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A mom is alerting dad and mom and caregivers a couple of little-known hazard involving kids climbing into sizzling vehicles, as two kids have reportedly died in current weeks underneath related circumstances.

“The extra I talked, the extra I noticed that this was uncommon — a toddler getting right into a automobile,” Jenny Stanley, a mother of three from Alpharetta, Georgia, advised Fox Information Digital of publicly talking out about her circle of relatives’s tragedy. 

“[Other parents] have mentioned, ‘It by no means crossed my thoughts that this might occur.'”

She added, “I didn’t give it some thought both — earlier than it occurred to us.”


Final month, a 2-year-old boy died after being present in his household’s unlocked automobile in North Carolina. 

Police say it’s unclear how the boy obtained into the car within the first place. The boy died within the hospital every week after the incident, in keeping with the Related Press.

Little Sydney Stanley together with her mother, Jenny Stanley. Sydney tragically died in 2010 after she turned trapped in a sizzling automobile at her household’s house.
(Jenny Stanley)

On July 31, 2022, one other 2-year-old died after being discovered unresponsive inside a automobile in Scranton, Kansas, as Children and Automotive Security shared in a information launch. 

The Osage County Sheriff’s Division in Kansas mentioned indicators counsel the dying could have been heat-related. The division confirmed the kid was not left within the automobile, in keeping with Children and Automotive Security.

“No one actually is aware of the true purpose why kids get in on their very own as a result of we are able to’t ask them.”

Youngsters could enter automobiles on their very own whereas exploring, taking part in video games like hide-and-seek or for different circumstances, Amber Rollins, director of Children and Automotive Security, advised Fox Information Digital. 

“No one actually is aware of the true purpose why kids get in on their very own as a result of we are able to’t ask them,” Rollins mentioned.

“However, in Jenny [Stanley’s] case, she does imagine she is aware of.”

Young Sydney Stanley is shown posing on a boat during a family vacation.

Younger Sydney Stanley is proven posing on a ship throughout a household trip.
(Jenny Stanley)

Sydney Stanley was simply 6 years previous when she died after climbing right into a sizzling automobile 12 years in the past. 

Stanley describes her daughter as being “filled with happiness,” “a princess some days and a tomboy the opposite days.”

“She was very particular about what she needed and what she didn’t. It was very clear-cut,” Stanley mentioned. “And when she would get upset, she would say, ‘Somebody harm my feeling.’ Not her ‘emotions’ — her ‘feeling.’”

Sydney is photographed while playing in her team softball league.

Sydney is photographed whereas taking part in in her group softball league.
(Jenny Stanley)

Stanley shared one other instance of Sydney’s “spunky” character. 

“One time, she had a buddy rubbing her ft and studying to her. I don’t understand how she managed [to get her friend] to try this,” mentioned the mother.

Sydney additionally developed a ardour for dance, one thing she started on the younger age of three.

“She lastly obtained to do hip-hip and after I picked her up, she mentioned, ‘That was my finest day,'” Stanley recalled.

“She died that following Sunday, so she by no means obtained to do her hip-hop once more …solely as soon as.”

Sydney poses wearing sunglasses and a feather hair accessory. Her mother told Fox News Digital that the child loved dance and softball.

Sydney poses carrying sun shades and a feather hair accent. Her mom advised Fox Information Digital that the kid liked dance and softball.
(Jenny Stanley)

The day of the tragedy, on Aug. 22, 2010, Jenny Stanley had been operating errands together with her eldest son Logan (who was 12 years previous on the time) whereas Sydney performed at a neighbor’s home. 

At one level, Stanley’s husband Mike requested their center little one Mason (10 years previous on the time) to go subsequent door and let Sydney comprehend it was time to come back house.

Once they realized Sydney was not subsequent door, her father obtained within the automobile to drive across the neighborhood to search for her. As he was stepping into the automobile — he discovered Sydney in a fetal place on the again passenger-side flooring board.

