Good Samaritan" laws, which most states have in one form or another, generally provide basic legal protection for those who assist a person who is injured or in danger. In essence, they protect the “Good Samaritan” from civil and/or criminal liability if unintended consequences result from their assistance.
In recent years, 16 states have written laws that specifically add language offering at least some protection to persons who enter a vehicle, even by breaking a window, to "rescue" a child. It should be noted that there may be additonal limitations such as requirement to call 911 first. This list below was last updated in