Despite Prevention Efforts, Hot-Car Casualties Are Rising

February 12, 2019

Last year was the highest on record for vehicular heatstrokes Hot-car deaths increased in the mid-1990s as states began mandating that car seats be placed in the back seat to avoid harm from front-seat air bags. By Ellen Byron, The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 11, 2019 9:30 a.m. ET Last year 51 children died of […]

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Lorraine Complains: Kids are still being left behind in cars and it needs to stop

February 4, 2019

Anyone who can be held accountable should be, but this issue is far from being cut and dry by LORRAINE SOMMERFELD | February 4, 2019 It may be tempting to let her sleep, but leaving a child in the car is a risky propositionSupplied / iStock.com via Getty Images In May of last year, Shaun […]

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Alabama company patents device to prevent hot car deaths

January 11, 2019

Updated 7:51 AM; Posted 5:45 AM Alabama software developer Ben Payment shows an early version of Payton’s Charm, a device to prevent hot car deaths of children by monitoring CO2 in the car. (Lee Roop | lroop@al.com) By Lee Roop | lroop@al.com It’s called a parent’s worst nightmare because it’s hard to think of a worse one. Somehow, you […]

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‘You live in hell every day’: The tragedy of forgetting your child in the car

November 16, 2018

Raelyn Balfour thought she dropped off her nine-month-old son at the babysitter before work, but she didn’t Out in the Open · November 16, 2018 (Maria Sbytova/Shutterstock) Listen13:55 At the hospital, while holding her son’s lifeless body for the final time, Raelyn Balfour made a promise to her nine-month-old: his death would not be in vain. While driving to work […]

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University of Alabama engineers develop solution to child heat deaths in cars

October 8, 2018

October 8th, 2018  College of Engineering, Engineering, Health & Medicine, Research Dr. Timothy Haskew prepares an initial prototype of a device that monitors carbon dioxide levels and temperature inside vehicles as well as whether the engine is running. TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — An average of 37 children die each year in the United States from being trapped inside a hot […]

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The US is about to break its own record for kids who’ve died in hot cars within a year: National Safety Council

October 2, 2018

By EMILY SHAPIRO  Oct 2, 2018, 3:21 PM ET The United States is on the verge of breaking its record for the number of children who’ve died in hot cars within one year, the National Safety Council warned on Tuesday. Forty-eight children have died in hot cars this year — one less than the all-time high of […]

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Don’t Leave Unattended Kids in Cars

September 15, 2018

Don’t Leave Unattended Kids in Cars

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The Utterly Heartbreaking and Horrifying Hot-Car Death of Baby Fern Thedford

August 23, 2018

SKIP HOLLANDSWORTH DATE AUG 23, 2018 Jennifer and Michael Thedford held hands as they walked into the Collin County courthouse in McKinney, north of Dallas. Jennifer, a 34-year-old veterinarian, was dressed in black pants and a blousy black sleeveless shirt, her blond hair pulled behind her ears. Michael, a 35-year-old high school science teacher, was wearing […]

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Hot Car Deaths: Why Do Parents Still Face Prison for a ‘Normal’ Memory Lapse?

August 21, 2018

By Victoria Mckenzie, This story originally appeared in The Crime Report Photo by Henry Rose Photography courtesy KidsAndCars.org. In late June, 38-year-old Nicole Engler unintentionally left her only child to die of hyperthermia in a hot car. Hours later, tearing her hair out and begging police to let her commit suicide, she was in the county jail, […]

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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Rear Occupant Alert Aims to Protect Kids From Hot Cars

July 31, 2018

The safety system adds ultrasonic motion sensors to detect children left in the rear seat, but only if car doors are locked By Mike Monticello July 31, 2018 Hyundai rolled out a new technology in the redesigned 2019 Santa Fe SUV that could help prevent parents from leaving a child in the back seat of a hot […]

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