In two days, two toddlers died in hot cars. A 3-year old boy being cared for by his grandmother was left inside the car for 10 hours last Wednesday. The next day, a mother forgot her 3-year old son and left him in her pickup.
“Unfortunately, the busier our lives get with cell phone calls and all these different high-tech devices that we have in our automobiles now, this wasn’t the case you know, ten years ago, twelve years ago, because the children were in the front seat or, they were turned around in the back seat. And with the child safety seat laws now for the children have to be a rear-facing car seat up to twenty pounds, we forget that the baby’s back there.”
Jocelyn Spears is with Baby Alert International, a Dallas based company that makes a handful of products that aid in the safety of children in a vehicle.
“Just like a monitor in the nursery of the baby’s room. A parent wants to know what the baby’s doing in the baby’s room, they have the monitors placed throughout the house. Why not have a child safety monitor to monitor the child in the car—the same concept.”
One product called the Child ‘Minder works when the weight sensing “smart pad” in a child’s car seat alerts the driver if the vehicle is turned off and the child is left inside. The two incidents here brought to 26: the number of deaths from children left inside a sweltering vehicle in Texas.
More information on the products can be found at www.babyalert.info.
Pat Hernandez, KUHF, Houston Public Radio News.