Traveling in a motor vehicle can become dangerous if the proper safety measures are not taken. Even an innocent passenger can be affected by improper safety procedures, and children are at an even higher risk for this. Whether it be on the road or in the parking lot, care should be taken as how to best keep your child, and children around you, safe.
- In 2019 alone, there have already been 17 child fatalities linked to being left in hot vehicles. The youngest children were between 3 and 4 months old, the oldest being between 3 to 4 years old.
- 52 children died in hot cars in 2018.
- Over 900 children have died in hot cars since the year 1990.
- On average, 37 children die due to being left in a hot motor vehicle.
- Children’s body temperatures rise 3-5 times faster than adults.
- The temperature of a car can rise 20 degrees in 10 seconds.
- Heatstroke can occur in shade, with the windows down, or even with temperatures as low as 57 degrees.