Hot car death prevention: Embry-Riddle alum patents device hoped to save lives

An Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University alum and restaurant owner has patented a device to prevent hot car deaths.

The device, called the Child Car Seat Safety System, features a weight sensor that will activate once it detects a child has been placed in their car seat. After the driver gets into the vehicle, the device will connect to their phone through Bluetooth.

In the event that the driver fails to remove the child from the car seat when the driver leaves the vehicle, an alert message will be sent to their smartphone. Should the child remain in the sweltering car, another message will be sent to authorities. Decisions regarding what distance or temperature will trigger the alert have yet to be determined.