Experts Warn of Hot-car Risks to Kids as Summer Temps Start to Set in

As temperatures rise so does the chance that leaving a child in a car, even for a few minutes, can turn fatal. Dallas-Fort Worth on Monday experienced its first 90-degree day of 2018. The temperature hit 92 at DFW International Airport at 4:21 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. But inside cars, it was hotter. Temperatures inside a vehicle can rise more than 20 degrees in 10 minutes, even when it's not sweltering outside, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Leaving the windows partially rolled down does not help.So far this year, two children have died in hot vehicles in the U.S., according to, an advocacy group that tracks child death statistics. Last year, there were 43 deaths, up from 39 in 2016. Children should never be left unattended in a vehicle, and drivers should remember pets are also susceptible to heat-related injury or death, the Texas Department of Public Safety has said.A total of 744 children have died because of pediatric vehicular heatstroke — an average of 37 a year — since 1998, according to, a site created by San Jose University meteorologist Jan Null who studies heatstroke cases.  Continue reading...

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