The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is highlighting the dangers of children dying in hot cars in an effort to prevent them from occurring. Hot car deaths often happen when parents forget that their child is in the back seat. It is a terrible tragedy for the entire family when one of these accidental deaths occurs. NHTSA recommends that parents leave their wallet, telephone, or briefcase in the back seat or a child’s toy in the front seat to remind them that their child is in the car.
Hot car deaths have gone down in 2015, and NHTSA believes this is due to more public awareness of the problem. While NHTSA will continue to spotlight this issue, it does not intend to mandate any in-vehicle changes. One reason for its reluctance to require a fix is that it could take years to complete the regulatory process, and then the automakers would have 18 months to implement the changes. NHTSA does not believe the time it would take to implement the rule, the small number of deaths, and the expense of the rule-making process justify mandating an in-vehicle fix. However, Senate democrats have introduced legislation directing NHTSA to further investigate this problem and either issue a regulation or report to Congress about why it is not doing so.
Wal-Mart and Evenflo Have Partnered to Offer Car Seats to Prevent These Tragic Deaths
While federal regulators battle it out, Wal-Mart and Evenflo have joined forces and developed a new car seat that will remind drivers of young children in the back seat. Highlights of this product include:
- The Evenflo Advanced Embrace with SensorSafe infant car seat will retail for approximately $150.
- A sensor on the car seat harness triggers a series of tones if the child is buckled in when the ignition is shut off. It also has a wireless receiver that plugs in to the car’s on-board diagnostic port that syncs with the sensor.
- The car seat will be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart for one year.
- The car seat is now available on Wal-Mart’s website.
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