A boy from Texas has invented a device which he hopes will save the lives of babies and young children if they become locked in a hot car.

39 toddlers died in 2016 as a result of being left inside sweltering cars after being forgotten about by their parents.

Bishop got to meet the family whose baby inspired his invention. Photo / 7 News
Bishop got to meet the family whose baby inspired his invention. Photo / 7 News

It was the highest number of deaths in three years with the state of Texas having the highest number in the nation with nine cases.

10-year-old Bishop Curry V says he decided to create a device he calls 'Oasis' after a baby died in a hot minivan last summer near his home in McKinney, Texas.

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The fifth grader decided to do something about the problem when a baby died in a car near his home.
The fifth grader decided to do something about the problem when a baby died in a car near his home.

The tragedy hit close to home because Bishop has a one-year-old sister.

'Sometimes babies fall asleep and they're really quiet, so if you're rushing home from work or you're rushing to the grocery store, I could see how somebody could forget,' said Bishop's dad, also called Bishop, to NBC News.

The device is called the Oasis and blows cold air if a child is left in its car seat by accident.
The device is called the Oasis and blows cold air if a child is left in its car seat by accident.

Bishop's device would see it attach to a car seat and it would detect if a child were left inside vehicle blowing cool air until parents and authorities are notified.

'It would be a dream to have lots of inventions that would save many lives,' the youngster said.

The fifth grader has a patent pending on his idea and his dad, who works as an engineer for Toyota, has even alerted company bosses of the invention.

The family have set up a GoFundMe page to help further Bishop's invention.

- Daily Mail