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GMC’S REAR SEAT REMINDER CAN HELP REMIND PARENTS TO CHECK THE BACK SEAT

Learn how GMC’s Rear Seat Reminder feature can help parents remember to double check the rear seat before leaving the vehicle.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, heatstroke was the leading cause of non-crash vehicle-related fatalities for children age 14 and younger.

That tragic fact wasn’t lost on the vehicle development teams at GMC. Under certain conditions, the new Rear Seat Reminder feature, which is standard on most 2018 GMC models – including the Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Canyon, and Sierra – can help remind parents to check the back seat before leaving the vehicle.

“Rear Seat Reminder is a simple feature designed to do exactly what its name suggests,” says John Capp, director of General Motors’ Global Vehicle Safety Group. “While it does not detect the presence of rear-seat passengers or child seats, under certain conditions it can provide a simple, extra reminder to drivers to take another look inside their vehicle.”

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The Rear Seat Reminder does not actually detect objects in the rear seat.  It works by monitoring the vehicle’s rear doors. If either rear door is opened and closed within ten minutes before the vehicle is started, or if they are opened and closed while the vehicle is running, the feature is intended to activate.

Once the vehicle is switched off, the vehicle is designed to sound five audible chimes and display a visual message within the instrument cluster’s Driver Information Center, which can help remind the driver to take a look at the rear seat before departing.

The feature is active only once each time the vehicle is turned on and off, and would require re-activation on a second trip. Additionally, under some circumstances, the system may activate even though nothing is in the rear seat. For example, if a child were dropped off at school without the vehicle being turned off, the Rear Seat Reminder would still be activated.

It is very important that the driver always checks the rear seat before exiting the vehicle.

“Many members of our development and engineering teams are also parents,” Capp says. “Our experiences, along with feedback from customers with children of their own, pushed us to think of ways we could make new GMC trucks, crossovers, and SUVs even more family-focused."

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