Sen. Blumenthal pushes for passage of bill that could prevent hot car deaths

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal is hoping to get legislation passed that could protect children from being left in a hot car.

Blumenthal held a press conference today at Chevrolet of Milford to urge Congress to pass the Hot Cars Act—a law that would require car manufactures to include an alert system inside cars to remind drivers to check the backseat before exiting the vehicle.  

Some car manufactures like GM, Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac GMC, Kia, Nissan, and Subaru already have an alert in several of their models that reminds drivers to check the back seat for passengers once the car is turned off.

More: Fairfield police remind public of the dangers of hot cars 

Blumenthal says temperatures inside a car can climb from 80 to 120 degrees in minutes.

"That's why people should look before they lock if there's a young child in the car," he says. "And I'm supporting legislation that would absolutely require every car to have an alert system so that parents would know that a child is in the back seat."

A total of 30 kids, seven in August, have died this year as a result of being left in hot cars. 

The Senate Commerce Committee has already approved the Hot Cars Act, but it still needs approval from the full Legislature to become law. 

 


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