Car temperatures high enough to cause child fatalities
PADUCAH, Ky. - Parts of our area are expecting 90 degree temperatures all week long, but as hot as it is outside, it's even hotter inside a car. Every summer, children left in the backseat die of heat-related illnesses. There have been at least 20 deaths in the U.S. since January.
Of our four states, Tennessee has the highest number of deaths due to kids being left in the car. since 1998, 23 kids have lost their lives. During that same time span, Illinois recorded the lowest number of car and heat-related deaths at 13. But many say that number is still too high, because all of these deaths are preventable.