Friday, July 27th, 2007 at 11:22 am in Health & Safety.
Explain this one: the technology for child seat reminder alarms has existed for five years; yet, they are still not available on the market. Why? These sensors would alert parents if they accidentally left their child in the car. It seems like a must-have, better-safe-than-sorry safety feature for car seats, especially in the wake of Wednesday’s death of an 11-month-old Benicia boy. The child died when he was enclosed in a car after his father forgot to drop him at daycare and went on to work.
Sara Steffens’ follow-up article in today’s Times provides details about alarms that could help prevent these tragedies.
Terrill Struttmann, founder of the Missouri-based advocacy group Kids In Cars, said people periodically contact him about child-reminder alarms they’ve invented.
“The problem they run into is marketing this product,” he said. “If a parent is in a Babies R Us and sees it, it’s going to be that false sense of security: ‘I would never forget my child.'”
Isn’t it better to guard against a remote possibility than to live the rest of your life with regret if the unthinkable happens? What would you do? Take our poll and find out whether other parents would consider buying a reminder alarm.
— Ann Tatko-Peterson