As the heat rises so does hot-car death rates. New technology may be able to help cut these down.
Drivers get reminders to wear a seat-belt, turn off the headlights and close the gas-tank door. Now, they’re also getting alerts to check the back seat for young passengers.
This year 29 children have died from heatstroke while in a hot vehicle. This makes 2018 one of the deadliest on record. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash related vehicular deaths.
Nissan plans to announce a system that will remind drivers to check for occupants in the back seat. Nissan’s system will become standard on all four-door trucks, cars and SUVs with power locks by its 2022 model year. Nissan is believed to be the first to make such an alert a standard feature across its fleet of applicable vehicles, a move safety-advocates have long recommended.
You have reminders for seat-belts, but should you really have a reminder not to leave your children in the hot car?