Hot car deaths are becoming a trend in the country.
Last year, 25 children died after being left unattended in cars. But so far in 2016, 23 children have already died, prompting safety and children safety advocates to begin to worry.
Recently, a 19-year-old woman was charged after her pet died due to heat-related issues. The teenager had left the dog inside of a hot car in a parking lot while shopping at a PetSmart store. Another incident that took place in April involved a 2-year-old girl. She was left unattended in a car unintentionally by the child’s mother’s boyfriend.
As more groups and law enforcement agencies urge parents to stay alert to the potential risks and acting accordingly, automakers begin to work in order to their part, making vehicles safer for parents, caregivers, and pet owners.
According to a series of news reports, General Motors has developed technology that, with the help of a sensor, is able to learn whether the driver left a child in the back seat. The system works by identifying when the driver opens the back door before driving. Once the engine is turned off, the system will produce five audible chimes and a warning on the dashboard will come up, telling the driver that he or she should check the back seat.
The technology will first be launched as a standard feature in the 2017 GMC Acadia vehicle. But to many GM insiders, the company will probably have other of its models fitted with the same system in the future.
As personal injury attorneys who put safety first, we are glad to learn a company like GM is willing to go the extra mile to make sure its customers are safe. We know the difficulty many parents go through when they lose their children to a car-related incident. With the help of this technology, we may see fewer hot car deaths in the future.
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