Baby remains on board

If you’re clueless enough to forget that you’re hauling a kid in the back seat, General Motors has a vehicle for you.

GM Rear Seat Reminder

Or will have soon, anyway:

Having made its debut in the 2017 GMC Acadia earlier this year, the technology aims to prevent heatstroke-related deaths and reduce the number of children left unattended in parking lots.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lists heatstroke as one of the leading causes of non-traffic vehicle-related fatalities for children under fourteen. According to KidsAndCars.org, that works out to an average of 37 fatalities per year. The majority of the time, those children were simply forgotten in the back.

GM’s Rear Seat Reminder works by monitoring the vehicle’s rear doors. The feature activates whenever a 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 already running. When the vehicle is turned off after a door activation, the system sounds five audible chimes and a display message reminder drivers to “Look in Rear Seat.”

This system makes certain assumptions: that the kid hasn’t been in there for more than ten minutes, and that the alleged adult at the wheel isn’t whacked out on meth.





4 comments

  1. McG »

    7 December 2016 · 2:47 pm

    Baby remains on board

    PHRASING.

  2. CGHill »

    7 December 2016 · 4:05 pm

    I assure you, it was phrased.

  3. fillyjonk »

    7 December 2016 · 4:11 pm

    They missed the opportunity to re-purpose the Be Sharp’s big hit. They could have had an alarm that sang “Baby on Board, something something Burt Ward….” when there was an object left in the back seat.

  4. Rob O'Hara »

    9 December 2016 · 10:05 am

    I hope it works better than the seat belt sensors I have in my 2006 Chevy Avalanche. Whenever I throw my laptop bag into the front seat, depending on how packed the bag is, the chime reminding my passenger (the bag) to “buckle up” goes off constantly. It sounds like if I were to open the rear doors and toss the bag back there, this new car will remind me to check in the back seat for a baby. I’m not saying I’ve ever carried a baby in a backpack and I’m not saying I haven’t, but after a couple of hours of walking around the zoo with a tired toddler in tow, you get some pretty wacky ideas.

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