Calling all advocates – we need YOUR help!

Calling all advocates to prevent hot car tragedies
We need YOUR help!!

Please join us in advocating for the HOT CARS Act of 2017 (H.R. 2801 / S. 1666) to prevent hot car injuries and deaths with existing technology.

NOW is the time to ask your U.S.  Representative and Senators to sign on to the HOT CARS Act as a co-sponsor. At the bottom of this message is a sample letter of support that you can use to send to your Congress people.

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A follow-up phone call is SO important!! After you send your email to your Rep. and Senator, call their office to make sure they received your email and tell them how important the HOT CARS Act is to you! (note: They don’t always answer, but leave a message and keep calling until you get someone to answer! Persistence pays off!)

Below are a few talking points to help you make your point.

  • Since 1990, over 800 children have died in hot cars in our country.
  • Vehicles already have many reminder alerts in them for low fuel, headlights, doors left ajar, low tire pressure, seat belts, air bags, etc.. why not to remind a sleep deprived parent or caregiver?
  • Technology exists to prevent these unthinkable tragedies. Education and awareness aren’t enough… we NEED technology.
  • Right now there are families out there who are holding their precious children that WILL lose them in a hot car in the coming weeks. But, that doesn’t have to happen. We have the power to change that.
  • For more information on child hot car deaths, you can visit and/or

Thank you so much for your passion and outreach efforts in helping keep our precious children safe.


The team


Dear Senator or Representative (last name):

I am writing to you about a tragic, yet solvable, problem which we need your leadership to resolve. More than 800 children have died in hot cars since 1990. This tragic statistic includes the deaths of precious children right here in our state.

This problem will continue until technology to alert the driver once the car is shut off is put in all cars – because no one thinks this could happen to them.

On June 7, 2017, the Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act (HOT CARS Act of 2017), H.R. 2801, was introduced by Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Peter King (R-NY) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).  On July 31, 2017 a companion bill S.1666 was introduced in the Senate by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS).
Sadly, since the bill was introduced in June, fifteen (15) more children have died bringing the total this year to 30 and there will certainly be more in the summer days ahead.  That’s a 20% increase based on last year at this time. These deaths can be prevented.

We urge you to cosponsor this lifesaving bill to prevent children from being needlessly killed and injured when left alone in vehicles.  We don’t want any more families to experience the horrific and painful loss so many families are currently living with.

While it may seem unthinkable, scientific research and the findings of neuroscience experts show that many factors including work demands, lack of sleep or a change in routine, can lead to tragedies of children being left behind by parents, family members or child care providers. The HOT CARS Act is a commonsense bill that requires the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) to issue a final rule for a reminder system to alert a driver if a child is left unattended in a vehicle. It sets a reasonable deadline  for agency action. Driver reminder systems in cars already are used for several components such as headlights, keys and doors.

This legislation is supported by over 25 leading public health, safety, consumer and law enforcement organizations.  Below is a complete list of organizations supporting The HOT CARS Act of 2017 (H.R. 2801 / S. 1666).

Thank you for your consideration of cosponsoring the HOT CARS Act.  With your leadership and support these needless and tragic deaths can be curtailed.


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Organizations in Support of the HOT CARS Act of 2017

(Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act) 


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

International Association of Fire Chiefs

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

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