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  • Total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths, 2018: 2
  • Total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths, 2017: 42
  • Total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths, 1998-present: 744
  • Average number of U.S. child heatstroke fatalities per year since 1998: 37

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US Child Vehicular Heatstroke Deaths

CIRCUMSTANCES

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 (200)
  • 18% - child intentionally left in vehicle by adult (137)
  • 1% - circumstances unknown (5)

Demographics of Persons Responsible for Heatstroke Deaths of Children Forgotten in Vehicles

AGES

The children that have died from vehicular heatstroke in the United States (1998-October 2016) 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 (695) deaths (and the number of deaths).

  • < 1-year old = 32% (225)
  • 1-year old = 22% (154)
  • 2-years old = 20% (136)
  • 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)



# Date City Temp Name Age
2 4/3/2018 North Charleston, SC 84° Jack Duggan 10 mo
1 2/28/2018 Miami, FL 81° Damon Cruz 1 yr

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