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Automakers Agree to Add Rear Seat Reminders

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Sept. 5, 2019—Automakers are agreeing voluntarily to add backseat occupant reminders to new cars by 2025, reported The Detroit News. 

The agreement reached by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers calls for car manufacturers to add a feature to new cars that will prompt drivers to check their backseat after the car is shut off.

The groups say the agreement covers carmakers in their membership ranks that make 98 percent of cars that are sold in the the U.S. light-duty vehicle market. 

Ford said it will comply with the voluntary agreement and begin installing systems globally that are designed to alert drivers of potential rear seat occupants based upon input from the ignition and door-jar switches.  

Fiat Chrysler said will also go further than the U.S.-market only agreement and incorporate rear-seat reminder technology across its global passenger-vehicle lineup.

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