Bill would require new vehicles to have alert technology to prevent hot car deaths


WASHINGTON D.C. (WEHT) – More than a dozen children died in hot cars so far this year, following a record-breaking 52 deaths last year.

Lawmakers believe carmakers must do something to help prevent these tragedies.

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) has written a bill called the HOT CARS Act which would require new vehicles to alert parents when someone is still in the back seat when they turn the car off.

The legislation failed two years ago.

Some manufacturers have since built in the technology, but others continue to resist it.

The Auto Alliance, which represents the auto industry, is currently reviewing the proposal but said the better approach is public awareness and education.

Wicker argued it would only cost about $100 per vehicle.

“This is something the industry can do, and it can be done relatively cost free,” said Wicker.

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(This story was originally published on July 18, 2019)

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