A Japanese YouTuber couple has been accused of trying to increase their social media reach by posting a video of their two-year-old daughter trapped in a hot car.

The couple, who go by the YouTube username @raunano_family, posted a video on May 24 titled, “My daughter is stuck in a car under the scorching sun.” South China Morning Post reported.

The child was reportedly locked in the car for approximately 30 minutes.

As soon as the post went up on YouTube, the negative reaction began.

One observer noted: “The parents are crazy. I’ve been through a similar situation and I was heartbroken and so nervous that I felt like I wasn’t even alive. It’s amazing that someone can stay calm enough to record this on their phone.”

Another said: “Does the money you make by risking your child’s life make you feel good?”

On May 31, the YouTuber couple apologized to their followers after the negative comments, SCMP reported. They said in a video that they were “very sorry for making a video that made anyone uncomfortable.”

However, several angry commentators demanded that they shut down their channel.

The father shot the video while his wife was away, and it shows his two-year-old daughter accidentally locked in their car.

The incident occurred after he put her in the backseat and accidentally closed and locked the door while he and his two daughters were picking up their son from preschool.

Although the baby was clearly distressed, the father is accused of filming her while he tried to order her to unlock the door, instead of immediately calling for help.

Eventually he contacted a locksmith, who freed the child.

In November 2022, a two-year-old girl died of heatstroke after spending most of the day in a car. Her father mistakenly thought he had dropped her off at a kindergarten in Osaka Prefecture, Japan.

In May this year, a two-year-old girl died after her neck got stuck in a car window in Tokyo. The toddler’s 34-year-old mother called an ambulance, saying her daughter’s neck was stuck in a car window and she couldn’t pull her out.

The mother was driving on the street in Tokyo’s Nerima district, with her daughter sitting alone in the backseat.

The child was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead.