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Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Auto Industry’s “Voluntary” Commitment to Prevent Child Hot Car Deaths

September 4, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) issued the following statement regarding the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers’ announcement of a “voluntary” commitment to add rear seat reminder systems to new vehicles by Model Year 2025 to keep children from dying in hot cars. In 2018, 54 children died in hot cars. This year, the number is 39 kids and counting.  Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Peter King (R-NY) introduced the HOT CARS Act (H.R. 3593) to mandate all new vehicles be equipped with occupant detection systems that alert drivers of an infant or child in the back seat.

“I appreciate the Auto Alliance and Global Automakers for getting up to speed on the value of rear seat technology, but this cannot be a ‘voluntary’ commitment. It should be mandated. Cars need this life-saving technology now, not later. The lives of our children are too important to slow roll the use of available technology through 2025. Just yesterday, a three-year-old girl in Gilbert, Arizona died in a hot car–the 39th child to die this year. Now more than ever, the American people refuse to accept delays and inaction when it comes to saving their children’s lives. With this new commitment, I look forward to receiving the Auto Alliance and Global Automakers’ endorsement of the common-sense, bipartisan HOT CARS Act,” said Congressman Ryan.