Tim Ryan

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Tim Ryan

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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

H.R. 3593: Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats (HOT CARS) Act of 2019

Cosponsors: Cooper, Garcia (Sylvia), Harder, Kelly (Robin),
King (Peter), Levin, Lowey, Meng, Ryan, Schakowsky

Dear Colleague:

In 2018, at least 52 children were killed in hot cars, the highest number on record.  On average, 38 children die each year from heat-related deaths after being left or becoming trapped in a vehicle.  The temperature inside a car can reach 125 degrees in
a matter of minutes—even with the windows cracked—and a child’s body overheats 3-5 times faster than that of an adult.  In combination, these factors create a deadly situation that could easily be avoided with a simple fix.

While several alert systems have already become standard in most vehicles—backup cameras, blind spot detection, and keyless ignition warnings—there is no requirement that vehicles alert drivers of a child left in the back seat.  This is inexcusable.  Our
legislation would require the Secretary of Transportation to issue a rule requiring all new passenger motor vehicles to be equipped with a child safety alert system.  This alert system would detect the presence of a child who is unable to exit a vehicle or
has entered an unattended vehicle independently and engage a warning.

Some vehicle manufacturers already deploy child safety technology.  While GM and Nissan have rear-seat reminder systems that monitor whether doors have been opened and closed, Hyundai has a two-step system that uses motion sensors to detect a rear-seat occupant.
 These rear-seat monitoring systems differ by car make and model and are not yet standard in all new vehicles.

No child should be at risk of dying in a hot car.  With this common-sense legislation, we can end these preventable tragedies and save young lives. If you have questions or would like to become a cosponsor, please contact Samantha Fay in Congressman Ryan’s
office at



Tim Ryan                                Peter King                               Jan Schakowsky
Member of Congress             Member of Congress              Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Consumer Affairs, HealthCare, Transportation

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 3593
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