On average, 37 children die from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside 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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Fatal Distraction

Pulitzer Prize winning article by Gene Weingarten, The Washington Post

How We Can Protect Children From Dying in Hot Cars

Editorial published on Time.com


An epidemic of children dying in hot cars: a tragedy that can be prevented

by Dr. David Diamond

Child Stories

Far too many children have been inadvertently left in vehicles or have gotten into a vehicle on their own. Vehicular heatstroke tragedies change the lives of parents, families, and communities forever. The stories at the links below are about children whose lives were lost, and near misses, after becoming trapped inside of a hot vehicle.

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Near Misses
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Fact Sheet
Heat Stroke Fact Sheet

English [PDF]


Mandarin Chinese [PDF]

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

  • Child vehicular heatstroke deaths for 2017: 43 (view US map)
  • Child vehicular heatstroke deaths for 2016: 39
  • Child vehicular heatstroke deaths for 2015: 25 
  • Child vehicular heatstroke deaths for 2014:  32
  • Child vehicular heatstroke deaths for 2013:  44
  • Child vehicular heatstroke deaths for 2012:  35
  • Child vehicular heatstroke deaths for 2011: 33
  • Child vehicular heatstroke deaths for 2010:  49
  • Child vehicular heatstroke deaths 1990- 2016: 793
  • Average #of deaths per year since 1998: 37 (one every 9 days)
  • Highest # of fatalities for a one-year time period – 2010: 49
Safety Tips

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

Heat Stroke Safety Tips

English [PDF]

Heat Stroke Safety Tips - Spanish

Spanish [PDF]

Heat Stroke Safety Tips - Chinese

Mandarin Chinese [PDF]

Charts, Statistics, Graphics

Below are KidsAndCars.org charts and graphs which can be downloaded for free and are excellent education materials. We encourage you to share, print, copy, distribute, or enlarge them; but we ask that no changes be made.

Click on an image below to open a full PDF file of the chart.. Please note, the PDF files are large and may take some time to open in your browser.

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Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and Videos

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.


Heatstroke Studies

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


KidsAndCars.org believes the solution to these preventable tragedies is a combination of education and technology. KidsAndCars.org would like all vehicles to come equipped with a system that would alert a driver if a child has been left in the vehicle. The HOT CARS Act has been recently introduced and would require technology in call vehicles to prevent heatstroke tragedies – learn more here.

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