The deadly reality of leaving children behind in hot cars

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Summer is almost upon us.

Warmer weather heating things up and the dangers of leaving children behind in hot cars
Can become deadly within minutes.

A car can act like a greenhouse, and on a hot day, can heat up by 20 degrees in just 10 minutes.

On average, 38 children die each year after being left alone in hot cars.

52 children died in 2018 alone making it the deadliest year on record in the past 20 years,
according to the National Safety Council.

And 53 percent of those cases were due to a parent or caregiver accidentally leaving a child behind.

Related: Sen. Blumenthal introduces HOT CARS Act ahead of summer season

But there are several companies out there that want to help remind rushed and preoccupied parents to check their back seat.

One of those is General Motors.

Starting with the release of the 2017 Acadia, GM has a “rear seat reminder” built into more than 20 of its 2017 & 2018 models.

It will flash a message on your front controls and ding five times, if the back door is opened and closed up to ten minutes before the car starts.

And the navigation app Waze has come out with a similar function.

The child reminder setting will alert you to check the back seat once you’ve reached your programed destination.

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