June 8, 2006

Chevrolet and Safe Kids Worldwide warn not to leave kids in hot cars

Detroit, Michigan – As summer brings warmer weather, parents and caregivers need to be wary about how dangerous heat can be for children in vehicles, warns Safe Kids Worldwide. Since 1998, 293 children have died in the United States due to heatstroke in cars. One out of five heatstroke deaths happen when a child is intentionally left in a car.

The organization says a baby’s body will heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s body, so it takes less time for a baby to become overcome by heat. Parents should avoid leaving a child unattended in a car. They are also recommending that parents lock their cars even in their own driveways to prevent children from climbing in and being overcome by the heat.

Chevrolet is partnering with Safe Kids Worldwide to show how dangerously hot it can become inside a car. The partnership includes displays with temperature sensors inside cars to show just how dangerous a vehicle can be.

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