2017 GMC Acadia Features Rear Seat Reminder
Claims Industry-First Deployment of Safety Reminder
Tragically, we often hear about the hospitalization and death of children and pets left in cars on hot days all too often. While it’s tempting to blame negligent parents or pet owners, we’ve all had days where our brains are overloaded with information and a “to do” list a mile long. To help give a friendly reminder to check the backseat, the 2017 GMC Acadia is equipped with what’s claimed to be the first rear-seat reminder in the industry.
The system is activated when the rear door is opened or closed within 10 minutes of the vehicle being started or if they are opened or closed while the vehicle is running. When the vehicle is then parked or shut off, the driver is given a visual and audible reminder with a five-tone door chime and a visual display of “Check Rear Seat” in the Driver Information Center in the center of the gauge cluster.
However, GMC warns the system is not a total panacea for vigilance and common sense. The system does not detect weight in the rear seat, and unlike some of the more sophisticated occupancy systems on the market from Volvo and others, it cannot detect a heartbeat or the presence of a living being.