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For decades already an average of 37 kids -- and hundreds of pets, including police k9’s! -- die in US every year in hot cars.
Finally, after years of intense pressure from an outraged public, on 9/15/2016 the lawmakers stepped in with the Hot Cars Act of 2016. NOTE: on 01/01/2017 Gov Jerry Brown signed into law a bill requiring all school buses in California to be equipped with a Forget-Me-Not child safety device. Things are moving in the right direction and are moving fast.
The most reliable, affordable and versatile add-on technological solution out of all products and concepts proposed so far is never4get.us which consists of 2 pads (see below), requires no installation tools or skills and can be installed in less than 10 seconds.Just place Pad-D on the Driver seat and Pad-C on the Child seat:
And the responsible* parents, caregivers and pet owners can have it for $30.*Those irresponsible can have it for 4 easy monthly installments of $39.95 ...
In any car provided with never4get.us the device works as follows: anytime there is a child (or anything else) on the Pad-C and the driver reaches her destination an audible or/and visual alarm will remind her that there is something on Pad-C as soon as the driver removes her weight from Pad-D in order to exit the vehicle.
Never Forget Us works for anything placed on Pad-C (laptop, pets, briefcase and so on) inside cars or school buses with any number of occupants and also flawlessly works outside the vehicle (in homes, offices, hotel rooms).
There are three basic ways to try to tackle the problem:
Preinstalled technological solutions
In order to comply with the soon to be implemented requirements of the Hot Cars Act of 2016 some automakers already chimed in:
GMC Acadia -- quite a poor concept that only works "under certain conditions" and "does not actually detect objects in the rear seat." It uses a very dubious "ten minutes" rule which makes the whole effort highly unreliable! Same story with Chevy.
Tesla: is promising to "keep pets and kids cool" with an app that won't let the temperature inside the car go over 105° F. Right, since the American kids and pets are known to flourish at 105° F ... Elon: we need to talk! Verdict: highly unreliable! --
Bottom line: GMC and Tesla’s approaches do NOT comply with the requirements of the Hot Cars Act of 2016 so they need to go back to the drawing board or acquire an Intellectual Property from outside their R&Ds. That is they can come up with mediocre and costly solutions which can badly damage their business or they can bet on the winning horse: never4get.us
Add-on technological solutions
Evenflo SensorSafe Car Seat: test results show it works only with certain models 2008 or newer. Parents who own a qualifying vehicle have to dispose of the child seat they used and pay $150 for the new Evenflo.
Sense a Life: I couldn't find any information about its reliability. Requires smartphones and apps for several people. Due to lack of traction the price was recently reduced from $150 to $99.99.
CarEye: It's unclear whether they still have a site. I'm no fan of this type of concept. Price: $150 + subscription fee.
Safety BIB: Tag.
2 Hot for Tots: Sticker.
Even when all new cars will be Hot Car Act of 2016 compliant there will still be, for decades, millions of vehicles on the roads manufactured before the requirements (for new vehicles) of the Hot Car Act kick in. Which means that hundreds of kids and thousands of pets will die in hot cars until ALL vehicles will be Hot Car Act compliant.
An add-on technological solution will be made available ASAP for all parents, caregivers and pet owners, add-on that works for any vehicle regardless of brand, model or year.
Also: the new vehicles will not come with the child seat installed. The Pad-D can be preinstalled in the Driver's seat but an add-on will still be needed: the Pad-C for the Child seat for the automakers that will choose the most reliable, affordable and versatile technological solution: never4get.us.
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