Statistics

The statistics are sobering and heartbreaking. According to WheresBaby.org:


  • An average of 38 children have died in hot cars each year in the USA since 1998. That's one child death every 9 days.

  • Since 1998, more than 700 children have died in vehicles from heat stroke in the USA.

  • More than 70% of heat stroke deaths occur in children younger than age 2.

  • More than half of heat stroke deaths occur because a caregiver forgot the child in the car.

  • Roughly 30% of heat stroke deaths occur because the child got in the car without a caregiver knowing and couldn't get out.

  • Nearly 20% of deaths occur because a caregiver intentionally left the child in the car.


Reference:

Connecticut Dept of Transportation, et al. “Where's Baby? Look Before You Lock”, 2020 https://www.wheresbaby.org/