Press Releases

2016

48% Increase of Child Heatstroke Deaths in Cars – October 7,  2016

44% Increase of Child Heatstroke Deaths in Cars – October 6, 2016

HOT CARS Act of 2016 Introduced Today Will Prevent Child Heatstroke Deaths by Getting Much-Needed Technology into Vehicles – September 15, 2016

Media Advisory: New Legislation Introduced Today to Get Technology into Vehicles to Prevent Child Heatstroke Deaths. 29 children killed already this year in hot cars. – September 15, 2016

National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention & Awareness Day on July 31 brings urgent call for technology solution – July 28, 2016

KidsAndCars.org applauds GM’s new technology as an important step in avoiding child heatstroke deaths – June 11, 2016

BREAKING NEWS Another baby died today on Heat Stroke Awareness Day; 11th tragedy this year – June 8, 2016

Infant Dies 2 Days Before National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention Day – June 8, 2016

National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention Day tomorrow, June 8 – June 7, 2016

SAVE-THE-DATE: National Heatstroke Prevention & Awareness Day, June 8 – May 27, 2016

2015

Keyless ignition-unintended consequences can be deadly – December 22, 2015

Worst Anti-Safety Highway Reauthorization Bill Slammed. Members of Congress, Safety and Consumer Advocates, and Crash Victims to Unveil Specific Changes to Fix It – November 9, 2015

How many more children must die before NHTSA does it’s job? – July 31, 2015

KidsAndCars.org applauds Carrie Underwood for speaking out about her terrifying experience this weekend – July 13, 2015

KidsAndCars.org, American Gaming Association and Congressional Fire Services Institute to promote National Heat Awareness Day – May 22, 2015

2014

Give the gift of safety, recommends KidsAndCars.org; Child safety group teams with Operation Safe Road™to offer rearview cameras at discounted prices – December 16, 2014

KidsAndCars.org welcomes Alex Jacky, 8, as first Junior Advocate – September 29, 2014

Statement of Janette Fennell, President of KidsAndCars.org – September 2, 2014

KidsAndCars.org Announces Partnership with American Gaming Association During Responsible Gaming Education Week – August 5, 2014

PCI Hosts Policy Briefing with NHTSA, IIHS, KidsandCars.Org, ITSA, and Progressive on Innovation and Auto Safety – July 30, 2014

Take Precautions to Protect Children from Extreme Heat –  July 22, 2014

Centerpoint Medical Center Partners with KidsAndCars.org to Remind Parents to ‘Look Before You Lock’ – June 25, 2014

KidsAndCars.org Launches White House Petition Drive to Prevent Needless Child Deaths in Hot Vehicles – July 14, 2014

KidsAndCars.org, Ray Ray’s Pledge to promote National Heat Awareness Day May 23 – May 23, 2014

Government Finally Issues Rear Visibility Safety Rule for Vehicles, Will Save Lives After Years of Needless Delay – March 31, 2014

Media Advisory: Court To Hear Argument on Obama Administration’s Failure to Issue Auto Safety Rule Mandated by Congress as Fatalities Continue to Mount – March 28, 2014

2013

KidsAndCars.org to mark Heat Stroke Prevention Day on July 31 – July 29, 2013

May 2013 nearly doubles average number of child heatstroke deaths in vehicles, 7 children die in hot cars in 4 states in 16-day period – June 3, 2013

Families of Children Killed in Car Backover Incidents and Safety Groups Urge Obama Administration to Take Action on Rearview Cameras in Cars – April 11, 2013

2012

3 More Children Die in Hot Cars, reports KidsAndCars.org – 11 Children Have Died in August – A Total of 26 This Year – August 28, 2012

KidsAndCars.org founder speaks at NHTSA press conference Aug. 22 at Children’s Mercy Hospital – August 22, 2012

8 Children in 4 States Die in Hot Cars in 6 Day Period, reports KidsAndCars.org – August 8, 2012

7 Children in 4 States Die in Hot Cars in 5 Day Period, reports KidsAndCars.org – August 7, 2012

KidsAndCars.org says rulemaking delay on child backover deaths disappointing – February 29, 2012

2011

Memory and Brain Expert Addresses Federal Government on “Forgotten Baby Syndrome” to help prevent hot car tragedies – Sept 23, 2011

Mom tells about son’s death in hot car to help prevent similar tragedies – Raleigh, NC – Sept. 21, 2011

Parents recount heartbreaking incidents to help prevent hot car tragedies – Sacramento, CA – Aug. 31, 2011

Federal government steps up efforts to prevent child deaths in hot cars – Press event dedicated to Georgia child Jurnee Ingram one-year after of her tragic death – Atlanta, GA – August 15, 2011

Texas Mom speaks out for the first time about son’s death in a hot car; Expanded awareness campaigns needed to prevent child deaths in hot cars -Fort Worth, TX – Aug 11, 2011

KidsAndCars.org president to speak at July 26 event – July 25, 2011

KidsAndCars.org launches national safety awareness program for hospitals to educate new parents about heat stroke danger – July 13, 2011

