The listening session dealt with strategies to prevent heat stroke deaths and injuries for the young children left unattended in vehicles.
Administrator Strickland says that "The summer of 2011 is shaping up to be one of the hottest on record and one of the worst years for children dying of heat stroke".
Children left alone in vehicles during hot weather are at a risk of a serious injury or death from hyperthermia.
According to NHTSA research, hyperthermia is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle deaths for children under the age of fourteen.
Reports from the San Francisco State University Department of Geosciences show that due to hyperthermia
- 49 children under the age of 14 years died in 2010,
- 21 deaths so far in 2011