KSHB: Safety advocates concerned with how children are dying in hot cars this year

August 25, 2020

Amid the pandemic, more vehicles are sitting parked at home. And with many parents working from home and juggling other responsibilities, and children not being in daycare supervision can be more difficult than ever.

So far this year, 42% of all hot car deaths have been the result of children getting into parked vehicles on their own—that’s up from an average of 26% in a normal year, according to KidsAndCars.org.

Susie Girten, RN, and Child Passenger Safety Technician at Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City talks to KSHB about how children are getting stuck inside cars, how to help prevent it from happening and what to do if you see a child unattended in a car. 

Watch the full story below.

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