According to KidsAndCars.org, over 900 children have died in hot cars nationwide since 1990. 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.

Scroll down for child stories, fact sheets, safety tips, charts, graphics, PSAs, studies, etc.

Child Vehicular Heatstroke Deaths by Year

(location-specific and detailed information available upon request)
2019 52 (view list)
2018 54* (view list)
2017 43
2016 39
Average # of deaths per year: 38 (one every 9 days)
*Year with the most fatalities: 2018 (54 deaths)


Fact Sheet & Statistics
Heat Stroke Fact Sheet English [PDF] 

Spanish [PDF]

Mandarin Chinese [PDF]

Arabic [PDF]





Safety Tips

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

Heat Stroke Safety Tips

English [PDF]

Spanish [PDF]

Mandarin Chinese [PDF]

Arabic [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. Please note, the PDF files are large and may take some time to open in your browser.

Look Before You Lock

“Look Before You Lock” parent education cards 

English [PDF]

Spanish [PDF]

Chinese [PDF]

Airbag vs. Heatstroke Fatalities (1990-2018)

English [PDF]

Spanish [PDF]

Heatstroke Fatalities by State Map

English [PDF]

Child Vehicular Heatstroke Fatalities by Year (1990-2018)

English [PDF]

Spanish [PDF]

Child Nontraffic Fatalities by Type (2014-2018)

English [PDF]

Spanish [PDF]

Child Nontraffic Fatalities INSIDE vs. OUTSIDE the vehicle (2014-2018)

English [PDF]





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Fatal Distraction

Pulitzer Prize winning article by Gene Weingarten, The Washington Post


Children dying in hot cars: a tragedy that can be prevented 

When a child dies of heatstroke after a parent or caretaker unknowingly leaves the child in a car: How does it happen and is it a crime?

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.

Bishop Collins
Harrison Chase
Near Misses
Social Media Posts

Hashtags: #heatstrokekills #lookbeforeyoulock

  • An occupant detection system in cars could prevent hot car deaths. #PasstheHotCarsAct #heatstrokekills #lookbeforeyoulock
  • Technology exists to prevent hot car deaths… what are we waiting for? #PasstheHotCarsAct
  • 2018 was the deadliest year in history for child hot car deaths. #PasstheHotCarsAct #heatstrokekills #lookbeforeyoulock
  • Cars can alert us of children in the back seat and save precious little lives. #PasstheHotCarsAct  #heatstrokekills #lookbeforeyoulock
  • See a child or animal alone in a car? Get involved! Call 911 immediately. #heatstrokekills #lookbeforeyoulock
  •  Be prepared to save a baby in a hot car with a resqme tool… get it today at /resqme-tool/  #heatstrokekills #lookbeforeyoulock
  • Always check the back seat for baby! #lookbeforeyoulock #heatstrokekills
  • Ask childcare to call you if your baby doesn’t show up as planned! #heatstrokekills #lookbeforeyoulock
  • Always keep cars locked & keys out of reach of children. If a child is missing – check in all cars! #heatstrokekills #lookbeforeyoulock
State Laws
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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