Too Many Children Die in Sweltering Cars, and a New Push Aims to Find a Fix

June 6, 2019

By Paul Stenquist, The New York Times, June 6, 2019 Late last month, at a news conference in Washington, Miles Harrison tearfully related how he had caused the death of his son, Chase, in 2008. He was there to promote the Hot Cars Act of 2019, but he had told this story many times before: to […]

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After losing a child, a Cape Coral family wants to help prevent future tragedies

May 23, 2019

It’s a little device with a big purpose. Wednesday, May 22nd 2019, 7:08 PM EDT Watch video report: https://www.nbc-2.com/clip/14829365/after-losing-a-child-a-cape-coral-family-wants-to-help-prevent-future-tragedies CAPE CORAL, Fla. – It’s a little device with a big purpose. Payton’s Charm uses the latest in aerospace technology to help protect children from being left in hot vehicles. Payton’s Charm detects life in a vehicle, […]

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How do some parents leave their children behind in hot cars? It’s in the brain.

March 5, 2019

by Rita Giordano, Updated: March 5, 2019- 1:57 PM It’s a news story that conjures horror and disbelief: a child left behind in a hot car, sometimes with fatal consequences. How could any parent, any caregiver, commit such a grievous oversight? How could someone forget a child? The answer is in the complex ways that the human […]

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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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‘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 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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Check the Back Seat! Alerts Remind Drivers About Children

July 30, 2018

As the hot-car death rate remains stubbornly high, new sensors and other reminders are in the works; Nissan to make its alert a standard feature, a step advocates have encouraged. Manufacturers and advocacy groups are launching devices to keep drivers aware of children in the back seat. PHOTO: ISTOCK By  Ellen Byron July 28, 2018 7:01 a.m. ET Drivers […]

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