The statistics are shocking. On average, one child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle nearly every 10 days in the United States. Since 1998, there have been 760 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths – including 18 already this year.
Those numbers – along with the heatwave currently blanketing a large portion of the United States – are prompting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind everyone of the dangers of leaving an unattended child in a vehicle. Outside of crashes, heatstroke is the number one vehicle-related killer of children in the United States.