You hear the awful stories every year about a child mistakenly being forgotten in a hot car. According to KidsAndCars.org an average of 37 children across the US die from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles.
Nonprofit Kids and Cars is working with lawmakers on the Hot Cars Act, requiring life-saving technology in vehicles.
ABC News tried some of the technology already on the market today:
1. Sensorsafe from the Evenflo alerts parents if a child is still in the seat after the car is turned off.
2. General Motor’s Rear Seat Reminder System reminds caregivers to check the back seat before exiting the vehicle
3. Driver’s Little Helper Sensor System attaches to a car seat and syncs to your smartphone with an app that sends notifications after you stop the car.
4. Waze, the traffic app, has developed a warning to check the backseat once you reach your destination.
We’re more preoccupied than ever, and the biggest mistake parents make is to think, “I would never forget my child in the car.” Parents are advised to have layers of protection in place so a hot car tragedy doesn’t happen to them.