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September 8, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Sept. 8, 2013

Can we please figure this out with car seats?

I am a grandmother with a 2 and 1/2 year old grandson. There isn’t anything I would not do for him.

So, this letter is dedicated to Charlie, for his future. We have to figure out something with these car seats. There has to be someone out there smart enough to figure this out.

I have ideas, but I do not know how to implement them. A car seat that senses when the car heats up to 100 degrees? Or it senses a weight greater than the car seat itself along with the heat temp, then the sensor goes off? When this sensor goes off, an alarm is sent to your cell phone, your home phone, your computer, your work phone, or all of them. That would also remind you that hey, my animal is in the car, my child is in the car.

Maybe this sensor could even release the belts on the car seat, or open the car door. This car seat may cost a little more, but what is the price you put on a child? Or, it could even be a device to attach to the car seat.

I do not know what the answer is, but there has to be something that can be done about this. Someone, somewhere can figure this out.

When I heard about the death of the 2-and-a-1/2-year-old boy, I cried. I cannot get this out of my mind. This is a horrible tragedy that should not have happened. We do not want this to happen to anyone again.

I do not know this family, but I have not stopped thinking about them. Come on, you geniuses out there, run with this idea and make it work. There has to be a way to make this happen.

— Polly Bigney

Terre Haute

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