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Mon Jul 1, 2019, 01:46 PM

5. There are relatively inexpensive car alarms that can be added

This article lists ieight of them:
8 Life-Saving Car Seat Alarms That Remind Parents There’s a Baby in the Back Seat
https://www.fatherly.com/gear/best-car-seat-alarms/

Nissan now provides a car alarm for this purpose:
Nissan's rear-seat alert meant to help deter child heat-related deaths
By Doug Phillips | South Florida Sun Sentinel |
Aug 01, 2018 | 5:25 AM

Nissan is making its Rear Door Alert technology standard on all of the company’s 4-door vehicles beginning with the 2019 model year to help reduce heatstroke incidents, the manufacturer announced Tuesday.

The technology was introduced as standard equipment for the Pathfinder SUV for 2018 and is now being expanded to another eight models, including the popular Rogue and Altima designs.

Here’s how the Rear Door Alert works: The vehicle’s operating system notes when a back door is opened at the beginning of a trip. If so, the horn will honk at the end of the trip to remind the driver to check the back seat. The feature can be turned on or off using the vehicle’s on-board computer menu.

In 2017 there were 43 deaths across the U.S. of children from heatstroke inside vehicles, according to the the group KidsandCars.org. So far in 2018 there have been 29, including a 17-month-old boy’s July death in Pembroke Pines and the February death of a 1-year-old boy in Miami.
More: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-nissan-rear-seat-alert-20180801-story.html


All car companies could do that, though as noted in the first article, an effort to pass a requirement failed in the US Congress.

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