29 Heatstroke Deaths in 2023 Prompt NHTSA to Warn Against Leaving Kids, Pets in Cars

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Chicago, IL – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports a tragic spike in heatstroke deaths, with 29 children succumbing in 2023 after being left or trapped in hot cars. This alarming figure underscores the lethal risk posed by high temperatures, prompting the NHTSA to urgently warn parents and caregivers against leaving children or pets unattended in vehicles.

According to the NHTSA, a car’s interior can heat up by 20 degrees in just 10 minutes, making it a death trap in warm weather. Even a seemingly short errand can turn deadly, as cracking a window offers no significant protection from the rapid temperature rise.

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