Boy creates rubber band baby saver for University of Akron contest

1:50 PM, Jul 11, 2013   |    comments
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A report released this week shows 19 children in the U.S. have died so far this year as a result of being left in a hot car.

But an 11-year-old boy from Nashville came up with an invention for a recent nationwide contest created by the University of Akron that could prevent those types of deaths from happening.

His device could be far-reaching -- and is already gaining nationwide recognition.

Andrew Pelham's "E-Z Baby Saver" is the result of a challenge by UA that required kids to invent something made primarily out of rubber bands.

After about a week of brainstorming, his invention was an idea that stuck with him -- especially since he remembered the story of a 10-month old baby near his hometown who perished in a hot car last summer.

Andrew is the oldest of four children, two still in car seats.

The "E-Z Baby Saver" is something his family regularly uses to keep the same thing from happening to them.

One end of the rubber-band device hooks on the back of the driver's seat. The other end attaches to the driver's side door. It prevents an adult from exiting their vehicle without being forced to check the back seat.

For the creation, Andrew won a prize as a runner-up in the nationwide contest.

"I just hope people can use my design in the real world, soon, because I just want to save one life, and then I can say my idea was successful," Andrew adds.


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