For $150, you can buy EvenFlo‘s new SensorSafe™ equipped car seat, which plays a series of tones as you park your vehicle to remind you that there’s a baby on-board. The hope is to reduce infant death from heat stroke. On average, 38 children die each year, forgotten in hot cars.
Currently, SensorSafe is only available with the Advanced Embrace™ DLX car seat model, however, we expect and hope they’ll be rolling this feature out for their other seats as well. The tones are soothing enough to sound like a baby toy, but loud enough to alert a distracted parent. They’re activated through a smart chest clip and wireless receiver, and are triggered by your vehicles on-board diagnostic system. The receiver will also notify you if the chest clip becomes unbuckled during transit.
Personally, we’d like to see someone develop a product with a similar function that you can clip to ANY car seat, without having to buy a whole new car seat or travel system. That would indeed be an invaluable invention, and I don’t doubt EvenFlo‘s competitors already have the idea on their radar.
The EvenFlo website features the heartbreaking and disturbing testimony from a father, Reggie McKinnon, who accidentally left his infant daughter, Peyton Lynn, in a hot car while he went to work. Tragically, Peyton died on that Monday morning of March 8, 2010.
Reggie emphasizes, “Don’t think this can’t happen to you. I thought it couldn’t happen to me, but it did.”