Hot cars can become deadly, especially during extended heat waves

Hampden County

Wednesday marked the sixth day in a row that temperatures reached into the 90s. If you’re not careful, one of the most dangerous spots during this heat wave can be your car.

It may be hot outside, but it can get even hotter inside a car.

We put a 22News vehicle to the test, we shut the AC off and closed all the windows to see just how hot the car can get after a short period of time.

After parking the vehicle for just 20 minutes, the overall temperature inside the car raised 15 degrees from 85 to 100.

And certain objects within the car can get even hotter. We put a special thermometer gun to test the steering wheel which went from 90 degrees to 102 degrees.

The dashboard had the biggest increase in temperature going from 125 to as hot as 149 degrees.

“It can be very dangerous for people, for animals, for everybody and you don’t know whether to leave your windows cracked because it’s so hot, you don’t someone to break your windows,” said Audrey Wesson of Southwick.

Thirty-seven children die in hot cars every year. 

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration said parking your car in the shade or using a windshield sunshade can help reduce the temperature of your car.

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