New Car Seat Saves the Lives of Children Left in Hot Cars (VIDEO)

car seatSadly, it's about time. A car seat is being developed that will prevent children from overheating if they happen to be left alone in the car on a hot day. A shocking average of 38 children die each year after being left alone in cars in warm weather. The car seat, called the ANIEROS Vehicle Child Seat, would sound an alarm and flash lights if it senses the temperature is too hot and a child is still in the seat. If the parent who left the child in the car isn't close enough to hear the alarm or see the lights, the air conditioning in the car will automatically activate, preventing the child from overheating or worse. At this point, the ANIEROS Vehicle Child Seat is still a prototype, but god-willing this will go into production and be manufactured and sold -- because if we have to read about one more child dying in a hot car, it's too many.

To be completely honest, when I heard about the seat, my first thought was, "This is great, but will the 'people' who leave their children in hot cars be smart enough to buy such a seat? Surely, these 'people' don't think what they're doing is wrong and likely don't anticipate needing such a car seat." But the farther down I got in The Huffington Post article where I heard about the seat, I learned that, in the past few years, a dentist, a nurse, a cop, a rocket scientist, and other upstanding society members/otherwise attentive parents have all experienced tragedy due to leaving their child in a hot car. Shocking, to say the least. By no means do I think it's right or smart to leave a child alone in the car -- in any weather conditions -- but perhaps if car seats like this become more mainstream (maybe even standard?), a child will never die from this again.

Again, it's sad that something like this had to even be invented in the first place, but anything that will save a child's life and prevent a parent from having to experience the greatest tragedy on Earth can't be a bad thing.

Would you ever buy this seat?

 

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nonmember avatar myop

I'm not trying to be a negative nancey but this seems impractical. That's a lot of technology, how much will it cost $500? Any parent willing to buy this car seat, probably wouldn't leave them in the first place.

Frost... FrostyMelted

Nicki, what you don't seem to grasp is that these parents don't choose to leave their kid in the car. They forget because they're not thinking - kind of like how you weren't thinking when you wrote this post. 


This car seat is a great idea and, in fact, should be mandatory so that no child ever dies from being forgotten in a hot car.

nonmember avatar mjswetz

I'm sorry but what is more important than your child, not sure HOW this even happens. And yes, I have 3 kids and work full time, I know what 'not thinking' is and forget a lot of things but have never once 'forgot' about my child.

nonmember avatar Sheena

This is a great concept I guess for some people but I still have not been able to grasp the fact that a parent can forget a child in the car. My children are my number one priority and even when I know for a fact they are not with me I still repeatedly glance in the back seat.

nonmember avatar MandiRose

While a good idea, it does seem rather complicated. Currently, there are chest clip sensors with key-fob alarms on the market that seem far more practical.
Also, of the average 38 deaths each year, 17% are intentional, and 30% are the result of children getting trapped in unattended, unlocked cars while they are playing, and 53% are the result of a parent forgetting.
Since my firends were in that 53% last summer, will I be getting some type of alarm when I have my next child? Probably. Should car manufacturers start adding seat sensors, like they have for the front-seat air bags? Most definately.

nonmember avatar Cassandra

I'd buy of course I'm always aware of where my kids are and they always get out the car before I do I stay in the vehicle with my youngest when he's sleeping and let my husband go shopping in the store I could use the car seat for days were both out waiting in the vehicle sometimes the weather might be ok for me but not for my son and this seat can let me know he's getting too hot time to cool off

miche... micheledo

See, FrostyMelted, that is one of the big problems I have with this.  How long before an expensive car seat becomes mandatory because .01% of parents leave their child in the car?  


Besides, what happens when parents rely on it - if it gets too hot the car will turn on.  And besides you might as well mandate new vehicles for parents too.  I am quite sure this won't work on older models.  We have never even owned a vehicle that has the anchors for car seats!  

Frost... FrostyMelted

Miceledo - You're absolutely right. We should just abolish car seats because, well, it's hard. 

the4m... the4mutts

I am not about to be buying a brand new car, just so it would work with a fancy car seat. I have a 96 corolla. Have had it since my 10yr old, was 1. I have NEVER forgotten any of my 4 kids in the car. Period.

I feel like the people who bought this seat, would just use it to be lazy and leave their babies in the car so they could shop. Sure, the kid wouldn't die from heat. But it could still be kidnapped, or injured by another driver, etc.

We don't need technologically advanced car seats, we need mandatory parenting classes during pregnancy, and before leaving the hospital, as well as harsher punishments for idiots who leave their kids to die.

.anon... .anonymous

It's utterly ridiculous that things are so bad, that it's come to this.

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