Forget Me Not USA: Alert For New Cars

You might be living under a rock if you haven’t heard stories of children perishing after being “forgotten” and left behind in cars by their caregivers, many times their own parents. Many responsible parents (like you) may assume this could never happen to them.

Don’t think it couldn’t happen to you

"Since 1998, 533 children have died from heat stroke as a result of being left behind in a car."

The fact is, it could. And it’s happening more and more often to perfectly responsible parents all across the country. Since 1998, 533 children have died from heat stroke as a result of being left behind in a car. Every year on average about 37 children 4 years old and younger fall victim to this epidemic. That’s too many to lose over a tragic — and totally preventable — mistake.

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This year alone, six children have fallen victim to being left behind in the car. There have been some recent standout cases -- on June 11, a 3-year-old in Philadelphia, Mississippi was accidentally left in the car. Days later, on June 18, a 9-month-old in Louisville, Kentucky and on June 25 an 11-month-old in Lafayette, Louisiana were both tragically left in their car seats when their fathers forgot to drop them off at daycare. In each of these cases, the temperature outside was below 100 degrees.

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Don’t let it happen again

Andrea Lester founded the non-profit organization Forget Me Not USA after she’d heard about one too many children dying as a result of being left behind in their caregivers’ cars. She decided she couldn’t idly stand by and let this happen again — without doing her part to help stop this tragic epidemic in its tracks.

In an effort to help bring the number of children left behind in cars to zero, Forget Me Not USA has started a petition for the government to require all car manufacturers to install a Child Sensor Alert Device in all newly built vehicles. Visit the site to sign the online petition.

Don’t forget

If you find parenthood has made you a bit forgetful, there is a product currently available to help you avoid accidentally leaving your child behind in your car. Baby Alert International’s ChildMinder Smart Clip System features sensory buckles for Baby’s car seat and a key fob for parents’ keychain. Every time the child is buckled into his seat, the system is automatically activated and it is deactivated every time the buckles are detached. When the system is activated, it alerts parents with an alarm six seconds after they move more than 15 feet from the child in his car seat. Smart, huh?

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Comments on "You would never forget your child in your car – would you?"

Andrea Lester July 06, 2012 | 4:23 PM

Thank you for featuring Forget Me Not USA on your website. The happiest day for me will be when Forget Me Not USA no longer serves a purpose. I cannot stress enough the importance of NEVER LEAVING A CHILD IN THE CAR, EVEN FOR A MINUTE, FOR ANY REASON. If someone makes a conscious decision to leave a child/pet or vulnerable adult in the car, it never occurs to them that something might happen to them, leaving their loved ones in a car, in a parking lot somewhere, and no one knows. I had this happen to a friend. Remember, if you see a child, pet or vulnerable adult in a car alone, call 911 immediately. Don't wait and don't hesitate. You will be saving a life.

Kendra July 05, 2012 | 1:05 PM

It's good to know that there is a gadget out there so you CAN'T forget to leave your child in the car. This should almost be a requirement when you leave the hospital. For me, I live in AZ, so if I left my kids in the car even for 5 minutes alone they would probably be injured. Thank you for bringing light to this issue.

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