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

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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 ...

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 was not enacted.



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.

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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