Teen honored for 'hot seat' invention

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque teen was honored for her life-saving invention made to remind parents of their little one's in the back seat.

High school senior Alissa Chavez is hoping her invention will soon be on store shelves. The young inventor created a new gadget when she was in middle school called "The Hot Seat" alarm system. It is designed to prevent children from dying in hot cars.

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According to Chavez, parents place a sensor pad under the car seat, which is linked to their key chain through a mobile app. When they walk away, an alarm goes off.

"This year alone, there's been 17 deaths of children left in hot cars and it's just a problem that just keeps growing," Chavez said. "I want to put a stop to it, because I don't want families to have to lose their child just because of an accident, and I think it's something that really needs to be out there."

Last month, Chavez started a crowd-funding campaign to help raise money to create more refined prototypes. For more information on how you can donate, visit her Indiegogo page.



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