WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new bill aimed at helping prevent children being left in hot cars was introduced Thursday.
The Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act, also known as the HOT CARS Act, aims to requiring the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue a ruling that would require all new passenger vehicles be equipped with a system that would alert drivers if a child has been left in a car.
“These are horrible, preventable tragedies,” said U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois. “We must act quickly before more children die.”
Twenty-nine kids have died in hot cars this year, according to KidsAndCars.org, a national non-profit child safety organization. Texas leads the nation in such deaths with more than 110 cases since 1990, including five this year alone.
On average, 37 children die in hot cars each year nationwide.