The Stanley family — Mike (at far left), Jenny, Logan, Mason and Sydney (in front) — pose with Santa Claus for a family Christmas photo. 

The Stanley household — Mike (at far left), Jenny, Logan, Mason and Sydney (in entrance) — pose with Santa Claus for a household Christmas picture. 
(Jenny Stanley)

A household buddy reached Jenny Stanley, who was midway house.

When she arrived, police and an ambulance had been in entrance of her home.

Paramedics had been engaged on her daughter Sydney, she mentioned.

“It was nearly like sluggish movement,” she advised Fox Information Digital. “I keep in mind them engaged on her and I keep in mind screaming, ‘Don’t cease [working on her].’ It was simply shock. It was slow-motion shock. It simply didn’t make sense. It was nearly like, ‘This can’t be occurring.’”

Sydney as a baby, wearing an adorable pink dress. 

Sydney as a child, carrying an lovable pink gown. 
(Jenny Stanley)

“Mike and I went into the ambulance and every held [Sydney’s] hand and I keep in mind searching the again of the ambulance seeing my two boys … I keep in mind taking a look at Mike and saying, ‘We have to handle them proper now,'” she added. 

“That was the onerous a part of it.”

Georgia siblings Sydney (at far left), Mason and Logan walk along a beach when they were young children.

Georgia siblings Sydney (at far left), Mason and Logan stroll alongside a seaside once they had been younger kids.
(Jenny Stanley)

Stanley suspects that Sydney returned house to enter her household’s car and retrieve a craft that she had began earlier that morning at church Sunday college. 

“It is onerous to grieve after which be completely happy, if that is smart,” Jenny Stanley added in reference to being sturdy for her sons. 

“We nonetheless did baseball and all that stuff, we went ahead — however at all times lacking her.”

Sydney loved her "brutters," also known as her "brothers," her mom said. In this image, big brother Mason is feeding little Sydney. 

Sydney liked her “brutters,” also called her “brothers,” her mother mentioned. On this picture, large brother Mason is feeding little Sydney. 
(Jenny Stanley)

The new automobile deaths of youngsters range by circumstance. From 1990 to 2021, 56% of youngsters who died in a sizzling car-related incident had been unknowingly left within the car by a driver. 

Youngsters generally acquire entry to automobiles on their very own (26%) — and unintentionally change into trapped inside. 


In only a few circumstances, the circumstances are unknown (3%), whereas in 15% of circumstances, the kids had been knowingly left within the car, in keeping with information reported by Children and Vehicles Security in February 2022.

Little Sydney is pictured in a memorial collage shown here.

Little Sydney is pictured in a memorial collage proven right here.
(Jenny Stanley)

This yr, no less than 14 kids have died in sizzling car-related incidents, in keeping with Children and Automotive Security. The nationwide nonprofit works to stop accidents and deaths of youngsters in and round motor automobiles. 

Children and Automotive Security stories a mean of 38 sizzling automobile deaths per yr — or one each 9 days.

Following Sydney’s dying, her preschool construct a backyard in her reminiscence and included sand from the playground the place she typically hung out. 

Seen in this image is a plaque dedicated to Sydney Stanley, who died in a hot car accident at the age of 6.

Seen on this picture is a plaque devoted to Sydney Stanley, who died in a sizzling automobile accident on the age of 6.
(Jenny Stanley)

Sydney's preschool build a garden in her memory.

Sydney’s preschool construct a backyard in her reminiscence.
(Jenny Stanley)

Jenny Stanley has since labored with Children and Automotive Security by opening up about her little one’s dying within the hope of training different dad and mom and caregivers concerning the risks. 

Occupant detection

In November 2021, Congress handed the Infrastructure Funding and Jobs Act; President Biden signed it into regulation. 

It features a provision that addresses sizzling automobile tragedies by requiring an audio and visible reminder alert to verify the again seat in new passenger automobiles. 


