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[Note: This study published in Pediatrics. Click here to download]

  • Total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths, 2022: 17
  • Total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths, 2021:  23
  • Total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths, 1998-present: 924
  • Average number of U.S. child heatstroke fatalities per year 1998-2020: 38

QUICK LINKS
- Monthly Statistics 
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Statistics by State 
-
Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke: By the Numbers   (also PDF)
- NSC "Children in Hot Cars" Online Course

CIRCUMSTANCES

An examination of media reports about the 907 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths for a 24-year period (1998 through 2021) shows the following circumstances:
    - 52.59% - Forgotten by caregiver (477 children)
    - 25.80% - Gained Access on their own (234)
    - 20.07% - Knowingly left by caregiver (182)
    - 1.54 % - Unknown (14) 

AGES

The children that have died from vehicular heatstroke in the United States (1998-2021) 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%  (278) 3  14%  (130) 6   1%  (9)   <1%  (2) 12   <1%  (1)
  1   23%  (212) 4   6%  (55) 7   <1%  (3) 10   <1%  (3) 13   <1%  (3)
  2   19%  (171) 5   3%  (28) 8   <1%  (3) 11   <1%  (4) 14   <1%  (3)



# Date City Temperature Gender Age
17 8/16/2022 Fort Smith, AR 104 Boy 3 yr
16 8/14/2022 Lake Charles, LA 89 Girl 6 mo
15 8/12/2022 Carthage, MO 93 Girl 3 yr
14 8/9/2022 Washington, DC 100 Boy 3 mo
13 7/31/2022 Scranton, KS 92 Unknown 2 yr
12 7/21/2022 Scotland County, NC 91 Male 2 yr
11 7/19/2022 Tallahassee, FL 91 Male 11 mo
10 7/11/2022 Miami Gardens, FL 93 Male 3 yr
9 7/1/2022 Mebane, NC 90 Female 12 mo
8 6/30/2022 Danielsville, GA 91 Female 12 mo
7 6/28/2022 Chesterfield County, VA 80 Male 18 mo
6 6/26/2022 Columbus, GA 95 Male 3 yr
5 6/20/2022 Harris County, TX 98 Male 5 yr
4 6/16/2022 Upper St. Clair, PA 91 Male 3 mo
3 5/20/2022 Houston, TX 90 Female 10 mo
2 5/19/2022 Memphis, TN 90 Male 1 yr
1 5/3/2022 Snellville, GA 87 Female 8 mo

Previous Years:  2021, 20202019, 2018, 2017, 201620152014201320122011201020092008200720062005200420031998 ‑ 2002