Safety Officials: Warning Systems May Not Prevent Hot Car Accidents

by Carmen Dellutri on August 6, 2012

Accident lawyer Fort MyersParents hoping that new products on the market will prevent a Florida hot car accident should heed the warnings of a new government report. It found that currently available products are unreliable as a stand-alone measure for preventing a child from being unintentionally left behind in a hot vehicle.

The study, recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), found that many aftermarket consumer products designed to prevent hot car accidents miss the mark. Specific issues noted by the researchers include: inconsistencies in arming sensitivity; variations in warning signal distance; potential interference with the devices' notification signals from other electronic devices; susceptibility of the systems to misuse scenarios involving spilled liquid beverages; and disarming of the devices due to a slumping or otherwise out-of-position child.

The study further highlighted that many of the products require extensive efforts by parents and caregivers to set-up, monitor, and operate, which could give parents and caregivers using the devices a false sense of security. The technologies would also not address the 20-40 percent of children who are killed when they gain access to the vehicle without an adult present or are not in child restraints, since the devices are child restraint based.

"While many of these products are well intended, we cannot recommend parents and caregivers rely on technology to prevent these events from occurring," said NHTSA Administrator David L. Strickland.

Instead, the NHTSA strongly urges parents and caregivers to take additional safety precautions and ask themselves, "Where's baby? Look before you lock."  For specific tips for preventing a hot car accident, please see our previous posts.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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