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Sad… Car Airbag Kills 6 Year-Old Girl in Asaba

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If as a parent or a child caregiver, you’ve ever been casual about putting a child below 12 years-old in the front passenger seat of a car, please be more careful next time.

A recent accident in Asaba, Delta state, which resulted in the death of a six year-old girl has brought about a wake-up call on the dangers of putting children below the age of 12 years in the front passenger seat while driving.

Chizurum Gloria Emmanuel was killed on her way back from school when her mother who was driving the car, got involved in an accident.

Guardian reports that she was in the car with her three brothers. Here is an excerpt from the story on how the accident happened:

What was supposed to be a happy homeward journey ended in tragedy when an impatient motorist suddenly tried to beat the vehicle in her front, a Toyota Corolla at the U-turn opposite St. Patrick’s College. In an attempt to avoid hitting the car, the driver suddenly stepped on the break pedal. A panicky Mrs. Emmanuel attempted stepping on her break pedal, too, so as not to collide with the car in her front but it was too late.

Tried as she could, she still lightly hit the bumper of the vehicle, and then the airbag burst. She heard a noise and the car, an Audi saloon screeched to a halt. She turned to her right and saw the only daughter in a family of four children who was sitting in the front seat writhing in pains. The Primary Two girl had a cut on her neck and was bleeding profusely from the nose.

She was rushed to the nearby Federal Medical Centre (FMC) which was just a few meters away from the scene of the accident. They tried resuscitating her with oxygen but sadly, few minutes after she was brought in, she gave up.

According to her grieving father who spoke to Guardian, Chizurum was an intelligent and obedient girl who never got in anybody’s way and always took the first position in her class.

A source at the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), however, explained to Guardian that the airbag must have expired, as the impact of the accident couldn’t have been serious enough to trigger off the airbag. He added that it was advisable to check a car’s airbags 10 years after installation and to avoid putting children below the age of 12 in the front passenger seat as they are not mature enough to withstand the impact of burst airbags, should an accident happen. Motorist must always use their seat belts, he concluded.

Her death is very sad and we pray that her soul rests in peace.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

52 Comments

  1. Tess

    March 20, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Sad, so sad! Rest in peace with the angels, dear girl.

  2. Stephanie N

    March 20, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    RIP Angel. 🙁

  3. W

    March 20, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    So sad! how does one explain this? Sleep well child.

  4. Mary-Ann

    March 20, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    So sad..may her soul rest in peace!!

  5. wish the Lynxx hype will rest!

    March 20, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Tears! Such an innocent soul gone! Sad world!

  6. KIKi

    March 20, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    So saD……….RIP

  7. Nnenna

    March 20, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    People have to be very careful! These precautions are there for a reason. The impact of the airbag can be disastrous to an adult talk less of a child. I see people carrying babies with them in the front seat and I just cringe! Car seats, people! RIP to the little girl. It’s unfortunate her life has been cut so short for something so easily avoidable!:-((((

  8. kilipot

    March 20, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    toooh! I do not know what to say.

  9. jen

    March 20, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    omg..this is so sad..what a pretty little girl…may she rest in peace…..motorists always speeding and trying to overtake nawa…. my heart pours out to the family of that little girl!!!

  10. Someone

    March 20, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Really Sad story. Hope people learn from this.

  11. faith

    March 20, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    May her soul rest in peace Amen!

  12. Bleed blue

    March 20, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Oh Lord! This is very very sad. And to think, this issue of my kid being in the front seat was on my mind just this morning…lesson learnt…rest in peace dear Chizurum 🙁

  13. Ngozi

    March 20, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Poor Child!!

  14. Me

    March 20, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    damn..this woman will feel so guilty about her lil girl’s death… o God…so sad! RIP angel

  15. [email protected]

    March 20, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    “source at the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), however, explained to Guardian that the airbag must have expired, as the impact of the accident couldn’t have been serious enough to trigger off the airbag. He added that it was advisable to check a car’s airbags 10 years after installation and to avoid putting children below the age of 12 in the front passenger seat as they are not mature enough to withstand the impact of burst airbags, should an accident happen. Motorist must always use their seat belts, he concluded”
    What in the world is this FRSC source saying it is common knowledge that a child below 13 or even if the child is 13 should have a certain weight to be able to sit in the front sit of a vehicle. simply because they can withstand the impact of an airbag in the event there is a collision. PLEASE mothers do not put children in the front of the car no matter how much they cry

    • Sugabelly

      March 21, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Why is your advice only to mothers? Don’t fathers have a responsibility to make sure their children are safe? Are women the only people who take care of children or do men just run away once the woman is pregnant?

      Please PARENTS not please mothers. Women don’t have a “CHILD CAREGIVER” stamp on their foreheads.

  16. pat

    March 20, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Such a Tragic incident,,,May her soul Rest in peace,,

  17. nene

    March 20, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    this is soo pathetic. i remember when one of my older cousin’s had her airbags expode, she looked like she had bean badly beaten by thugs. the airbag literally destroyed her face. Chizurum rest in peace darling! soo sad.

