One of them was the 9 month old son of Lyn Balfour. She says a change in routine and an emergency phone call from work led to the unthinkable. She didn’t realize, instead of dropping Bryce off with his babysitter, she’d left him behind in the car in her office parking lot and went into work.
The high temperature that day – only 66 degrees. On an 80-degree day, Consumer Reports engineers found even with the windows partially open, the temperature jumped to 110 degrees in just eight minutes.
Consumer Reports evaluated a car seat that’s supposed to sense a child’s weight and alert you once you turn off the car.
And there are mobile apps like Baby Reminder and Infant Reminder are also supposed to alert parents. But Consumer Reports says ideally technology should be integrated into the carseat or car.
For now, keep something you need like your cell phone in the back seat to remind you to check for your child.
The website www.kidsandcars.org has a petition you can sign through August 13, 2014 to help prevent child deaths in hot vehicles.