FACTS

2018

So far in 2018 , there have been at least 23 heatstroke death's of children left in a vehicle. Last year, 2017, there were at least 43 deaths of children in vehicles.

In the period of time since1998, a total of 765 infants and children died of heatstroke inside hot motor vehicles.   Just over half, 54%, of these were accidentally forgotten by a parent or other caregiver with 28% being the mother and 33% the father.

 

Relation to Child                                   % of total

Mother                                                          28%

Father                                                           33%

Both Parents                                                10%

Grandmother                                                4%

Grandfather                                                  3%

Childcare                                                     11%

Other                                                           10%

Total                                              

  • Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2016:  39

  • Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2015:  24

  • Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2014: 31
  • Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2013: 44
  • Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 1998-present: 765
  • Average number of U.S. child heatstroke fatalities per year since 1998: 37

 

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Ages

The children that have died from vehicular heatstroke in the United States (1998-2018) have ranged in age from 5 days to 14 years.
More than half of the deaths are children under 2 years of age. Below are the percentage of total deaths (and the number of deaths) sorted by age.
  • Under 1-year old = 32% (225)

  • 1-year old = 22% (154)

  • 2-years old = 20% (137)

  • 3-years old = 13% (92)

  • 4-years old = 6% (42)

  • 5-years old = 3% (23)

  • 6-years old = 1% (9)

  • 7-years old = < 1% (3)

  • 8-years old = < 1% (3)

  • 9-years old = < 1% (2)

  • 10-years old = < 1% (3)

  • 11-years old = < 1% (2)

  • 12-years old = < 1% (1)

  • 13-years old = < 1% (1)

  • 14-years old = < 1% (3)

  • Unknown = < 1% (1)

  

SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS
  • NEVER LEAVE A CHILD UNATTENDED IN A VEHICLE.  NOT EVEN FOR A MINUTE !

  • IF YOU SEE A CHILD UNATTENDED IN A HOT VEHICLE CALL 9-1-1.

  • Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don't overlook sleeping babies.

  • Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices.  IF A CHILD IS MISSING, ALWAYS CHECK THE POOL FIRST, AND THEN THE CAR, INCLUDING THE TRUNK. Teach your children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.

  • Use the "DON'T FORGET BABY!!!™" Tag or Keep a stuffed animal in the carseat and when the child is put in the seat place the animal in the front with the driver.

  • Or place your purse or briefcase in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child in the car.

  • Make "look before you leave" a routine whenever you get out of the car.

  • Have a plan that your childcare provider will call you if your child does not show up for school.

Source

Heatstroke Deaths of
Children in Vehicles
by Jan Null, CCM
Department of Geosciences, SFSU

 

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An examination of media reports about the 700 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths for a 19-year period (1998 through 2017) shows the following circumstances:

  • 54% - child "forgotten" by caregiver (400 Children)

  • 27% - child playing in unattended vehicle (201)

  • 18% - child intentionally left in vehicle by adult (137)

  • 1% - circumstances unknown (5)

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