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You have parked your car and you need to briefly leave your vehicle. Can you leave a small child unattended in your car?


It is not only illegal but irresponsible to leave a small child unattended in a motor vehicle for a significant length of time. Hawaii law stipulates that a child under 9 years of age cannot be left in a motor vehicle alone for five minutes or longer. A car can quickly become lethally hot inside, even with the windows open. A small child or animal cannot survive long under such conditions. [WARNING! Do Not Leave Children Unattended, Chapter X: Safe Driving Techniques, Official Hawaii Driver's Manual]