Too many kids are dying in hot cars!


Sadly, an average of 37 children die annually, according to the safety organization Kids and Cars.

In Richmond, Va., and the surrounding counties there were three hot car-related child deaths in 2018. Sadly, there has been one death in Richmond in 2019.

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Here are 9 Hard Facts

A parent's worst nightmare is losing a child. It's a tragic reminder that a simple mistake can devastate a family and a community. Here are the hard facts about children being left in hot cars. 


Fact 1

Heat is more dangerous to children than adults. 

Fact 2

A child’s body overheats 3 - 5 times faster than an adult’s. 

Fact 3

Heat stroke begins when the body reaches 104 degrees.

Fact 4

When a child’s temperature reaches 107 degrees, death can occur.


Fact 5

A car can heat up to 20 degrees in 10 minutes.

Fact 6

80% of the increase in temperature happens in the first 10 minutes.

Fact 7

Cracking car windows or parking in the shade doesn’t slow the heating process

Fact 8

Sadly, an average of 38 children die annually, according to the safety organization Kids and Cars.


Fact 9

In Richmond, Va., there were three hot car deaths in 2018 and 52 total across the nation, according to Kids and Cars. NOTE: Review regularly updated Kids And Cars hot car death stats on the nonprofit's website.


Kids And Cars, USA Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and San Francisco State University’s Department of Geosciences.