Every summer, there is an increasing number of children who die in hot cars after being accidentally left inside by their families. The average number of such deaths in the United States is 38 each year. In 2018, there was a record 53 deaths, with almost every state included in the count. In the latest Lynch Nissan inventory they added functions to concerned about this problem.
According to the Consumer Reports, 2019, there have already been 22 reported deaths nationwide. The latest deaths were of 1-year-old twins in Bronx. They died on a Friday, after being left inside the car for 8 hours. Their father went to work and forgot them inside the car.
What is hot car death?
Now, the most common cause of hot car death in children is due to heatstroke. Heatstroke is caused by the overheating of the body due to exposure to high temperatures for a long time. The body begins to experience injury once it s temperature reaches 40 degrees. It is most common during summer. Apart from a high temperature, other signs and symptoms include:
- Altered behavior or mental state – irritability, delirium, confusion, slurred speech, seizures, coma
- Dry and hot skin
- Flushed skin
- Rapid, shallow breathing
- Increased heart rate
It’s altogether an unpleasant way to go especially for children.Nissan Invents An Alert On Rear Doors
Nissan car company, like other carmakers, have sought solutions to decrease the number of hot car deaths by giving new Nissans features that will prevent such accidents from occurring.
This new improvement to Nissans includes an alert at the rear door of the car. The alert gives a warning reminder to the parent. It is predicted to save the lives of many children. It is already available in 10 out of the many Nissan 2019 models. The 2018 Pathfinder model was the first to have it standardized and installed.
Elsa Foley works at Nissan as a program manager. She is also the mother of two children. It was her idea, alongside another engineer to propose the added safety feature. She explained that the alarm functions to alert the driver in two levels. The rear door alerts monitor the switches on the rear door before the trip begins when the child in inserted into the car, and after the destination has been reached. When the destination has been reached, a warning will be shown on the dash at the center informing the driver to check the rear seats. If the warning is ignored or forgotten and the driver gets down from the car, without opening and closing the doors at the rear of the car, another warning is issued, and an alert is sounded.
The alert has a very distinct sound – a horn chirp. It will draw the attention of the driver and other onlookers to the car.
Foley expresses her sorrow at the heartbreaking number of children that have tragically died due to being accidentally forgotten inside cars. She is hopeful that Nissan’s initiative to standardize this modification will be implemented on all of its models quickly. By 2022, Nissan hopes to have implemented this alert on all their 4-door models.