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NewsHot-car deaths on the rise, despite new tech meant to help

11:55  12 february  2019
11:55  12 february  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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What Causes Hot Car Deaths ? The rapid rise in temperatures inside the car can be attributed to the greenhouse effect. (1) For people who are unfamiliar (2) For example, some of them meant to leave their children alone for a few minutes because they had something important that had to be done but

Elsa Foley, Nissan engineer, on the automaker's new technology to help reduce the risks of hot car deaths .

Hot-car deaths on the rise, despite new tech meant to help© CNET

I'll admit that I've been unfairly critical of Rear Seat Reminder in the past. If it can be implemented at low or no cost to the consumer, it's a win-win and should definitely be in there.

As the number of children dying in hot cars rises, some automakers are pulling out all the stops to try and nip this trend in the bud, although it may take some time for that tech to trickle down to everybody.

Fifty-one children died of vehicular heatstroke in the US last year, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing statistics from the group KidsandCars.org. The report also cites the American Academy of Pediatrics, which stated that heatstroke is "the leading cause of non-crash vehicular deaths for children younger than 15."

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Could a smart car seat or some other technology help harried, distracted parents and caregivers remember to take their kids out of the car ? Once the kinks are worked out, this will be a great device." TOMY responded on the Amazon customer review site to Jackie D's comment, promising to

Hot car deaths : Legal issues and calls for service. Goochland Sheriff's Deputies said Riaan Gondesi, was left in his father's car parked on the uncovered deck of a parking garage Wednesday afternoon. There are several other mobile apps that will help you avoid a potentially deadly situation.

According to the report, the numbers started rising when it was recommended that parents move car seats to the back row, to avoid the also-dangerous forces of a deploying airbag. Throw in factors like having to-do list that's 4,000 items long, and it's not hard to see how one accidental slip of the mind could become a tragedy.

But automakers are trying to do something about it. GM introduced its Rear Seat Reminder system in 2016, which can tell if a rear door was opened before a vehicle set off, reminding the owner at the end of the journey to check the back seat. That system will soon be standard on all its four-door vehicles, including both sedans and SUVs. Nissan's similarly named Rear Door Alert functions in much the same way, and it's becoming increasingly standard, too, although its provenance was due to an odor -- Nissan's engineers created the tech after one engineer accidentally left a pan of lasagna in a car overnight.

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"The technology would help because if you're in a vehicle, your child is in the back seat, and you ignore that alarm: Go to jail. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, said in a statement. "It can take mere minutes on a hot day for a car to turn into a deathtrap for a small child."

At Cybex, a car-seat company, “SensorSafe” technology integrated into the seat connects the chest buckle with a car’s Bluetooth system. And a few minutes is often all the time a parent could have in a situation in which a child is left inside a hot car . The average temperature rise is 3.2 degrees for

These aren't solutions for everyone, though -- not yet, at least. As Brian Cooley noted in his coverage of this topic in 2017, this stuff is showing up in new cars, and as average transaction prices push north of $35,000, it leaves out lower-income families and individuals. According to the most recent available data from the Bureau of Traffic Statistics, the average age of a car on the road in the US is 11.6 years.

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