Advocacy group says avoid tragedy, remove kids from vehicles

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KidsandCars.org has documented over 1,100 children losing their lives because they were unattended inside a vehicle between 2001-2018.

There are only 19 states having specific laws making it illegal to leave children alone in vehicles.

Some parents believe it is safe to leave their children alone in vehicles.

Janette Fennell, president and founder of KidsAndCars.org said, “First and foremost, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family of the children. We all want to keep our children safe and secure and help them live to their full potential. Yet, children are being unnecessarily killed because they have been left alone in a vehicle. It is my hope that parents everywhere will learn from this excruciating tragedy and never leave their children alone in a vehicle.”

Hundreds of children are injured or killed every year after accidentally knocking a vehicle into motion. 

Last year a record of 51 children died inside of hot cars and 200 survived being left inside stolen vehicles.

Safety tips for parents and caregivers;

  • Never leave children alone in or around cars; not even for a minute. 
  • If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. Call 911 immediately. If the child is in distress, get them out of the vehicle as quickly as possible. 
  • Use drive-thru services when available (restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry cleaners, etc.) and pay for gas at the pump. If you order take-out, you can ask them to bring the food out to your car.
  • Never leave a vehicle unattended with the engine running under any circumstances.
  • Do not put children or adults inside a vehicle with the engine running while clearing snow or ice off the vehicle. Always clear the tailpipe first to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Keep car keys and remote openers out of reach of children and keep vehicles locked at all times, even in driveways or garages. Ask home visitors, child care providers and neighbors to do the same.
  • Always set your emergency brake when your vehicle is parked.
  • In any state, a person can face child endangerment or neglect charges for leaving a child alone in a vehicle, even if the state does not have a law specifically making it illegal to leave a child alone in a vehicle.

To learn more about the many dangers children face in or around vehicles please visit KidsAndCars.org’s website click here.

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