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Hot Car Challenge Social Experiment by Kars4Kids Kars4Kids


Emergency medical technician Matt Cleverley, left, helps School Resource Officer Jeremy Stevenson of the Mitchellville (Iowa) Police Department cool down after he stayed 30 minutes in a hot car in June 2015.(Photo: Benjamin S. Evans, The Des Moines Register)


If you were offered $100 to sit in a parked car for 10 minutes on scorching summer afternoon, could you do it?
A New Jersey nonprofit challenged adults to try, and<span style="color: Red;">*</span>none of the six in its 3-minute video lasted the full 10 minutes.
Kars4Kids' Hot Car Challenge started out with a young man beat boxing to pass the time and two women removing cardigans and blazers to cope with the heat. Eventually, they all hit a red "Easy" button to leave the car and get a glass of ice water.
One man dumped the water on his head.
The video was filmed in Lakewood, N.J., on a day when temperatures climbed past 90 degrees, according to the charity. It was posted to YouTube on June 29 and has been viewed more than 1.5 million times.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>But it is unclear whether the participants were real-life volunteers or actors.
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A Thursday phone call and an email to<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Kars4Kids, a New Jersey nonprofit that accepts car donations and uses proceeds to help ultra-Orthodox Jewish children and their families, were not immediately returned.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>The Better Business Bureau's<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Wise Giving Alliance<span style="color: Red;">*</span>said the 15-year-old charity does not meet its standards because of misleading appeals.
"We encourage anyone and everyone to raise awareness" of hot-car deaths, said Janette Fennell, president and founder of Kansas City, Kan.-based<span style="color: Red;">*</span>KidsAndCars.org. "But this seems like a publicity stunt."
[h=3]Hot-car deaths[/h] More than 750 children, mostly toddlers and younger, have died of heat stroke in the back seats of cars since the mid-1980s.
• As of July 17. 10.
• 2014. 32.
• 2013. 44.
• 2012. 34.
• 2011. 33.
• 2010. 49.
• 2009. 33.
• 2008. 43.
• 2007. 37.
• 2006. 29.
• 2005. 47.
• 2004. 39.
Source: KidsAndCars.org



If the video is real, she worried that adults were exposed to danger without medical help nearby. And she worries that similarities between the two nonprofits' names confuse people.
Yet in the midst of summer, the video<span style="color: Red;">*</span>is a reminder of what it feels like for children and pets to be left in hot cars.
So far this year, 10 children have died of heat stroke after being left in the backseat of a car or climbing into an unlocked, unattended vehicle and becoming trapped<span style="color: Red;">*</span>on a warm day, Fennell said. In 2014, 32 kids died, and an average of 38 children have died each year since 2000 after being trapped in hot cars, fewer than Kars4Kids claims in its video but still too many.
Fennell's<span style="color: Red;">*</span>nonprofit, which will turn 20 years old in January, keeps track of hot-car deaths nationwide and is involved in other issues regarding children and vehicle safety.
The double-digit hot-car deaths include Nariyah Raufu, 2, who died Friday after her family returned from a day at Dallas' Fair Park and her parents thought all of their seven children had gone inside the house. The parents went indoors to take a nap; Nariyah's father discovered his daughter's body when he went out 90 minutes later to work on his car.
A week and a half ago, country singer Carrie Underwood tweeted about breaking a window to get into her car after accidentally locking her dogs and baby inside.
Earlier this month, a woman from Surprise, Ariz., left her 2-year-old in a hot car while she shopped. A bystander noticed the child and immediately called authorities, who were able to get the toddler out within 8 minutes, according to police. The outside temperature exceeded 100 degrees, and it was 108 inside the car.
On a sunny day in May that hovered near 90 degrees, Greg McKay, director of the Arizona Department of Child Safety, did a demonstration in Phoenix. Within 10 minutes, the vehicle with its windows rolled up heated to nearly 108 degrees. In 25 minutes, it was 124 degrees.
In another demonstration June 10 in Mitchellville, Iowa, two officers stayed in a police cruiser with the windows rolled up for 30 minutes. They lasted the full 30 minutes with interior temperatures rising to 110 while outside the thermometer read almost 80.
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After 15 minutes, their phones stopped working because of the heat, as did video equipment inside<span style="color: Red;">*</span>the patrol car to record their reactions.
"A lot of people need to see what happens," School Resource Officer Jeremy Stevenson said at the time as an emergency medical technician helped him cool off afterward. "They need the visual."
It is unclear when Kars4Kids' $100-challenge video was filmed, but its message is clear: Think twice about leaving kids in cars.
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The challenge was created in part to market the charity's free Android app, Kars4Kids Safety, which is designed to sync with a Bluetooth-enabled car and sounds an alert when you leave the car, according to a press release.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>GooglePlay users have given it mixed reviews.
Some suggest more old-fashioned methods that can help prevent hot-car deaths:
• Leaving a purse or briefcase in the backseat with the child.
• Removing your shoe, wallet or cellphone to put with your child.
• Keeping a stuffed animal in the backseat car seat. When a child is in the seat, place the toy in the passenger seat as a reminder.
Hot-car<span style="color: Red;">*</span>deaths began to climb after the advent of front-seat airbags. Officials started recommending that children be placed in backseats because airbags deployed in accidents were harming children and women who sat too close to vehicles' dashboards.
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That's when it became easier to forget a quiet child in the backseat.
Fennell said today's cars have all manner of warning lights and buzzers, including one that tells drivers when headlights remain on after a car is turned off.
"Who decided it's more important not to have a dead car battery than a dead baby?" she asked. "This is not going to go away until some technology is added."
Contributing: Benjamin S. Evans, The Des Moines Register; Linda Dono, USA TODAY
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