A Race Against Time to Save Children in Scorching Hot Cars

Each year 40 children die of heat stroke in hot cars, new petition to White House to fund research for a high-tech solution.
2:03 | 07/15/14

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hart stopping moment for one mother, all of it caught on tape. Her children trapped in a hot car, scrambling to get them out after she locked them in by accident. Bystanders jumping in to help her, the children okay tonight and it becomes as we all become more vij ent about the dangers of those fast-rising temperatures. We've seen the pleas on tape, the fathers, the police officers putting themselves in hot cars to show us how dangerous it is, the beads of sweat on their faces there. Linsey Davis with the fears for that mother and the new push for technology to help everyone. Reporter: Watch as these frantic shoppers, one wielding a hammer, try to rescue two small kids locked in the backseat of this hot jeep. Finally, a woman slides through the window and opens the door. That woman is the children's mother. Here she was earlier, inside the store with the kids. When they left, she says she accidentally locked the children in the car. It was a blazing 96 degrees. In the hot sun, it only takes 10 minutes for a car's temperature to increase 19 degrees. A small child could die from the heat in less than 15 minutes. So, the desperate mom called on these good samaritans to help, Gabriel Dell bay recorded the rescue. I was like, man, this is really relevant right now, and everybody's worrying about this. Reporter: Each year, roughly 40 children die of heat stroke in hot cars. At least 17 this year alone. Many because parents simply forget their kids are in the back seat. This week, a new petition called on the white house to fund research into a high tech solution. Many cars already have camera technology to monitor what's going on outside of your car. Ford is reportedly working on camera technology to monitor the inside of your car after you've left it. It could alert parents if a child is still in that car seat, but the new technology is still years off, which is why parents are making their case with video diaries online. I can barely breathe out here. Reporter: A parents' common sense still the only solution. Linsey Davis, ABC news, new York.

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