Automakers Team Up To Make Rear Seat Reminder Tech Standard Equipment By 2025

A number of automakers have introduced rear seat reminder technology in recent years and it’s about to get a lot more common as the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers have pledged to make the technology standard in virtually “all cars and trucks” by the 2025 model year.

The trade groups represent a number of different companies and those who have signed up include Alfa Romeo, American Honda, Audi, BMW, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, GM, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

That’s a massive coalition and each automaker will be given the freedom to implement the system however they choose. That being said, each system will include a feature to determine whether or not a person could be in the rear seats. If the system determines someone could potentially be in back, it will provide audio and visual alerts to remind the driver to check the rear seats after the vehicle is turned off.

Also Read: Hyundai Aims To Reduce Heat Related Deaths By Making Its Rear Door Alert System Standard

According to the group, more than 800 children have died due to heatstroke since 1998 and many of these deaths are a result of a child accidentally being left behind in a vehicle.

In a statement, the interim President and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said “Automakers have been exploring ways to address this safety issue and this commitment underscores how such innovations and increased awareness can help children right now.” David Schwietert went to say, “Automakers have come together to develop a pathway forward, which not only incorporates existing systems, but also supports new, innovative approaches.”

The commitment by automakers was voluntary, but the groups said this was for the best. As they explained, the government rulemaking process usually takes four to eight years to finalize. However by getting automakers to pledge to do it on their own accord, the technology will be available to consumers faster.

  • db

    Nothing like raising the price of vehicles all in the name of safety…

  • Bash

    Features like that are always welcomed.

    • Stephen G

      No they are not.

      • Bash

        Yes they are.

  • Alduin

    Ugh there wouldn’t be a need for this crap if dumb people would check if they left their kids or pets in the back seat when they get out of their cars. People really are getting dumber. How do you “forget” about a kid or pet in the backseat anyways?! Some people shouldn’t breed.

    • Aeromann

      Yes! And with new FB,Snap,Twitter generation it will be even worse. 😞

  • ZYGIUS

    My sugestion is a post-it sticker on the window….
    Your welcome…

  • Aeromann

    Brain reminder : don’t forget your brain at home.

    • f1300

      …if those actually own one, that is. Seems to be an opt-out for far too many…

  • Ben

    I don’t understand why this hasn’t and couldn’t be done currently. The same sensors that determine if a front passenger is too light for an airbag is the same that could be used in the rear seats. I agree, people should use their melon, but that’s asking too much nowadays. Some people need technology to remind them they have offspring in the back of the car.

  • Stephen G

    So when these come available and someone leaves their child in the back seat of a car then will it be the car manufacturers fault and not the parents because it wasn’t a strong enough warning?

  • f1300

    bank robbery until 2000: get into the car, hit the pedal, off you go.

    • europeon

      Very specific use case scenario. What do you do in real life?

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