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More than 36 kids die in hot cars every year and July is usually the deadliest month

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On a degree day, it takes only 15 minutes for the car to reach 96 degrees. On an degree, it takes only 10 minutes to reach degrees.

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It should be noted that these figures do not adjust for population, so a larger state such as Texas or California may, statistically, have more deaths regardless of climate. Summer always brings an onslaught of deaths.

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The hottest months inevitably bring the highest numbers of hypothermia incidents , so summer, late spring and early fall are the most treacherous times. As of July 20, 26 children have already lost their lives this year in hot car death incidents. On July 18th, a 3-year-old boy in Houston died when he was left in a bus after a day care field trip.

Records from the day care show the boy had erroneously been accounted for as the group reassembled after the trip.

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By the time the deadly oversight was realized, he had been in the bus for at least three and a half hours. When police arrived, the temperature in the bus was degrees.

Earlier this year, in May, a 1-year-old girl died in Tennessee after her father forgot to drop her off at her daycare before heading out of town on a business trip. He parked his car in the family's driveway with the daughter still in it, and then used a ride share service to depart for the trip.


This sort of situation -- where a parent or guardian forgets a child because of a lapse in temporal memory and a disrupted routine, is very common. As Kids and Cars' research notes, the prevalence of backseat safety seats, especially rear-facing ones, may account for the young age of most victims, since the children are out of the driver's view and can't effectively communicate. While leaving a child in a hot car can certainly bring about serious legal charges, only 19 states have concrete laws on the books that make it illegal to leave a child alone in a car in the first place.