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Frontovers and Backovers

Did You Know?

  • Sport utility vehicles and trucks are involved in more backover incidents than cars.
  • Drivers in backover and frontover deaths are often family members or friends of the injured child.
  • Before getting in a vehicle, all drivers, even those without children of their own, should walk all the way around their parked vehicles to check for children, or anything that could attract a child, such as a pet or toy.

Working For Change

In an effort to raise awareness about protecting kids in and around vehicles, Safe Kids created a program called Spot The Tot. This initiative teaches families about preventable injuries that occur in driveways and parking lots when drivers are unaware that children are near vehicles. It also provides tips on how to spot kids and avoid an unintentional frontover or backover incident.

Partners

Our work to prevent frontover and backover injuries is made possible by General Motors and the General Motors Foundation, widely recognized for their continuing commitment and dedication to children and families. 

Safe Kids also supports the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Where’s baby? Look before you lock” campaign. We work closely with NHTSA Administrator David Strickland and his team, who have taken the lead on child passenger safety and what needs to be done to keep our kids safe in and around vehicles.

Additional Resources

We also offer the following tools to teach and remind families about child pedestrian safety:

Some interesting statistics on backover and frontover accidents