HOT CARS Act of 2017

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 20-Jul-2017

Since 1998, over 700 children have died from being left in hot cars. Most children who die in hot cars are under two years old. Since the beginning of 2017, twenty-three children have already died in hot cars. In most of these cases, according to, the caregiver responsible has simply forgotten the child in the backseat. One psychology professor says that this happens because multiple parts of brain are responsible for things like remembering routine and creating plans. Sometimes, because of factors like unusual stress or a change in routine, they compete with each other, causing the person to forget the child in the backseat.

What is being done to prevent this?

This past June, the Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act (HOT CARS Act of 2017) was introduced in the House of Representatives. This bill would require that cars have technology to create an auditory or visual alert if someone is left in the back seat after the car is turned off. Should this bill be passed, the Secretary of Transportation would have to rule that all new cars need to have this technology. This ruling would have to go into effect by September of two years after the ruling is issued. The bill also requires that states use a portion of the funding that they would receive because of the bill to educate the public on the dangers of leaving unattended passengers in cars.

Requiring that this technology be put in all new cars could be a big step forward in preventing accidental deaths due to children being left in hot cars.

The Washington DC personal injury attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC wish you a safe and happy summer. Keep checking our blog for more safety and health related news and tips.
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