Help stop childrens/infants heat deaths in cars

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2011
Help stop childrens/infants heat deaths in cars
6
Fri, 06-27-2014 - 11:07am

This is a petition for automobile technology that would stop children from suffocating in cars during the summertime when a parent forgets. It needs 100,000 signatures by end of July. It takes just a few minutes to register on the government site and then add your  name to the petition. Please sign & get the word out.

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

On average, 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles. Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car; and the end result can be injury or even death.

http://www.kidsandcars.org/heatstroke.html

Today the technology exists to save lives of children:

Smart occupant detection systems could:

1.Start the car, activate 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

Avatar for jamblessedthree
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-23-2001
Tue, 07-01-2014 - 8:48am
Spend money on devices all you want but I don't think there's anything the government can do to stop children from dying in cars, This come down to personal responsibility IMO. NO child should be left unattended in a car ever.

 

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-22-2000
Tue, 07-01-2014 - 9:56am

jamblessedthree wrote:
Spend money on devices all you want but I don't think there's anything the government can do to stop children from dying in cars, This come down to personal responsibility IMO. NO child should be left unattended in a car ever.

Yes.  This.  

The way to stop children from dying in hot cars is not to leave them in cars.


iVillage Member
Registered: 12-22-2013
Tue, 07-01-2014 - 10:27am

I don't think a device is needed. Common sense is needed. Before leaving, put a pocket book or something you need and will go and get by the car seat.

The latest 2 cases, the one in GA and the one in OR were both intentional, NOT accidents.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-27-1998
Tue, 07-01-2014 - 10:57am

jamblessedthree wrote:
Spend money on devices all you want but I don't think there's anything the government can do to stop children from dying in cars, This come down to personal responsibility IMO. NO child should be left unattended in a car ever.

I agree and when my kids were little I always put my purse in the back seat under the car seat or next to the car seat so I always had to open the back door of the car regardless.  I still tend to put my stuff in the back seat a decade later.

PumpkinAngel

Avatar for jamblessedthree
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-23-2001

Common sense is needed. Before leaving, put a pocket book or something you need and will go and get by the car seat.

There's an idea.  I had also read somewhere that people don't ever forget to leave their cellular devices which begs the question, How could you forget your child...  The story about the father that was sent to jail without bail and who was forbidden from attending his son's funeral sounds a bit sexist to me too, Had it been the mother I wonder if the punishment would have been as harsh. 

 

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-22-2013

Common sense is needed. Before leaving, put a pocket book or something you need and will go and get by the car seat.

There's an idea.  I had also read somewhere that people don't ever forget to leave their cellular devices which begs the question, How could you forget your child...  The story about the father that was sent to jail without bail and who was forbidden from attending his son's funeral sounds a bit sexist to me too, Had it been the mother I wonder if the punishment would have been as harsh. 

That story goes much deeper. If you read about it, it seems the mother was involved too, which they will, I am sure come out with sooner or later.