Janette Fennell,  484-278-4641, cell 415-336-9279, or  [email protected]  
Susan Auriemma, 516-721-2664, 516-627-8618 or [email protected]
Susan Pepperdine, 913-262-7414, cell 913-205-5304 or  [email protected]

44% Increase of Child Heatstroke Deaths in Cars
Already this year, 36 children have died in hot cars compared to 25 children in 2015
Summer is over, yet another baby died in a hot car yesterday in Muskogee, OK. These tragedies will continue to happen at an alarming rate until driver reminder technology is available in all vehicles. The biggest challenge; nobody thinks this could ever happen to them.
On September 15, 2016 U.S. Rep Tim Ryan (OH), Peter King (NY) and Jan Schakowsky (IL) introduced the Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act (HOT CARS Act of 2016, H.R. 6041). This critical piece of legislation will help prevent children from being needlessly killed or injured when left alone in a vehicle. This bi-partisan effort has already received widespread support from more than 20 of the nation's leading public health, consumer and safety organizations, an expert in neuroscience and the brain memory system, along with families who have been devastated by a similar tragedy.
Today is exactly 3 weeks since the introduction of the HOT CARS Act, and subsequently 7 more families are suffering the unthinkable loss of a child.
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Please work with us to continue to raise awareness and prevent these deaths utilizing our proactive 'Look Before You Lock' program while we work towards a technological solution.

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 in the back seat to remind you to open the back door every time you park - cell phone, employee badge, handbag, etc.
  • Keep a stuffed animal in baby's car seat. Place it on the front seat as a reminder when baby is in the back seat.
  • Ask your babysitter or child care provider to call you if your child hasn't arrived as scheduled.
Make sure children cannot get into a parked car:
  • Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in the garage or driveway.
  • Keys and remote openers should never be left within reach of children.
  • If a child is missing, immediately check the inside and trunk of all vehicles in the area very carefully.
About  Founded in 1996, is the only national nonprofit child safety organization dedicated solely to preventing injuries and deaths of children in and around vehicles. promotes awareness among parents, caregivers and the general public about the dangers to children, including backover and frontover incidents, and heat stroke from being unknowingly left in a vehicle. The organization works to prevent tragedies through data collection, education and public awareness, policy change and survivor advocacy.