GM’s unit has introduced in the redesigned Acadia a special alert, so that drivers do not forget their children or other personal items on the back seats.
Even if it sounds stupid and unconceivable, there are drivers out there that simply exit their cars, forgetting about their children, not to mention leaving all sorts of things on the rear seats. Each year in the US, about half of the children under age 14 who die of in-vehicle heatstroke do so as a result of being forgotten. As the temperature inside a car can swiftly jump in matter of minutes, it can hit in no time to 110 degrees Fahrenheit and a child can die when his or her body temperature reaches 107 degrees. Also, miscellaneous left in the back seat are a target for theft. Nearly 23 percent of robbery in 2014 was from a motor vehicle, according to the FBI.
The 2017 GMC Acadia aims to address these concerning patterns through the Rear Seat Reminder, a new feature designed to warn drivers to check the back seat as they exit their vehicle under certain circumstances.
The reminder works by monitoring the Acadia’s rear doors. The feature is intended to activate when either rear door is opened and closed within 10 minutes before the car is started, or if they are opened and closed while the vehicle is running. Under these circumstances, the next time the engine is turned off after a door activation, the Acadia is designed to sound five audible chimes and display a message in the driver information center that reads, “Rear Seat Reminder / Look in Rear Seat.”
“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,” Tricia Morrow, GM global safety strategy engineer, said in in a statement. “Technology alone cannot solve the issue of heatstroke when it comes to young children, but this new Acadia reminder can help,” Kate Carr, CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, added.