As is the case with everything these days, there’s an app for that. In this case, parents who have children that ride in car seats can monitor their every move with the help from iAlert. This new app, designed to work with TOMY’s First Years Convertible Car Seat, will alert parents if the car seat has been installed incorrectly, if the child unbuckles on its own, or if they’re left in the car accidentally.
This car seat is the first of its kind in the sense that it works with an app for your smartphone. iAlert is built directly into the car seat itself and is fitted to handle children from five to 65 pounds. The First Years Convertible Car Seat hails from the same line of car seats by TOMY that have been recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with a five star safety rating. On top of the perfect safety score from the NHTSA, iAlert warns parents via their smart phone when their child becomes unbuckled while the vehicle is in motion, is left in the vehicle after the vehicle has been turned off, is too cold or hot from the surrounding temperature, or if a child is riding in a rear facing position that hasn’t been installed properly.
Every year, thousands of children perish in automobile accidents because they weren’t properly strapped into their car seat. Incorrectly installing the car seat itself can lead to fatalities as well in the event of an accident. Besides that, heatstroke is a leading cause of death for children in a non-crash vehicle accident. In 2011, 33 fatalities relating to heatstroke or similar causes occurred with children after they were unintentionally left in the car.
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