EvenFlo Designs SensorSafe Car Seat Technology to Prevent Hot Car Deaths

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.

The SensorSafe equipped car seat just hit the market today, and you can pick up yours at Walmart or via EvenFlo‘s website. The car seat fits kids 4 – 35 lbs, or up to 30” in height.

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.”

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