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H.R. 2801 (115th): HOT CARS Act of 2017

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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.

The House version [H.R. 2801] was introduced last June by Rep ...

Sponsor and status

Tim Ryan

Sponsor. Representative for Ohio's 13th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 7, 2017
Length: 3 pages
Jun 7, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on June 7, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.



Jun 7, 2017

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H.R. 2801 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2801. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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