Pennsylvania House passes ‘kids in hot cars’ bill

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The state House of Representatives has approved legislation that says people can’t be held liable for damage when they force their way into a vehicle to rescue a child.

House Bill 279 would provide civil immunity for any damage done to a vehicle when the forceful entry is necessary.

The bill requires that people use no more force than necessary and have “good faith belief” that a child is in imminent danger of harm and cannot exit the vehicle without help.

The person would first have to make a reasonable effort to locate the driver, and contact or attempt to contact police or firefighters.

Similar bills have been introduced in the past two legislative sessions.

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