Dear Abby: Summer temperatures turn closed cars into deadly ovens

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DEAR ABBY: With summer here, many families will be traveling, which involves spending significant amounts of time in the car or truck. It is now illegal in many states to leave a child, a disabled person or a pet unattended in a vehicle for ANY length of time. The reason is that temperatures inside a vehicle - especially with the windows rolled up - can rise to dangerous, even deadly, levels very quickly. Tests by the National Weather Service have shown that when it's 80 degrees outside, the interior of a vehicle with the windows rolled up, or just cracked open, can reach 123 degrees within 60 minutes! Such temperatures can induce heat exhaustion, or worse, heat stroke, within a very short time, and quickly kill a child, a pet or a disabled person.