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Driscoll Children’s Hospital distributing potentially life-saving technology

Posted: 6:02 AM, Jul 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-24 07:02:58-04

 CORPUS CHRISTI – More than two dozen children have died in the United States in 2018 after being left in hot cars. Three of those children were from here in Texas.For years, the Injury Prevention Department at Driscoll Children’s Hospital has held seminars to educate the public about this danger. Wednesday, July 25th, employees will be passing out new gadgets to attach to your child’s car seat to ensure this doesn’t happen to your family.Temperatures greater than 100 degrees can be lethal to children left inside cars within minutes.Karen Beard said the fast-paced nature of today’s society is a huge contributing factor to the growing number of children being left in hot cars."People who say, ‘How can you forget that most precious thing?’ It’s because we’re busy. The families that say it can never happen to them scare me the most, because they need to be aware it can happen to anybody," Beard said.Driscoll Children’s Hospital is advocating for a car-seat add-on that gives an audible reminder that a child is in the car.Evenflo is now manufacturing SensorSafe technology, complete with a chest clip and an extension that plugs into an OBD port.  These ports can be found in most vehicles released after 2009.When the chest clip is fastened, a ringtone will sound as soon as the car is turned off.Experts will be distributing these add-ons Wednesday, July 25th at 2 p.m. at 4141 S. Staples St.