By Jennifer Newman on July 18, 2013
As of July 10, 21 children have died this year because they were left in hot cars and suffered hyperthermia or heatstroke, according to KidsandCars.org. It can happen when a harried parent forgets to drop off their sleeping baby at day care and instead hurries off to work or a when a child “plays” in a car or its trunk and becomes trapped.
With a heat wave bearing down on most of the nation, it’s a good time to remind parents and caregivers of simple steps to make sure children stay safe in cars this summer.The leading cause of non-crash car deaths for young kids is heatstroke or hyperthermia, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. KidsandCars.org, a nonprofit child-safety organization, recommends the following to keep kids safe:
Most importantly, if you see a child alone in a car, find the parent or caregiver. If the child seems sick or unresponsive, get them out of the car immediately — even if you have to break a window to do so.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Newman is a certified car-seat technician. A mom of two, she owns a 2013 Subaru Outback crammed with sports gear. Email Jennifer