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Technology available to help prevent hot car deaths

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Posted at 12:26 PM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 16:14:18-04

(KGTV) - In a matter of just 10 minutes, the temperature inside of a vehicle can rise 20 degrees, putting children in a potentially fatal situation if they are left unattended inside, according to AAA.

AAA says deaths involving children left in hot vehicles are completely preventable, with plenty of tools and tips to help avoid these tragedies.

AAA recommends placing an item such as a mobile phone, wallet or purse in the backseat as a reminder to check for precious cargo.

AAA also urges adults to remind children not to play in or around unlocked vehicles. A “look before leaving” routine is recommended to make sure all children are out of a car once at the final destination.

There are also several mobile apps or devices available to help keep children from a hot car situation.

-- Waze: The app known for navigation has a “Child Reminder” setting in which users are given a reminder or alert to check for any young ones in the car when you reach your final stop on the app. Google Play | iOS App Store

-- Kars 4 Kids: The app available at the Google Play store has features to remind its users of a child in the backseat. The app is fully customizable, with an easy way to turn off the reminder when you don’t have a child with you.

-- Backseat: This app is activated when a driver starts a trip and the vehicle’s speed exceeds 20 MPH. The app uses an alert system to remind drivers of a child in the vehicle before and after the trip. Google Play | iOS App Store

-- Elepho’s eClip Baby Reminder: The device typically attached to a car seat or seat belt can send an alarm if a user leaves a vehicle without a child. Aside from constant reminders, the device monitors the vehicle’s internal temperature. More info/buy it now