Over the years we’ve all heard those tragic stories of children being left in hot cars and ultimately dying. It’s certainly something that be prevented and Nissan has stepped up by adding A Safety Feature To Prevent Hot Car Deaths.
Nissan’s feature is referred to as the “rear door alert” technology and this feature comes standard in 10 of Nissan’s 2019 models.
Here is how it works:
The RDA monitors switches in the rear door prior to and after a trip. If you had opened that rear door and put your child inside, at the end of that trip, you will first be shown a warning in the center dash that says “Check Rear Seat for All Articles.” But if you should walk away from the vehicle without checking the back seat, the driver is then alerted.
“If you forget or don’t see that message and you get out of the vehicle, if you don’t go back and open and close the rear doors, then the horn honks. It’s a very distinct horn chirp that gives your attention back to the car, says ‘Hey, maybe you forgot something. “We wanted to make sure we had two levels to alert the driver.” – Elsa Foley, program manager at Nissan. (Source)
Truthfully, this is so smart. Most cars now days have an alert when someone is sitting in the front without a seatbelt and it alerts you to put your seatbelt on, so this seems to work the same way.
Currently, this feature is available on the following Nissan models:
- Rogue Sport
The company expects to have this feature be installed and come standard on all of their models by 2020.
I think this is a major move into bringing that number of hot car related deaths every year down to zero.