It’s estimated that 38 children die from being left in cars each year as a result of heat stroke. A special car seat, manufactured by Evenflo, is being sold at Wal-Mart to help combat this problem.
The carrier, which utilizes “SensorSafe Technology,” alarms parents if an infant or toddler is left buckled in their seat after the ignition is shut off, and the driver has exited the vehicle. This is done wirelessly via a small chip inside of the straps of the carrier. Death by heatstroke from being left in a car often occurs because the parent accidentally forgets to bring in their child. This new technology aims to stop this by reminding parents should they accidentally leave their child.
The seat is exclusively being sold at Wal-Mart for $149.88 and is part of a one-year deal between Evenflo and Wal-Mart.
It may seem hard to believe, but otherwise caring and loving parents can often become forgetful due to juggling busy schedules. A prime example would be from a father in Quincy, Mass. He called 911 after accidentally leaving his toddler in his vehicle at a public transport station in North Quincy. The father realized that he had neglected to drop his one-year-old daughter off at daycare before riding the train to work, leaving her strapped in the car. Fortunately, she only spent 30 minutes in the car and didn’t suffer any ill effects from the heat.
No parent likes to think that they could accidentally forget their child in the car; however, it does happen. New technology, such as this car seat, aims to keep children safe should the unthinkable happen.