WHAT: VIRTUAL NEWS CONFERENCE
Safety advocates and parents of children who have died in hot vehicles will join U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9th) along with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) (invited) to advocate for new vehicles to be equipped with inexpensive, existing technology that can detect the presence of a child inside the passenger compartment of a car and alert the driver and/or others. The differences between simple rear seat reminder systems and effective occupant detection systems will be discussed.
The Biden Administration and the auto industry must meet this moment by ensuring that significant strides are being made in advancing safety. The only way to comprehensively solve this problem is a safety standard requiring DETECTION + ALERT technology within the entire passenger compartment of new vehicles.
Kids and Car Safety will release and make available to media outlets new heatstroke PSA safety videos generously funded by State Farm Insurance during the press event.
U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9), Chair, U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT); (invited), Chair, U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security
Dr. David Diamond, Professor of Psychology, Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, Director, Neuroscience Collaborative Program, University of South Florida
Janette Fennell, President, Kids and Car Safety
Cathy Chase, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
Dikeisha Whitlock-Pryer, Mother of RJ Pryer of Houston, TX who died in a daycare bus
Amber Rollins, Director, Kids and Car Safety, representing the Cestia family of New Iberia, LA whose son Thomas died in 2021 in a 2020 GMC Sierra truck with a rear seat reminder system installed