Feds Take Action in Recurring Hot Car Deaths

After another incident of a child left in a hot car — this time in Illinois — two federal agencies have decided to step in to address this disturbing trend.

The U.S. Departments of Transportation and Health and Human Services held a show-and-tell about the dangers of hot cars and to alert people to call 911 if they see a child alone in a vehicle.

Seventeen children have died this year from being left in hot cars that they could not escape, NBC reports.

“When a child’s internal temperature gets to 104 degrees, major organs begin to shut down,” Dr. Leticia Manning-Ryan of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center told The Grio. If the child’s temperature raises just three more degrees, he or she can die.

See the show-and-tell below and read more here.