May 17, 2019

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Janette Fennell, president & founder, 484-278-4641, [email protected]
Amber Rollins, director, 913-732-2792, [email protected]
New Pennsylvania Law Protects Good Samaritans from Liability When Rescuing a Person Trapped Inside a Hot Car 
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Philadelphia, PA - Governor Tom Wolf just signed the new law providing immunity for good Samaritans who break into a vehicle to rescue an individual trapped inside (HB 279 into law ( Act 5 ). Pennsylvania joins 20 other states who with similar good Samaritan laws aimed at preventing hot car deaths.

Last year was the worst year in history for child hot car deaths with a total of 52 fatalities . Already this year, 7 children have died in hot cars nationally., the national nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of children and animals in and around motor vehicles, applauds Governor Tom Wolf as well as bill sponsors Senator Thomas H. Killion and Representative Karen Boback for their dedication to protect children and others from hot car dangers.

The importance of this bill lies not only in protecting citizens from liability, but more importantly in empowering citizens to act when someone’s life is at stake. president and founder, Philadelphia resident, Janette Fennell said, “Sadly, we know of cases where passersby saw a child inside a hot car, did nothing and the child died. Nobody should have to think twice when a child’s life is at stake. Protecting children is everyone’s business.”
A vehicle acts like a greenhouse or an oven, heating up to deadly temperatures within minutes. On a 90° day, the interior of a parked car can soar to over 115° within 15 minutes and cracking a window has been proven to not help. A child’s body can overheat 3-5 times faster than an adult’s body. Children can sustain brain damage, organ damage or failure and death within minutes inside a hot car.
The new state law will take effect in 60 days. In the meantime, learn what to do if you find a child, animal or person in need trapped inside a hot car . recommends parents follow the ‘Look Before You Lock’ safety checklist to ensure children are never unknowingly left behind in a vehicle and that they don’t get into a vehicle on their own and become trapped.
### is a national nonprofit dedicated to saving the lives of young children and pets in and around vehicles. The organization is devoted to eliminating vehicle-related risks that were previously unrecognized through data collection, research and analysis, public education and awareness programs, policy change, product redesign and supporting families to channel their grief into positive change. These everyday incidents include being run over, hot car deaths, carbon monoxide poisoning, car theft with children/animals inside, falls, knocking cars into gear, drowning inside vehicle, underage drivers, power window strangulation, trunk entrapment, etc.