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Battling Hot Car Tragedies
By Chris Clackum
(NBC News) Two federal agencies have joined forces to tackle what's become the recurring tragedy of this summer: Children being left in hot cars.
The U.S. Departments of Transportation and Health and Human Services held a show-and-tell Thursday about the hazards of hot cars and how quickly they can kill.
"When a child's internal temperature gets to 104 degrees, major organs begin to shutdown and when that child's temperature reaches 107 degrees that child can die," explained Dr. Leticia Manning-Ryan of Johns Hopkins Children's Center.
With 44 hot car deaths last year and 17 so far this year, officials are at a loss at what else to say, but do believe what they say bears repeating.
"Every summer it seems like we live out the same nightmare," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
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