Almost 1,000 young children and babies have lost their lives due to being left behind in hot cars since 1998. Precisely 712 young lives were lost due to something that was 100% preventable.
Most parents are aware that the temperatures inside a locked car on a hot summer day can climb dramatically and continue to increase depending on how long it sits under the sun’s rays.
The best thing to do would be to just never leave your child alone in the car. But unfortunately, some of the situations in which children have passed away have been due to a horrible accident.
A ten-year-old boy has come up with a device that could prevent some of these unfortunate deaths. He was inspired to do this when a neighbor’s 6-month-old baby passed away after being left in an overheated car.
10-year-old Bishop Curry has created a device that may help save young lives. His father commented ‘If you’re rushing home from work, or you’re rushing to the grocery store, I could see how somebody could forget.’
In order to reverse fatal results when something like that happens, this simple 3D printed item could be the first step to the solution.
The device would be attached to a baby’s car seat. It has the ability to detect whether or not an infant has been left behind.
‘It kind of just sits up there,’ Bishop explained. When activated, the device would then blow cold air onto the child until authorities and the parents are alerted.
Bishop hopes to create several devices in order to save as many lives as he can. If this was in every car, it would not only prevent unfortunate situations but it would also be an effective safety regulation.
The device is named ‘Oasis’ and the family has a number of manufacturers lined up to build it.
They’ve raised $20,000 on GoFundMe. Bishop is planning on using the funds to pay for prototypes and the manufacturing of Oasis.
The number of children who pass away in cars each year has remained steady for the past 20 years, according to Jan Null, meteorologist, and professor at San Francisco State University. Oasis could be the change in these stats.