New products help prevent child deaths, injuries in cars. With more reports surfacing of children being left behind in hot cars over the past few weeks, several devices are coming onto the market that alert parents that they forgot their most precious cargo.
Last year, 44 children died in the United States and about half of these incidents were because a caregiver simply forgot the child was there. "A problem that you see is occurring almost on a daily basis now," Solomon Waldner with Baby Alert USA said. Just last week a 15-month-old boy in Ridgefield died after his father left him in the car when he went to work. With incidents becoming more and more common, new products are coming on to the market and aimed at preventing deaths as well as injuries.
Waldner, who is a father of eight, and his business partner, Aron Wulliger, saw a need for a device that alerts parents after a close friend lost their own child to heat stroke in a car. "I think at the end of the day, we're all human," Waldner said. The Lakewood Scoop » Kars4Kids Develops App Aimed at Preventing ‘Child Left in Car’ Deaths » The heartbeat of the lakewood community. “With all the news this summer about parents forgetting their kids in cars, we at Kars4kids, have just released the Kars4Kids Safety app which is designed to alert parents as soon as they leave their vehicle to retrieve their child from the back seat,” Kars4Kids told TLS today.
The app is available free to the public with user friendly features. You can find more information about the Kars4Kids Safety app on their web page here. How to Solve the Problem of Kids Getting Left in Hot Cars. Infant, not left unattended, in a car.
Photo by Getty Images The tragic case of Cooper Harris— the 22-month-old Georgia boy left to die in a sweltering SUV in June — has its own unique plot twists. But it has still highlighted the massive problem of tots being forgotten in vehicles, where they are dying of heat stroke at alarming rates: At least 44 children died in 2013, according to data compiled by researchers at San Francisco State University. And so far this year that number is already up to 17. It seems like the kind of tragic situation that should be able to be prevented with a simple warning system — or at least a complex, technological one. “Across different evaluations, the devices were inconsistent and unreliable in their performance,” concluded Kristy Arbogast, director of engineering at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in a 2012 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report on such technologies.
Human error: models and management. Verizon patents car seat that alerts parent if child is forgotten in car. Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) filed a patent for a mobile notification system that would alert parents or other caregivers if they had left a child in a car seat, and would provide a user's mobile device with detailed information about the environment inside the car, according to a patent filing with the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office. The patent was filed in August 2011 and published earlier this year and is one of a string of patents Verizon has filed recently related to future communication systems and video technologies. According to the patent filing, the system would detect via a sensor when a child is in a car seat and, based on the proximity of the sensor to a mobile device, would send a notification to the device.
The car seat's wireless sensor would also be part of a system that could determine conditions inside the vehicle, including the temperature, vehicle security status, motion of the vehicle, or a combination of those things. Study: Aftermarket Devices Not Preventing Child Deaths in Hot Cars. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle-related deaths among children under 14, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and a new study has found that aftermarket products designed to prevent kids from accidentally being left in a hot car aren't working.
NHTSA and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia joined forces to test several monitoring products that connect to a child-safety seat. The systems, which alert parents that they may have unintentionally left a child in a parked vehicle, are unreliable in preventing heatstroke, the study found. The products range from weight- and force-sensing pads placed in the child seat to temperature-sensitive clips attached to the seat. "The devices require considerable effort from the parent/caregiver to ensure smooth operation, and often that operation is not consistent," the study says. According to NHTSA, 527 kids have died in hot cars since 1998, and the agency says it can happen to anyone. Kids Left In Hot Cars: Why Technology And (Your) Creativity Are Needed To Prevent The Unthinkable. "Mom finds 5-month-old son dead in minivan"—August 2012 "Child deaths in hot cars soar in May"—May 2013 "9-month-old dies in hot car after dad goes to work"—June 2014 Each year, we hear the headlines on television news, read the stories online at our desks, and discuss the details around our kitchen tables.
