About the bill
Since 1990, 836 children have died from heatstroke after being accidentally left in cars. That’s the second-most common cause of nontraffic child fatalities from vehicles, behind only accidental backovers.
If the outside temperature is 90 degrees, a car’s temperature can spike to as high as 133 degreesafter only an hour.
What the bill does
The HOT CARS Act would require the Transportation Department to mandate all new motor vehicles have a “child safety alert system.” This would work similarly to existing seat belt alerts, with flashing symbols and warning sounds in the driver’s line of sight by the speedometer.
The full name is the Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act.
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Ohio's 13th congressional district. Democrat.
Last Updated: Jun 7, 2017
Length: 3 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
This bill was introduced on June 7, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.
Sep 15, 2016
Earlier Version — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 6041 (114th).
Jun 7, 2017
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H.R. 2801 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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