Car Seat Could Save Children from Forgetful Parents
A new car seat may help save children’s lives but it’s not in the case of an accident. The seat is designed for those parents who forget their kids, who then become trapped in cars that quickly turn into deadly heat chambers. It’s unfortunate when we need high tech to replace common sense. For example, you don’t need lane departure warning if you know how to set your mirrors. But if technology can save a kid trapped in a hot car, who are we to quibble? RELATED: See Mark Wahlberg’s Tricked Out Family Hauler
Called the Evenflo Advanced SensorSafe Embrace infant car seat, it uses your car’s onboard diagnostic system port to warn you a child is buckled up in your backseat. When you shut the car off, it creates a series of tones if the car seat’s chest protector is still buckled up.
According to a press release, the Evenflo SensorSafe car seat is the only alert system crash tested by the manufacturer and will retail exclusively at Walmart for $149.88. That’s about a $60 premium for a comparable rear-facing car seat but it seems worth it. The car safety group KidsandCars.org says 38 children a year die after being trapped in a hot car.
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As the dad of two kids not far removed from car seats (with one still using a booster), I spot a couple potential problems with this seat, though. If a person can’t remember a baby is in the backseat, is he or she going to pay attention to a series of tones? What happens if the part fails or becomes disconnected from the OBD? It seems like there is too much potential for a false sense of security. Plus, what does it mean to have a Bluetooth transmitter just inches away from a baby's face?
Also, will only responsible parents buy these seats in the first place? There’s no delicate way to put this. If you’re the type of person who forgets an infant is sitting over your shoulder, do you care enough to buy an expensive, high-tech, rear-facing car seat to remind you? Please tell me I'm wrong in the comments section.
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