Automakers offer decals warning of hot car danger

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — An automobile industry trade group has new way of reminding people not to leave children alone in cars.

It’s a free window decal that the Washington-based Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is distributing in the national capital area through public health agencies, schools and daycare centers. It’s also available through the website .

The clingy, black-and-white oval bears the words, “Never Leave a Child Alone in a Car,” printed in English or Spanish.

Spokesman Wade Newton says it’s part of an effort by his group, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and others to remind people that leaving children alone in cars can be fatal, especially in the summer heat.

The U.S. Transportation Department says at least 17 children have died from heatstroke this year after they were left in cars.

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