Kids & Cars: The Hidden Dangers of Parked Vehicles

Q: How did you learn about the Cameron Gulbransen Kids and Cars Safety Act of 2005?
A: I heard from parents, child safety advocates like yourself, and my friend and colleague Representative Peter King (R-NY) about the pressing need to address this important issue. These tragedies are heart wrenching, not only because of the unimaginable suffering families endure, but also because they are preventable.

Q: You must receive hundreds of requests each day. What is it about this bill that made you want to take action?
A: I was truly moved by the testimonials I heard from parents who had lost children in tragic incidents that could be prevented with existing car safety technology. Once I became aware of how easily preventable these incidents are, it became strikingly clear that we had to take action. This bill is important because it will save lives.

It will make all passenger motor vehicles safer in three important ways:

  • First, it requires a detection system to alert drivers to the presence of a child behind the vehicle. This system will prevent backing-up incidents involving death and injury, especially to small children and the disabled.

  • Second, it will ensure that power windows automatically reverse direction when they detect an obstruction '- preventing children from being trapped, injured or killed when playing with power car windows.

  • And finally, the bill will require the vehicle service brake to be engaged in order to prevent the vehicle from unintentionally rolling away.
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