Lawmakers Propose Hot Car Legislation

Hot Car Legislation Proposal

Every year children die when they're left in a hot car. But new technologies are being developed to warn drivers that a child is in the back seat. And now a group of lawmakers is proposing legislation that would require automakers to install those warning systems in their cars.

Chase Harrison died in 2008 when his dad forgot to drop him at day care and went to work leaving the toddler for hours in his hot car.

Now, father Miles Harrison is pleading for help.

"I consider myself guilty and full of anger. I cry every day for Chase. If there had been a simple chime to alert us to the presence of my son, this would not have happened,” said Harrison.

"The families are the most motivating factor," said Congressman Tim Ryan.

On Thursday, Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio and two other lawmakers from both parties, introduced the "HOT Cars Act," which stands for "Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats."

The Act would require automakers to install technology warning drivers when a passenger remains in the backseat.

"These are really senseless deaths of young people that are just so tragic. I think we need to step up and fix it and fix it now," said Ryan.
Twenty-nine children have already died this year after being left in a hot vehicle.

On an 80 degree day – the temperature inside a closed car can reach between 130 and 172 degrees, according to the CDC.

General Motors has already developed its own warning system – which it will include on next year's Acadia model. Congressman Ryan hopes to pass HOT Cars Act before the end of the year.

Experts say an easy way to prevent a tragedy is to put your purse, wallet or cell phone in the back seat next to the child so you don't forget them.

You can also use the WAZE app. It's a child reminder that alerts you when you arrive at your destination. To find it, go into the app and hit General - Scroll down- Child reminder - Allow.

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