Witness How Quickly the Interior of an Auto Heats Up

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The Auto Alliance continues working with Safe Kids Worldwide to make sure parents always remember to never leave a child alone in a car – even momentarily. And, it’s important to immediately dial 911 if an unattended child is spotted in a vehicle.

Cars heat up quickly. A small car exposed to the sun on a 95 degree day exceeds 122 degrees within just 15 minutes. It can go up to 150 degrees within 40 minutes and “cracking” the windows is not sufficient.

Someone who sees a child in an unattended vehicle should call 911.

In 2013, 24 children have died from heat-related deaths as of July 31, having been trapped inside motor vehicles. 

Circumstances: An examination of media reports about the 561 child vehicular heatstroke deaths for a thirteen year period (1998 through 2012) shows the following circumstances:

  • 51% - child "forgotten" by caregiver (288 Children)
  • 29% - child playing in unattended vehicle (163)
  • 18% - child intentionally left in vehicle by adult (101)
  • 2% - circumstances unknown (9)

Awareness: The Auto Alliance is raising awareness of heat stroke (or hyperthermia) to children and pets if they are left alone in a vehicle – even for a moment. Allowing children to have access to car keys, or an unlocked vehicle is just as dangerous – and a full 30 percent of these tragedies occur because a child gains access to an unlocked auto and then becomes trapped.

Prevention: All vehicle owners and operators can, immediately, do their part to eliminate these tragedies through four key steps:

  • Locking vehicles
  • Keeping keys away from children – just as a parent keeps medications and harmful cleaning supplies away from children
  • Putting a diaper bag in a vehicle's front seat to serve as a reminder of a child in the back seat
  • Putting a hand-held cellphone or PDA device in the back seat

Never leave a child or pet unattended in a vehicle – for even just a few moments. Cars heat up quickly: a small car exposed to the sun on a 95 degree day exceeds 122 degrees within just 15 minutes and can go up to 150 degrees within 40 minutes. "Cracking" the windows is not sufficient.



Download Safe Kids Heatstroke Safety Tips 

Link: http://www.safekids.org/take-action-prevent-heatstroke


Download NHTSA Hyperthermia Fact Sheet 

Link: http://www.nhtsa.gov/safety/hyperthermia

San Francisco State University:

Link: http://www.ggweather.com/heat/

Our work with Safe Kids Worldwide:  

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