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Need to keep an eye on kids seated in the second - or third row of seats? The GMC Yukon has a mirror purposefully designed to make that easy.

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Your parents weren’t kidding – mothers and fathers really do know best, especially when it comes to creating family-friendly features on new trucks and SUVs.

For example, the development team for the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL leveraged their own parental experiences, and added a conversation mirror – a secondary rear-view mirror that helps drivers keep an eye on kids seated in the second and third rows.

The conversation mirror, which is standard on Yukon and Yukon XL models, lets parents view the rear seats without using their actual rear-view mirror. This additional mirror is integrated into the overhead console’s sunglass holder. Push once, and the compartment fully opens, allowing access to an eyeglasses holder. Partially close the compartment, and the mirror latches in position, providing a wide view of the SUV’s interior.

As roughly 30 percent of all Yukon and Yukon XL customers are parents with kids under the age of 16, incorporating family-oriented features is incredibly important. Keeping watch over younger passengers seated in the second or third rows of seats, however, can still prove challenging.

“As a mom, when it came time to design the next-generation Yukon and Yukon XL, I wanted to give our customers a better way of keeping tabs on their kids without forcing them to turn around and take their eyes off the road,” said Kay Jarboe, product manager for the 2015 Yukon and Yukon XL.

While aftermarket conversation mirrors are popular with parents, they lack the integration and sturdiness of a permanent fixture. GM engineers found that licensing a design which integrates the mirror into the console’s sunglass holder was the best option, but one that also posed some challenges.

“We wanted a mirror contour that provided a wide, door-to-door field of vision, allowing drivers to quickly monitor both back seats in a single glance,” said Jennifer Farah, an interior trim design engineer. “At the same time, we didn’t want the mirror to grow too large and eliminate room for a pair of glasses.  As a mom, I can truly see the value in keeping a watch over my kids without turning my head away from the road.”

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