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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…)

Nissan Rear Door Alert Aims to Prevent Child Heatstroke Deaths

"We want you to think for a moment" about what might have been left behind in the vehicle.

by on Aug.02, 2017

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder will be the maker's first model equipped with the Rear Door Alert.

Just days after a bill was introduced in Congress in an effort to prevent the death of children left in overheated vehicles, Nissan has introduced a new system aimed at addressing the problem.

The Rear Door Alert system will make its debut on the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SUV when it goes on sale next month and will roll out on other models, the Japanese automaker said Wednesday, “in the coming years.” Nissan becomes the second automaker to offer a system intended to advise caregivers to make sure they haven’t inadvertently left a child in their vehicle, General Motors now offering its own system on a number of different models.

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“If you open a rear door, whether to put a child or a package in the rear seat, the vehicle will help alert you when you reach your destination that you may want to check the rear seat,” explained Marlene Mendoza, a Nissan engineer and mother of three who helped develop the Rear Door Alert. (more…)