Rear Seat Reminder system
There is no doubt crossover SUVs from automakers like Chevrolet and GMC have changed the way people live their lives. The increase in capability and convenience over a sedan is something that can only be properly appreciated by a test drive. With more and more people becoming owners of crossover SUVs, the problem of unintentionally leaving items in the backseat has really become and issue that needed to be addressed. If it’s a laptop or maybe a lunch, the problem is more of an annoyance. But the risk of leaving a child in a vehicle has real consequences. General Motors has developed the rear seat reminder system to help combat these problems. The first vehicle to showcase the new system is the 2017 GMC Acadia.
“Acadia drivers live busy lives with demanding schedules, and the Rear Seat Reminder helps protect the things we care about most,” Tricia Morrow, GM global safety strategy engineer said in press release. “Whether it’s your lunch, laptop, pet or most importantly, your child, it’s easier than it seems to forget what’s in the back seat when moving between life’s events. With this new feature, we are leading the charge to address this ongoing problem.”
How does the rear seat reminder system work?
Simplicity was the key to developing the rear seat reminder. Unlike seat belt reminder which use a weight sensor for alerts, the reminder system uses a simple timer and monitors when the rear doors of a vehicle are opened. The new safety feature activates itself when either of the rear doors are opened and closed within 10 minutes prior to the vehicle starting or if the same doors are opened if the engine is already running. Properly equipped vehicles will sound a series of chimes and display a message in the center gauge cluster.
Which vehicles offer the rear seat reminder system?
[wrc_column grid=”3″ width=”1″ type=”start”]2017 Suburban
If you would like to learn more about this innovative new safety feature, contact a Don Wheaton sales professional today.