It's great there's so much awareness of safe carseats and installation in general (compared to years past). Another issue that I notice gets very little attention in car safety is the issue of unsecured cargo. In particular, the back areas of SUV's, minivans and other vehicles that don't have separate "trunk" areas.
A few years back, friend of a friend's family member suffered a permanent brain injury from a frozen chicken that hit her in the head during a low speed collision. She would have been fine otherwise as she was buckled in.
I find very little information about it online. I would like to see accident statistics or some other objective information/data that highlights how much of an issue this really is.
I have a "pet guard" in my station wagon, but it could still let smaller items through. I get a bit freaked out when I see dh drive away with dd in his SUV....and there's an unsecured carjack in the back, among other things. Even the grocery cans and water bottles can be missiles. The airlines know this....now why isn't public health also tackling this issue? Or is it such a rare occurence that it's not worth the effort?
How do I convince dh this is an issue? And where do I start to look for products such as cargo boxes that lock to the vehicle (to protect the most precious cargo from flying objects)?
What do people think? Is more attention needed to devote to this issue?