Wicker: Automakers voluntarily agree to implement changes to prevent hot car deaths

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker said most automakers have voluntarily agreed to take steps with new vehicles to prevent child deaths in hot cars.

Posted: Sep 4, 2019 10:55 PM
Updated: Sep 4, 2019 10:55 PM

Speech to Text for Wicker: Automakers voluntarily agree to implement changes to prevent hot car deaths

Below is the closed-captioning text associated with this video. Since this uses automated speech to text spelling and grammar may not be accurate.

one u-s senator with ties to mississippi introduced legislation to push automakers into offering a new feature that would help prevent hot car deaths. now, most of them have agreed to take the steps necessary to make this a reality. wtva's evan hensley joins us live in booneville what changes you might see soon in your new car. one of the more recent hot car deaths we have seen happen was right here in booneville... this feature would help drivers remember that someone might still be in the back seat... a new safety feature vehicles is on the way... senator roger wicker - (r) united states senator "most of them are going to be out with this new safety warning in a couple of years. and that is much quicker then we could have possibly done had we gone through the legislative process." stand up and this new feature would sound an alarm that would tell you turn around... to make sure their is nobody behind you and that everybody is safely out of the car. the alarms are expected to be similar to car theft alarms... "it is going to be something very audible, something that is going to get your attention. as i've talked to the drivers of these cars that already have this it's a startling alarm." many people believe that this is a great idea for a rising problem... "i believe that's a good idea. if you can go anywhere and just walk anywhere and leave your kids in the vehicle. you are in the wrong mindset. you need to wake up, you are an adult, you are a parent they were somebody who relies on you." "your child should be your top priority, if you forget your child in your back seat, you are not doing your job as a parent." the estimated year for this to become a standard is by model year 2025... but features could be on the way even sooner... reporting live in booneville eh wtva 9 news we
Tupelo
Clear
76° wxIcon
Hi: 98° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 76°
Columbus
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 98° Lo: 73°
Feels Like: 73°
Oxford
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 97° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 72°
Starkville
68° wxIcon
Hi: 97° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 68°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather