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: