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NJ Adults Fail Challenge to Stay in Hot Car for 10 Minutes

By    |   Tuesday, 21 July 2015 12:55 PM

Six adults who took on a challenge to win $100 by sitting in a hot car for 10 minutes all failed to pass the test.

The New Jersey nonprofit group Kars4Kids conducted the Hot Car Challenge, which the group displayed in a three-minute video showing that no one could make it past the 10-minute mark before hitting the red "Easy" button, which signaled that they wanted out of the car and a glass of ice water, USA Today is reporting.

The experiment took place in Lakewood, New Jersey, when temperatures were more than 90 degrees, the charity said. Since the video was posted on YouTube on June 29, it has been watched more than 1.6 million times.

"That was one of the worst things I’ve ever gone through in my life," said one of the contestants. "It seems fine at first, but, like once that door closed, almost immediately it gets really hot and the airflow becomes almost oppressive."

Another contestant said that she while had the option of hitting the "Easy" button when it became too oppressive to handle the heat, a child inside a car under similar temperatures doesn't have that option.

In 2014, 32 children died from heatstroke, according to KidsandCars.org. However, the group is also challenging the authenticity of the video.

Janette Fennell, president and founder of the Kansas City-based group, told USA Today that while the group encourages "everyone to raise awareness" about heat-related deaths of children, she added that "this seems like a publicity stunt."

Fennell added she's concerned that those who participated in the challenge may not have had any medical help while being exposed to danger.

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