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Technology Available to End Child Heatstroke Deaths Now

Legislation focuses on automakers, but car seat tech is available immediately.

by on Aug.09, 2017

Child-seat-based technology is available right now that could help eliminate child heatstroke deaths in cars.

Stories about children and pets being left in hot cars needing to be rescued by law enforcement officials or passersby or, worse yet, not being saved at all, have pushed legislators to act.

Both houses of the U.S. Congress have introduced legislation compelling automakers to develop some form of rear seat warning system that would help alert drivers when they exit a vehicle if there is someone in the back seat.

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Thirty children have died this year – a 20% increase over 2016 – as a result of being left in hot cars. The problem is trending in the wrong direction as the number of deaths rose in 2015 and 2016. This doesn’t account for pets left in vehicles. (more…)

Teen Inventor Aims to End Hot Car Deaths

Feds develop guidelines for parents after testing devices.

by on Aug.08, 2014

The death of Cooper Harris, who was left in a hot car by his father, Justin Roy Harris, has renewed efforts to develop devices to warn drivers when they have left a child in a vehicle.

The problem of parents leaving children in hot cars because they forgot they were in the back seat has spurred the development of devices to prevent this tragedy, including a high schooler in New Mexico.

Motivated by the reports she’d heard over the years, Alissa Chavez developed The Hot Seat for her eighth-grade science fair in Albuquerque. The hot seat is a pad that slides underneath a child seat’s cushions that senses the weight of the child in the seat.

Behind the Headlines!

Once activated, it links via bluetooth to a key fob, smartphone and the car. If the child is not removed from the seat and the fob is more than 40 feet away from the car, an alarm sounds on the fob, phone and car alerting the parent. (more…)