Automakers Looking To Save Lives With Rear-Seat Alert Systems

In a bid to prevent children dying in hot cars, an increasing number of automakers are implementing systems to remind vehicle owners if they leave their child in the back seat.

Recently, The Hot Cars Act of 2017 was introduced in the House and the Senate and while it has yet to be passed into law, car companies have designed a number of simple ways to ensure no parent leaves their child behind, NPR reports.

Among the first on the market was the Rear Seat Reminder system of the 2016 GMC Acadia. It alerts a driver through five distinct chimes if a rear door has been used 10 minutes before or any time when the vehicle is turned on. Since debuting in the Acadia, the feature has become standard among 20 other General Motors vehicles.

Nissan also has its Rear Door Alert which beeps the horn if the rear door is used before driving but not used again at the end of a journey.

Dr. Aditya Belwadi oversees child passenger safety at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is thrilled to see this technology become more commonplace. He has researched numerous ways the technology could be implemented but knows it will take time before being standard equipment for all cars.

“If you bring a new technology in today it’s going to take a good decade before every single car is going to have that.

“These technologies really cannot replace the impact of human behaviour. How do you act? How do you notify the parent? Is it an app? Will it still work if your phone is dead? Is it a warning? Is your car going to honk or lower the windows, switch on the AC, or call 911?” he said.

On average, 37 children in the U.S. die every year after being left in hot cars. It is hoped technologies such as those from Nissan and GM will reduce that figure to zero.

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  • John

    once the rear seat alert system has been put in…. will parents in hot car death cases be charged with 1st degree murder instead?

    • Jay

      We can hope so.

  • HOW SAD IS IT THAT WE KNEED TO BE REMINDED ABOUT A CHILD IN THE CAR? HOW MANY PEOPLE INTENTIONALLY LEAVE THEIR KIDS IN THE CAR?
    NISSAN SAVED A BAG OF ICE AND THE LEATHER SEAT IN THEIR DEMONSTRATION.

  • GMC’s 10 minutes rule “solution” is plain ridiculous and highly unreliable and Nissan’s is no better. See how a real reminder looks like at http://www.never4get.us

    • Status

      Your website is full of comic sans and you don’t even have an product details, specification, images, or promotional material. With your imitated budget and limited public exposure, why should anyone believe your product has the answers instead of the claims and production safety devices made by major automakers?

      • “comic sans”, “imitated budget”??!! If you want details there is contact info at the bottom of the page. And BTW, the “safety devices made by major automakers” DO NOT comply with an essential requirement of the HOT CARS Act: to DETECT the child/passenger in the back seat …

  • GMC’s 10 minutes rule “solution” is plain ridiculous and highly unreliable and Nissan’s is no better. See how a real reminder looks like at never4get[.]us

  • BlackPegasus

    Ridiculous…

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    When you have to legislate for people who are plain f***ing stupid, I despair, I really do.
    Why not just wire their genitals to a live feed that goes off if they leave a weight in the rear seat/kids’ seat…

    • you are indeed “plain f***ing stupid”, go get an education and stop making an arz3 of yerself

      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        Enlighten me, why?

  • Nathan Daniel Stroud

    Better yet, condoms.

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