VOXX (Audiovox) is one of the first car audio companies to offer a system to guard against children being left in cars that can overheat.
Its new Baby on Board child seat sensor sends an alert to the driver if he or she moves away from the car while a child is still in the car seat.
From 1998-2013 over 600 children died from heat stroke after being left in a car. An average dashboard can reach up to 200 degrees, radiating heat through the vehicle, said VOXX.
The system uses a Bluetooth proximity sensor and a weight-sensing system that becomes active when the child occupies the car seat. It communicates with a key fob carried by the driver.
VOXX says the system takes only a few minutes to set up.
“Baby on Board is the newest addition to our line of products designed to help provide a safer vehicle environment,” said Tom Malone, President of VOXX Electronics. “This product is great for all new parents and at such an affordable price is a perfect gift for grandparents, babysitters and anyone you trust your children with.”
About 29% of children left in a vehicle who died were in the care of someone other than their parents at the time.
Baby on Board will be available this summer at $59.95.