By Keith Laing - 07/14/14 04:16 PM EDT
Safety advocates are petitioning the White House to help prevent the deaths of children who are left in cars during hot summer weather conditions.
The petition, which was filed on the White House website, calls for the Department of Transportation to "require installation of technology in all vehicles and/or child safety seats to prevent children from being left alone left alone in vehicles."
"In the last 20 years more than 670 children have died in hot vehicles," the petition states. "As of July 15 this year 17 children had already died," reports kidsandcars.org. "These unthinkable tragedies can be prevented."
The petition has been signed by 414 people. The White House requires 100,000 signatures before it responds to online petitions.