DETROIT – As summer temperatures continue to climb, so does the risk of child injuries and deaths due to heatstroke. To help raise awareness of this issue, the General Motors Foundation is providing $200,000 to Safe Kids Worldwide to support the organization’s Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car campaign.
Since 1998, an average of 37 children per year have lost their lives due to heatstroke, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Even on a 75-degree day, the interior of a vehicle can reach more than 100 degrees in approximately 20 minutes. On an 80 degree day the interior of a vehicle can reach 100 degrees or more in just 10 minutes.
“We are committed to raising awareness regarding how dangerous a car can become for a child left alone in a vehicle for even a few short minutes,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president of Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs and a member of the GM Foundation board of directors. “Passenger safety is a priority for our company and we’re proud to partner with Safe Kids to help save lives and prevent injuries.”
The GM Foundation’s donation to Safe Kids includes raising awareness for “National Heatstroke Awareness Day” on Wednesday, July 31. Advocates are encouraged to join the day-long social media conversation by tweeting and posting Facebook messages using the hashtag #heatstroke. General Motors, Chevrolet and OnStar have signed on to encourage their social communities to join the conversations.
“Even one death is too many, so we are grateful to have support from the GM Foundation to raise awareness about heatstroke prevention,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “By partnering with NHTSA for ‘National Heatstroke Awareness Day,’ we hope to reach parents and caregivers across the nation and put a stop these tragic losses.”
Through Safe Kids and its network of 600 coalitions and chapters across the nation, the Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car campaign provides parents and caregivers safety tips and tactics to help prevent unnecessary deaths due to heatstroke.
For more information and related safety tips, visit www.safekids.org/heatstroke.
About General Motors Co.
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.
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