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Bill seeks to add technology to protect kids in hot cars

Lisa BackusMay 28, 2019

VERNON - U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal will announce Tuesday an act aimed at requiring car manufacturers to include an alert in all vehicles that reminds drivers to check for children in the back seat in the hopes of avoiding fatalities.

A press conference will be held at Carter Chevrolet in Vernon with local police to discuss the proposed law which proponents say will save lives.

The proposed law, named the Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats, or HOT CARS Act, would require all car manufacturers to include the technology in all vehicles.

Nationwide, the number of children under the age of five who have died after being left in hot cars increased to 52 in 2018, up from 43 in 2017, according to information provided by Blumenthal’s office.

Annually about 38 children, ranging in age from one month to five years, die after being left alone in hot cars, his office said.

Chevrolet has included the alert technology, reminding drivers to check the backseat for children, on a number of models since 2017. Representatives from Carter Chevrolet will demonstrate the technology during the press conference.

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