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Walmart and Evenflo partner to prevent hot car child deaths

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Most cars sound an alarm to remind you not to leave your keys in the car.

Now, there's a new car seat to remind you not to forget your child.

"Oh my goodness, how do you leave your child in a car?" said Julie Kowalewski

Kowalewski has three children and she says it's hard to imagine a parent leaving their child behind.

But moms like Amanda Levigne are aware of the harsh reality.

"Well, people work. They're busy, they're running, zip-zapping, they've got a cell phone call," Levigne said. "It can happen. Obviously it has happened. There have been kids who have passed away."

Research shows about 38 children die in cars each year from being left in hot cars. In half of those cases kids are forgotten in the back seat by a family member or care giver.

Now, Walmart has partnered with Evenflo to create this new car seat aimed at reducing those numbers.

The Evenflo advanced embrace car seat with SensorSafe technology has a wireless receiver that connects to a car's diagnostic port.

It syncs with the clip that secures the baby in the car seat, when a driver gets out of the car and the clip is locked, an alarm goes off to make sure the child isn't left behind.

"I guess the alarm isn't a bad idea for some parents. But for me, you always know you have a child in tow," Kowalewski said.

For the next year, the seat will only be available on Walmart.com, for about $150.

While most parents can't imagine ever needing such a device, others say it couldn't hurt to have it, just in case.

"If it saves one kid, it's worth it," Levigne said.

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