10-Year-Old's Genius Invention Could Stop Hot Car Deaths

Bishop Curry Jr.
NBC DFW

Thus far, 12 children have already died in hot cars this year, and, sadly, that number will likely increase as the summer goes on. With hot car deaths nearly tripling in 2016 alone, it's clear we must do more to protect our precious little ones. Hoping to make a difference and save lives is Bishop Curry Jr., a 10-year-old boy who invented a genius device to prevent hot car deaths that proves you're never too young to make a difference.

  • The soon-to-be sixth grader felt inspired to get involved when a neighbor's 6-month-old child died after being left in a hot car.

    Sadly, these deaths are all too common. According to the National Safety Council, two to three children die in hot cars per week between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend, and 87 percent of these victims are under 3 years old.

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  • Bishop came up with a device called Oasis that not only detects if a child is left inside a car, but also alerts parents and authorities.

    When attached to a car seat, this device would also release cool air that could be a true lifeline for a forgotten child waiting to be rescued.

    More form CafeMom: 7 Tips to Ensure You Don't Leave Your Baby in a Hot Car (Yes, You)

  • The device is still a 3-D prototype, but Bishop is working to turn his dream into a reality that parents can use to keep their children safe.

    The 10-year-old even recently exceeded his GoFundMe goals, which he says will go toward prototyping fees and help him solidify a patent and find a manufacturer for his invention.

  • Bishop has filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and hopes to start making his device soon.

    "This has definitely been an amazing journey for Bishop and he is anxiously awaiting to hear back from [the] USPTO and begin the manufacturing process so that parents can have access to this technology," dad Bishop Curry IV writes on the family's GoFundMe page

    More from CafeMom: 'I Left My Baby in a Hot Car': One Mom Shares Her Tragic Story

  • After speaking with car seat and vehicle manufacturers, this 10-year-old is also looking to expand his invention in an incredible way.

    The Anna-Melissa Tribune reports that Bishop hopes to take his dream further by creating an actual car seat "with the ability to link up with a vehicle's air conditioning system and turn it on automatically" -- which is beyond amazing.

  • Clearly, there's no stopping this 10-year-old and the potential he has to change the world for the better.