Magazine article USA TODAY

Kids in Hot Cars: Recipe for Summer Tragedy

Magazine article USA TODAY

Kids in Hot Cars: Recipe for Summer Tragedy

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During summer, the dangers for children being seriously injured or even dying after being left unattended inside a hot car rise as fast as the temperature. The California Office of Traffic Safety is cautioning parents and caregivers that hyperthermia (heatstroke) can become a dangerous reality, even after just a few minutes of a child being left alone in a car.

"Even on a 60[degrees] day, a car's internal temperature can skyrocket and reach well above 110[degrees] In just a few minutes," warns Director Rhonda Craft. "It's important that children are never left unattended In a vehicle for any amount of time, even with cracked windows, which do little to keep the car cool."

Just 10 minutes in hot sun can raise the Internal temperature of a car by nearly 20[degrees], more than 30[degrees] in a half-hour, and nearly 45[degrees] In an hour. Children's body heat regulatory systems are less efficient than an adult's, so they overheat three to five times faster. …

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