- A new smartphone-synced child car seat warns parents of high in-car temperatures, a wayward child, improper installation and other potentially life-threatening situations.
- Tomy's The First Years True Fit IAlert Convertible Car Seat sends parents an alert when a child moves out of the car seat while the vehicle is in motion or when the child is left in a parked car.
- The seat debuted on Thursday as the nation is engulfed in a deadly heat wave and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a social media campaign to bring attention to National Heatstroke Prevention Day July 31.
OAK BROOK, Illinois — Tomy's The First Years brand has released a new car seat that warns parents of high in-car temperatures, a wayward child, improper installation and other potentially life-threatening situations through an alert sent to their smartphone.
Through patented technology, the True Fit IAlert Convertible Car Seat assists parents with the recommended angle orientation when installing in the rear-facing position. In addition, it alerts parents to an unattended child when the car is parked and if the child moves out of position while the vehicle is in motion. It constantly displays the ambient temperature in the backseat of the car. It also sends a reminder to buckle up the child.
The car seat is at the high end of the market. It retails for $350 and is available exclusively on Amazon.com.
The seat debuts at an opportune time as the nation is engulfed in a deadly heat wave.
Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a social media campaign to bring attention to National Heatstroke Prevention Day July 31, as well as its "Where's baby? Look before you lock" campaign.
Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle fatalities for kids 14 and younger, with 33 fatalities in 2012 and many other illnesses occurring after children were unintentionally left in cars, according to KidsAndCars.org and NHTSA.
Tomy says the new seat takes "some of the guesswork out of using infant gear properly."
The car-seat app is compatible with iPhone and Android devices.
Once installed and synced, the app provides an audio and a visual alert on the user's smartphone when a monitored issue occurs, so that parents or caregivers can pull over to check the situation. The system can also be configured to send a text message to other caregivers in the event of an unsafe situation.
The seat is designed for children 5-65 pounds.
Edmunds says: While the technology can help to keep a child safe and sound, let's hope the parent pulls over before checking any alerts.