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AN extremely common hair accessory has been identified as a deadly potential hazard when it comes to car crashes.
Claw clips, the hard plastic objects with relatively sharp points, could do a lot of damage during a high-impact collision.
Cathy Pedrayes shared the tip in a recent car safety video posted to her TikTok account (@cathypedrayes).
"Recently people have been talking about this, but claw clips. Those things are not soft," she said of the accessories.
"In an accident it can get pretty gross, so don't drive with it."
Although the potentially dangerous hair clips have been a hot topic on social media lately, Pedrayes said her warning was only based on "anecdotal" evidence.
"I don't think any agency has officially spoken against claw clips, but it's easy enough to remove them when driving," she said.
Several commenters appreciated the advice.
"I always have a claw clip in, thanks!! Never thought about it," one said.
Another extended Pedrayes's tip to anyone in a moving vehicle.
"Not just driving!" they said.
"DON'T WEAR CLAW CLPS IN A CAR WHILE THE CAR IS MOVING AT ALL!"
Pedrayes provided two other tips in her brief video.
She said it's a bad idea for passengers to place their feet on the vehicle's dashboard.
"If that airbag deploys, you're going to have a nasty broken bone situation," Pedrayes said.
"I watched this as my feet are on the dash," one commenter replied.
The TikToker added that motorists shouldn't be too close to the steering while driving.
"Airbags are not gentle," Pedrayes said.
"You need to be at least 10inches away from the steering wheel."
This one got a strong reaction from commenters, particularly the short ones.
Pedrayes suggested that they look into pedal extenders, but some TikTokers have had issues with those, as well.
"I'm 4'10 and before anyone says pedal extenders... mine came loose WHILE DRIVING," commenter said
"No way!" Pedrayes replied.
"Was it an installation problem? Or not made well?"AN extremely common hair accessory has been identified as a deadly potential hazard when it comes to car crashes.