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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Safe Kids Worldwide have teamed up to tell you and all others to stop leaving kids in cars. The two organizations are warning that even on overcast days, the temperature within parked vehicles can quickly rise deep into triple-digit territory.

The problem is so common that four children had been killed by heatstroke after being left in cars before May 28 this year according to NHTSA. According the San Francisco State University, 384 children were killed in the same manner in the U.S. from 2003 to 2012.

Talking about the dangers posed by parked vehicles, NHTSA said in a statement:

“It is especially dangerous because vehicles heat up quickly. Even with a window rolled down 2 inches, if the outside temperature is in the low-80s, the temperature inside the vehicle can reach deadly levels in just 10 minutes.”

 

About the author: Andrew Greene

 

Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.

 

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