The 2017 GMC Acadia arrives with a smaller overall package, more creature comforts an all-new mission: conquer the hotter-than-ever midsize crossover segment, and do it well.
Among those features on its quest, GMC has been kind enough to look out for its customers with a rear seat reminder system, the subject of today’s Feature Spotlight.
“Acadia drivers live busy lives with demanding schedules, and the Rear Seat Reminder helps protect the things we care about most,” said Tricia Morrow, GM global safety strategy engineer. “Whether it’s your lunch, laptop, pet or most importantly, your child, it’s easier than it seems to forget what’s in the back seat when moving between life’s events. With this new feature, we are leading the charge to address this ongoing problem.”
We’d love to have more faith in the human race, but sometimes poor judgement occurs. Every year in the United States, half of children under the age of 14 who die of in-vehicle heat stroke do so as a result of being forgotten about. The 2017 Acadia wants to be your better half.
The system activates after a rear door has been opened or closed within the last ten minutes before the vehicle is started. The next time the vehicle is turned off after a door activation, the Acadia sounds five audible chimes and displays a message in the driver information center that reads, “Rear Seat Reminder / Look in Rear Seat.”
With the technology, GMC hopes it has engineered a small step towards curbing forgetfulness, and maybe to even help save a life.