GM expands baby-saving Rear Seat Reminder to 20-plus models for 2017

Won't somebody think of the children?! Oh, wait, somebody did.

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I'm going to call this the "please don't do something heinously stupid" reminder.

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GM's Rear Seat Reminder is a trick little piece of tech that reminds owners to check an occupied back seat before leaving the vehicle. It debuted on the all-new GMC Acadia, but now, it's expanding to dozens of other General Motors models.

After appearing on the 2017 Acadia, GM plans to introduce it to a number of 2017 and 2018 models. Notable additions include the 2017 Buick Lacrosse, 2017 Cadillac CT6, 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, 2018 Cadillac XT5 and the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

Other 2018 vehicles will be announced at a later date, presumably because the cars in question have not yet been unveiled.

Rear Seat Reminder checks rear door usage. If the car completes a journey where the back doors were opened and closed, it will remind the driver to check the back seat before leaving the car. There are no magical sensors that can tell when a child is back there. So if you toss an umbrella through the back door, you'll still get the warning.

While that may sound a little heavy-handed, it's all about preventing needless loss of life. GM points out that 39 children died from heatstroke after being left in cars in 2016, a depressing 60 percent higher than 2015. If GM can throw a new system into their cars at little or no additional cost, in order to bring that number closer to zero, then good on the company for doing so.

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