Safe Kids Worldwide has stated that 2012 has seen 23 fatalities among children who have been left unattended in hot vehicles and experienced hyperthermia. Eight of these deaths happened in August’s first week, likely the highest ever in a single week, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Children are put at greater risk than adults because their bodies heat up at rates up to five times faster than adults. As such, it should go without saying that parents should never leave their children in a vehicle unattended, even if it’s relatively cool outside. In 2009, 67 degrees was all it took to lead to one particular fatality.
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