July 20, 2020 –
Tragically, a 4-year-old boy died after wandering away from the home and
getting into a vehicle in Wichita Falls, TX on Saturday (7/18).
Texas ranks #1 in
the nation by a large margin based on the number of child hot car deaths with
137 fatalities since 1991. This year, KidsAndCars.org has documented 10
fatalities nationwide, 2 of which were in Texas. The last two years were
the worst years in history for child hot car deaths with a total of at least
107 children that died nationwide.
As parents and caregivers focus on several
priorities at once during these unprecedented times, supervision can be more
difficult than ever. Young children climb into unlocked cars and trunks to
play, but they can’t always get out. With fewer parents and caregivers
traveling to work, and fewer children attending childcare and preschool, it is
imperative that all drivers, even those without children, lock their vehicles
so children cannot gain access.
About 26% of
hot car deaths are the result of children getting into vehicles on their own
and not being able to get back out.
Safety tips to
make sure children cannot get into a parked car:
locked at all times, especially in the garage or driveway. Ask neighbors
and visitors to do the same.
car keys within reach of children.
to honk the horn if they become stuck inside a car.
If a child is
missing, immediately check the inside, floorboards and trunk of all
vehicles in the area very carefully.
The Hot Cars Act passed
the full House on July 1, 2020 as part of the Moving Forward Act (H.R.
2). The Hot Cars Act is a federal bill that would require available,
affordable technology to detect the presence of a child inside a vehicle.
KidsAndCars.org is working with parents whose children have died in hot
cars to make sure it is implemented quickly.
education and awareness about hot car deaths is at an all-time high, so is the
number of children that continue to die in hot cars. Education and awareness
are not enough. The technology exists to prevent these unthinkable tragedies.
What are we waiting for?
Hot car deaths
continue to take place because nobody believes this could
happen to them. Please help us raise awareness about these predictable and
Fact sheets, safety tips, graphics, images, PSAs,
etc. are available to help raise awareness in your community.