Automakers Vow to Equip U.S. Vehicles with Lifesaving “Hot Car” Alert Systems

Date: September 10, 2019

Twenty automakers representing nearly 98 percent of all U.S. vehicle sales have voluntarily agreed to introduce a wide range of solutions to prevent deaths in hot automobiles. This includes new systems that will remind drivers to check for passengers in their vehicles before exiting.

These automakers, including General Motors, Ford Motor Co, Volkswagen AG, Toyota, Hyundai, and Honda Motor Co, plan to install these features in "essentially all" of their vehicles by 2025. Their announcement comes as Congress is still debating regulations that will require these kinds of technologies in new vehicles.

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), who chairs the Commerce Committee, said that the agreement that the automakers made would make similar legislation that the committee passed in July unnecessary.

KidsAndCars.org reports that over 900 children have died in hot cars since 1990.

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