  18. ebrufles

    March 21, 2013 at 12:03 am

    so sad rest in peace

  19. PD

    March 21, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Awww….so sad.May ur gentle soul rest in peace angel.

  20. Deedee

    March 21, 2013 at 12:20 am

    OMG,this is so sad

  21. House of ZINNO

    March 21, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Aaaaaaawwwww, so sad,RIP

  22. Joy

    March 21, 2013 at 12:58 am

    🙁

  23. AMEN

    March 21, 2013 at 1:48 am

    R.I.P…..AMEN

  24. MY NAIJA GIST

    March 21, 2013 at 2:14 am

    This is really sad, may her soul rest in Peace

  25. R

    March 21, 2013 at 3:05 am

    Tragic! God comfort her family

  26. Na wa

    March 21, 2013 at 3:07 am

    So sad!.I noticed most people using car seat in naija always put their babies facing the front while the right way is for the seat to face the back.Mothers with babies and even kids are not to sit in front seats

    • Tiki

      March 21, 2013 at 10:49 am

      There are front facing, and rear facing seats. It depends on the kind of seat. Google is your friend.

    • enkay

      March 21, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      it also depends on the child”s weight and age. where I live, a child must be 2yrs and above to use front facing car seat

  27. kikelomo

    March 21, 2013 at 4:18 am

    That is one thing i will never try…..dont allow children in d front sit of a car…never we parent should always b concious of this small small rules they are very important please…May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace n may God give the parents the fortitude to bear the loss…Amen…

  28. HABBA

    March 21, 2013 at 4:56 am

    wow this is sad! rest her little soul!! i pray for her mom in this time

  29. Miss Mo

    March 21, 2013 at 5:03 am

    Awwww so sad. May her young soul RIP.:(

  30. Yvonne

    March 21, 2013 at 5:10 am

    awww this is so sad. May her beautiful soul rest in peace 🙁

  31. zsa zsa

    March 21, 2013 at 6:02 am

    I definitely wont be able to sleep tonight…this poor baby, gosh can’t stop the tears. Please parents lets be very careful, don’t take any rules for granted. Car seats/booster seats for as long as is stipulated by law. I know its a bit different back home.

    Rest in heavenly peace angel.

  32. hearty giveaway

    March 21, 2013 at 7:07 am

    OMG! this is sad jeez! may her soul rest in peace

  33. kofo

    March 21, 2013 at 7:30 am

    RIP lil angel. May God grant ur family d fortitude 2 bear this great loss. Such a young beauty gone witout any fault of her own.

  34. nnenne

    March 21, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Rip dear little one. what a tragedy!!

  35. Debby

    March 21, 2013 at 8:34 am

    May her soul RIP

  36. many people

    March 21, 2013 at 9:26 am

    RIP……….Little One

  37. Uche

    March 21, 2013 at 9:33 am

    May God rest her soul.

  38. Stella Kashmoney

    March 21, 2013 at 9:50 am

    May her soul rest in perfect peace. This is so sad. Pls parents do not put your kids in the front seat.

  39. Sabi-sabi

    March 21, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Lord, please help this woman to forgive herself and to work through the heavy weight of guilt that she may feel. Amen.
    The whole family will definitely need counselling and the father must support his wife at this trying time. RIP, Little Angel.

  40. Eugenia

    March 21, 2013 at 10:09 am

    RIP…LOVELY ANGEL.

  41. praisy

    March 21, 2013 at 10:21 am

    May her soul rest in peace. It is well!

  42. EfKay

    March 21, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I can just imagine what the mother is going through. That kind of guilt could destroy her and her family. I pray she goes for counselling and may God restore her family’s joy and help her forgive herself.

  43. Vvy

    March 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    oh dear! gone too soon.May her soul R.I.P

  44. Richie's momma

    March 21, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    So sad. RIP dear girl. I’m so guilty of this. Since my baby outgrew his car seat, I’ve been placing him in the front passenger seat while driving. Needless to say that I won’t do that ever again.

  45. Yes

    March 21, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    May her beautiful soul rest peacefully with God and may He grant her family the grace to bear this loss, amen.

  46. brownie

    March 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

    May d soul(s) of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace…Amen. Sleep on beautiful soul.*tears*

  47. Thanks heaven!

    March 24, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    @tiki…front facing for more than 2 yrs or depending on the weight…google is ur friend…lol..guess u r guilty too

  48. baby

    October 13, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    we take too much for granted in naija…….may her soul rip and lord give the mum double grace to forgive herself and bear this grief…..all kids below 5 should be in a car sit……..also adults dont put on your seatbelt ony when u know lasma is around to stop you, its for your own good….

  49. dotty

    October 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    i wish my friend will read this; i always warn her about her little boy who will even stand while the mum is driving. when you try to drag him out from the front seat, the next thing you will hear is; biko hapuya ooo….ona ebechim nti! i pray it doesnt happen to you though! cos it will be you that will bechi pple nti

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