Almost All New Cars to Implement Rear Seat Reminder System by 2025
Deaths created by leaving a child in a hot car are completely preventable. However, ...
Deaths created by leaving a child in a hot car are completely preventable. However, since the beginning of last year, almost 100 children have died in a hot car, says a report by Consumer Reports. We all agree that it’s an issue that needs to be fixed as soon as possible. With the number of sensors these days, putting in such a system shouldn’t be too big of an obstacle.
that the effort should be just about the standard by the year 2025. A rear-seat alert system is definitely something that makes sense as standard equipment. However, it’s certainly something that will take time to implement. It’s also something that is bound to add cost to the bottom line that manufacturers see on their cars. This leaves us to ask the question of who the responsibility here should fall on.
“This new agreement includes many large automakers, including domestic car companies General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ford, and foreign-based companies such as Honda, Nissan, and Toyota,” says Consumer Reports.
So far, it looks like the arrangement is nothing more than a promise from the automakers. We have yet to see any sort of legislation enforcing the concept. In turn, there is no sort of agreement on how the automakers will implement their version of the rear seat alert. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Association of Global Automakers says that a auditory and visual system will be put in place, though.
What we have now comes in the form of systems like that shown in the video below. Basically, the computer will monitor when the rear doors were opened. If the timing on opening the rear doors indicates that there could be a child in the seat, the car will give the driver an extra alert.
When we put our heads together, this is a problem that is certainly solvable. Hopefully, we see the number of hot car deaths drop to zero!