It doesn’t specify the requirement for the system to detect {that a} little one is alone in a automobile — in any other case referred to as occupant detection. That is in keeping with a launch from Children and Vehicles that was shared with Fox Information Digital.

“What occurred to Sydney is a type of predictable, preventable issues … Figuring out that there’s expertise on the market that might’ve saved Sydney’s life is sort of an excessive amount of to bear.”

— Amber Rollins

Rollins mentioned Children and Automotive Security’s number-one precedence is stressing the significance of requiring occupant detection in all new automobiles. Presently, the availability requires an “audio and visible reminder alert to verify the backseat.”

Occupant detection makes use of movement, radar, LIDAR (mild detection and ranging), carbon dioxide sensing and extra to detect the presence of a particular person inside a car. 

Audio and visible reminders to verify the backseat don’t supply the identical expertise.

Sydney sits on the floor of her family's home when she was a baby.

Sydney sits on the ground of her household’s house when she was a child.
(Jenny Stanley)

Sydney was "full of happiness," her mother told Fox News Digital.

Sydney was “filled with happiness,” her mom advised Fox Information Digital.
(Jenny Stanley)

The NHTSA (Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration) has two years to check, examine and determine if it can require that new automobiles have occupant detection. 

It is a system that might value automakers roughly $50 per car, Rollins advised Fox Information Digital in July after the nation’s eleventh sizzling automobile dying in Florida.

Stanley mentioned she feels strongly about all new automobiles including the occupant detection function. 

“Sydney’s life would’ve been saved, I’m satisfied, if [vehicles] had that,” Stanley mentioned. 

There have been at least 14 hot car deaths in 2022, with two of the children having gotten inside the cars on their own. In 2010, Sydney Stanley died under the same tragic circumstances.

There have been no less than 14 sizzling automobile deaths in 2022, with two of the kids having gotten contained in the vehicles on their very own. In 2010, Sydney Stanley died underneath the identical tragic circumstances.
(Jenny Stanley)

“You’re telling me it’s extra vital on your automobile to inform you that your inside mild is on than telling you that your little one is in there? Or your seatbelt just isn’t on?” 

“I believe it wants to be standardized,” she mentioned. “I believe it must be examined.”

In an announcement emailed to Fox Information Digital in July, a NHTSA spokesperson wrote, “Shedding a toddler to vehicular heatstroke is heartbreaking, and no mum or dad ought to should expertise this tragic lack of life,” the group mentioned.

It added that lots of of youngsters have died resulting from pediatric vehicular heatstroke during the last 24 years. 

“That’s why NHTSA, in response to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Regulation, is enterprise a brand new rulemaking initiative (2127-AM49). This initiative directs NHTSA to difficulty a ultimate rule requiring rear-seat occupant detection techniques in all new passenger automobiles.”

“We’re a standard, common household who goes to church, the youngsters performed sports activities, Sydney took dance classes. It may well occur to anyone.”

— Jenny Stanley

“The alert required shall embrace a definite auditory and visible alert, and can be activated when the car motor is deactivated by the operator,” the spokesperson continued. 

“The company may even conduct research on the potential retrofitting of current passenger motor automobiles with rear-seat occupant detection techniques, in addition to the potential advantages and financial burdens related to these applied sciences.”

NHTSA mentioned that starting in fiscal yr 2024, states can be permitted to make use of Part 402 funds “for heatstroke prevention actions underneath the regulation.” 

Sydney holds a baby doll while posing for a post-Christmas photo.

Sydney holds a child doll whereas posing for a post-Christmas picture.
(Jenny Stanley)

Little Sydney Stanley. Mom Jenny Stanley is now working with Kids and Car Safety to raise awareness about hot car dangers and kids.

Little Sydney Stanley. Mother Jenny Stanley is now working with Children and Automotive Security to boost consciousness about sizzling automobile risks and youngsters.
(Jenny Stanley)

Within the meantime, Stanley mentioned she desires to proceed educating others in Sydney’s reminiscence. “It’s by no means going to deliver her again, nevertheless it’s one thing [I have to do],” she mentioned.

