Hot Car Deaths


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Family Tragedy, 37 times each year, when a infant under 2-years old dies alone, locked in a hot car.
Good News: American Innovation Lives. Legislation - better late then never.
11-year-old Texas boy invents device to prevent hot car deaths
August 11, 2017 By Casey Stegall

DALLAS – The news was on, and it was an all-too-familiar story for North Texas in the summertime.

A father had accidentally left his baby daughter in the back of a van, only to find her lifeless body hours later.

Bishop Curry V, 11, was watching the news that night with his family. The baby who died was from his small town, Melissa, Texas, and she was about the same age as Curry's baby sister.

His mother, Tia Curry, told Fox New what happened next.

"He said, ‘Well, somebody has to do something about this...’ and I told him: ‘Why don't you go do something about it?’"

What could an 11-year-old do? Turns out, plenty. But Bishop is no ordinary 11-year-old.

Bishop Curry V, 11, got the idea for the device by watching the news and seeing a report about a baby who died in a hot car. (Fox News)

His father is an engineer, his mom is a teacher, and Bishop, from an early age, showed an interest in creating things. He carries a journal with him to jot down ideas. That night, about a year ago, he sketched out a car seat and started thinking. After the sketch, Curry worked with his dad to build a prototype, and another, and then two more.

He ended up creating a device to prevent hot car deaths. Once the device detects movement, from a baby or pet locked in, a fan kicks on to help lower the rising temperatures and it sends out a notification to police and the parents.

"It basically senses the baby," Bishop said. "It cools down the baby and contacts authorities."

Bishop now has a patent pending and is talking with car companies and manufacturers.

Texas leads the nation in hot car deaths and most of the victims here and nationwide are under 2 years old. (© 2017 Nissan)

"It blew my mind," said his mom.

An average of 37 children die each year after being left alone in a hot car, according to one Northern California researcher. Texas leads the nation in hot car deaths and most of the victims here and nationwide are under 2 years old.

Children's Health Dallas is part of a group of organizations trying to bring attention to the issue. Lori Vinson, a registered nurse who is senior director of trauma at Children's Health said heat is particularly dangerous for children.

"They don't sweat like we do, so they don't release the heat in the same way we do," Vinson said. "Their respiratory system will be compromised. Then, they actually get into cardiac problems with irregular heartbeats and that can get them into a fatal situation."

It will take time before Curry's device, called "Oasis" goes on the market. In the meantime, experts say there is a low-tech option everyone with a young child should try.

By leaving a physical reminder in the back seat – a cell phone, a purse or even a shoe since you can't go far without it – a life could be saved.

Saving lives is also what would convince Bishop Curry that his device is a success.

"Our mission is to save at least one life," Curry told Fox News. "If I can get just one that has been saved, that basically tells me it works."
Hot car deaths targeted by new tech and federal legislation

August 02, 2017 - A new report indicates 2017 could be one the worst years in recent history for children dying of heatstroke after being left in cars.

The report, published in the medical journal Pediatrics, surveyed media reports and found that 29 children have died so far in 2017. That’s the highest January to July total ever, and puts the year on a pace ahead of the average of 37 annual deaths seen over the past 19 years.

Accompanying tests done with a dark sedan on a sunny day found that cabin temperatures can rise to as high as 117 degrees in 60 minutes, even when the ambient temperature is as low as 72 degrees.

On average, temperatures were found to rise an average of 3.2 degrees per minute, with 80 percent of the overall increase happening within the first half-hour. Just cracking a window open had an insignificant effect on the rate at which temperatures rose.

The website, which is managed by one of the study’s authors, Jane Null of the Department of Meteorology & Climate Science at San Jose State University, points out that all of these deaths, and the estimated hundreds of illnesses children suffer from being left behind in cars, either intentionally or unintentionally, could have been prevented.

Now automakers are starting to employ technology to help do just that.

Last year General Motors introduced a first of its kind feature called Rear Seat Reminder in the GMC Acadia. It monitors the use of the rear doors and alerts drivers with a chime and on-screen message as they turn off the vehicle that they put someone or something back there. GM has since made it a standard feature on over 20 vehicles, with more to come.

Nissan revealed on Wednesday that is following GM’s lead next year with its own Rear Door Alert system, which works much the same way as GM’s technology, but can be set to also honk the horn if the driver ignores other alerts. It will be standard on the 2018 Pathfinder SUV when it goes on sale in September.

Right now, the use of these systems, as well as the many aftermarket accessories that are available, is voluntary, but two bills are making their ways through congress that would mandate their use in the same way airbags are required in passenger vehicles.

One called Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seat Act, or HOT CARS, was introduce by Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Al Franken, D-Minn., on Monday, while a companion bill sponsored by House Reps. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, Peter King, R-N.Y., and Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., is also under consideration.


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Good for this kid! However, I think MOST tech elites are only interested in creating things that put people out of jobs so that they can make more money for themselves. As faor as coming up with new responsible tech that increases the quality of life for society or focuses on the common good....not so much.


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There's been 2 or 3 such deaths here in Phoenix area this summer, really sad. I'm now seeing most stores such as Walmart/Target etc are now placing very large signs at their entrances to remind parents about kids left in cars. Unfortunately that doesn't help when they do it in their own driveway.


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Don't live in the hood where you can't keep ur windows cracked at all times would be a better invention.

As for the dying kids, shit parents are still shit parents. Like how the @@@@ do you not notice your kid is missing? DA should always File murder charges on them.