August 01, 2013

GM Foundation donates $200,000 to Safe Kids Worldwide

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."


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