According to the KidsandCars.org project, a child’s body overheats three to five times faster than an adult’s. In the United States, 39 children die every year due to overheating in a car. This is not a common problem in Europe, but cases have been reported in Ireland, France and Belgium. For animals, being left in the car also faces death due to overheating – when the interior turns into an “oven”, a dog can die in just six minutes.
To highlight the importance of the problem, Ford commissioned an ice sculptor to create a sculpture of a child and a dog from frozen water. The dummies were placed in a Ford Focus station wagon at the Weather Factory Ford Motor Test Center in Cologne, Germany. The air temperature was raised to + 35 ° C. In just 19 minutes, the temperature inside the car rose to +50 ° C, the sculptures melted quickly.
Typically, the Weather Factory is used to simulate different climatic conditions when developing new cars. But this time the experiment showed what happens in the salon of a car left on the street. Shortwave radiation enters through windows, bounces off the seats and dashboard and heats up the vehicle.
“The death of a child has no equal effect on family, friends and society in general – and in this case, it can be easily avoided. The temperature in children rises three to five times faster than in adults. The demonstration of how quickly a block of ice can turn into a trickle of water really shows the risks that drivers are exposed to when leaving a child in the car, ”- Ford press service quoted a family doctor in London, Dr. Arianna Lopez Vieira.
Some Ford models have a visual and audible reminder to check the rear seats before leaving the car. In addition to alerting to the presence of a child or animal, the system can also remind drivers if they have placed a valuable item in the back, such as a laptop or bag, which could be at risk of theft if left behind.