehicle," says Delise.
And most importantly, Delise says keep a sharp eye on your children after they get out of the car. "Always hold your child's hand tightly when existing vehicles, and at all times when out in the public," she says.