Experts Warn against Relying on Devices to Prevent Heat Stroke in Cars

by Shalimar S. Wallis on 08/09/2012

In 2012 alone, as many as 15 children have died after they were left behind in cars by their parents or caregivers.  The children died of heat stroke, after the temperature inside the car soared to unimaginable levels.  There are devices that parents can use to alert them when they are in danger of leaving the car, with the baby still strapped into a car seat in the back.  However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which recently analyzed a number of such devices, says that many of these devices are unreliable.

These tragedies are 100% preventable and far too common.  In many cases, parents forget that the child is in the backseat, believing that they have already dropped the child off at daycare.  In other cases, parents left the child strapped in when they went shopping or ran errands.  Whatever the reason, as San Antonio personal injury lawyers see, these incidents all too often end in death.

Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia recently analyzed 18 devices that are typically used by parents to prevent these tragedies.  The researchers were trying to  understand whether these devices would be able to alert a parent if he was in danger of walking away from the car with the child still inside.  The devices that were included in the analysis included the ChildMinder Smart Clip System, the Suddenly Safe Pressure Pad and ChildMinder Smart Pad.

All 3 of these devices failed when they were used on their own to alert motorists about the child.  There were risks with malfunctioning, or in some cases, the device did not perform as it was meant to.

The researchers suggest more practical alternatives - leave your briefcase, laptop bag or your purse in the backseat.  That way you are certain to see your child when you leave the car.

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