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Pallone and Schakowsky on Automakers’ Hot Cars Announcement

Sep 4, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Consumer Protection and Commerce Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) released the following statement today after the Auto Alliance and Global Automakers announced a voluntary commitment to add rear seat reminder systems to new vehicles by Model Year 2025 or sooner in order to help prevent children from dying in hot cars:

“We appreciate that the automotive industry is finally recognizing what we have been saying for years: auto manufacturers can and should be doing everything they can to help parents prevent the hundreds of infant deaths caused by hot cars.  While this is a big step in the right direction, the past has shown that voluntary commitments don’t necessarily result in meaningful action.  Congress must be vigilant and continue to pursue legislation that requires these companies to take the necessary steps to protect children and holds the companies accountable.”