ARIZONA NEWS

How hot can a car get parked in the Phoenix sun? What about the shade?

May 26, 2018, 4:20 AM | Updated: May 27, 2018, 7:22 pm
(Flickr/Joe Shlabotnik)...

PHOENIX — Parked in the sun for an hour, car seats reach an average of 123 degrees in the summer, according to a study by ASU and UC San Diego.

The steering wheel averaged 127 degrees.

In one of the cars studied, the dashboard reached 192 degrees, according to state climatologist Nancy Selover.

The average dashboard reached 157 degrees.

These temperatures inside cars parked in the heat can burn tender skin.

“On a child’s tender skin, if their child seat was exposed to the sun, that would be extremely hot,” Selover said.

The study went a step further, examining different types of cars in the shade, as well.

Though the inside of the car was significantly cooler, the dashboard averaged 118 degrees, seats averaged 105 degrees, and the temperature of a hypothetical two-year-old child in the backseat would break 100 degrees within 60 minutes.

“Most studies don’t look at that,” Selover said. “There’s sort of an assumption that, well, if the car’s parked in the shade, it’s not going to be a problem. we found that it certainly can be.”

Children can catch life-threatening hyperthermia when they reach a temperature of 104 degrees.

The study found that it would take a little more than an hour before a child catches hyperthermia while the car is parked in the sun. In the shade, it would take a little more than two hours.

Though that’s a long period of time, parents often don’t realize the child is in the car for that long. When routine is disrupted, they may forget the child is there.

Sometimes, it’s like all day,” Selover said. “Sometimes it’s many hours before they realize that they can’t figure out where their child is.”

Six children already died in the United States this year from being left in the car, according to ASU Now. Annually, 37 children die from it.

Selover advised parents to be vigilant. If they’re leaving the child or pet in the car to run into the grocery store quickly, reconsider.

“If you’re stopping some place and you don’t need to take the child in with you, think again,” she said. “And don’t think just because you’re parked in the shade, that the shade is going to completely protect them.”

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Griselda Zetino contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Twitter photo/@dougducey)...
KTAR.com

Arizona veterans organization to host Pearl Harbor Remembrance ceremony Tuesday

An Arizona veterans organization on Tuesday will honor the 80th anniversary of the deadly attacks at Pearl Harbor with a remembrance ceremony at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in downtown Phoenix.
23 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Lucid Motors)...
Associated Press

Lucid Group, electric vehicle builder in Arizona, sees shares slide after SEC subpoena disclosure

Shares in the electric vehicle startup Lucid Group, which builds electric vehicles at a factory in Casa Grande, tumbled Monday after saying that said it had been subpoenaed by government regulators, apparently over the process by which it became a publicly-traded company last summer.
23 hours ago
16 x 9 The Pick...
Kevin Stone

Another The Pick lottery jackpot ticket sold at a West Valley Walmart

For the second time in less than two weeks, somebody who bought a lottery ticket at a West Valley Walmart is grinning after hitting The Pick jackpot.
23 hours ago
(Heidi's Village and Arizona Humane Society Photos)...
Kevin Stone

Several Phoenix-area shelters waive or reduce pet adoption fees for holidays

Several metro Phoenix animal shelters are offering free or reduced-price adoptions for a limited time as part of the Bissell Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters Holiday Hope Event.
23 hours ago
(Phoenix Police Department Facebook Photo)...
KTAR.com

1 man dead, another in critical condition following shooting in Phoenix

One man died and another was in critical condition following a shooting in Phoenix on Sunday evening, authorities said.
23 hours ago
A woman identified as Lilly Beeler is wanted by authorities in northern Arizona for allegedly shoot...
Kevin Stone

Woman allegedly robbed man at gunpoint in Arizona after they met on Instagram

Authorities in northern Arizona are searching for a woman who allegedly shot at a man and robbed him after they met through a social media site.
23 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Arizona State University

Gain insights on next year’s trends at 58th Annual Economic Forecast Luncheon

Employment is recovering from the severe contraction induced by the pandemic, but it is still way below levels at the start of 2020. Can it fully recover in the coming year?
...
ENVOQUE MD

Thyroid issues: Here are the warning signs and what to do

In a 100-person office in the United States, an estimated 12 co-workers, employees and loved ones, will likely develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. That’s because, according to the American Thyroid Association, more than 12% of the U.S. population will experience thyroid issues.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Why fall maintenance is important for your heating system and A/C

It’s easy to ignore your heater and air conditioner when they’re working but the moment something breaks, you will likely regret not keeping up with maintenance. After all, if something goes wrong, you may be stuck with a repair that will take longer and be more expensive than simple maintenance.
How hot can a car get parked in the Phoenix sun? What about the shade?