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Watch Adults Torture Themselves in Hot Cars

Viral videos hope to warn parents of the dangers of leaving children in hot cars.

This summer has already seen 17 deaths of children left in hot cars. In an effort to show the threat, adults are filming videos of their experiences in hot cars. 

In Georgia, a father is facing murder charges after leaving his small son in the car all day. Police believe that Justin Harris intentionally left his son in the car. During a probable cause hearing last month, investigators offered details indicating the boy suffered before his death.

More common, these tragedies are due to parents forgetting the children are in the car or ignorant to what a hot car does to the human body. 

According to a San Francisco State University study, more than 600 children have died in hot cars since 1998, and PETA receives numerous reports every year about panicked animals who have died painfully inside cars during warm weather.

Read: Mom: I Left My Baby In a Hot Car

YouTube user Terry Williams of Raleigh, N.C., filmed himself in a hot car. "I would never leave my kids in a car like this," he says, sweating heavily. "We go through this every year."

A Texas police officer turned off his patrol car and sat without air conditioning, recording his experience on video in five minute intervals.

Cpl. Jessie Peterson of the Highland Village Police Department only lasted 30 minutes in quickly-rising temperatures of the car before he had to get out and recover.

Peterson was sweating after the first five minutes, though the air had been on high right before he turned off the car. When half an hour had passed, he was flushed, sweating and had trouble breathing. At the time of his experiment, he said the high outside was 94 degrees.

When outside temperatures are in the 60s, the temperature inside a parked car can rise to more than 110 degrees, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Temperatures can rise 20 degrees in just 10 minutes inside a car.

“Even with a window rolled down two inches, if the outside temperature is in the low 80s° Fahrenheit, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in only 10 minutes,” the NHTSA reports. Further, children’s bodies do not regulate heat as well as adults. “In fact, when left in a hot vehicle, a young child's body temperature may increase three to five times as fast an adult. High body temperatures can cause permanent injury or even death.”

Includes reporting from Milford Patch.

electric123 July 12, 2014 at 08:52 PM
Leaving your pet in the car in criminal, it's like a human wearing a coat in 90 degree weather!
erie July 12, 2014 at 09:07 PM
I have to take my hat off to these guys. No way in living hell would I sit in a hot car with the windows roll up for three mins.
erie July 12, 2014 at 09:21 PM
Kinda makes you wonder just how many people have knock off there kids and pets this way.
alan donahue July 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM
This just proves that people are actually jealous of Justin Harris and that is why he is being attacked in the media. It is better jealously. The people of Georgia support you Justin Harris! Do not give up in the face of these lies!

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