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Toddler dies in first US hot car death of 2024. Is there technology that can help save kids?

By Michael Loria

5 life-saving reminders about hot cars
Studies find that hot cars become deadly in as little as an hour for children and pets trapped inside. USA TODAY

America's battle to keep children from dying in the backseats of hot cars is underway again after the nation's first death of 2024 in South Carolina.

Armani Shoemaker, 3, died May 3 after slipping out of his family home and into an unlocked car around noon in Columbia, according to a Richland County Sheriff's Department's report.

"You think of what happened in South Carolina and your heart just breaks," said Janette Fennell, the founder of Kids and Car Safety, an advocacy group that has tracked hot car deaths since 1990. "Now we're at over 1,000 kids and it doesn't have to be that way."

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