Hot Car Fatalities Are a Year-Round Threat to Children and Pets

Parents and others must remain vigilant about the ongoing danger of children and pets dying in hot cars, because heatstroke can be a four-season threat in some parts of the country. About 37 children die each year from vehicular heatstroke, according to and Heatstroke is the leading cause of death in vehicles (excluding crashes) for those 14 and younger.

There were 29 hot car deaths in 2023, according to In most cases, the children were unknowingly left behind in the vehicle. As families transition from winter to spring, it’s important to remember that research shows these tragedies can happen to anyone.

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