Kidsandcars.org launched a petition today at whitehouse.gov titled “Prevent Child Heat Stroke Deaths in Vehicles.” The petition, which needs 100,000 signatures, is calling on the Obama Administration to authorize the Department of Transportation (DOT) to take the following steps to prevent children from dying in hot vehicles:
- Provide funding for the research and development of innovative technology
- Identify, evaluate and test new technology to accelerate the most feasible and effective solutions.
- Require the installation of new technology in all vehicles and/or child safety seats to prevent children from being left alone in vehicles.
Some of the new technology already available includes:
- TOMY International’s First Years brand “Smart Car Seat.” It uses iAlert technology to communicate with your smart phone. The seat, which has a weight sensor in it, detects when the seat gets too hot and sends an alert to the parent’s smartphone. It tells the parent the temperature inside the car and that the child is still in his/her car seat.
- Wireless Proximity Sensors are also available. This technology relies on a device that stays with the car seat, and a key fob that works with the device on the carseat but goes with the parent. An alarm goes off if a child is detected in a car seat where the two devices have become separated. One such type is the Baby Alert’s ChildMinder Soft Clip System Digital Wireless Monitor, and the other is the ChildMinder Infant-Toddler ElitePad System. Both of which can be purchased on the internet.
Although technology should not solely be relied on, and parents should always use reminders and be diligent about checking on their children in the backseat of a car, this technology can serve as an added level of security in the fight to prevent childhood deaths due to being left unattended in hot cars.
Please take the time to link to the whitehouse.gov website here and sign the petition titled “Prevent Child Heat Stroke Deaths in Vehicles.”