Sending Office: Honorable Tim Ryan
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Save 37 Children’s Lives A Year

Cosponsor the Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats (HOT CARS) Act of 2017

Endorsed by: Advocates for Health Economics and Development (AHEAD CA) Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety American Academy of Pediatrics American Public Health Association American Trauma Society CA Unintentional Injury Prevention Strategic
Plan Project Co-Chair California Coalition for Children’s Safety and Health Center for Auto Safety Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Child Injury Prevention Alliance Consumer Federation of America Consumers
for Auto Reliability and Safety Consumers Union Emergency Nurses Association Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Kids In Danger National Coalition for Safer Roads National Consumers League National Safety Council National Troopers
Coalition National Volunteer Fire Council Public Citizen Safe Kids Worldwide Safe Ride News Publications Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research Trauma Foundation

Dear Colleague,

On average, 37 children die a year from heat-related deaths after being trapped in a hot vehicle. A temperature inside a car can reach 125 degrees in a matter of minutes, and cracking the windows does not help slow the heating process. In conjunction, a
child’s body overheats 3-5 times faster than an adult body. Combined together this is a deadly situation that can be easily avoided with simple technology. Our legislation would require the Secretary of Transportation to issue a rule requiring all new passenger
motor vehicles to be equipped with a child safety alert system.  General Motors deploys an example of this technology, a Rear Seat Reminder feature, in multiple vehicles in the 2018 model year, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. While we have systems
that tell you when you leave your keys in the car or keep your lights on, we have no current requirement for cars to have this simple feature that will help save the lives of children across the country. This is inexcusable. Join us and cosponsor this common-sense
piece of legislation, and help save the lives of children. If you have any questions, or want to cosponsor the Hot Cars Act of 2017 (HR 2801), please contact Anne Sokolov in Congressman Tim Ryan’s office at


Tim Ryan                                Peter King                               Jan Schakowsky

Member of Congress              Member of Congress              Member of Congress

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