ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque teen was honored Friday for her life-saving invention made to remind parents of their little one’s in the back seat.
Eldorado senior Alissa Chavez is hoping her invention will soon be on store shelves. The young inventor created a new gadget when she was in middle school called The Hot Seat alarm system. It is designed to prevent children dying in a hot car.
According to Chavez, parents place a sensor pad under the car seat, which is linked to their key chain through a mobile app. When they walk away, an alarm goes off.
”This year alone there’s been 17 deaths of children left in hot cars and it’s just a problem that just keeps growing,” Chavez said. “I want to put a stop to it because I don’t want to families have to lose their child just because of an accident and I think it’s something that really needs to be out there.”
Last month, Chavez started a campaign to help raise money to create more refined prototypes.