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Boy invents device to save children locked in hot cars

A 10-year-old boy from Texas has invented a device to save babies and children from dying in hot cars.

Bishop Curry, from the Dallas area, told reporters he got the idea after a baby named Fern died in his neighborhood after being locked in a hot car.

The device is called the Oasis. Read more about how it works:

... Curry said he would spend his summer holidays developing his device — a small box with air ducts that blow cool air when it becomes too hot inside a car and an antenna that alerts parents and emergency services.

Sadly, children left in parked cars die every year. Even on cool days, temperatures can rapidly spike. In 2017, media reports have detailed the deaths of Texas toddler sisters left alone by their mother and a 5-year-old Arkansas boy who had been left in a day-care van. 

Oklahoma is one of just 19 states that has made it illegal to leave a child unattended in a car, according to the safety advocacy group KidsandCars.org. 

This month, three lawmakers in Congress proposed the Hot Cars Act, which would, which would "would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue a final rule requiring cars to be equipped with a system to alert the drive if a passenger remains in the back seat when a car is turned off," according to a June 7 news release from U.S. Tim Ryan of Ohio.

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