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Heading out on the road? Secure items in vehicle


NEW YORK (WKOW) -- AAA estimates more than 63 million Americans will take road trips this season.

Unsecured objects in your car can become projectiles in a crash. George Clark of Wisconsin should know.

Clark and some fellow dads were coming home from boy scout leader training when another car pulled right into their path. They hit it going 50 mph and the untethered child booster seat next to Clark slammed into his head, crushing his cheekbone and jaw.

Safety Research and Strategies estimates ordinary objects in cars are responsible for 13,000 injuries a year.

At 55 mph, a 20 pound object hits with a thousand pounds of force. One study showed unbelted passengers are a danger not just to themselves but to others, because even people can become projectiles.

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