(Flickr)

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How can we as an industry stop people from exiting their cars while the machine is still running? It seems like every month there’s at least one more case. The latest happened this week in Ohio.

A man in Franklin, Ohio, went for a car wash Monday got himself trapped after he left his car while the automatic car wash was running. First responders said the man drove into the car wash in his SUV and noticed a piece of his vehicle had fallen off. He got out of the SUV to retrieve the part and was trying to get back in the car when he became stuck between the door and a piece of the car wash which had already started moving.

“He thought the machine had stopped and opened the door to retrieve the part,” the fire chief told the Dayton Daily News. “The machine hadn’t stopped, it continued to cycle. As he tried to re-enter the vehicle, he slipped, fell and basically became trapped between the (vehicle) door, which was folded forward (as the cycle continued), and the machine.”

The man, who was not named, escaped with only bruises after firefighters worked to free him. He was treated at a local medical center for minor injuries following the incident. Could’ve been much worse. Other than perhaps more prominent signage, what else can we do? Or is this the equivalent of saying, “Careful, your hot coffee is hot”?