A new gadget 'Baby on Board' by Voxx Electronics which aims at preventing heat-related deaths of infants in parked cars was on show at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
According to Voxx, dashboards in the sun can become fierce heating elements, turning passenger compartments into ovens. The alert system is aimed at preventing absent-minded parents from leaving children alone in sweltering temperatures. Voxx Electronics president Tom Malone said, "As a parent, you don't ever think you will ever do that. But, it happens. Statistics indicate that since 1998, more than 600 children have died from heat stroke after being left in vehicles."
The new gadget combines child car seat weight sensors with key chain fobs that connect wirelessly using Bluetooth. A fob sounds an alarm if the person carrying it walks away from the vehicle while pressure sensors indicate that a child is still in a car seat. It will be available by the middle of this year at a price of $60.