Update on Safety Measures to Help Prevent Hot Car Deaths

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers have announced that auditory and visual alert systems will be installed in nearly 100 percent of U.S. light-duty vehicles” by 2025 to remind drivers to check the back seat when exiting the car. The system will be activated when a person turns off the car.

According to Kidsandcars.org, these systems are not viable because they use technology that relies on detecting whether a rear door is opened before the start of a drive. For example, if you place your child in the back seat and then start the car — the alert system is activated. However, if you then make a quick stop in which you turn off the car and start the car again — without opening the back door — the system will not remind you to check the back seat when you next turn off your car because you did not open the door prior to starting the car a second time. Safety advocates are pushing car manufacturers to install in-seat sensors that detect a child rather than utilizing systems that rely on the opening or closing of a back door.

Parents should take precautions when parking their cars at home. According to KidsAndCars.org, nearly one-third of hot car deaths are due to children climbing into cars when adults are not around.

A number of apps are available to remind people to check the back seat to be certain a child is not left behind. In addition, some child car sears also have alarm features that can help remind drivers that a child is in the vehicle.

Ultimately, it’s important to note that children should never be left alone in a car. The Safety Council notes that on a 70-degree day it takes just 15 minutes for the car to reach 96 degrees and on an 80-degree day a car can reach 100 degrees in 10 minutes.

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