KidsandCars.org again demands that GM recall cars to retrofit with internal trunk releases – June 20, 2011

KidsAndCars.org warns against leaving children in hot vehicles this summer – June 8th, 2011

2010

No More Backing Blind – December 3, 2010

Four month-old is 11th baby to die in Texas this year and 11th Heat-related Vehicular Death in August Nationwide – August 26, 2010

2009

New Data Contests NHTSA Findings, Exposes Real Danger of Vehicle Power Windows – Nov. 2, 2009

New report undercounts statistics regarding children left behind in hot cars – September 6, 2009

CHILD AND ANIMAL PROTECTION GROUPS ISSUE WARNING AFTER TOTS ARE LEFT IN CAR – August 28, 2009

KidsAndCars.org calls for General Motor vehicles to be recalled and retrofitted with internal trunk releases – June 18, 2009

KidsAndCars.org Research Validated by Federal Government Report – January 28, 2009

2008

Consumer, Safety Advocates Join With Victims To Celebrate New Law Protecting Children In And Around Motor Vehicles – April 9, 2008

Sununu Honored For Work In Helping To Enact Child Car Safety Bill – April 9, 2008

Safe Guards Protecting Children in and Around Vehicles Becomes Law – February 29, 2008

Clinton Hails Final Passage Of Kids And Cars Safety Legislation; Meets With Affected Ohio Family – February 15, 2008

KIDS AND CARS * Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety * Consumers Union * Public Citizen * Center for Auto Safety * Trauma Foundation * Consumer Federation of America *National Consumers League – February 14, 2008

CLINTON AND DINGELL HAIL FINAL PASSAGE OF KIDS AND CARS SAFETY LEGISLATION NOW ON ITS WAY TO BE SIGNED INTO LAW – February 14, 2008

Parents, Consumer and Safety Groups Applaud House Committee Action Today for Passing the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Act – February 14, 2008

2007

Child Safety Bill Sponsored by Representatives Schakowsky (D-IL) and King (R-NY) Clears House Committee Hurdle – December 18, 2007

California trauma teams unite to reduce child injuries and deaths due to vehicle backovers – May 21, 2007

Child Safety Advocates and Consumer Groups Applaud Senate Committee Action Today to Stop Deaths and Injuries of Children Due to Motor Vehicle Design Flaws – May 16, 2007

Sen. Stevens Co-Sponsors Legislation to Improve Child Safety Features in Automobiles – March 1, 2007

Child Safety Advocates and Victims Join Senators Clinton and Sununu and Representatives Schakowsky and King to Demand Passage of Tougher Laws to Stop Deaths and Injuries of Children Due to Motor Vehicle Design Flaws – February 27, 2007

2006

Safety Groups Saddened By News of Detroit Child Strangled In Power Window – December 22, 2006

Leader of KIDS AND CARS recognized by Safe Kids Kansas – December 13, 2006

A FIVE SECOND WALK COULD SAVE A CHILD’S LIFE – November 16, 2006

Government Vehicle Backover Report Confirms Urgent Need for Visibility Safety Standard – November 14, 2006

Motor Vehicle Dangers That Are An Easy Fix Continue to Kill and Injure Children – September 6, 2006

Safety Groups Encouraged By Auto Industry-Government agreement to help end danger of runaway vehicles – August 21, 2006

Safety Advocates Line Up Backing for Technology Law – July 1, 2006

Safety Groups Win Decision to Make Power Windows Less Dangerous for Children, But Government Says “No” to Fail Safe Technology to Eliminate Problem – April 13, 2006

Child Safety Advocates Join Victims On Capitol Hill To Push For Passage of Tougher Laws To Keep Children Safe In And Around Cars – March 9, 2006

2005

Senator Clinton, Child Safety Advocates Join To Help Families Protect Children In And Around Vehicles During the Holidays – December 30, 2005

Senator Clinton Announces Legislation To Protect Children In And Around Vehicles – Oct. 31, 2005

Consumer, Safety Groups Applaud Important Child-Car Safety Measures Approved in Today’s Highway Bill – July 29, 2005

Lawmakers Must Keep Life-Saving Auto Safety Improvements in Highway Bill, Public Safety Groups, Survivor Advocates Say – July 21, 2005

Three Children Killed Each Week in Preventable Auto-Related Deaths Focus of Coalition’s Campaign – May 24, 2005

Safety Groups Lament Gaps In Projected Auto Fatalities – April 21, 2005

2004

Advocates Demands GM Pull Ad Of Children Driving Corvettes – August 25, 2004

2003

HitchCAM & Kids And Cars Promote SUV/Child Safety Synergy at SEMA 2003 – October 31, 2003

Power Windows in American-made Automobiles Blamed for Children’s Deaths and Injuries – August 14, 2003

2001

KidsAndCars.org Warns Parents Not to Leave Children Unattended in or around
Motor Vehicles – May 31, 2001