Study: More Kids Left Unrestrained in Cars

A disturbing downward trend in appropriate child-restraint use by U.S. motorists could threaten to undermine major progress since 2000 in preventing deaths of young children.

Proper use of child restraints in vehicles declined in several categories from 2013 to 2015, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Risking the safety of future generations by letting children ride unrestrained is not acceptable," U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. "Seat belts and car seats save lives, and need to be used on every trip."

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Don't Just Stand There, Save That Child!!!
USDOT: Every summer, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) engages the public about the dangers of leaving children are unattended in hot vehicles. And sadly every year, these tragedies continue to happen. Already in 2016, sixteen children have lost their lives, adding to the total of 676 heatstroke deaths since 1998.

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Every 10 days, vehicular heatstroke kills a child in the United States. Every 10 days, a parent loses a child to a preventable death. Since 1998, there have been 687 deaths, 26 of which happened this year. It's time to stop vehicular heatstroke from killing our children. The time to take action is now

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Consumer Reports Evaluates New Technology Designed to Prevent Hot Car Deaths

(WSFA/CONSUMER REPORTS) - Parents and caregivers can't imagine they could accidentally forget a child in their car, yet almost 40 children die of heatstroke inside vehicles each year. There is new technology designed to prevent such tragedies, and Consumer Reports just evaluated it.

Consumer Reports evaluated new technology built into an Evenflo infant seat that may help. SensorSafe is designed to chime as soon as the car is turned off if a child is still buckled in the seat.


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Traffic Safety Facts on Children
NHTSA: Of the 32,675 motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2014 in the United States, 1,070 (3%) were children 14 and younger.

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Take Proactive Steps in Preventing Child Heatstroke in Hot Vehicles
NBC News: So far this year, at least 16 children have reportedly died from heatstroke after being left in hot cars by their caregivers — more than double the number who perished by this time last year. Could New Technology Help Prevent Hot Car Deaths?

infographic showing that temperature inside a vehicle rises 20 degrees in 10 minutes

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