Every summer, there are reports of people dying in hot vehicles. Young children are more vulnerable than adults: More than 70% of heatstroke deaths occur in children younger than age 2.
The highest number of deaths occur in July and August, when there are an average of nine deaths each month, according to Null.
Twelve of this year's 15 deaths have been confirmed as caused by heatstroke. Three of them are still pending and waiting on official reports from medical examiners, according to Null. In all likelihood, those three will be also be deemed caused by vehicular heatstroke, Null said. Since 1998, all "probable" heatstroke deaths were ultimately confirmed by medical reports, he said.
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