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Old 03-01-2017, 06:59 PM
 
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And so it starts early, the season of dying infants/kids left in cars....

Boy dies after being left in SUV outside Florida day care - ABC News

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Authorities say a 2-year-old boy died after his half-sister left him inside her sports utility vehicle while she worked in a day care center near Tampa.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon said in a news release that 21-year-old Fiorella Vanessa Silva-Tello left Jacob Manchego in her silver Chevy Equinox about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday when she went to work at the BFF Kidz day care center in Brandon. She found him unresponsive about 2:30 p.m.
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Old 03-01-2017, 08:22 PM
 
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First thought...WTF? This person in charge of kids, at best, is leaving a 2 y/o in a car, strapped in for 5 hours? WTF???

Second...I do wonder if how they make cars now makes it more likely for kids to die in them. Now they are so sealed in from air...its awesome. But when I was a kid, wind would blow right through. Just a thought.
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Old 03-01-2017, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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First thought...WTF? This person in charge of kids, at best, is leaving a 2 y/o in a car, strapped in for 5 hours? WTF???

Second...I do wonder if how they make cars now makes it more likely for kids to die in them. Now they are so sealed in from air...its awesome. But when I was a kid, wind would blow right through. Just a thought.
I think it is. Before everything on a car was electronically controlled like the windows, parents would leave their kids in the car with the windows cracked. My parents did that with me but not when I was a toddler. I think I was around five or six. Today it seems they're leaving really little kids in their cars.
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Old 03-02-2017, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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I think it is. Before everything on a car was electronically controlled like the windows, parents would leave their kids in the car with the windows cracked. My parents did that with me but not when I was a toddler. I think I was around five or six. Today it seems they're leaving really little kids in their cars.
I agree.

That said, many of todays cars have keyless ignition. In other words, one can leave the car (and AC) running while locked and away from the vehicle. There have been added safety features over the years, this being one of them. It's just (for whatever reason) not across the board yet.
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Old 03-02-2017, 02:08 PM
 
Location: southern kansas
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I agree.

That said, many of todays cars have keyless ignition. In other words, one can leave the car (and AC) running while locked and away from the vehicle. There have been added safety features over the years, this being one of them. It's just (for whatever reason) not across the board yet.
In the past it's been the manufacturers habit of offering/including new convenience or safety technology only on higher-end luxury type vehicles. If a system to prevent child hot-car deaths is ever developed, it will likely take years to be found on all vehicles, unless mandated by the government (which may take years anyway). Relatively speaking, airbags were put into every vehicle in a comparatively short time after they were invented, and is a rather rare exception.
But I think we sometimes expect too much from industry/government in saving us from ourselves.
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Old 03-02-2017, 03:43 PM
 
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I heard they were developing alarms on car seats, where parents are alerted they have left their kids strapped in the car seat.


I believe this is something similar: https://www.babyalert.info/
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Old 03-02-2017, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Concord NC
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A couple of years ago I read an article addressing this sort of thing. It actually suggested that the driver "leave something important -like your cell phone" in the back seat so they would remember to look in the back and see Junior. There's a big difference between having a child and being a parent.
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Old 03-02-2017, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Western U.S.
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And so it starts early, the season of dying infants/kids left in cars....

Boy dies after being left in SUV outside Florida day care - ABC News
This sort of deal makes the news several times every Spring/summer. We've all heard these incidents many times in our lives.

So I cannot help but wonder as to what the reason would be for posting it?
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Old 03-02-2017, 05:24 PM
 
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wow I was not expecting someone to die of being left in a hot car when its winter time.RIP
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Old 03-02-2017, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Type 0.7 Kardashev
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This sort of deal makes the news several times every Spring/summer. We've all heard these incidents many times in our lives.

So I cannot help but wonder as to what the reason would be for posting it?
I think there's definitely an element of I'M BETTER THAN THAT! sanctimony in which people secretly revel in these stories. I consider them tragedies. I cannot count the number of times as a father that I suddenly thought "OMG, where's ____?" when at the park, or just watching the kids at home, when my attention wandered briefly. I shudder at the possibilities. And sometimes I wonder if the difference between myself and the parents in these cases is just dumb luck piled upon dumb luck for many of them. Inattention, yes. But who among us as parents have not been inattentive at times?

I cannot take satisfaction and feel superior to them.

I just pity the children. And I pity the parents, who will suffer for the rest of their - probably long - lives as a result.
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