Since 1998, more than 630 children in the U.S. have died of hyperthermia (heatstroke) from being trapped in a car. More than half of them were forgotten by a caregiver. This statistic averages out to 38 juvenile deaths in cars each year due to heatstroke. Many more close calls have occurred that are not reported since they did not result in a tragic death.
While the majority of heatstroke deaths occur in summer months, they have been recorded in every month besides January. No statistics are yet available for hypothermia for children left in cars during cold months.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Temperatures in a car can increase 20°F in only 10 minutes.
- A child’s body temperature can overheat 5 times faster than an adult’s body temperature. A child dies with a 107°F body temperature.
- The temperature inside a car can rise to above 110°F even when it is in the 60s outside.
- It only takes a 57°F outside temperature to cause heatstroke.
- On an 80°F day, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach deadly peaks in 10 minutes.
Don’t let your child become a statistic! Buy a Bambringo Baby-in-Car Reminder Strap for yourself, your spouse, and any other caregivers that drive your child. Show you care; buy one for a friend or as a baby shower gift!