During every summer heat wave, newscasts are always flooded with stories of pets and babies being left in cars. There is almost always at least one story about a young child dying of heat exposure after being left in a car on a hot day.
Ander Pelham heard a similar story last year when he was just 11 years old about a woman accidentally leaving her 10-month-old baby in the car, which caused the child's death.
“When I did some research, I learned that a child can be killed in less than 15 minutes in a hot car,” the Nashville-based middle-schooler said. “Pediatrics reported that 38 children are killed this way every year. I also remembered a local family who lost their baby who was asleep in the back seat last year. I couldn’t get that story out of my mind.”
Pelham wanted to ensure that other parents don't make this mistake, so he invented the EZ Baby Saver. Using rubber bands and duct tape, the contraption hooks the driver's door to the seat back, which forces the driver to stay in the car unless it is unhooked. This forces users to check the back seat before leaving the vehicle.
The EZ Baby Saver won second place at The Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors. The contraption is easy for anyone to make; Pelham has even posted instructions to his website. “If I could prevent just one tragedy, then my invention would be a success.”
See how the EZ Baby Saver works in the video below.