GMC to Introduce Rear Seat Reminder in 2017 Acadia

Each year, half of the children under the age of 14 who die of heatstroke, perish because they were forgotten inside a vehicle. GMC’s latest technology offering looks to help parents remember they have a back seat passenger.

Rear Seat Reminder, which will be introduced in the family-friendly 2017 Acadia, works by monitoring the Acadia’s rear doors. The feature is intended to activate when either rear door is opened and closed within 10 minutes before the vehicle is started, or if they are opened and closed while the vehicle is running. Under these circumstances, the next time the vehicle is turned off after a door activation, the Acadia is designed to sound five audible chimes and display a message in the driver information center that reads, “Rear Seat Reminder / Look in Rear Seat.”

The feature cannot detect items in the backseat based on weight, so parents will always want to double-check just in case.

The alert system is not available on the 2017 Acadia Limited.

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