childrens heat deaths in cars

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Registered: 11-13-2011
childrens heat deaths in cars
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Sat, 06-28-2014 - 5:18pm

This is a petition to require technology in SUVs and minivans (an occupant detection alert system) that would prevent young childrens' heat deaths in cars during the summer. This would mean manufactureres of family sized vehicles would be required to install these alert systems. (It is on a government site so to sign it, you would need to create alog in first which takes a few minutes). I think its important and that is why I am posting it here. 

Every summer, we hear about children who have died in a hot car because their parent forgot them. This petition only has 178 signatures so far and needs 100,000 by end of July. You can sign the petition here: 

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-child-deaths-hot-vehicles/DWBynlrh 

Smart occupant detection systems could: 

1.Start the caractivate the climate control system in order to maintain a habitable environment 

2.Honk the horn at specific intervals to gain the attention of any nearby people 

3.Send a text message or even telephone call to the person who owns the car 

4.If 3) fails call OnStar 

5.Unlock the doors and roll down the windows 

http://www.vtec.net/news/news-item?news_item_id=1194538

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Registered: 04-11-2012
Mon, 06-30-2014 - 10:32am

While I feel very bad for the children who suffer these horrific deaths, I do NOT see that we need another law that is going to cost all of us extra money because of other people's stupidity. The majority of parents are smart enough and care enough about their children to make sure they aren't forgotten in hot cars. No amount of warnings/detections/laws can fix stupid!

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Registered: 06-25-2008
Mon, 06-30-2014 - 12:08pm

I agree that we  can never fix stupid with any amount of detection systems or alarms. If someone is dumb enough to leave a child in a hot car then they are dumb enough to be careless with their children in other things.

EVERYONE knows it is a bad idea to leave a child in a hot car for any length of time. How can anyone with half a brain truly forget about a baby in the back seat???

Brenda

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Mon, 06-30-2014 - 9:05pm

http://www.stltoday.com/pediatrician-s-baby-died-in-hot-car-in-st-louis/article_e3649c40-79e7-552a-960a-78f3d3f89f58.html

Infant car seats used to be considered unnecessarily cautious.

Moreover, it's not just babies and children who would be saved by some sort of occupant detection mechanism.  Pets too.......

"Fix stupid"?  You show me the perfect person who never made a mistake or forgot something important.  I'll be waiting but not holding my breath!

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 06-25-2008
Wed, 07-02-2014 - 8:58am

Forgetting your child in a hot car is not comparable to forgetting something or making a mistake. Forget your car keys, forget to shave, forget to pay a bill, even forget to eat, but forget you have a child in the back seat on a hot day...no...not the same thing.

Brenda

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Thu, 07-03-2014 - 11:32am

So, if I understand correctly, the children of people who are "stupid", absent-minded, rushed (who isn't these days!) or forgetful will just have to take their lumps.  Child deaths happen, eh?  Why take steps to make products safer when it might cost more money, right?  Airbags, who needs 'em!  Huh.  As a relatively new grandmother, I find that attitude more than a little callous. It's ironic as hell that some of the baby/child deaths occurred because car seats, when properly used, don't face forward nor are they in the front of the vehicle. Just another of those unintended consequences........

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 06-25-2008
Wed, 07-09-2014 - 1:26pm

Again, anyone absent minded enough or so "rushed" they have forgotten they have a child in the car with them is just plain stupid and thoughtless. Stop making excuses for stupid parents.

Brenda

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Wed, 07-09-2014 - 3:39pm

As a mom to a 3yo and an almost 13yo, I can't imagine how someone forgets their kid is in the car. I just can't. Even with a rear-facing seat. But then, my kids go almost everywhere with me, so I'm used to getting them out of the car. Are the kids that are getting left in the car not normally with the caregiver that has left them?

I don't understand the pet thing either. You love your pet soooo much that you just had to bring it with you (which, I'll be frank and say I find it very selfish of people to bring their pets out and into stores with them if they are not service animals) YET you leave it in the hot car? There is no excuse for not know this is a bad idea. I get into my car on a hot day and I think, "Dear God it's hot in here!" so why on earth would I ever think to leave a living thing in the car?!

I don't think that this would ever come to light. It's a great idea, but it's costly (and if it's factory install then you don't get a choice on what 'model' you get, whereas car seats come in all ranges of prices). Most likely those that would benefit from this wouldn't be willing to add it to their car if it was an option either because something like that "would never happen."  

It's the same thing with pools and drownings. Even with laws and regulations, people don't pay attention to their kids. 

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Registered: 11-13-2011
Wed, 07-16-2014 - 10:26pm

I think some parents are tired, over worked and they make this mistake. Another percentage of these deaths are intentional homicides, though (sad but true).