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11-Year-Old American Boy Invents Baby Car Alarm

The 'E-Z Baby Saver' will prevent parents from forgetting their kids in the car

By: Daniel Koren
Published: July 25th, 2013 in Business » World
The E-Z Baby Saver

Over the last few weeks in Israel, there have been three separate incidents where parents have accidentally left their children in hot cars, one of the times for over five hours.

Tragically, on all occasions, the babies died, leaving politicians, scientists and officials in Israel scrambling to find a preventative measure that would ensure such tragedies do not occur in the future.

However, as the Knesset continues to run meetings on how to stop this from happening, one 11-year-old American boy has already figured out a way.


(11-year-old inventor Andrew Pelham)

Andrew Pelham, a grade five student that resides with his family in Brentwood, Tennessee, entered University of Akron's 2013 Rubber Band Contest that asked young inventors grades 5 through 8 to create something practical using, primarily, rubber bands.

Pelham went on to create a device he calls the E-Z Baby Saver, which prevents parents from leaving their children inside hot cars. He received the $500 runner-up award.

The E-Z Baby Saver is a bright, neon-lit device that attaches to the back of your driver seat on one end, and on the handle of the baby seat on the other. Once the baby is securely fastened in the carseat, and once all doors are closed, the driver then must stretch the device across his door and hook it on the handle.

This way, it is pretty much impossible to exit the car without seeing a bright colorful object that reminds you, 'oh yeah, my baby's in the back seat.'

Approximately 38 children die every year from heat-related deaths after being trapped in hot vehicles, according to U.S. based nonprofit, KidsandCars.org.

“In well over 50 percent of these cases, the person responsible for the child’s death unknowingly left them in the vehicle,” the organization wrote in an official statement. “It happens to the most loving, protective parents.... It can happen to anyone.”

The 11-year-old Pelham wrote on his own website that a local family had lost their baby in such an incident a year ago, and that he "couldn't get that story out of my mind."

“You can make your own EZ Baby Saver with rubber bands and duct tape!” he wrote. “It’s a cheap, simple reminder that could save the life of a child.... Using it properly is up to you!”

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