What is the Kia rear occupant alert system?
Kia has long been a pioneer in the automotive industry, and that’s why it has developed its rear occupant alert system. What is the Kia rear occupant alert system? Quite simply, it lets you know if someone was left in the back of your car. Let us tell you how it works.
How does the Kia rear occupant system work?
The first alert comes when the car is turned off. A “check rear seats” message appears on the instrument panel. The system uses ultrasonic detection to check if passengers have been left in the rear seats.
If detected, the system will then use two more alerts to get the driver’s attention. The horn will blast 20 seconds afterward. Also, if enabled, rear occupant alert will send a message to the driver’s phone.
Is the rear occupant alert system worthwhile?
No one wants to think that it could happen to them, but a sleeping or quiet child can easily be forgotten, and even a few minutes left in the hot sun can be life-threatening. In 2019, 41 deaths have been reported thus far, and there have been 891 deaths between 1990 and 2018 reported in this manner.
There is no replacement for due diligence and mindfulness in these situations, but the addition of such a system can save lives. Kia wants to do its part to bring these types of deaths down to zero as soon as possible.
What Kia models currently have the rear occupant alert system?
The rear occupant alert system is still brand new technology from Kia, and for that reason, it has only been deployed in one model so far.
That model is the Kia Telluride. This should be no surprise, but what is surprising is that this system comes standard on every Telluride trim.
Will other Kia models get the rear occupant alert system?
Kia has big plans for the rear occupant alert system. In fact, the automaker has pledged to make the system either standard or at least available on every model in its lineup by the year 2025. Here is to a safer tomorrow.