Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:48:19 GMT — So far in this year, at least 16 kids have died of heatstroke for being left inside vehicles. Surprisingly, this study shows that these incidents can occur on days with relatively mild temperatures. To further explain how vehicles can reach life-threatening temperatures very quickly we had Harlingen Police Officers Sal Carmona and Hector Villegas explain on Sunrise. Since 1998, at least 605 children across the United States have died from heatstroke when unattended in a vehicle said Carmona. The children experience heatstroke, also known as hyperthermia, and it's the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. Carmona said, it occurs when the body isn't able to cool itself quickly enough and the body temperature rises to dangerous levels. Young children are particularly at risk, said the officer, as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult's.
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