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The Dangers and Health Risks of Leaving Children Alone in a Vehicle During Winter / Cold Months

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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Children should not be left unattended in a vehicle. There are dangers to the children in the Winter, in the Summer, and all other times of year. In the Winter months, a child can be at risk for hypothermia if left unattended in a vehicle. Hypothermia can lead to serious medical complications including death. Weather and temperature are not the only dangers that parents and caregivers should keep in mind on the issue of leaving children unattended in a vehicle. There are also other risks of leaving a child unattended included by not limited to strangulation by seatbelts, doors, and power windows. There is also a risk for abduction. In addition, a toddler or child who can walk may just decide to wander away which can bring with it a whole host of other dangers and risks to the child. Whatever conveniences are gained by leaving a child unattended in a vehicle pale in comparison to the associated risks of leaving a child unattended in a vehicle especially during Winter and Summer months. See also Children Alone in Cars Not Safe In Winter Either.