Has This Boy Found the Easiest (and Cheapest) Way to Halt Hot-Car Deaths?

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A while back, I wrote a blog about some new technology that was being developed in order to stop babies from dying in hot cars. On average, 39 babies a year die from heat stroke because they were left in a hot car. Whether or not you think that parents who leave children in the car on accident are irresponsible, that, quite frankly, is not exactly relevant. Slamming parents doesn't bring babies back, and it doesn't prevent other babies from suffering from heat-related death.

Unfortunately, the new technology that is being developed in the form of weight sensors inside of car seats and drivers' seats is looking like it's going to be created too far into the future, and it might dive too deep into your wallet for many to afford it.

So, for the time being, we have the E-Z Baby Saver. Andrew Pelham, an 11-year-old from Nashville came up with something that I would go as far as to say is 1,000 times cheaper than the seat sensors of the future.

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Typically, 11-year-old kids aren't too concerned about child safety. I mean, yeah, anybody in their right mind wants people to be safe and sound, but elementary-school kids usually aren't as proactive like Andrew. Andrew signed up for a rubber-band invention contest—a contest that was held in Ohio.

Remember, Nashville is in Tennessee, not Ohio.

He was affected by the news of a 5-month-old baby dying after being left in a hot car. So with rubber bands and some duct tape, Andrew created a strap that hooks from the inside of the driver's door to the back of the driver's seat.

Easy enough, right?

It's extremely easy. This is taken directly from Andrew's website:

The E-Z Baby Saver is a bright neon strap that stops parents in their tracks. When they're getting out of the car, it forces them to stop and ask, “Is anyone still strapped in the back seat?”

Andrew got second place in the contest and walked home with 500 bucks—500 bucks he put toward a laptop, with which he created his own website. He's not looking to make any more money from his idea – simply to spread the knowledge that might save a life.

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Is this something you would consider doing so you always remember your child? Do you have any other ideas of how we could stop children from dying in hot cars?

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Has This Boy Found the Easiest (and Cheapest) Way to Halt Hot-Car Deaths?

Jace Whatcott is a self-diagnosed introvert who loves crossword puzzles, golf, and reading. Despite being a male contributor—one of the few on this particular website—he is not in unfamiliar territory. Because he is an English major, 90% of his classmates are females, so he’s not too worried about being a fish out of water. One of his favorite things to do is to raid local thrift stores for used books. He’s always looking for something to read, or for something to put on his endless to-r ... More

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3 comments

  1. Beth says:

    as a mother of 6 kids i only ONCE forgot baby in car it was at night in dec it was cold i put my baby sling on and then locked the door . i starte dto walk away from the car AND WHAM it hit me MY BABY WAS NOT IN the baby sling , yes i was tired new baby been working all those things but dammit that is my baby how the hell do you FORGET YOUR BABY or your SMALL CHILD GEESH BTW way i ran the 12 steps back to my car and crap my keys were right there in the seat YOU KNOW WHAT I DID ???? i broke my window THAT WAS MY BABY

  2. Javonne says:

    The easiest and cheapest way in the world to remind yourself not to leave your baby in the car is to turn the radio to kid friendly music or play kid cds while driving with your children at all times. Also, invest in a mirror that allows you to see your child while you are driving. They are sold at baby stores for under $8.
    You can put your babys bag and bottles in the passenger seat. Whenever you safely stop at a red light or stop sign look back at your baby and talk to him or her. They are really great listeners. Last thing, put a wallet size picture of you and baby where it’s visible. These are great reminders that will help you remember you have a precious baby riding along with you. My son is three and I still do these things. I don’t take life for granted and never think when it comes to my kids prevention isn’t a necessity because it’s mandatory.

  3. what a smart kid!! good for him!

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