West Linn sophomore invents way to prevent child deaths in too-hot cars
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A 14-year-old sophomore at West Linn High School says she's invented a surefire way to prevent leaving an infant behind in a hot car.
Jessica Yu developed the Safe With Me Now key fob and sensor that will tell a parent or care-giver leaves a child strapped in a car seat.
"This is actually a prominent threat, especially in today's world where people are always multitasking on their phones," Yu said.
Yu said the device detects if a child is alone in a car. If a parent or care-giver walks away, an alarm on the fob sounds. If the parents go completely out of range, a second alarm on the back of the car sounds to alert bystanders.
The device uses a motion and pressure detector in the car seat that senses when a child is in all corners of the car or sitting in the car seat and sleeping. It uses Bluetooth technology.
"You walk away and once you get a certain distance away the alarm sounds," Yu said. "And when you come back closer to the car the alarm stops."
Yu began marketing the device earlier this year and is manufacturing the device at home. It can be pre-ordered for $149 on the Safe With Me Now website. Yu said she is planning on contacting a local tech company to make connections and see if she can manufacture the device elsewhere on a mass scale.