More Children Dying in Hot Cars

The number of infants and toddlers deaths from being left inside hot cars is higher through the first half of this year than at any time since the statistic was first tracked in the late 1990s.

Eighteen children have died of hyperthermia due to being trapped in cars through June 13, a San Francisco State University researcher told the Associated Press. In the research, 2005 had 45 hyperthermia deaths, which is an all-time high, but only 12 deaths had occurred through the end of June.

 July and August are typically hotter months than June, leading to a higher chance of harm if children are left in cars.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report in 2009 that found 27 children died of hyperthermia in 2003-04.

We run a story like this every year to remind parents and guardians to never leave children unattended in a vehicle, especially in summer months. However, this seemingly common-sense warning doesn’t seem to be taking hold.

The AP’s story noted that two of the deaths occurred when unattended children who were playing outside became trapped in cars. We recommend locking your vehicle when at home and keeping your keys out of reach of your children.

Number of child deaths from hot cars is on rise (AP)
By David Thomas | June 25, 2010 | Comments (4)


Scott J

Well chosen photo. I feel hyperthermic just looking at it.

First, the child is not correctly restrained in that car seat. The child passenger safety people are going to be all over you!!

There have now been 19 vehicular heat stroke deaths. A child died Sunday in Phoenix.

10 of the children were left in vehicles and 9 of the children entered the vehicle on their own.

Let's add the prevention tips.

• Never leave children alone in or around cars; not even for a minute.

• Keep vehicles locked at all times; even in the garage or driveway and always set your parking brake.

• Keys and/or remote openers should never be left within reach of children.

•When a child is missing, check vehicles and car trunks immediately.

• Put something you'll need like your cell phone, handbag, employee badge, lunch or brief case, etc., on the floor board in front of the child. Get in the habit of always opening the back door of your vehicle every time you reach your destination to make sure no child has been left behind.

• Keep a large teddy bear in the child's car seat when it’s not occupied. When the child is placed in the seat, put the teddy bear in the front passenger seat. It's a visual reminder that anytime the teddy bear is up front you know the child is in the back seat in a child safety seat.

• Make arrangements with your child’s day care center or babysitter that you will always call them if your child will not be there on a particular day as scheduled. This is common courtesy and sets a good example that everyone who is involved in the care of your child is informed of their whereabouts on a daily basis. Ask them to phone you if your child doesn’t show up when expected. Many children’s lives could have been saved with a telephone call from a concerned child care provider. Give child care providers all your telephone numbers, including that of an extra family member or friend, so they can always confirm the whereabouts of your child.

•If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. If they are hot or seem sick, get them out as quickly as possible. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

•Make sure all child passengers have left the vehicle after it is parked.

Tips from web site


Another tip: Kids get hot in cars faster than adults. Once our 2-year-old had been to the doctor and we stopped to pick up a prescription. One parent stayed in the car, the other got the medicine, then we went home. It was an unsafe neighborhood at the drugstore so we kept the windows up and the doors locked. Since the child already had a slight fever, this turned out to be a very bad move -- the child had a convulsion when we got home! No permanent damage, but we were scared. So be careful.
If we had this to do over again, we'd have gone home first and sent the medicine-buyer out alone.


Those poor kids didnt deserve to die because they have irresponsible parents. the parents need to serve time in prison even if it was an accident. How could you not know or remember your kid was in the car? even if they were sleeping and you were in a hurry? you have that bad a memory that you dont remember where your kid is and on top of that you go to work and leave them in the car to die. People nowadays dont care about their kids they just want to dump them off as fast as they can, thus is why you have these cases of people forgeting. these cases just make my blood boil. i cant even read about it anymore. both parents dont check on their kids all day until they find them dead in the car. even if they were in daycare you wouldnt call once a day to check up on them? noone finds anything wrong with that? like i said these criminals need to serve prison time for they way they killed their kids. noone deserves that esp little babies and kids. Hope all those parents can live with themselves now.

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