“Simply watch out,” she added in an pressing message to folks. 

“We’re a standard, common household who goes to church, the youngsters performed sports activities, Sydney took dance classes. It may well occur to anyone.”

Ideas for safeguarding kids 

Dad and mom ought to warn their kids that the within of a automobile is harmful, Rollins mentioned. 

“It is like an oven,” she defined. “It is extremely popular and we do not contact it.”

“The within of a automobile may be very sizzling, and it is by no means protected to be in there with out a grown-up.”

Rollins mentioned if applicable for the kids’s age, dad and mom ought to present them methods to open the automobile door from the within.

Be sure to keep car keys out of the reach of kids, as little ones can accidently become trapped inside a car.

Be sure you preserve automobile keys out of the attain of children, as little ones can accidently change into trapped inside a automobile.

“Dad and mom must be conscious that younger kids could not have the cognitive means or positive motor expertise to have the ability to open a automobile door from the within,” she famous.

Rollins additionally mentioned to permit little one to apply honking the horn — and clarify to them why.


Stanley echoed this tip: “Educate them to put on the horn in the event that they’re trapped and may’t get out,” she mentioned.

Extra tricks to preserve children protected

Present kids methods to keep seen within the window, so that somebody can see them and save them, prompt Children and Automotive Security.

Educate kids to honk the horn or activate hazard lights in the event that they change into caught inside a automobile.

“Dad and mom must be conscious that younger kids could not have the cognitive means or positive motor expertise to have the ability to open a automobile door from the within.”

— Amber Rollins

Additionally, preserve automobiles locked always, particularly when the automobile is sitting in a storage or driveway. You do not need kids to get right into a parked automobile by chance. 

Ask your neighbors and guests to maintain their vehicles locked as effectively.  

Additionally, by no means go away automobile keys inside attain of youngsters.


Use childproofing knob covers and door alarms to stop kids from exiting your house unnoticed.

If a toddler is lacking, instantly verify the within of the automobile, its floorboards and the trunks of all automobiles within the space rigorously, even when they’re locked.

Stanley suggests that parents leave one shoe in the backseat as a reminder of traveling with children.

Stanley suggests that oldsters go away one shoe within the backseat as a reminder of touring with kids.
(Children and Automotive Security)

The NHTSA advises locking automobile doorways and trunks year-round in order that kids can’t get inside.

“Should you see a toddler alone in a locked automobile, get them out instantly and name 911,” the company states on its web site. 

“A toddler in misery resulting from warmth must be faraway from the car as rapidly as doable and quickly cooled,” the company says.

"It’s never going to bring her back, but it's something [I have to do]," said Jenny Stanley about raising awareness of car dangers in memory of her daughter, Sydney.

“It’s by no means going to deliver her again, nevertheless it’s one thing [I have to do],” mentioned Jenny Stanley about elevating consciousness of automobile risks in reminiscence of her daughter, Sydney.
(Jenny Stanley)

To assist be sure that your little one is rarely left alone in a automobile, place the kid’s diaper bag or different merchandise on the entrance passenger seat subsequent to you — as a visible cue that your little one is with you.

Make it a behavior of opening the again door each time you park to make sure nobody is left behind. 

To implement this behavior, place an merchandise that you would be able to’t begin your day with out within the again seat (worker badge, laptop computer, telephone, purse or the like).

Stanley even suggests leaving a shoe from the foot you are not driving with: “Take your shoe off and go away it within the backseat. Folks say telephone or purse, [but] you may simply go away these [behind]. You are not going to go away a shoe.”


For extra assets, together with data about occupant detection expertise — and recommendations on what to do if a toddler turns into trapped or what to do in the event you see a toddler alone in a automobile — anybody can go to

NHTSA additionally advises dad and mom and caregivers to learn its “The place’s Child? Look Earlier than You Lock” public service marketing campaign.