Safety BIB - The Simple Fix for Hot Car Child Deaths
Safety B.I.B. is a cost-effective and simple "baby in backseat" reminder system to prevent children from being left in hot cars.
On average, 38 children die every year in the US when parents accidentally forget them in hot cars. This statistic sounds impossible, but it's is true and means that it happens every 10 days. Although it is easy to blame bad-parenting and dismiss the stories, high-stress levels and changes in daily routine are often a big part of the problem. Even a few minutes in a hot car can cause heatstroke, and the problem can obviously be prevented.
The Safety B.I.B. is a two-sided reminder system that engages both the driver and the public to prevent the death of children unintentionally left in hot cars. This patent-pending design was created by two young NJ parents, Eric and Kate Solan, after being exposed to horrific headlines across the nation in Summer of 2014. We both searched through the sea of expensive and complicated electronic solutions and sensors looking for an ideal preventative measure. The problem is since they are expensive and complicated, they will never catch on in a widespread fashion. Finally, we considered these shortcomings and invented the Safety B.I.B.
After several months of prototyping, we have created the first official prototypes out of 30mil plastic that is durable and waterproof with a custom die cutout for hanging on a rear-view mirror. We are very excited about how conventional this product is: there are no batteries or setup required. As long as parents make the system part of their routine, it will provide certain comfort that whenever the product is visible, a child is present.
How It Works
(Parents can alternately place the product on their lap or temporarily hang it from the key in the ignition if state laws prohibit any obstruction of view.)
Once the driver arrives at the destination, the Safety BIB is taken down and placed back in the carseat for the next ride.
Although we will start with individual sales locally and on Amazon.com, the ultimate goal is for Safety B.I.B. to become a standard product handed out to new parents by daycares and hospitals, and most importantly for car-seat manufacturers to include one in every box.
How You Can Help
We believe strongly enough that we have already invested thousands of dollars of our own money in the design and creation of the prototype and for the “patent-pending” status. Our prototypes were donated to local schools. Now we are attempting to raise enough money for the official patent and initial manufacturing on Kickstarter.
Kickstarter campaigns are “all-or-nothing” which means if the Safety B.I.B. project doesn’t reach it’s goal at the end of 30 days then this product might take years to reach the public. We ask that anyone concerned about the fact that an average of 38 children die each year after being left in hot cars please considering as little as $3 to help our vision become a reality, and eventually save a life.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge for Safety BIB is that although 38 children per year die in the US after being accidentally left in hot cars, this product is new and the public are unaware of its existence. Our main goal is to raise enough awareness that the Safety BIB is handed out automatically with paperwork for parents in places like Hospitals and Daycares. The ultimate goal is for carseat manufacturers to understand the potential for Safety BIB to save lives and include a pair in the box of every carseat purchased.
One potential drawback to hanging the Safety BIB from your rear-view mirror is that although the hanging area is minimal, some state laws prohibit any obstructions to view. We recommend that all users check with state laws before hanging from their rear-view mirror. The good news is there's alternative ways to use the Safety BIB if such laws exist in your state. You can also use the hanger cut-out to hang the tag from the key in your ignition that way you are forced to handle it upon turning your car off, or simply place the Safety BIB in your lap while driving with a child.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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