WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- According to reports, a child dies in a hot car every week in the United States, which is mostly attributed to what doctors call the ‘Forgotten Baby Syndrome.’
- The disturbing frequency of such accidents may prompt new laws that could pressure car manufacturers to install safety measures in their vehicles.
- Some minor tweaks could involve a visual alert on the car’s dashboard or an alarm that goes off when the driver walks away from the vehicle.
Accidentally leaving a baby in the car is a parent’s worst nightmare.
A father about to go home from work calls his wife to remind her to pick up their 1-year-old twins at daycare. But as he gets into his car and looks in the rearview mirror, he realizes that he made a fatal mistake — the babies had been left in the hot car for eight hours.
Reports state that a child dies in a hot car every week in the United States. The incidents are usually attributed to what doctors call the “Forgotten Baby Syndrome.”
Psychologist Joshua Rosenthal explains it as “a perfect storm of a number of different factors.” This usually happens when parents who are not used to dropping off their kids are then asked to do it.
Rosenthal narrates how the situation would likely play out: “They start off on their normal drive to work, and they’re supposed to deviate to drop them off at daycare, the child falls asleep, and [the parent] completely loses awareness that [the baby] is in the car.”
The disturbing frequency of the “Forgotten Baby Syndrome” may just prompt new laws that would pressure car manufacturers to install safety measures in their vehicles to prevent this from happening.
There are several minor tweaks that companies could make to help remind parents that their young children are in the backseat. This could involve a visual alert on the car’s dashboard and an alarm that goes off when the driver walks away from the vehicle.
We are hopeful that future technology can prevent accidents like these and keep our kids safe.
Learn more about this new technology in this video posted by Inside Edition: