NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

During your career as a safety professional, has a worker death ever occurred at your site?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote Results

Does your CEO 'Get it?'

Tell us why on the submission form and your CEO could appear among the 2016 selections.

Study finds notification devices for children left in vehicles ‘unreliable’

August 1, 2012

  • / Print
  • Reprints
  • Text Size:
    A A

Washington – Devices that notify parents if they forget a child in their parked motor vehicle are “inconsistent and unreliable” as standalone heatstroke preventions, according to a study (.pdf file) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Researchers evaluated a sampling of the devices and determined:

  • Notification signals were susceptible to interference from other electronic devices.
  • The devices may provide a false sense of security and prevent parents from reminding themselves independently.
  • The devices were deactivated by a child slumping or being seated out of position.
  • "Considerable” effort is required to set up and ensure the devices operate effectively.

Researchers recommended that the devices be supplemented by education and awareness campaigns targeted to all parents. According to a NHTSA press release, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle deaths for children younger than 14.

Post a comment to this article

Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy.