Every year, children die of heat exposure while in unattended vehicles. The number of near-misses is even higher. Find out what Safe Kids Worldwide and the General Motors Foundation are doing to spread awareness on this serious issue. Young children are particularly at risk, as their body heats up 3-5 times faster than an adult. In a hot car we have found that children are particularly venerable, especially young children who can’t open a car door or get out of a car seat. Heat stroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle related deaths for children. While the numbers may not be as startlingly high, even 1 death from heat stroke is a tremendous tragedy. Parents need to understand, or care givers need to understand, that when their child’s internal temperature get to 104 degrees major organs begin to shut down, and when a child’s internal temperature reaches 107 degrees - that’s not very different from 98.6 - that child is at risk of death. Since 1998, there have been 560 children in the United States who have died from heat stroke while unattended in a vehicle, and that’s 1 child every 10 days. In May of 2013, we’ve already recorded 7 deaths from heat stroke in vehicles, and that is heartbreaking. It’s a tragedy, and it’s something that we can avoid.

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