Local group weighs in on new hot cars study

Posted at 9:36 PM, May 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 23:29:40-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new study says when temperatures are at 100 degrees or more, it only takes an hour for the heat inside a car to become lethal.

Amber Rollins, director of Kids and Cars, said, "What we know is that 80 percent of the increase happens in the first 10 minutes. So these real little ones, they're going to be in trouble in minutes."

The study, published in the journal "Temperature" says after an hour on a 100-degree day, temperatures average:

  • 116 degrees in the cabin
  • 123 degrees on the seats
  • 127 degrees on the steering wheel
  • 157 degrees on the dashboard

Haley Domingos, mom of two, said, "Well I'm sure after two minutes they don't feel comfortable so 60 minutes can do real harm."

Kids and Cars is advocating that if you have a baby in the back, look before you lock.