Heat Stroke

On average, 37 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles. Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car; and the end result can be injury or even death.

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Child Tragedies

Far too many children have been inadvertently forgotten in hot vehicles or have gotten into a vehicle on their own. Vehicular heat stroke tragedies change the lives of parents, families, and communities forever. These stories are about children whose lives were lost after becoming trapped inside of a hot vehicle.

Dylan Bjorkman Kate Lola Boe Tyler Costello Julian Fuchs Juan Parks
Christian LaCombe Serenity Lyman Robert MacDonald Bryan Puckett Ava Rosemeyer
Kaitlyn Russell Aslyn Ryan Mika Terry Michael Warschauer Curtis & Virginia
Bryce Balfour Jasmine & Nathan Maya Peabody Jenna Edwards Sophia Cavaliero
Sydney Stanley River Jackson      


Close Calls

Below are stories of just a few children who survived being trapped in a hot vehicle.

Christopher Hilton Kayin SaraCorinne Nicholas Mocarski  
Gideon Laatsch        



Fact Sheet

Below is a summary of the information KidsAndCars.org has been gathering for over a decade.

• Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2015:  25

• Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2014:  32

• Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2013:  44

• Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2012:  35

• Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2011: 33 

• Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2010:  49


• Child vehicular heat stroke deaths 1990- 2015: 755

Average # of deaths per year since 1998: 37 (1 every 9 days)

• The highest # of fatalities for a 1-year time period took place in 2010: 49

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Charts, Statistics, Graphics

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Safety Tips

Learn simple tips on how to keep your children safe in and around vehicles.

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Pubilc Service Announcements

Heighten awareness about the dangers children face in and around motor vehicles with KidsAndCars.org’s Public Service Announcements. Please encourage TV stations, hospital, doctor offices, public health offices, parenting classes, etc., to share this life-saving information.



Safety cards urge parents to "Look Before You Lock"

WSLS 10 - Dawn Jefferies

August 22, 2012

22 children have died after being left in hot cars so far this year, according to child safety group Kidsandcars.org. "It's happened to people that wouldn't have imagined that they'd do it and very well educated people," Waff said.

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Safety Push After 8 Kids Die In Hot, Parked Cars

Lesli Foster 9 News Now & wusa9.com

August 17, 2012

They were snapped into car seats and carted away to places with the people who loved them most. Then, the unthinkable happened. All of them died when they were accidentally left behind in a hot, parked car.

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Child Safety Advocates Warn Any Parent Can Make a Deadly Summertime Mistake

WKYU FM Radio - Lisa Autry

August 10, 2012

It can happen to even the most loving, responsible caregivers...

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Heat is lethal threat for children in vehicles

Shelbyville Times-Gazette STAFF REPORT

August 10, 2012

Misremembering a child alone in a hot vehicle can and does happen to loving, caring and responsible caregivers.

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A family's ordinary morning turns tragic with baby's heat death

The Tennessean - Tony Gonzalez

August 09, 2012

People who know Stephanie and Aaron Gray say the couple put their four children at the center of their lives. Now family, friends and Donelson neighbors are reeling from the death of 5-month-old Joel Gray, left unattended for five hours in the family minivan

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Father Aims to Educate After Daughter is Left in Hot Car

KTXL - Sacramento

August 09, 2012

Sarah Corinne Marson was inadvertently left behind in a vehicle and suffered severe brain damage from the heat, but this strong little girl survived. Now, the Marson family is working to help raise awarness and educate others…

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Forgetting a child in a hot back seat can prove deadly

KCRA - By Chris Riva

August 09, 2012

"A father wants others to learn from his experience. It doesn't take a 100-degree day to make it dangerous for children inside the car."

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Dad Hopes to Educate People about Leaving Kids in Hot Cars

Andria Borba FOX40 News

August 08, 2012

When you look at Sara Corinne Marson, with her bright blue eyes, thick braid and big smile - you'd never know what she survived.

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Child Left In Hot Car: Manteca Family Uses Tragedy To Educate Families

CBS13 News - Laura Cole

August 08, 2012

Parents in Manteca are still in agony after they accidentally left their daughter in their hot car, and they want their story to be a warning to others. The daughter survived, but now all their lives have changed forever.

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Seven children in 4 states die after being left in hot cars

Examiner.com - Richard Webster

August 07, 2012

The five-day period from August 2 - 6 brought tragedy to families in Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida and New Mexico as 7 children died of heat stroke after being left in hot vehicles.

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Consumers can also find products at local ‘after market’ dealers and on the Internet. KidsAndCars.org assumes no liability or responsibility for use of such devices. Drivers should be aware that technology does not replace proper supervision of children. Children should NEVER be left alone in or around a motor vehicle.

TOMY First Years iAlert car seat

Cars-N-Kids - Car Seat Monitor


Baby Alert International - Proactive products for your child's safety

Sisters Of Invention

Suddenly Safe 'N' Secure Systems, Inc.

SeatSignal, Inc.

Back Seat Minder

Associated Press - Devices exist to keep kids from dying in cars, but few are sold




Below are studies specific to vehicular heat stroke injuries and deaths. There have been several studies published about vehicular heat stroke but there is still much to be learned.

Hyperthermia deaths among children in parked vehicles: an analysis of 231 fatalities in the United States, 1999–2007 (2010)

Crime and Parenthood: The Uneasy Case for Prosecuting Negligent Parents (2006)

Quantifying the heat-related hazard for children in motor vehicles

Not in Traffic Surveillance-2007 Highlights

Heat Stress From Enclosed Vehicles: Moderate Ambient Temperatures Cause Significant Temperature Rise in Enclosed Vehicles

Heat-Related Mortality - Arizona, 1993-2002, and United States, 1979-2002

Heat related deaths to young children in parked cars: an analysis of 171 fatalities in the United States, 1995–2002

Heat-Related Deaths --- Los Angeles County, California, 1999-2000, and United States, 1979—1998

Environmental Hyperthermic Infant and Early Childhood Death: circumstances, pathologic changes, and manor of death.

Heat-Related Illnesses and Deaths – Missouri, 1998, and United States, 1979-1996

Heat-related mortality -- United States

Heat waves and hot environments. Noji EK, ed. The public health consequences of disaster

Heat Related Deaths-Dallas, Wichita and Cooke Counties, Texas, and the United States, 1996