Learning about car temperatures for summer safety

Summer is here, and as temperatures begin to rise, a real and dangerous threat lurks inside our cars. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine and Arizona State University found that as the sun beats down on a summer day, the interior temperature of a car can reach a stifling 116 degrees Fahrenheit in just one hour. The dashboard can even be too hot to touch, reaching a sweltering 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Thus, it takes only one hour for a young child trapped in a car to suffer fatal injuries from that same heat.

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