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Kids Can't Sit in Hot Cars, CHP Reminds Parents

A demonstration this week showed just how hot a car can get.

As summer temperatures rise, parents should be aware of how warm the interior of a car gets and not risk their children's health by leaving them in the vehicle.

The California Highway Patrol conducted a demonstration last week about how quickly temps rise in a parked car.

Using a device to measure the interior temperature of a vehicle versus the exterior temperature, and the difference was alarming. One reading was taken after 10 minutes and the second was taken after 15 minutes. With an outdoor temp of about 84 degrees, the interior of the car was 25 degrees hotter, according to CHP officer Erica Elias.

After seconds after the mother secured her to the car seat, a officer told Patch that it happens quite often.

State law prohibits kids 6 or younger from being left inside a car unless they are supervised by someone age 12 or older if conditions present a significant risk or the keys are in the ignition, according to Elias.

If a child is injured or killed by conditions inside a hot car, the person responsible can be charged with child endangerment or manslaughter, Elias said.

Additional reporting by Claudia Cruz

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Claudia Cruz (Editor) July 09, 2012 at 04:14 AM
This actually happened in Mountain View today. I will get more information. Fortunately the temperature wasn't in the mid-80 or higher!
Bob Sanchez July 09, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Parents have a lot on there minds now a days trying to make it to work on time traffic but parents should remmber that when you take on errands just do what my brother does he puts a teddy bear in the front seat to remind him that hector is in the back seat i know that my brother and my sister in law take turns taking him to child care and they do sometimes get confused whos turn is it but have the bear in the car does work i have see it

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