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Deadly Distraction: Children Accidentally Forgotten in Cars

July 1, 2021

Legislation pushes for life saving technology in all news cars by 2025 By Susan Hogan, Rick Yarborough and Lance Ing • Published June 30, 2021 • Updated on June 30, 2021 at 5:16 pm     Raelyn Balfour woke up March 30, 2007, exhausted. Her 9-month-old son, Bryce, was up all night with a cold. But she and her husband, Jarrett, knew that if they could […]

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Advocates push for technology that prevents hot car deaths

June 14, 2021

By Lauren Fox, AccuWeather staff writer, Updated Jun. 13, 2021 2:41 PM CDT Watch video report: https://www.accuweather.com/en/videos/FNANWIRF?jwsource=cl Temperatures are rising across the U.S., which means the threat of children dying after being left in hot cars are again creeping up on parents across the nation. “As scorching heat expands across the United States during the summer months, […]

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Changes in vehicle safety standards influenced by one woman

June 7, 2021

3rd June 2021, 17:19 by Rahul Nagaraj Over the years, Fennell and her association have fought to pass legislations mandating multiple other safety features as well. Janette Fennell has played an instrumental role in standardizing a number of safety features on cars, starting with the glow-in-the-dark emergency release lever inside the boot. Back in 1995, Janette Fennell […]

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The federal Hot Cars Act aims to prevent deaths in sweltering vehicles. Can technology help save lives?

June 3, 2021

Published Wednesday, June 2, 2021, Steven Vargas, USA TODAY The car hums to a stop – the engine is off. You take out the keys, strap your bag across your shoulder and walk into the office to make it to your morning meeting. As you sit at your desk, you get an unexpected text: someone […]

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Driveway Danger: Child safety organization warns of ‘frontover’ car crashes

May 27, 2021

BY KAREN HENSEL, DANIEL COHEN MAY 26, 2021 Watch the video report at: https://wsvn.com/news/special-reports/driveway-danger-child-safety-organization-warns-of-frontover-car-crashes/ (WSVN) – What parents can’t see can injure, or even kill, children in their own driveways. 7’s Karen Hensel has an alarming demonstration every family needs to see in tonight’s special report: Driveway Danger. A distraught mother in agony. Three-year-old Mimi Carmilus had […]

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The Trouble with Today’s Automatic Emergency Braking Systems

May 17, 2021

By Jeff Day  May 11, 2021 Image via Wikimedia Commons Nearly 100 new cars and SUVs released in the United States this year will come equipped with automatic emergency braking systems that proponents say will protect pedestrians on our streets — but some advocates want the government set to stronger standards to ensure they actually work […]

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Hyundai adds child heatstroke prevention technology to Alabama-built vehicles

May 5, 2021

By Michael Tomberlin, May 4, 2021 The Rear Occupant Alert system will now be standard on a number of Hyundai vehicles, including those built in Alabama. (Hyundai) Hyundai has made its Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) technology available in 13 vehicles, including cars and SUVs built in Alabama. The automaker is helping address the issue of pediatric […]

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The US Invented Life-Saving Car Safety Ratings. Now They’re Useless.

March 15, 2021

The New Car Assessment Program helped prove that car-buyers care about safety. But the program, now decades behind modern standards, no longer serves its purpose. By Aaron Gordon March 4, 2021, 8:10am Moveable explores the future of transportation, infrastructure, energy, and cities. SEE MORE → In the summer of 1980, Jack Gillis, then a 30-year-old employee […]

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Childproof Your Ride – Take Steps to Avoid Hidden Dangers In And Around Cars

March 9, 2021

As a conscientious parent, you’ve researched and bought the very best car seat with the highest safety ratings. You’ve had your car seat professionally installed by a certified car seat expert. But have you childproofed your ride? Your child won’t be safe until you do. KidsAndCars (http://www.kidsandcars.org) has launched a national program called “Childproof Your […]

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The Crazy (True) Story Of How Car Trunks Got Emergency Release Handles

February 11, 2021

by Elaine Roth February 10, 2021 Getty If you’ve watched enough Criminal Minds episodes, you’ve probably once or twice considered what you would do if you were in the victim’s shoes. Would you know the secret trick that meant the difference between life and death? Would you be able to think fast enough to save yourself and your loved ones? […]

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