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Changing your habits could prevent hot car deaths

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Each year, between 30 and 50 children die across the U.S. from being left in hot cars. Each year, between 30 and 50 children die across the U.S. from being left in hot cars.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - There's one thing you've probably heard again and again when the weather gets hot, yet the same tragedy continues to happen. Each year, between 30 and 50 children die across the U.S. from being left in hot cars.

Most parents think, "I would never forget my child." Yet, this sad story doesn't know if you're rich or poor and its victims are too little to do anything to stop it.

Lincoln Lindsay looked like he had everything a baby needs in life: two good parents, growing up in a good neighborhood.  Then a change in the family's routine led to a tragedy. Eight-month-old Lincoln died in June of 2012 after spending several hours in a hot car in the East End. Prosecutors called it an accident and no charges were filed.

The Exploited Children's Help Organization, or ECHO, showed us how it can happen as temperatures climb. Inside the car, the heat is unbearable.

"In two minutes, it can heat up to the point where a child would pass out or have other sorts of issues where they would need to go to the hospital or the emergency room," said Kelsie Smithson from ECHO.

Several products have hit the market, trying to address this deadly problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studied 18 different devices last year. It found commercial products available at the time were inconsistent and unreliable.

The NHTSA says it's better to change your habits, the things you do every time you leave the car. That means checking the back seat whether your child is there or not. The feds say the advice about a putting a purse or a phone in the back seat as a reminder works.

To read the NHTSA study, click here.

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