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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Issues Consumer Advisory as to Hyperthermia (Leaving Children in Hot Cars Is Dangerous)

By Michael P. Healy, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a consumer advisory as to hyperthermia and the dangers of leaving children in hot vehicles over the summer. Hyperthermia is also a danger in warm weather States throughout the year including Florida, Georgia, California, Hawaii, and other States. Parents and caregivers for many reasons should not leave children unattended in a vehicle due to the dangers of hyperthermia and the risk of injuries. The NHTSA warns that even 10 minutes can be enough to put a child in a deadly environment in a hot car over summer and warm weather months. Hyperthermia (heat stroke) is the leading cause of death in children in non crash vehicle deaths in the United States . Non crash vehicle deaths and injuries result from hyperthermia, strangulation by power windows, and carbon monoxide poisoning from a running vehicle. You can read more about the dangers of leaving a child unattended in a vehicle at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Website.

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