Heartbroken Dad Speaks Out About Leaving 21-Month-Old Son In Hot Car: 'I Killed My Son’

Twenty-nine children have died in hot cars this year.

By Jaime Lutz

The parents of a young boy who died in a hot car are urging Congress to enact a new law requiring cars to be equipped with sensors that would alert parents if a child is in the backseat of a turned off car, CBS News reports.

Miles Harrison forgot to drop off his 21-month-old boy at daycare in 2008, leaving him accidentally in the backseat of his car while he was at work. In the 90-degree day, his boy, Chase, died.

"I have not forgiven myself," Harrison said. "And it's heartbreaking because I did it, I killed my son."

Harrison and his wife, Carol, previously told their story in one of the most famously gut-wrenching stories ever published by The Washington Post (read it, if you haven’t—it’s a stunning piece of journalism). 

Now, they are urging senators to support legislation recently introduced by Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, which requires carmakers to put sensor technology in the backseat of new cars. A similar measure was recently introduced in the House with bipartisan support.

"We need to stop families having to deal with what I've done to our family. This law can do that," Miles said through tears.

Twenty-nine children have died from heatstroke after being left in a car this year, according to advocacy group KidsAndCars.org.

[Image: CBS]

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