By Kathleen Perricone

Alissa Chavez, 17, wants to put an end to parents accidentally leaving their children in hot cars.

The Albuquerque teen has invented The Hot Seat, a safety device attached to a car seat that triggers an alarm if a caregiver is 40 feet away from the child.

We were so impressed by Alissa’s live-saving idea, she called in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Monday morning to tell us all more about it.

“My mom owns a home child care, so I’ve been around kids my whole life,” she explains. “And I heard the stories about children being left in hot cars so often, I thought there had to be a way to stop that from happening … it can happen. Parents get busy, they have a lot on their mind. If the baby is quiet or sleeping in the backseat, it makes it even more likely it could happen.”

The Hot Seat isn’t the only invention Alissa is working on … but she can’t tell us about any of that just yet.

For more on Alissa’s Hot Seat invention and how to donate so she can develop the prototype, check out her Indiegogo page here!