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Re: Request to cosponsor the HOT CARS Act of 2019
Dear Representative ___________,
We are writing to you about a tragic, yet solvable, problem which we need your leadership to resolve. At least 940 children have died in hot cars since 1990 including children right here in our state. This year has been one of the worst years in history for children dying in hot cars.
This problem will continue until existing technology to detect and alert of a child’s presence inside a parked vehicle is installed in all vehicles – because no one thinks this could happen to them.
On June 28, 2019, The HOT CARS Act of 2019 (H.R. 3593) was introduced in the House by Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Peter King (R-NY).
The HOT CARS Act is a commonsense bill that requires the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue a final rule for technology to be included as standard equipment in all vehicles that could detect the presence of a child or animal and warn the driver and bystanders. It sets a reasonable deadline for agency action.
Can we count on you to cosponsor this lifesaving bill?
Detection systems in cars are already used for seat belts, airbags and anti-theft features. There are systems available that could detect passengers as well as replace the previously mentioned systems, which could actually save automakers money. These systems are readily available and cost efficient.
This bill has been supported by leading insurance companies, public health, safety, consumer and law enforcement organizations as well as leading animal care and welfare organizations (view list here).
Sadly, 2018 was the worst year in history with a total of at least 54 children who died in hot cars nationwide. Additionally, more than 62 pets died in hot cars in 2018. After over 20 years of educating the public on this issue and with awareness at an all-time high, the number of children dying in hot cars continues to rise. Education and awareness are not enough. Technology in all vehicles is critical to prevent hot car tragedies.
We urge you to cosponsor this lifesaving bill to prevent children and animals from being needlessly killed and injured when left alone in vehicles. We don’t want any more families to experience the horrific and painful loss so many families are currently living with today.
Thank you for your consideration of cosponsoring the HOT CARS Act. With your leadership and support these needless and tragic deaths can be curtailed.