This week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) invited car makers, safety advocates,and consumer interest groups to meet in a precedent-setting "round table" discussion about how to combat the growing danger of kids under the age of 14 dying in cars from heat exposure, aka "hyperthermia."
Feds Are Worried About Number of Kids Dying From Heat in Cars
In 2011, 21 children have died so far from heat-related deaths and that number is expected to almost double during this fluke heat wave that is hitting parts of the country that isn't used to 90-100 degree temperatures. NHTSA is reporting that hyperthermia kills more kids 14 years old and under in cars than anything other than major car wrecks.
Miami, it's dangerous to leave kids in cars - even when the thermostat reads as low as 70 degrees
According to the research, even a mild day with temperatures as low as 70 degrees outside can still mean a child can die from heat exposure if they are left in a car setting in the sun. Floridians understand this: the sun beating down on a metal car can heat that interior quickly; here in Miami, we know to leave the windows open just a bit, for example, or risk returning to the car and finding the windshield or a door window cracked from the heat.
What are the symptoms of heat exposure? A child or adult suffering from a body temperature that is too high (104 degrees or higher) may experience the following:
- hot dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty
- loss of consciousness
- rapid heart beat
NHTSA is meeting with experts in this area to brainstorm ways to increase public awareness and to save kids from preventable injuries and death from heat exposure.
Please spread the word on this very real danger - and don't leave your kids in the car.
By July 28, 2011 1:51 PM on