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Proposed law would require safety device in all vehicles to prevent kids left in cars

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Each year, children die in sweltering hot cars yet no parent thinks it could happen to them.

This summer in Chattanooga, an 11-month-old girl died after she was left in a scorching hot car. Her parents are charged in the case.

Some child safety advocates are pushing for tougher legislation to prevent kids from dying in hot cars. 

A proposed law would require automakers to build alarms for backseats. The Hot Cars Act of 2017 would require all new vehicles to have an alert system.

One vehicle that’s already making it impossible to forget about a child left in the backseat is the 2017 GMC Acadia.

It comes with a safety feature called the rear seat reminder.

Evan Kennedy with Integrity Buick, GMC, Cadillac in Chattanooga showed Channel 3 how it works.

“You come out of the store, you open the back door and you put your child in there. Whenever you get where you’re going, it’ll remind you,” Kennedy told Channel 3. 

The reminder includes a unique sound that’s different than the other alerts and a message on the dashboard that you have to dismiss to clear.

If those who support the new law get their wish, the hope is that a safety feature in all cars would prevent tragedy so no child ever dies in a hot car again.

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