Another case of a kid left in a hot car prompts federal action

Another incident of a baby left in a hot car, this time in Moline, Illinois, calls attention to continued concerns about how dangerous this is to children.

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 shut down, 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 for what else to say, but they 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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