(Philadelphia, PA) - Already this year there have been 28 confirmed child vehicular heatstroke deaths in the United States.* This represents more hot car deaths than we have ever suffered by July 22 during any year in U.S. history.
Every year on average, 37 children die in hot cars in our country. July is the deadliest month of the year for these tragedies. Last year 43 young children died.
These tragedies are predictable and preventable. KidsAndCars.org is urging parents and caregivers to be extra vigilant during any changes in the daily routine. This is when most tragedies occur.
KidsAndCars.org president and founder Janette Fennell said, “We always see an increase in child injuries and deaths this time of year. It is devastating to know that there are families all across America right now holding their precious babies, unaware that they will lose them in a hot car this summer. But, these children don’t have to die. Parents and caregivers have the power to make sure that this doesn’t happen to them.”
*+ an additional 3 hot car deaths pending autopsy results