Injuries and deaths among children left unattended in or around motor vehicles--United States, July 2000-June 2001

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2002 Jul 5;51(26):570-2.


National attention concerning motor vehicles (MVs) and child safety has focused largely on protecting children as occupants transported in traffic on public roads. However, children who are unattended in or around MVs that are not in traffic also are at increased risk for injury and death. CDC and the nonprofit Trauma Foundation examined data from two databases on both nonfatal and fatal nontraffic MV-related incidents. This report summarizes the results of that analysis, highlights the major causes of this type of childhood death and injury, and underscores the need for effective interventions.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents / mortality
  • Accidents / statistics & numerical data*
  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Motor Vehicles / statistics & numerical data*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / mortality