Thirty-nine children died of heat stroke in hot car incidents last year, and the number continues to rise across the country. Due to these tragedies, an African American 5th grade boy from Mckinney, Texas took it upon himself to create a device that could help prevent children from dying in hot cars.
Bishop Curry V was inspired to create this new device “Oasis” by a recent death of a child in a hot minivan outside last summer.
The incident happened close to the Curry family home in Melissa, Texas and hit home to their family, especially because they have a one year-old daughter of their own. “Oasis” is something that every parent can use, especially in the south where the heat reaches very high and unsafe temperatures.
“Sometimes babies fall asleep and they’re really quiet, so if you’re rushing home from work or you’re rushing to the grocery store, I could see how somebody could forget,” – Curry IV, who is an engineer for Toyota in Plano
The protege son, Curry V, is still working on the design for his innovative device. “Oasis” will attach to a car seat and detect if a child is left inside the vehicle. If it detects that a child is in fact left in the vehicle, cool air will blow until parents and authorities are notified.
“It would be a dream to have lots of inventions that would save many lives” – Curry V
The fifth grader has a provisional patent on the “Oasis” and Toyota is taking notice of the invention. The Curry’s also traveled to Michigan to introduce the idea at an auto safety conference, which you can watch above.
Go Curry family!