Albuquerque teen invents device to stop kids from being left in hot cars

The "Hot Seat" system works by inserting a pad into the car seat. (photo courtesy KOB-TV)
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A teenager was tired of hearing about all the tragic cases of children being left in hot cars, so she decided to do something about it.

Alissa Chavez invented a device that alerts parents if they've left their child's car seat in a hot car. The "hot seat" pad goes inside the car seat. When it gets hot, it sets off alarms connected to the car, key chain and a smartphone app.

"Loud enough to grab people's attention around the vehicle, as well as remind the parent on their key fob or cell phone," Chavez explained.

The Albuquerque teen already has a company interested in manufacturing the "hot seat." She's now raising money for the prototype. To donate to her campaign. visit her Indiegogo fundraiser site.