AAA issues warning about leaving children in hot cars

By Kristine Henry,
The Baltimore Sun

1:17 PM EDT, July 9, 2013


AAA Mid-Atlantic today released a list of safety tips to help parents and care givers remember to never leave a child unattended in a car. Their advice comes on the heels of the heartbreaking death on Friday of a 16-month-old girl in Baltimore County. She had been left in a hot truck for several hours and died of hyperthermia, according to officials. 

“These deaths prove a painful point – children cannot be left unattended in cars,” Ragina C. Averella, manager of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic, said in a statement. “It’s important to remember that temperatures inside a car on a day with outside temperatures in the mid-to-high 90’s can quickly soar to nearly 200 degrees, which is hot enough to cook many foods and to kill most living things. Never leave children or pets in a parked car. If you do see a child or pet locked in a car and cannot find the owner of the vehicle, call 911 immediately.”

AAA Mid-Atlantic and NHTSA have released the following safety tips: