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Death of East Texas toddler is first this year in the state linked to a hot car


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0 - Tragically, a 3-year-old boy was found dead inside a hot car in Tyler, TX on Friday afternoon (7/16). This is the 9th child to die in a hot car nationwide this year and the first in Texas.

Texas ranks #1 in the nation by a very large margin based on the number of child hot car deaths with 144 fatalities since 1991. Over 1,000 children have died in hot cars nationwide since 1990 with 2018 and 2019 being the two worst years in history.

The Hot Cars Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives as part of the INVEST in America Act on July 1, 2021. This bill would require all new passenger vehicles to be equipped with a system that would detect the presence of a child who is left or has entered an unattended vehicle independently and engage a warning. The Hot Cars Act language was included in the Senate Surface Transportation Investment Act (S. 2016). The bill is currently being discussed in the Senate, though the language of the hot cars provision needs to be upgraded to specify the requirement for the occupant detection feature, which is critical to the effectiveness of the technology.

"While education and awareness about hot car deaths is at an all-time high, the number of children that continue to die in hot cars continues to trend upwards. Education and awareness are not enough. Occupant detection and alert technology exists to prevent these unthinkable tragedies. We have the ability to stop this. What is the auto industry waiting for?" - Amber Rollins, Director of Kids and Car Safety

With families getting back into the workplace and schedules continuing to shift, Kids and Car Safety is very concerned there could be a rise in the number of children who die in hot cars this summer.

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Hot car deaths continue to take place because nobody believes this could happen to them. Please help us raise awareness about these predictable and preventable tragedies and the urgent need for the passage of the Hot Cars Act.