We shake our heads in sadness, we hug our children tighter, and we fail to comprehend how a parent or a caretaker could just . . . forget. I was in one of those places, my dinner table, when my own family began discussing one of the most recent tragedies—two-year-old Cooper Harris—and his murky, but still senseless death. As my own 20-month-old son, Eli, ate (well, played with) his own dinner nearby, my wife, my mother and I discussed how this sort of thing can still happen. We asked, why, with all the amazing technology that we have in this world, is there not something for a parent to purchase to prevent this from accidentally happening to their son or daughter?
1. 2. Car Seat Alarms Won't Prevent Parents From Leaving Kids in Hot Cars. Did you get all excited when you saw companies were building alarms to save you from being the next mom or dad featured in a "baby left in hot car" headline?
Welcome to the club. Now put away your wallets. You don't need to buy any fancy schmancy electronic device to prevent the horror of forgetting your baby in the car on a hot (or cold) day. Good thing too ... because new research has found the possibly well-intentioned products being picked up by very well-meaning parents aren't worth the money. Sorry folks, but it's true. Devices to prevent kids being left in hot cars. Have you seen the Volvo commercial where the woman is walking to her car, alone at night, across a dark parking lot?
As she approaches her car, she notices a flashing signal on her key fob. Her car's computer has detected a heartbeat inside the car and is warning her to stay away. She looks alarmed and turns around and walks quickly back in the direction from which she came. I don't like the commercial - it is creepy and it seems designed expressly to scare women. The ANEIROS Vehicle Child Seat System Could Save Lives Of Kids Who Are Left In Hot Cars. Devices to Save Children in Hot Vehicles Questioned. A study released on Monday examined products designed to stop children up to age 2 from being left in parked closed vehicles.
At least 527 children — more than half of them under 2 — have died in those circumstances since 1998, according to the report, which was done jointly by the Department of Transportation, the and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “There should never be any notion of a single absolute perfect solution,” said David L. Strickland, administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, warning that too much reliance on technology could potentially contribute to a false sense of security.
“While these devices are very well intended and we do appreciate the manufacturers and inventors, we have found a number of limitations in these devices,” Mr. Strickland said. Many of the 18 devices studied detect the presence of a child and sound an alarm when the child is left behind. Dr. The research team found none of the devices worked consistently. Louis inventors offer car-seat monitor to prevent child deaths. ST.
LOUIS • Two St. New clips, alarms and apps can stop parents forgetting tots in cars. Israelis have been saddened — and angered — by the deaths of three very young children, in the past two weeks, forgotten for hours inside vehicles on sweltering summer days, succumbing to dehydration and heat exhaustion. But bad feelings notwithstanding, officials in recent days have come to realize that Israel has a major problem — and some are looking to technology to solve it.
Unfortunately, the “forgetting” a kid in a locked vehicle has become something of a plague: Over the past five years, there have been more than 200 cases of parents or school bus drivers leaving children locked in a vehicle for hours, before someone noticed they were missing. That “only” 11 have died — with most of the rest recovering fully — is a matter of luck or a miracle, neither of which can be relied upon for the long term. 'Starfish' gadget senses if a child has been left in a vehicle and alerts a parent's phone. £36 Starfish is a weight-activated sensor that fits to child's car seatIt automatically pairs to parent's iPhone or Android using BluetoothWhen activated, Starfish creates a 'geo-fence' radius around itselfIf the phone leaves the geo-fenced area, Starfish will notify the parentOn average, one child dies in a hot car every nine days in the US By Ellie Zolfagharifard for MailOnline Published: 15:58 GMT, 18 August 2014 | Updated: 17:42 GMT, 18 August 2014.
