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house Bill H.R. 2801

HOT CARS Act: Should There be a Warning System For Children Left in Cars?

Argument in favor

There should be an alert to remind drivers that there’s an unattended passenger in the backseat, just like there is for leaving your keys in the ignition or not buckling your seatbelt. This bill will save the lives of many children.

KirkNason's Opinion
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08/04/2017
My Tesla has this built in to prevent a death to child or pet. Air comes on to cool the cabin. Others should do this as well
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Kate's Opinion
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08/04/2017
Back when airbags were mandated people objected to them claiming they would drive up prices. Lets not do the same with this lifesaving legislation.
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Judith's Opinion
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08/04/2017
Oh the humanity. So much judgement and dehumanized people on here. If you aren't a medical professional (or police officer) who has seen the devastation first hand, and you don't have the capacity to be empathetic, you have no say in this matter. Times are not what they were. People are stressed to the max and until we de-stress our society trying to make ends meet with universal healthcare, universal college, paid family leave and realistic maternity Time off and work hours, atrocities like this can happen. And this little feature will save healthcare and tax dollars as well as emotional devastation and an actual life. Don't forget some may live... but with devastating results that cost hundreds of thousands. If you are fine with a prompt to change your oil in every new car, a human life should be worth so much more. This is a pro-life law.
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Argument opposed

There’s no guarantee that an alert would prevent adults from leaving a child unattended in the back seat of a car that’s too hot. It’s ultimately up to those responsible for the child to ensure they’re safe from overheating.

B.R.'s Opinion
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08/04/2017
For the life of me, I will never understand nor accept any excuse from anyone who leaves a child or pet in a car. While this warning system is a good idea, I do not think that it should be a mandate for the auto industry. Perhaps auto industries can offer it as an optional feature.
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Cynthia's Opinion
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08/04/2017
Really? In this age of republican "lets kill all regulations"? Why should i have to pay for the stupidly of a few ? What about the 1300 children who are killed by GUNS every year? Where is the regulation to protect THEM?????
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operaman's Opinion
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08/04/2017
Unimaginable a parent/caregiver would forget that baby/infant on the car seat in hot weather. However, there certainly are many parameters governing this warning device. Whether it's drugs, alcohol, fatigue, absent mindedness, or just a busy day, responsibility falls on the driver. When a person is sentenced to jail over a text message, it's time we apply manslaughter. Parenting requires responsibility and foresight, not hindsight. However, if a private company wishes to include a device to alert parents of a "hot car" situation and if the consumer wishes to purchase this device, let the free market begin. I can envision a parent disabling this device and then being arrested during a vehicle inspection safety stop or a failed tail light or illegal lane change.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Consumer Protection and Commerce
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Highways and Transit
    IntroducedJune 7th, 2017
    My Tesla has this built in to prevent a death to child or pet. Air comes on to cool the cabin. Others should do this as well
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    For the life of me, I will never understand nor accept any excuse from anyone who leaves a child or pet in a car. While this warning system is a good idea, I do not think that it should be a mandate for the auto industry. Perhaps auto industries can offer it as an optional feature.
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    Back when airbags were mandated people objected to them claiming they would drive up prices. Lets not do the same with this lifesaving legislation.
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    Really? In this age of republican "lets kill all regulations"? Why should i have to pay for the stupidly of a few ? What about the 1300 children who are killed by GUNS every year? Where is the regulation to protect THEM?????
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    Unimaginable a parent/caregiver would forget that baby/infant on the car seat in hot weather. However, there certainly are many parameters governing this warning device. Whether it's drugs, alcohol, fatigue, absent mindedness, or just a busy day, responsibility falls on the driver. When a person is sentenced to jail over a text message, it's time we apply manslaughter. Parenting requires responsibility and foresight, not hindsight. However, if a private company wishes to include a device to alert parents of a "hot car" situation and if the consumer wishes to purchase this device, let the free market begin. I can envision a parent disabling this device and then being arrested during a vehicle inspection safety stop or a failed tail light or illegal lane change.
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    Stop mandating more and more to drive up cost of cars. The responsibility falls on the person with the child.
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    Oh the humanity. So much judgement and dehumanized people on here. If you aren't a medical professional (or police officer) who has seen the devastation first hand, and you don't have the capacity to be empathetic, you have no say in this matter. Times are not what they were. People are stressed to the max and until we de-stress our society trying to make ends meet with universal healthcare, universal college, paid family leave and realistic maternity Time off and work hours, atrocities like this can happen. And this little feature will save healthcare and tax dollars as well as emotional devastation and an actual life. Don't forget some may live... but with devastating results that cost hundreds of thousands. If you are fine with a prompt to change your oil in every new car, a human life should be worth so much more. This is a pro-life law.
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    While ultimately this is the parents' responsibility, another safety feature on cars is not a bad piece of technology to look into. Especially if it can save the life of even one child.
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    This is not government's job!! Good gravy! OF COURSE it's a good idea to provide warning systems in cars. In many cases that is either some kind of optional feature you can add or heck there are apps and reminders and products you can get. You can already pay for those things if you want them. A government mandate means that EVERYONE will have to pay for that feature, including people that don't want or need to. This is a law asking "Hey America, do you want us to make cars more expensive?" Laws don't make this technology exist - it already exists. Laws make it expensive and inefficient.
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    To those who oppose, I have one question considering the common reasoning: are you saying it's ok to let a child die as a result of a parent's negligence?
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    This is a piece of legislation that could actually impact and save lives. Vote yes.
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    Is this really an issue, or is this legislation just a knee jerk reaction to a few high profile cases??
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    Babies, children, fragile senior citizens, and pets must be protected from irresponsible adults. Cost cannot be a consideration. Society is obligated to defend the least of these from the careless, the thoughtless, and the most reprehensible.
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    Average number of U.S. child heatstroke fatalities per year since 1998: 37 http://noheatstroke.org/ GM and Tesla already have begun to address this issue. http://money.cnn.com/2016/06/13/autos/gmc-child-back-seat-reminder/index.html. So yes, by all means, vote for The Hot Car Act. And, while you're at it, put together a Safe Gun Act. You'll be able to save almost 3 times as many children! Just a thought... "Deaths and injuries spike for children under 5, with 3-year-olds the most common shooters and victims among young children. Nearly 90 3-year-olds were killed or injured in the shootings, the vast majority of which were self-inflicted." https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/10/14/ap-usa-today-gun-accidents-children/91906700/
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    If there's a way to.prevent a child's death, should we not use the technology, just as we did when we requires seatbelts?!
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    Go away nanny state.
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    Anything to save kids. This probably should be expanded to include pets.
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    What the holy hell are these parents doing that they forget they have left their children in the car?! OMG did they brush their teeth or remember to put on clean underwear too! Put down the electronics and pay fucking attention!
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    Simple technology that has the potential to save a young life. Ju
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    We don't need an app or a law to tell parents to be responsible. Pass a law that says if your child dies as a result of parental negligence then automatic death penalty. End of story.
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