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Hot cars and kids: Study shows killer temps hit in an hour

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A toddler died in Nashville yesterday after she'd been left alone accidentally for hours in her father's truck, she was the seventh child to died inside a hot car this year. 

A new study shows how quickly the interior of a vehicle can heat up, becoming a death trap. Climatologist Nancy Selover tested car temperatures in the sun when the outside temperature was over 100 degrees, the thermometer *inside* hit an average 116 degrees and the seats hit 123 degrees within just one hour. 

The same thing happened in the shade, the process just took a little longer. 

"Whether you park in the sun or whether you park in the shade, you really want to make sure that you do not leave your child or your pet in that vehicle," said Selover.

There were 43 children who died in hot vehicles in 2017, and so far this year, seven children have died. 

It's a number that's sadly predicted to rise, along with summer temperatures. 

Experts recommend drivers leave a purse or cell phone next to young children, so parents and caregivers don't forget to look in the back seat. Children have died from heatstroke in cars with temperatures as low as 60 degrees. 

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