Many people enjoy being out and about during the warm summer months, but
as things heat up, our children can be exposed and vulnerable. Despite
all the ongoing efforts to educate parents on the dangers of leaving their
children in a hot car even for a few minutes, dozens of children die from
heat stroke each year while strapped into their car seats. This is deeply
only 19 states currently have laws in place that make it illegal to leave a child alone in a car.
NBC News reports, two senators—Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Al Franken, D-Minn.—introduced
a bill that aims to reverse this trend. The HOT CARS Act (an acronym for
Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in the Rear Seat) would require
automobile manufacturers to install a sensor that would alert parents
if they attempted to exit the vehicle while a child was still in the back
seat. The measure has garnered support from dozens of child safety awareness
Parents who leave children in hot cars rarely do so out of outright negligence.
In fact, some physicians have actually come up with a name to describe
Forgotten Baby Syndrome (FBS). They claim it can occur when a parent or other caregiver does something
out of their normal routine. When resuming the routine, the motor memory
function of the brain outpaces the cognitive function, causing the person
to forget a child is still in the back seat. Some don’t discover
their children until they return hours later or the next day.
Regardless of the cause or whether negligence plays a role in these children’s
deaths, we must applaud any effort to protect the safety of children in hot cars.
To learn more about the dangers of heat stroke, see our post
Six Surprising Facts About Heat Stroke.
If you believe your child has been victimized by an act of negligence, our
Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys can help. Please contact us for more information.