Effect of the sun on a closed car on an 80 degree day

GM Offers Smart Advice on Kids and Hot Cars

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The tragedy of kids dying in hot cars can be avoided with smart advice from GM and Safe Kids USA.

GM, in conjunction with the child safety group Safe Kids USA, has created a video that is chock full of advice for parents and others who transport kids in warm climates. The advice could prevent a child from dying from hyperthermia.

As part of a nationwide campaign launched earlier this year, NHTSA and Safe Kids are joining safety advocates at events around the country to urge parents and caregivers to think "Where's baby? Look before you lock."

“This campaign is designed for parents and families with young children, but it applies to everyone in communities nationwide who care about the safety of children," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at an event in Orlando, Fla. “We hope that the simple tips from this campaign will save lives and help families avoid unnecessary heartache.”

Don't get lulled into thinking this couldn't happen to you. A surprising tidbit of information from the video is the temperature only needs to hit 75 degrees before the inside of your car quickly hits 100 degrees. The video below shows how quickly a car can heat up.

As the GM video reports, " … many parents are legitimately unaware of how dangerous a car can become for a small child in just a few minutes. On a 75 degree day, the interior of a vehicle can reach over 100 degrees in about a half hour. Studies show that the interior temperature will continue to increase about 45 degrees every hour.

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