Senate considers technology to prevent hot-car deaths

LAS VEGAS - On Monday, parents who have lost a child in a hot car will call on Congress to require technology aimed at saving kids from dying in hot cars.

The renewed push comes after two child deaths were reported in Phoenix.  On Friday, a 7-month-old boy died after he was left alone in a hot car in triple digit conditions.  The following day, a 1-year-old was found dead after being left in a car for nearly two hours.

In July, a boy died in Las Vegas after his family unintentionally left him inside a car during a gathering at the Grandview Las Vegas Resort.

"It can happen quickly," said Jeanne Marsala with "Safe Kids" at Sunrise Children's Hospital.  "It can happen with those windows tinted, windows cracked... and usually happens to people who do not realize what the temperature is outside in Las Vegas."

According to research from KidsAndCars.org, in over 55% of cases the person responsible for the child's death unknowingly left them in the car.  Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside a car can reach 125 degrees in 10 minutes.

Jodi Newcomb's son died while playing hide-and-seek in a hot car.

"You always say it's never going to happen to me.  It happened to me," said Newcomb.

Since her son's death, Newcomb has become an advocate for hot-car safety.

The Senate is considering the Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats (HOT CARS) Act. It would require cars to be equipped with technology to alert motorists that a child is in the rear seat when the car is turned off.

Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) and Al Franken (D-Minnesota) are the chief sponsors.

the bipartisan effort has already received support from more than 20 of the nation's leading public health, consumer, and safety organizations.


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