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Parents ordered to fit alarms to child seats
    2018-07-19  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

ITALY has demanded that children’s car seats be fitted with an alarm, so parents do not forget they have left their babies strapped inside hot cars, after a spate of infant deaths.

Danilo Toninelli, minister of transport, said that by making a minor change to legislation, and enforcing the use of technology, children’s lives could be spared.

In a blog, he explained, “A small change to Article 172 of the Highway Code can be fundamental to saving the lives of our children, to prevent a tragedy from a trivial distraction that marks forever a father, a mother, a family.

“Let’s talk about the cases of children forgotten by their parents [left in their] car.”

He said that what started out as a “small mistake” — leaving infants in hot vehicles — could needlessly cost young lives.

But, the minister added, parents could “avoid” such mistakes by “just using the existing technologies: for example, a sensor integrated into the seat and connected to the vehicle key or smartphone.”

Toninelli said that the protective legislative move, to be brought before the Council of Ministers, would be funded via a tax deduction.

“At the same time, my ministry is about to launch a campaign to raise awareness on the topic,” he added.

According to statistics published in the Italian Journal of Pediatrics, “every year a lot of children die from heat stroke and hyperthermia because they have been left unattended in closed automobiles.”

Between May 1, 2011 and Aug. 31, 2012, “we identified 16 cases of child hyperthermia due to abandonment in motor vehicles.”

In 12 out of those 16 cases (75 percent), “the children were left intentionally in the car; in three out of 16 (18 percent), unintentionally.”

Most of those who died were aged from 3 months to 3 years, including two 11-month-old twins, the report said.

The circumstances in which the children were left in hot vehicles included parents going “clubbing,” playing with slot machines, attending parties or going shopping.

More recently, in 2017, a 16-month-old girl near Arezzo in Tuscany was forgotten by her mother and left in a hot car in the sun for six hours. When the woman returned to her car, she found that her daughter had died of a heart attack.

Toninelli said in a Facebook post, “I’m a father who, like many, lives through complicated and stressful times that can cause distraction.” (SD-Agencies)

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