National Consumer News

Two dads create device to remind parents not to leave children in cars


By Cox Media Group National Content Desk 

It has been a deadly year for children who have been left in hot cars.

So far this year, 23 children have died after they were discovered in locked cars, ABC News reported. There were 25 hot car deaths in 2015.

But two fathers from Tampa have come up with a technical solution to make sure parents don’t forget to check their child’s car seat, WTSP reported.

Fadi Shamma and Jim Friedman created Sense-A-Life, a sensor pad system. One pad goes under the child on his car or booster seat.

The child’s pad is activated when as little as 2 pounds is placed on it.

A second sensor goes under the driver’s seat and detects when the driver’s door is opened.

When the door opens, the main part of the system under the driver’s seat will alert the driver by playing the message, “Please remove the child from the seat.” It also sends an alert via an app to the driver’s phone.

The driver has two minutes to remove the child from the car before the system’s app sends an alert and text messages to emergency contacts.

Sense-A-Life is not yet available to buy, but Shamma and Friedman are talking to investors. They want to keep the price under $100 so every family will be able to afford it.

National Heatstroke Awareness Day is Sunday, according to the National Child Passenger Safety Board.


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