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Too many Qld kids lock themselves in cars

AAP logoAAP 6/01/2017

An average of three children are being rescued from locked cars every day in Queensland, with most becoming trapped after being handed the keys to play with.

The RACQ helped retrieve 1268 children from locked cars last year, which was 51 fewer than last year.

However spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said many cases could be avoided if parents gave their precious cargo a toy - rather than car keys - to play with.

"We find that in the majority of cases, kids are becoming trapped in cars because parents give their child the car keys to play with and in a flash, they've pressed the lock button," Ms Ritchie said.

Five babies have already been rescued from locked cars in Queensland this year which was concerning given recent high temperatures, she added.

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