(WLNS) – 37 children a year on average die from being forgotten in the backseat of a car, but a new safety function installed in the new 2017 GMC Acadia, will help change that.
It is a tragedy every parent fears and faces every time they drive.
“Anything can happen with a child so parents need to expect the unexpected,” Lansing Area Safety Charter Executive Director Suzy Carter said.
After years of pushing for a safety feature in cars to address the issue of children and pets being left alone, Janette Fennell with KidsAndCars.org is excited for the industry first Rear Seat Reminder in the new 2017 GMC Acadia.
“Just a tiny little reminder when you’re leaving your vehicle has the ability to save so many of these children’s lives,” Fennell said.
The new function tracks when you open the rear car doors, and then as soon as you park and turn your car off, the car will chime 5 times, and a reminder will pop up on the dashboard.
“It takes a lot of help raising a child and if this is one more thing in the parent’s tool box, so be it, that’s great,” Carter said.
Fennell says this safety feature will have a huge impact on the number of children who die from overheating, and hopes the feature becomes an industry norm someday.
“Something has been needed for a long time, we’re very excited to see this first step, but really can’t wait until this type of technology is put on all vehicles,” Fennell said.
The 2017 GMC Acadia is expected to start rolling out onto dealership lots in the next couple of weeks.