Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Peter King (R-NY) Celebrate Subcommittee Passage of HOT CARS Language

Jul 19, 2017

Washington, DC -- Today, legislative language from the HOT CARS Act was passed out of the Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee in the Energy and Commerce Committee as part of the committee draft of the Highly Automated Vehicle Testing and Deployment Act. After its passage, Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Peter King (R-NY), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) released the following statements:

“No child should endure the tragedy of dying while trapped in a hot vehicle. The unfortunate reality is that even good, loving and attentive parents can get distracted. Studies have shown that this can happen to anyone, anywhere. That is why I am proud to hear that the Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee of Energy and Commerce Committee has advanced the Highly Automated Vehicle Testing and Deployment Act of 2017, which included language from our HOT CARS Act. This legislation will help mobilize inexpensive, readily available rear seat technology to save children’s lives. Representatives Schakowsky, King and myself will continue to push this issue in any forum we can. Our kids are worth it,” said Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH).

“I am proud that we were able to include language from our HOT CARS bill in the legislation that advanced through my Subcommittee today,” said Ranking Member Schakowsky (D-IL). “Already, 22 children have died from heatstroke in vehicles this year. You get a warning when you leave the keys in the car. You should get a warning if you leave a child in the car. It’s time for action, and the language in this draft would be a great step forward. Children are dying preventable deaths – we cannot afford to wait.”

“I am proud to work with Reps Ryan and Schakowsky on this important legislation. Today’s efforts are an important step. The belief is that it can’t happen to you, always someone else. Unfortunately it happens over and over again, even to the most conscientious parents. Technology is available and it can be placed in new vehicles to protect innocent children. It’s really that simple,” said Congressman Peter King (R-NY).