New device helps prevent infant hot car deaths

Updated: Oct. 10, 2019 at 10:58 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A baby gadget company has now developed a device that can help prevent the tragedy of a hot car death.

The eClip is a small device that pairs with a smartphone to help remind parents of a baby in the backseat. It prevents something called Forgotten Baby Syndrome, or FBS.

“However hard it is for you to understand, or to even accept, it is a problem,” says Michael Braunold.

Michael Braunold is CEO of Elepho, Inc. He says it usually affects first-time parents juggling all the responsibilities that come with a newborn.

“Especially a young child, not communicating, probably sleeping. Possibly the seat is turned the other way around as it is by law in many states, by which you can’t have it front-facing so you don’t actually see the child. You get involved in a phone call possibly from work, you’re totally engrossed in that call and you forget about everything else.”

FBS is that mindset many refer to as “autopilot." You get from point A to point B and any changes in that routine can result in disaster.

“There have been a number of cases, unfortunately a high number of cases where in fact people have driven to work, not realizing or forgetting the fact that they had to drop their child off at the daycare center on the way.”

To prevent these deaths, they developed the eClip—a device that clips on a car seat or diaper bag and pairs with your smartphone.

“If you walk approximately 25 feet from the car, even if you’re on the phone, an alert will break into your call and say please check your child, please check that you’ve got your child with you.”

Since 1998, over 800 children have died by being forgotten in a car that was too hot or too cold. In most of these cases, the caregiver simply forgot. It’s something every parent thinks will never happen to them.

“And you’re exhausted, you’re sometimes sleep deprived, I mean there are the ingredients for these things to happen, and once again, to good, loving parents," says Braunold.

The device can also monitor the temperature in the car as you’re driving. For more information, you can check it out by clicking here.

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