ST. GEORGE — A first-of-its-kind car seat is now on the market. Wal-Mart and Evenflo recently announced a new infant car seat with new technology designed to prompt a driver when there is a passenger present.
There are a number of reasons why children are inadvertently left in vehicles, but new technology could provide peace of mind amid life’s distractions. The Evenflo Advance SensorSafe Embrace DLX car seat is designed to prevent children from dying in hot cars.
The Evenflo SensorSafe technology will generate a series of tones, according to Evenflo’s website, which will remind the driver that there is a baby in the vehicle. SensorSafe works with the car’s onboard diagnostics system.
The tones that the car seat will generate are activated through a smart chest clip and wireless receiver, which will also notify the driver if the chest clip becomes unbuckled during transit, according to Wal-Mart’s website. The tones will also sound when the driver arrives at their destination.
As recently as last year, an 11-month-old girl from Hurricane died because she was left in a vehicle for a substantial period of time without the vehicle running.
On average, 38 children die every year as a result of being trapped in hot cars, according to KidsAndCars.org.
“Nobody ever thinks something like this could happen to them, until it does,” Deborah Hersman, National Safety Council president and CEO, said. “Unfortunately, every summer, dozens of children die as a result of high temperatures inside of cars. These unintended mistakes can devastate families … .”
Wal-Mart sells the Evenflo SensorSafe car seat exclusively. The car seat is now available to purchase online, retailing for around $150.
“SensorSafe Technology is the sound reminder that can save a life,” according to the Wal-Mart website.
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