Gov't study: Devices that alert parents they left a child in car deemed unreliable. (CBS News) Devices meant to alert parents or caregivers that a child has accidentally been left behind in a hot car are inconsistent and unreliable, new government research finds. Heat stroke, or hyperthermia, is the leading cause of non-crash vehicular deaths in children under the age of 14, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Since 1998, 527 kids have died from heat stroke after being left in a hot vehicle, an average of 38 each year. A recent study from San Francisco State University's department of geosciences found 33 kids died of hyperthermia in 2011, down from 49 deaths the previous year. "With summer temperatures hitting record highs around the country, child heatstroke is clearly an issue of national concern," U.S. Works. Child safety app reminds parents kids are in the car - ArkLatexHomepage.com. Some parents of small children who've been paying particular attention this summer to the tragic stories of infants being left in hot cars are taking steps to keep it from happening to them and others. Our story from NBC’S Chris Clackum. After strapping little Ava into her car seat... Kimberly Johnston's next step is to fire up the app that reminds her ...Ava's back there.
The 'precious cargo' app was developed by Kimberly and her husband, Shaun... How to Remind a Parent of the Baby in the Car? Making the deaths all the more tragic, perhaps, is that many are a result of forgetfulness rather than neglect, occurring when distracted but otherwise responsible parents or caretakers inadvertently leave a child in the car. Newspaper articles and campaigns by safety advocates had brought some attention to the problem, but its visibility grew when a March 2009 article by Gene Weingarten in The Washington Post Magazine, “Fatal Distraction,” asked whether the mistake of forgetting a child in the back seat of a car was also a crime. The article won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. Is increased awareness enough to prevent these tragedies, which are more likely now that children ride in back seats to avoid injuries that could result from an air bag deployment?
Or would a technical solution from automakers be a better approach? Kids and Cars campaigned for such a requirement to be written into the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2008. Mr. Ken Waller agrees. Adaptation of Xbox Kinect device could prevent common summer tragedy. Hopkins students (from left) Jeffrey Kamei, Anshul Mehra and… (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun ) June 28, 2013|By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun This time of year, dozens of children across the country die after being forgotten inside sweltering cars. Local on mission to prevent child deaths from heat Sedalia’s Jeff Howard invents cheap, effictive ‘reminder’ device - Sedalia Democrat - sedaliademocrat.com. Top 10 Car Seat Support Products for Infants in 2013. Parents must place infants in approved car safety seats from that first trip home from the hospital until at least age seven or eight, or when the child is big enough to use a seat belt.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents should place infants in rear-facing infant seats until they are two years old or reach the maximum height and weight recommended for the seat. When a baby is tiny, she has no control over her neck muscles and cannot hold her head up. ChildMinder reminds drivers not to leave their baby in the car. Hot car child safety. Pediatric Advisor: Car Safety: Infants. Nashville boy invents device to remind parents of children in hot cars. NASHVILLE, Tenn. Help stop childrens/infants heat deaths in cars — iVillage.
Children and Cars A Potentially Lethal Combination DOT HS 810 636. Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car Is a Horrifying Mistake. Is It a Crime? The defendant was an immense man, well over 300 pounds, but in the gravity of his sorrow and shame he seemed larger still. He hunched forward in the sturdy wooden armchair that barely contained him, sobbing softly into tissue after tissue, a leg bouncing nervously under the table.
In the first pew of spectators sat his wife, looking stricken, absently twisting her wedding band. The room was a sepulcher. Witnesses spoke softly of events so painful that many lost their composure. When a hospital emergency room nurse described how the defendant had behaved after the police first brought him in, she wept. The charge in the courtroom was manslaughter, brought by the Commonwealth of Virginia. It was an inexplicable, inexcusable mistake, but was it a crime? At one point, during a recess, Harrison rose unsteadily to his feet, turned to leave the courtroom and saw, as if for the first time, that there were people witnessing his disgrace. How might parents in low-income communities ensure children thrive in their first five years? - Stop hot car deaths to infants and toddlers.
New Mexico Teen Invents Car Seat Alarms to Prevent Infants from Being Left in Hot Cars. Boy creates invention to save babies from being left in hot cars. Shoe trick will prevent child deaths in hot cars. People keep leaving children in hot cars. This teen thinks her invention can help. Dangers of Leaving Kids in Hot Cars and How to Prevent It. Child Heatstroke in Cars. How technology could help prevent kids' deaths in hot cars.