Group launches petition to keep kids from being left in hot cars

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- It's a story we hear all too often. Kids are being left in hot cars. So far this year, 15 children across the country have died after being left in hot cars. And more than 600 have died over the last 20 years.

Now one group is saying that it's time to change all that, and time to get the White House involved to prevent more deaths.

The group is called Kids and Cars. It's the only child safety organization dedicated solely to preventing injuries from being left in a hot car.

The group has launched a new "We The People" petition, which would mandate technology to prevent death of children by hyperthermia.

The group wants car seat manufacturers and automakers to develop and implement technology to detect children forgotten in car seats. Since car seats are required by law, the petition argues that child detection and alert technology needs to be required as well, and that an alarm that is seen and heard both inside and outside the vehicle is necessary.

"You still have a child strapped in a car that's exposed to extreme heat that, I assure you, no adult, would be able to endure," says forensic investigator Joseph Scott Morgan.

Kids and Cars needs 100,000 signatures in 30 days to make this happen.

You can sign the petition online.

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