“Tragedies involving children have a profound effect on everyone involved. What is most tragic is that the majority of these deaths could have been prevented,” said Lt Amy Ayers of the Kansas Highway Patrol. “A child dies from heatstroke nearly every 10 days from being left in a hot vehicle. As outside temperatures rise, the risks of children dying from being left alone inside a hot vehicle also rises. We remind parents and caregivers to Look Before You Lock.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 1998-2013 606 children died due to heatstroke, representing 61 percent of total non-crash fatalities in this age group.
Of the 606 deaths:
- 52% were forgotten in the vehicle.
- 29% gained access by themselves and became trapped
- 18% were left intentionally
- 1% were unknown cases