The 2017 GMC Acadia is introducing an innovative feature that will help to save lives: the GMC Rear Seat Reminder. The accidental deaths of children and animals is unfortunately common—sleeping kids in the backseat are easy to forget about when you’re a busy parent, and even leaving them alone for a few minutes can be fatal.
The new Acadia—and probably, other brands and models in the future—is aiming to combat this with Rear Seat Reminder, which keeps track of when backseat doors are opened and reminds the driver to check the backseat when they’ve been opened within 10 minutes of the vehicle being driven.
The feature doesn’t have radar to detect items in the backseat, so even if the Rear Seat Reminder doesn’t active for whatever reason, it’s important not to grow complacent.
This will also prove helpful in cases of theft, since items forgotten in the backseat are a major target for theft. According to GMC, almost 23% of cases of petty larceny in 2014 were from a car. Half of children under age 14 who die of in-vehicle heatstroke have been forgotten by caretakers.