Every year, numerous infants and small children die because they have been accidentally left alone in motor vehicles according to KIDS ’N CARS.  And parents often do not leave their kids in cars on purpose.  They may forget their children for various reasons, among other things, being overloaded, exhausted, or distracted by a change in routine.

That is why NASA’s Langley Research Center developed the Car Child Presence Sensor.

Our car accident attorneys have handled cases where children have died from being left in cars, so we believe the Child Presence Sensor may play an essential role in saving parents a lot of emotional trauma over their young.

There are cases around the country where well-meaning parents had left a child in a vehicle because they forgot or they thought it was alright for a “short errand,” and returned to a disaster.  These parents may not have taken into account the possibility that within a few minutes, a child could be abducted, set a vehicle in motion, or suffer a deadly heat stroke, even on a mild day for an adult.  Even a minor children’s injury can damage a person for life.

This is how the Child Presence Sensor works.  There are 2 parts to this device, one attached to the car seat, and the other part linked onto the key chain of the driver.  Once the driver leaves the car and gets too far away from the child, the device hanging on the driver’s key chain will sound 10 beeps.  And if the driver does not return within 1 minute, the key chain will continuously beep nonstop until the driver’s part of the device is returned to the car seat.

And you may be asking, why is NASA inventing car seat devices for children’s safety?  Well, the technology used for these devices came from a NASA Langley 757 research aircraft.  A sensor is set up in the landing gear area of the aircraft to detect environmental changes.  This data is sent to the cockpit via a radio frequency transmitter and receiver.  The inventor decided to combine this precise beaming technology with a highly-sensitive switch technology for the car seat to produce this device at low costs.

NASA is planning to announce this development during the National Child Passenger Safety Week, February 10-16, 2008.  This would be sponsored by the NHTSA, where KIDS ’N CARS is having a benefit screening of the Keyman Motion Picture, in which a man searches for forgiveness after he unintentionally left his child in his car’s backseat.  Our car accident attorneys believe that the development of this technology may greatly reduce unintended infant and children deaths caused by being left in cars.  And who would have known, that child safety devices could be produced from a high-tech aircraft designed purely for experimental purposes?

Until we are all able to equip our cars with such devices, make sure that you have the best auto insurance policy so that you and your children are covered in the event of an accident.  Better to be safe rather than sorry, right?

Call us now at 1-858-551-2090 or click here for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney and find out how we can help you.  We speak English and Spanish, and we look forward to providing advice for your case.  No fee if no recovery.

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