NEW YORK, Sept. 29, 2016 - Rear View Safety, the industry leader in the sales and distribution of backup camera systems, as well as a strong and dedicated road safety advocate, introduced the RVS-BLB Brilliant Backseat Reminder System earlier this year. The Brilliant Backseat is designed from the ground up to remind drivers to take children, pets, or valuables out of the backseat of the car.
31 children have died from vehicular heatstroke in 2016. Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside of a car can reach 125 degrees in a matter of minutes. Death occurs when core body temperature reaches 113 degrees. Lawmakers are now taking the first steps to prevent this horrible problem.
Last week Tim Ryan (D-13th OH), Peter King (R-2nd NY) and Jan Schakowsky (D-9th IL) introduced the Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act (HOT CARS Act of 2016, H.R. 6041). This bi-partisan act would require passenger vehicles to be equipped with technology to alert the driver that a passenger, most likely a child, remains in the rear seat. Reminder systems for headlights, doors, keys and seat belts already exist in many cars.
"The belief is that it can't happen to you, always someone else. Unfortunately it happens over and over again, even to the most conscientious parents. Technology is available and it can be placed in new vehicles to protect innocent children. It's really that simple. I am proud to work with Reps. Ryan and Schakowsky on this legislation," said Rep. King in a media conference call.
If the HOT CARS Act passes through Congress, automakers would have 2 years to install the technology in new passenger vehicles. This 2 year timeline is the same as the recent NHTSA rule requiring backup cameras on all vehicles.
Some commercial vehicles may also soon require reminder systems, at least in California. The "Paul Lee School Bus Safety Law" named after a Whittier, California student with special needs who tragically passed away last year after being left on a school bus for many hours, was sent to State Assembly Governor Brown last month. The law would require school buses in California to have child-safety alarm systems. It would also require drivers to renew their annual school bus driver safety certificate and receive training in the new technology. The bill, proposed by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), received a unanimous concurrence vote of 39 to 0 in the State Senate. Governor Brown has until September 30th to act on the bill.
The system generates an audible alarm when the ignition is turned off. The driver must walk to the rear of the bus to turn off the alarm, ensuring they will detect remaining children on the bus. A handful of states, including Arkansas and Wisconsin already haves laws requiring school buses and child care vehicles of a certain size to be equipped with similar alarms.
The problem with this California bill is that not all students travel to school on traditional school buses. Some small districts use passenger vans to shuttle students to and from school. These vehicles need the Brilliant Backseat, and may soon require the technology under the HOT CARS Act.
To find out more information about The RVS-BLB Brilliant Backseat Reminder System, or to learn more about the wide range of backup camera system products that Rear View Safety has released to market recently, please visit the organization's official website at today or call 800-764-1028.
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