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Americans alarmed as heat stroke kills children left in cars

Published on Jul 25, 2014 9:58 AM
 
Children cool off playing among water fountains at a downtown park in Los Angeles, California on May 14, 2014. From 1998 through 2013 in the United States, officials say, an average of 38 children a year have died of heat stroke in cars - the overwhelming majority of them under the age of five. -- PHOTO: AFP 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Leaving children in parked cars in the blazing heat of summer: it's so obviously wrong, yet it happens with astonishing regularity, with tragic results.

From 1998 through 2013 in the United States, officials say, an average of 38 children a year have died of heat stroke in cars - the overwhelming majority of them under the age of five.

And so far this year, the toll stands at 17, prompting a national campaign urging parents and caregivers never to leave kids alone in parked cars.

"Every summer it seems that we live out the same nightmare," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, a father of two, at Thursday's launch of the "Where's Baby? Look Before You Lock" drive.

 
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