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  • Total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths, 2021: 10
  • Total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths, 2020:  25
  • Total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths, 1998-present: 893
  • Average number of U.S. child heatstroke fatalities per year 1998-2020: 38

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Statistics by State 
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Trends & Patterns in Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke (PDF)
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NSC "Children in Hot Cars" Online Course

US Child Vehicular Heatstroke Deaths

CIRCUMSTANCES

An examination of media reports about the 883 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths for a 23 year period (1998 through 2020) shows the following circumstances:
    - 52.9% - Forgotten by caregiver (467 children)
    - 25.6% - Gained Access on their own (227)
    - 19.7% - Knowingly left by caregiver (174)
    - 1.7 % - Unknown (15) 

AGES

The children that have died from vehicular heatstroke in the United States (1998-2020) have ranged in age from 5 days to 14 years. More than half of the deaths (54%) are children under 2 years of age. Below are the percentage of total deaths and the number of deaths.

< 1 31%  (275) 3  14%  (135) 6   1%  (8)   <1%  (2) 12   <1%  (1)
  1   23%  (204) 4   6%  (54) 7   <1%  (3) 10   <1%  (3) 13   <1%  (3)
  2   19%  (266) 5   3%  (28) 8   <1%  (3) 11   <1%  (3) 14   <1%  (3)



# Date City Temperature Gender Age
10 7/21/2021 American Fork, UT 94 Boy 11 yr
9 7/16/2021 Tyler, TX 86 Boy 3 yr
8 7/16/2021 Homestead, FL 88 Girl 2 yr
7 6/30/2021 Spartanburg, SC 92 Boy 3 yr
6 6/24/2021 Gaston County, NC 81 Girl 2 yr
5 6/14/2021 New Iberia, LA 93 Boy 2 yr
4 6/13/2021 St. Marys, OH 86 Girl 1 yr
3 6/09/2021 Pace, FL 86 Boy 9 mo
2 6/03/2021 Visalia, CA 102 Girl 3 yr
1 4/25/2021 Iredell County, NC 70 Girl 5 mo

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