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Advocates urge AL lawmakers to help prevent hot car deaths

Some child safety advocates want AL lawmakers to pass legislation to help stop the number of child car deaths. (Source: WAFF) Some child safety advocates want AL lawmakers to pass legislation to help stop the number of child car deaths. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A tragedy at Marshall Space Flight Center involving the death of a seven-month-old baby is pushing Alabama lawmakers to make some changes.

Advocates with KidsandCars.org, an organization that helps to educate the public on child heat-related injuries, urged lawmakers to introduce a new bill called the Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act.

Read: Infant dies after being left in car at Marshall Space Flight Center

“Parents don’t believe this could happen to them,” said Sue Auriemma, Vice President for KidsandCars.org.

Auriemma believes the way to help the problem is for vehicles to have safety reminder systems installed. They hope this effort prevents any more deaths from happening.

“We are very hopeful that this rule will pass and the bill will pass as a stand-alone legislation and prevent this from happening to other families,” said Auriemma.

As, Alabama continues to rank 16th in the nation for hot car deaths, advocates hope this new legislation will trigger automakers and parents to make a difference.

“You could forget your keys so there’s an alert to tell you that your keys are in the ignition. You could forget to turn your headlights off, so why not have a simple reminder system to ensure a child is not left to perish in a hot vehicle,” said Auriemma.

So far, authorities have not released the name of the parents, nor the sex of the baby.

The Madison County Coroner tells us the baby was sent to a military base in Kentucky for an autopsy.

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