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CINCINNATI, Oh. (July 17, 2019) –Outside of crashes, heatstroke is the number one vehicle-related killer of children in the United States. AAA, in an attempt to prevent these deaths, reminds parents and caregivers about the dangers of vehicular heatstroke and leaving children in hot cars. In 2018, there were 52 preventable deaths of children in vehicles, a 21-percent increase from 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The number of child heatstroke deaths in recent years is tragic. These are the current national statistics as of July 17, 2019:
“As outside temperatures rise, the risk of children dying from vehicular heatstroke increases,” said Jenifer Moore, spokesperson for AAA. “One child dies from heatstroke nearly every 10 days in the United States from being left in a car or crawling into an unlocked vehicle. What is most tragic is that every single one of these deaths could have been prevented.”
AAA reminds all parents and caregivers that prevention is the best way to keep heatstroke at bay. Remember to ACT.
If you are a bystander and see a child in a hot vehicle:
Heat Stress and Vehicles
Extreme heat exacts a toll on vehicles, especially over an extended period of time. AAA recommends motorists make sure their vehicles are prepared for the summer months. The AAA Roadside Rescue Team has responded to nearly 1,600 requests for roadside assistance since Monday. AAA expects the call count to increase for service requests related to dead car batteries and flat tires that succumb to the extreme heat.
Preventive Summer Vehicle Maintenance Tips
AAA offers free car battery and tire pressure checks to ensure motorists’ vehicles are road ready for the remainder of summer.
Just as motorists prepare an emergency kit for their cars during winter driving conditions, they should also make preparations for the summer driving conditions. Back-ups and delays caused by things like vehicle crashes can result in drivers being stranded along highways for extended periods of time. Summer’s heat can cause dangerous conditions for those stranded without shade.
AAA offers tips to keep drivers and passengers safe:
AAA provides automotive, travel, and insurance services to 59 million members nationwide and nearly two and a half million members in Ohio. AAA advocates for the safety and mobility of its members and has been committed to outstanding road service for more than 100 years. AAA is a non-stock, non-profit corporation working on behalf of motorists, who can now map a route, find local gas prices, discover discounts, book a hotel, and track their roadside assistance service with the AAA Mobile app (AAA.com/mobile) for iPhone, iPad and Android. For more information, visit www.AAA.com.
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