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National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention Day

Danville Police will move this car to a different location each week for their "Hot Cars Kill" initiative (Photo: Tola Adamson)

Monday, July 31 is National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention Day.

On average once every nine days an innocent young child tragically dies due to heatstroke in a vehicle.

Also on this day, grieving parents are coming together and asking for immediate action on this preventable problem.

Already this year 28 children have died from heatstroke inside vehicles.


Carol Harrison knows the pain all to well. Harrison’s husband forgot to drop their son off on his way to work.

“I was on the way home, on the bus, on a commuter bus, when I got a phone call from Miles, hysterically crying,” Harrison remembers. “I couldn't understand him. He said I forgot Chase and then hung up the phone.”

A proposed new law would require car makers to build alarms for back seats.

The law also would streamline the criminal process against caregivers who cause the deaths.

The latest deaths came in Arizona on triple-digit degree days over the weekend, with two baby boys found forgotten in cars in separate incidents.

More than two dozen child and road safety groups are backing the U.S. Senate bill introduced last week.

If passed - cars would be equipped with technology that can alert you if a child is left in the back seat once the vehicle is turned off.

Through the "Look Before You Lock" educational campaign, the first of its kind, KidsAndCars.org has already distributed more than 785,000 safety information cards to birthing hospitals nationwide. This education campaign will continue, but at the same time technology is needed to prevent these tragedies.


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