What is vehicular heatstroke?
Vehicular heatstroke occurs when a child dies due to being left – intentionally or unintentionally – in a hot car. A child's body can overheat three to five times faster than an adult's body, making them highly susceptible to the condition.
Within 20 minutes of being parked in the sun, a car heats almost 30 degrees Fahrenheit (F) more than the outside air temperature. Within one hour, the temperature inside the car will be about 45 degrees F hotter than the outside temperature.
Once a child’s internal temperature reaches 104 degrees, the major organs begin to shut down. Heatstroke is usually fatal once the child’s temperature has reached 107 degrees.