Designed to prevent drivers from inadvertently leaving items in the back seat of their vehicle, General Motors is introducing a feature in the 2017 GMC Acadia fittingly dubbed the “Rear Seat Reminder.”
An industry first, the technology monitors the rear doors of the Acadia and is activated if the doors are opened and closed within 10 minutes of starting the vehicle. Once activated, audible chimes are sounded and a message is displayed in the information center to encourage the driver to check the back seat.
While the Rear Seat Reminder doesn’t actually detect items in the rear seats, GM believes that prompting drivers to check the seats as they exit their vehicles will help reduce theft and prevent young children and pets from suffering from heatstroke.
According to GM, 50 percent of children under 14 who die of in-vehicle heatstroke have been inadvertently left unattended. The company also cites FBI statistics that 23 percent of all incidents of larceny theft were committed from a motor vehicle, with drivers often forgetting items of value in the back seats of their cars.