WASHINGTON, D.C. (KTAB/KRBC) – A group of lawmakers and family members will introduce a new bill in hopes it will reduce the number of children dying of heatstroke in hot cars.
The Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act, or the HOT CARS Act, is a bipartisan bill that would require cars to be equipped with existing technology to alert drivers that a passenger remains in the back seat of a car when it is turned off.
Representatives Tim Ryan of Ohio, Peter King from New York, and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, along with parents and family members who have unknowingly left a child in a hot car, will meet with members of Congress on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. to announce the introduction of the bill.
Since 1990, more than 800 children have died in hot cars, including 9 this year so far. Even responsible parents can unknowingly leave a child in a car for many reasons including a change in routine, simple distractions, stress or fatigue.
The meeting comes during Vehicle Heatstroke Prevention Week, which runs from June 5-11. During the meeting a photo memorial wall of children who have died from heatstroke in hot cars from 1990-2016 will be on display.