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NEWS RELEASE - July 23, 2018
Hot Car Deaths on Track for Deadliest Year
in U.S. History KidsAndCars.org pushes
for technology, urges parents to ‘Look Before You
Lock’ and keep cars locked at all times
(Philadelphia, PA) - Already this year there have been 28 confirmed
child vehicular heatstroke deaths in the United States.* This
represents more hot car deaths than we have ever suffered
by July 22 during any year in U.S. History.
Every year on average, 37 children die in hot cars in our country.
July is the deadliest month of the year for these tragedies.
Last year 43 young children died.
These tragedies are predictable and preventable. KidsAndCars.org
is urging parents and caregivers to be extra vigilant during any
changes in the daily routine. This is when most tragedies occur.
KidsAndCars.org president and founder Janette Fennell said,
“We always see an increase in child injuries and deaths this time
of year. It is devastating to know that there are families all across
America right now holding their precious babies, unaware that they
will lose them in a hot car this summer. But, these children don’t
have to die. Parents and caregivers have the power to make sure
that this doesn’t happen to them.”
Parents should implement the “Look Before You Lock” safety
checklist that provides simple tips to protect their child.
*+ an additional 3 hot car deaths pending autopsy results
Look Before You Lock Safety Checklist
•Make sure your child is never left behind in the back seat of a car:
•Make it a routine to open the back door of your car every time you park to
check that no one has been left behind.
•Put something you need in the back seat to remind you to open the back
door every time you park – cell phone, employee badge, handbag, left
shoe, work computer, etc. (The idea is if you leave the vehicle without this
item, you would have to go back to get it.)
•Ask your babysitter or child care provider to call you if your child hasn’t
arrived as scheduled.
•Keep a stuffed animal in baby’s car seat. Place it on the front passenger
seat as a reminder when baby is in the back seat.
• Make sure children cannot get into a parked car:
• Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in the garage or driveway and
even if you do not have children.
•Keys and remote openers should never be left within reach of children.
•If a child is missing, immediately check the passenger compartment and
trunk of all vehicles in the area very carefully.
The role of technology in preventing hot car deaths:
Education and awareness are important, but they are not enough.
Because parents don't believe this could happen to them, technology
plays a critical role in preventing these tragedies. Technology exists that
can detect the presence of child or other living beings inside a vehicle and
prevent hot car deaths.
To learn more about how technology can help prevent hot car deaths,
please visit https://www.kidsandcars.org/hot-cars-act-of-2017/.
For more information on child hot car deaths, please contact
KidsAndCars.org at (913-732-2792) or visit our website.
Founded in 1996, KidsAndCars.org is the only national nonprofit child
safety organization dedicated solely to preventing injuries and deaths of
children in and around vehicles. KidsAndCars.org promotes awareness
among parents, caregivers and the general public about the dangers to
children, including backover and frontover incidents, underage driving and
vehicular heatstroke. The organization works to prevent tragedies through
data collection, education and public awareness, policy change and
Janette Fennell, President & Founder, 415-336-9279,
Amber Rollins, Director, 913-732-2792, Amber@KidsAndCars.org
Sue Auriemma, 516-721-2664, Susan@KidsAndCars.org
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