Report Released Shows Increase in Deaths of Children Left in Cars

An average of about three dozen children die each year after being left unattended in hot vehicles. The National Safety Council released a report showing that 742 U.S. children died of heatstroke in vehicles between 1998 and 2017.

Just last year, 42 children died in these conditions, which is up from 39 the previous year. The council urged all state lawmakers to put measures in place to protect children as it noted that just 21 states have laws regarding the issue.

The study also noted that in 18% of the cases where children died of heat-related injuries, the parents or caregivers purposely left them unattended inside the vehicle.


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