RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — A Connecticut man and his family are advocating for car safety measures to be passed in Congress on the seven-year anniversary of their son’s death after he was left in a hot car in 2014.
Former Ridgefield resident Kyle Seitz left his 15-month-old in a hot car all day, thinking he already dropped him off at daycare.
Seitz was sentenced to one year in jail after being convicted of criminally negligent homicide but did not serve any time after the sentence was suspended. He was given a two-year conditional discharge.
Since then, the Seitzes have joined the nonprofit KidsandCars.org to support legislation in D.C. It would require car manufacturers to include technology that would notify the driver that a child is still in the car.
The “Hot Cars Act” has made the rounds in Congress before. This year’s version has passed the House. Now it goes to the Senate for approval.
Lindsey Seitz, the mother of Benjamin Seitz, said in court, “I still remember his laugh, his smile, his blue eyes, and golden curls. The day before he died he said ‘mama’ for the first time.”
“I think manufacturers of cars ought to adopt these alert systems on their own but if they fail to do it automatically they’re ought to be a requirement for them,” said U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).
Last year, 25 children lost their lives in hot cars. This year, already seven children have died. It’s almost always because the parent or driver simply forgot.