Grade 12 student devises alarm to save kids left in cars

Alissa Chavez (courtesy Alissa Chavez)

Alissa Chavez (courtesy Alissa Chavez)


Every year, dozens of small children are forgotten in cars. Sometimes a parent remembers and rushes back to the car - but sometimes they don't get there in time to prevent the child suffering harm.
Seventeen-year-old Alissa Chavez has designed a car-seat alarm system to alert parents when they've left a child in the car. The system sounds an alarm on the car, on a key fob and on an app when the parent is 10 metres away from the car but there is still a child inside. 
"I just thought it was a terrible tragedy that there could be a stop to," Alissa told As It Happens guest host Helen Mann.  

She's been working on this idea since she was in grade eight. "It started as a science fair project," Alissa said. 

Alissa has almost met her goal on Indiegogo, the online crowd-funding website. She says she's going to use the funds to build a prototype and hopefully start manufacturing the device soon. 

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