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The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP Teams Up with Local Philadelphia TV Stations to Promote Awareness of the Dangers of Leaving Children Unattended in a Hot Vehicle
Date:7/31/2014

egrees Fahrenheit; at this point the body stops perspiring and enters survival mode. At 107 degrees, cells and internal organs begin to fail, with the possibility of death occurring shortly thereafter. According to Null, "If a child is small and on the sunny side of the car, death can occur in 15 minutes or under."

Null's research further shows that most of these deaths result from caregivers forgetting a child in a car. Sadly, almost all of these fatalities could have been prevented.

Child Safety In and Around Motor Vehicles

To increase education and awareness of the potential dangers of children left alone in a vehicle, organizations such as KidsAndCars.org are working diligently to pass state laws, propose federal policy changes, and redesign motor vehicles to make them safer for children. Currently, only 19 states have laws against leaving children unattended in a car. With increased awareness and education, hopefully, more states will enact laws to protect children and help reduce or eliminate this preventable cause of injury and death. With children dying each year from heatstroke, NHTSA has launched a national ad campaign: "Where's Baby? Look Before You Lock." This radio and Internet initiative, which runs from May through September 2014, aims to highlight the importance of this issue for parents and caregivers.

Child Vehicle Death Prevention Tips

To keep children safe from injury and heat-related vehicle deaths this summer, follow these tips recommended by Safercar.gov and KidsandCars.org:

•Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the engine running, the air conditioning on, or windows partially rolled down.
•Make a habit of checking your vehicle before locking the door and walking away.
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