Battling Hot Car Tragedies

Battling Hot Car Tragedies

The Department of Transportation and Health & Human Services announce joint effort to prevent children from being left in hot cars.
(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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