Proposal would use current technology to prevent kids from hot car deaths

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Today U.S. Representatives Tim Ryan (D-13th OH), Peter King (R-2nd NY) and Jan Schakowsky (D-9th IL) are introducing the HOT CARS Act of 2016. They say the bill is a major step to prevent needless deaths and injuries that occur when children are left in vehicles by requiring technology that alerts the driver a passenger remains in the rear seat.

They say cars already have numerous consumer reminder systems covering components such as headlights, keys, doors and seatbelts. Technology is capable of detecting unattended passengers and also reminding and alerting parents of a child left behind in a vehicle.

Already this year 29 children have tragically lost their lives in heatstroke incidents. On average, 37 children die from vehicular heatstroke each year. The majority of these cases happen when loving and responsible parents unknowingly leave their child behind in the car as the result of a change in routine, simple distractions, stress or fatigue.

Nearly 30% of vehicular heatstroke deaths occur when children get into a vehicle on their own. Even as the weather begins to cool, children are still at risk for heatstroke. In fact, children have died from heatstroke in vehicles with temperatures as low as 52 degrees. Children being unintentionally and unknowingly left in vehicles can happen to any family, and the consequences are often deadly.

(© 2016 WTSP)


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