Last week a child died in the parking lot of Proctor & Gamble, when its mother was at work.
Over 30 children have died this year of vehicle-related heat stroke tragedies, and 11 in the month of July alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Pediatric experts claim that any parent or caregiver – even a very loving and attentive one – can forget a child is in the back seat when they are busy, distracted, or experiencing a change in routine. Car related heat stroke can strike with outside temperatures as low as 57 degrees since the temperature within a car can climb 20 degrees or more in 10 minutes.
In late July, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Al Franken introduced bipartisan legislation requiring all new passenger vehicles to be equipped with a child safety alert system. The Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seat Act (HOT CARS Act) is intended to prevent heatstroke deaths when children are left alone in vehicles. The biggest mistake a parent can make is to feel like it can’t ever happen to them.
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