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  • Total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths, 2020: 8
  • Total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths, 2019:  52
  • Total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths, 1998-present: 857
  • Average number of U.S. child heatstroke fatalities per year 1998-2019: 39

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- Monthly Statistics
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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

- Monthly Heatstroke Prevention Newsletters: April, May

US Child Vehicular Heatstroke Deaths

CIRCUMSTANCES

An examination of media reports about the 849 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths for a 22-year period (1998 through 2019) shows the following circumstances:
    - 54.2% - Forgotten by caregiver (460 children)
    - 25.2% - Gained Access on their own (214)
    - 19.1% - Knowingly left by caregiver (162)
    - 1.5 % - Unknown (13) 

AGES

The children that have died from vehicular heatstroke in the United States (1998-2019) 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 (849) deaths and the number of deaths.

< 1 32%  (268) 3  14%  (118) 6   1%  (8)   <1%  (2) 12   <1%  (1)
  1   23%  (196) 4   6%  (47) 7   <1%  (3) 10   <1%  (3) 13   <1%  (2)
  2   19%  (162) 5   3%  (28) 8   <1%  (3) 11   <1%  (3) 14   <1%  (2)



# Date City Temperature Gender Age
8 7/8/2020 Fullerton, CA 84 Boy 22 mo
7 7/4/2020 Oklahoma City, OK 92 Girl 17 mo
6 6/26/2020 Springfield, VA 86 Girl 11 mo
5 6/18/2020 Ellerbe, NC 81 Boy 22 mo
4 6/13/2020 Tulsa, OK 94 Girl 4 yrs
3 6/13/2020 Tulsa, OK 94 Boy 3 yrs
2 5/28/2020 Clewiston, FL 90 Girl 10 mo
1 4/25/2020 Tomball, TX 78 Boy 4 yrs

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