Sadly, we all hear about children or pets injured or killed when unintentionally left in a vehicle’s back seat, as temperatures rise to a deadly level, especially during the summer months. These events are tragic, preventable and downright scary.
But Nissan is stepping up to help out in this area, with its Rear Door Alert system. It works like this. The system uses door sensors to monitor whether either back door is opened before the ride started, such as when placing precious cargo in the back seat. If a door was opened before driving began, after the car is parked, the RDA system will both display and message on the dash and honk the horn, to help remind the driver to check the back seat area. If a back door was not opened before the trip began, no reminder warning is issued.
In today’s world, it’s so easy to fall into our habitual driving routines, and perhaps forget that we put something into the rear seat. But if a driver was changing their routine to transport precious cargo, it certainly can’t hurt to receive a reminder to check the back seat. Nissan expects to expand availability of its RDA system until 2022, when it will be included on all 4-door sedans, SUVs and trucks.
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