New tech can help prevent hot car deaths

Each year, roughly 37 children die when they are accidentally left in hot vehicles for an extended amount of time. It is a tragedy that no parent thinks will happen to them, but we’ve heard it time and time again on the news: distraction, routine change and sleep deprivation are almost always to blame.

It happens on average once a week during the time between spring and early fall. Unlike adults, babies and younger children are not able to regulate their body temperatures. A child’s body temperature will warm 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s. Depending on the circumstances, a child might die of hyperthermia, or heatstroke, in under two hours.

Luckily, devices are being released on the market that can help prevent this horrific tragedy.

In Car Systems:

A rear-seat reminder system has been integrated into the new 2017 GMC Acadia, an industry first. According to GMC’s website, the system, which comes standard, does not actually detect objects in the rear seat, but rather it monitors the Acadia’s rear doors. If either rear door is opened and closed within ten minutes before the vehicle is started, or if they are opened and closed while the vehicle is running, the feature will activate. A chime will sound and a visual reminder will display.

Child Seat Systems:

Two fathers from Florida recently developed Sense-A-Life, a baby sensor in the form of a small seat pad that goes in a car seat. A second sensor is placed under the driver’s seat. Sense-A-Life knows when the driver exits the vehicle and sends an audible message to a phone app alerting the driver that the child is still in the back seat. If the driver doesn’t respond to the alert within a few moments, Sense-A-life can send an alert to a second parent or caregiver.

Another option for parents is Evenflo’s SensorSafe Embrace DLX infant seat. The SensorSafe chest clip is paired to a receiver connected to your car’s on board diagnostics port. When a child is secured in the seat, the SensorSafe technology will alert the driver with audible chimes when the car is turned off upon arrival at your destination, or if the chest clip is unclipped during a trip.

There are other aftermarket child seat systems similar to the SensorSafe technology, but rather than being connected directly to your vehicle, the clip is linked to a fob carried on the parents key chain. If the parent moves 15 ft or more from the car without unlatching the clip, the fob will sound an alarm.

However, parents and caregivers should be aware that aftermarket technologies that help prevent hot car deaths are not guaranteed to work all the time. Safety can become compromised when something as simple as cell phone coverage fails.

How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help

There have also been reports of care facilities forgetting patients in company vehicles, as well as nursing homes leaving residents inside vans and buses for extended periods of time, often resulting in death.

If someone you love has been killed due to the neglect of another it is important you contact a hot car death attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation for the medical bills, pain, suffering and even future medical procedures. At The Carlson Law Firm we can help you prove the other person is at fault through a detailed look at the case. Contact us today. Our legal consultations are always free of charge with no obligation, so there is nothing to lose by discussing your case with us.


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