WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) We’ve reached the time of year when we often warn parents to make sure they don’t make a crucial mistake.
We’ve told you before about ideas to prevent leaving your child in a car. These ideas include taking off a shoe and putting it in the backseat as a reminder.
Now, there is new technology to provide even more help, like features built into newer-model vehicles to provide even more help.
An alert in some vehicles flashes a dashboard message reminding you that you put something – or someone – in in the back before you started driving.
“Anytime you open the rear door of the vehicle, it triggers a sensor inside the vehicle,” says Josh Penney with Hatchett Buick GMC.
Penney says most 2017 GMC models come standard with the new feature. It’s just one of many new ideas helping to keep children safe.
Ronda Lusk with Safe Kids says the new technology is a step forward in preventing heat stroke in children.
“It’s built into cars and cell phones. The main thing is to create reminders and use the technology we have,” she says.
Apps like My BuddyTag and Sense-A-Life can also alert you of your child in the back seat. You purchase a clip-on sensor separately and the app alerts your phone if you move too far away from your child.
Experts tell Eyewitness News another simple way to protect your children: Set reminders on your phone any time you leave the house.