How not to forget your child in the car

by Paola Battista - 2014.01.13
How not to forget your child in the car
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A life-saving device has been developed in Belgium to prevent babies being left in cars. The device, which has been named 'Gabriel', helps to prevent these uncommon tragedies, linked to parental/driver stress. On average, there are 20 infant deaths in Europe every summer caused by dehydration and heat inside cars. It was designed by a Flemish man called Kenny Devlieger, a father who was affected by the death of a child who was forgotten all day in a vehicle. The prototype was selected by Opel as the best proposal in its Smart Options project and it will soon be included in its models. The idea is simple: a weight-sensitive surface built into the child seat, with a sensor connected to the car's key fob. This activates an alarm when the driver moves more than five metres away from the car while the child is still in its seat. The device is also sensitive to temperature and activates an alarm if the heat rises above 28°C while the child is inside, reminding the parents to get the child out of the car.

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