May 30th, 2019 by

Unfortunately across the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle-related fatalities for children age 14 and younger. Vehicle heatstroke occurs when a child is left in a hot vehicle, causing their temperature to quickly rise to a deadly level.

Connecticut Legislation for Change

Senator Blumenthal also re-introduced the HOT CARS Act during his press conference visit here at Carter Chevrolet. He was joined by Carter Chevrolet’s Dealer Principal Jonathan Larabee, members from CARA, and Lieutenant William Meier of the Vernon Police Department. The proposed bill would help alert drivers to someone who may be left inside a hot car, and also make a rear seat reminder required equipment across all automotive manufacturers.

Senator Blumenthal emphasized the importance to “look before you lock.” Especially in the summer, when vehicles can reach temperatures above 120 degrees, the need to check the backseat before exiting the vehicle is even more urgent.

The press conference was covered by WTNH News 8 and reporter Hector Ramirez, Fox 61 and reporter Aisha Mbowe, NBC Connecticut and reporter Caitlin Burchill, and WTIC 1080.

Staggering Statistics

Nationwide, the number of children under the age of five who have died after being left in hot cars increased to 52 in 2018. Annually, about 38 children, ranging in age from one month to five years, die after being left alone in hot cars. As these astonishing numbers show, the need for more awareness on this issue needs to be made.

These shocking numbers were a huge concern to the vehicle development teams at General Motors. They created a simple technology feature called Rear Seat Reminder that is designed to do exactly what its name suggests. The system helps remind drivers to check the back seat as they exit their vehicle.

How Chevy’s Rear Seat Reminder Works

Rear Seat Reminder works by monitoring the vehicle’s rear doors. The feature activates when either the rear door is opened or closed within 10 minutes before the vehicle is started, or if they are opened or closed while the vehicle is running.

Our Sales Consultant Miguel Rios demonstrated the simple Rear Seat Reminder system with his 13-month son Elliott, and Senator Richard Blumenthal in a 2019 Chevy Blazer on May 28th at Carter Chevrolet in Vernon, CT. After putting Elliott in his car seat and closing the rear door of the Blazer, the vehicle was started. Then, Miguel mentioned to Senator Blumenthal, “now just go ahead and turn off the vehicle, and there you go, right there on the information display it says: Rear Seat Reminder Look in Rear Seat.”

For busy families with infants and pets, the driver will be alerted if a child or pet is left in the backseat. It differs from other technology because it doesn’t rely on a weight, pressure sensor, or sensors that detect seat-belt use.

Rear Seat Reminder is available on almost all 2019 Chevy vehicles, and Chevrolet is the only manufacturer to offer Rear Seat Reminder Technology across its full product lineup of cars, trucks, and SUVs. It’s available on the 2019 Silverado, Traverse, Colorado, Blazer, Equinox, Suburban, Tahoe, Cruze, Malibu, and more. Stop in to Carter Chevrolet today to learn more about the Rear Seat Reminder system and to see how it works for yourself!

Carter Chevrolet Cares

At Carter Chevrolet, we are committed to safety and making sure that you and your family are safe behind the wheel. If you have any questions about Chevy’s Rear Seat Reminder feature, feel free to give us a call at 860-646-6464, or stop into the dealership at 175 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon, CT to get a one-on-one demonstration from a member of our team.

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