Governor’s Highway Safety Team urges parents, caregivers to keep kids safe from hot cars

While many parents think this could never happen to them, statistics show even the most doting parents can fall victim.

Fifty-two children died last year in the United States after being left in or getting trapped in a hot car. The Governor’s Executive Leadership Team on Highway Safety urges parents to make a plan now to prevent tragedies later.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the leading cause of child vehicular heatstroke deaths (54%) occur because a parent or other caregiver accidentally left the child in the car.

NHTSA cites trends reported by researcher Jan Null who has been tracking vehicular heatstroke deaths since 1998: