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7 Children Die In Hot Cars In 4 States In 16 Days

Last updated on Friday, June 7, 2013

(UNDATED) - Summer hasn’t even arrived, and yet already this year seven children have died of heat stroke after being left in vehicles.

KidsAndCars.org reports the following deaths in a 16-day period in May:

All of the children were left by a family member, and all but one child were under age 2.

"The worst thing any parent or caregiver can do is think that this could never happen to them, that they are not capable of inadvertently leaving their child behind," says Janette Fennell, founder and president of KidsAndCars.org, the leading national nonprofit child safety organization working to prevent injuries and deaths of children in and around motor vehicles.

"This can and does happen to the most loving, responsible and attentive parents." Since the group began tracking data, more than 675 children have died in these preventable tragedies.

Remember the following "Look Before You Lock" BE SAFE tips from KidsAndCars.org:

Through the "Look Before You Lock" educational campaign, the first of its kind, KidsAndCars.org has distributed more than 300,000 information cards to birthing hospitals nationwide.

KidsAndCars.org urges everyone to read "Fatal Distraction," Gene Weingarten's Pulitzer Prize-winning article in The Washington Post athttp://ow.ly/ldDwU, which explains how these heartbreaking and preventable tragedies can happen to anyone.

KidsAndCars.org fully supports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) new program, "Where's Baby, Look Before You.

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