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Q: What steps should be taken to carry cargo safely?

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What steps should be taken to carry cargo safely?

A: Most of us don’t give a lot of thought to t...

Most of us don’t give a lot of thought to the threat posed by the cargo in our cars. Laptops, exercise accessories, backpacks – they can all be threats during an accident. To help reduce the risk of injury to yourself and your passengers, follow these simple steps:

  • All items that might be thrown around during an accident should be stored away or secured.

  • Don’t place anything on the back trunk panel under the rear glass. In an accident, they can become airborne and cause injuries. They can also block your view.

  • Make sure that anything in the floorboards cannot roll under the seat, particularly under the driver’s seat where they might interfere with the pedals.

  • No cargo should sit higher than the lower lip of the window or it might cause problems with the side air bags deploying.

  • The glove box should be kept closed. An open glove box can injure the front passenger’s knees or legs in an accident.

  • Cargo in the trunk should be distributed evenly with the heaviest items on bottom.

  • Items that might be thrown out of the trunk during a crash when the back seat is down should be secured.

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