Sunday 19 May 2019

N.C. Ranks High For Child Deaths In Hot Cars

(NORTH CAROLINA NEWS NETWORK) — North Carolina ranks No. 6 in the country for the number of deaths since 1991 due to children being left in hot cars, according to a national count of the incidents.

The Tar Heel State’s ranking is due to 32 documented deaths in the state between 1991 and 2016.

Julia Phelps with Safe Kids Cape Fear in Wilmington tells WECT News says a vehicle’s interior temperature can jump 30-50 degrees after just 15 minutes sitting in the sun.

More than 50 percent of these tragedies are unintentional and 30 percent occur when unsupervised children get into cars on their own, according to

That’s why Phelps says a reminder to break up your routine can help.

One Comment

  1. betablocker says:

    people don’t forget things they care about inside hot cars to be roasted alive. you wouldnt “forget” your cell phone because it would surely get baked, or your half gallon of rocky road ice cream you just bought at the store….it’s unfortunate children get the darwin award because of their pointy headed parents.


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