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Babies: Child seat reminder alarms

By asoglin
Friday, July 27th, 2007 at 11:22 am in Health & Safety.

car seatExplain 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

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9 Responses to “Babies: Child seat reminder alarms”

  1. Jan Koski Says:

    Nothing, I mean, nothing would protect children from stupid parents. This guy’s privs need to be removed so he can no longer hurt or kill any more children.

  2. grace Says:

    how could anyone forget
    the child inside the car?
    it’s disturbing that parents can do this to their own child. it’s totally irresponsible on the father side.

  3. Fran Says:

    My husband and I were talking about this-he knows a guy at work who took his almost one year to the grocery store alone for the FIRST time just last week.
    It made me think that maybe sharing the care of the child hasn’t been equal. (for whatever reason, many men do not take their children out alone when they are young.)
    I think that we should realize how tragic this really is and hope that father will be able to forgive himself-what a horrific thing to live with for the rest of your life!

  4. Eliza Says:

    I was trying very hard to get one of this product. I heard a lady talked over the phone that she forgot her son in the car this morning. Fortunately she remembered 10 minutes later after she got to her office. So this kind of thing could have happened to anyone of us. I can’t believe that it is so hard to find this car seat reminder. If anyone knows where can I buy one, please let me know. Thanks!

  5. Ann Tatko-Peterson Says:

    Several inventors hold patents for child car seat alarms. Unfortunately, as noted in the above blog entry, obtaining marketing to produce the actual alarm for selling has been slow. Keep track of Baby Alert’s Child Reminder ( This one seems to be tracking the fastest toward production for sales to the public.

  6. Sara Matthews Says:

    It happens to the best of us. I have a friend who accidentally forgot her child in the car while she was going out shopping. She told me that her baby was asleep, and she honestly forgot the baby was in the back seat. She made it all the way in the store before she remembered her child was in the car and went running out to the car to get her now crying baby. I know she is a good mom, and I know she loves her baby with all of her heart. The truth of the matter is that people do make mistakes. And it is a mistake that will haunt her for , I’m sure, the rest of her life. Even though her baby was just fine. Think about how the parent of a child who dies in that situation must feel. Knowing that their forgetfulness is the reason they now have to plan a funeral, not to mention the problems that are probably going to come up in court against them.
    We know there is a problem. It has happened to SO MANY people. Why are these products so hard to find? Chances are, if a new parent/parent-to-be sees a safety device for a child while out making a baby registry, or shopping for their new bundle of joy, they will pick it up along with the cabinet latches, outlet plugs, and window alarms.

  7. Marc Says:

    Check out this site;, has the devices

  8. mike Says:

    I have a working prodotype of a car seat alarm. If a baby is in a car seat an alarm will sound when a door is opened.

  9. Tina Says:

    Why is this not currently in the market plase? I’ve seen 100+ patents on child car seat alarms. As a grandparent I cannot imagine this happening, but with the busy lives we lead now and everyone on their cell phone when driving, I can see how this would happen. Car seat faces to the rear, baby is asleep when you get out. Everyone says they can’t imagine how this could happen but it could.

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