Monday, July 30th, 2007
Update: Baby-in-Car Heat Death News
Thingamababy recently profiled two prototype safety devices and one on-the-market device designed to save the approximately 133 kids in the US who die every year when accidentally left in cars. I often read about these incidents involving a less than 12-month-old baby whose parent forgot to drop off the kid at daycare, and then drove on to work.
The Associated Press wrote an article today mentioning two of the three products, noting that "NASA is on the verge of licensing" its version. We’ll see. If true, it’s probably still a few years away from store shelves.
In the meantime, the device that the AP failed to mention, the Halo Baby Seat Safety System, will be field-tested later this year. Yours truly will be on the field testing panel, and I’ll be sharing my thoughts and photos here about the prototype.
I’m reposting a comment a parent left last week on Thingamababy’s product profile article.
Sadly, a boy from our daycare
just died yesterday from being forgotten when his father missed daycare
and went straight to work. My husband and I thought to figure out a
device to prevent this from happening. We should all be outraged that these devices exist, and they are not on every single car seat. One family is devastated, our whole daycare is crying, and our
community is outraged. It keeps happening – let’s make it stop!! Get
these devices out there!! -Jennifer
The parent is probably referring to this story: Baby dies — left in hot car all day by dad in Concord, from the day before the comment was written. Punishing the dad will accomplish nothing. We need to improve child car seats.