Previously, the US Department of Transportation required a rear seat reminder to be installed on all new cars. The text of the bill has not yet been published, but according to Reuters, the bill will require “a unique auditory and visual alert function” and a study is required to investigate whether old cars can be modified using the same system. .
Since the introduction of the rear seat reminder in 2016, GM has been the most important supporter of this system. The underlying technology is actually very simple: the system will notice if the back door is closed before the driver starts the engine, instead of using expensive pressure sensors. It also reminds the driver to check if there are children in the back seat at the end of the trip. Nissan has a similar system and quickly standardized it to become standard equipment for some of its most popular models.
However, Reuters reported that the Automakers Union said in a statement that less than 13% of new car buyers have children under the age of six and said they would carefully review any legislative proposals. According to statistics released earlier this year, even more of these systems are installed in new cars, as the number of deaths in which parents are suffocated in the car is increasing.