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

  • Total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths, 2022: 3
  • Total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths, 2021:  23
  • Total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths, 1998-present: 910
  • 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
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