New technology in cars aims to prevent hot car deaths

- This year, two children in Texas have died after being left in a hot car. One of them was just on Monday involving a 9-month-old girl in Baytown.

Now, some car manufacturers have implemented a new technology to help remind parents that they have a rear seat passenger, including General Motors.

Chris Wilson with DeMontrond Auto Group says the rear seat reminder is standard in all 2018 General Motors vehicles.

The system is activated when a rear door is opened and shut and the car is started. When the car reaches a destination, a chime goes off.

"We put it in park, turn the vehicle off. We get a reminder on the dash that says 'rear seat reminder,'" said Wilson.

Estella Olguin with Harris County Child Protective Services believes this technology can help saves lives much like back up cameras help prevent rollover deaths.

"We’ve seen [rollover death] numbers decrease and, hopefully, with these new technologies we can also see a decrease in children dying from being forgotten or left in hot car," Olguin told FOX 26.

However, if you’re not in the market for a new car...

"There are apps now that are free, that you can download that can remind you that there is a baby in the back seat," Olguin added.

The apps include Kars 4 Kid, which syncs to a car's Bluetooth system. The popular app Waze also has an option for to set a child reminder.

Olguin says there are also tips like putting a purse, work bag, shoe or both shoes in the back seat.

"There are other things you can do for example contact your daycare provider and let them know to call you if your child has not arrived at the daycare," Olguin explained.

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