The Kia Telluride is the first step toward a safer future for our kids

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Telluride, Safety, Technology on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 at 8:59 pm
A photo of the rear seats in the 2020 Kia Telluride.

Do Kia vehicles offer rear passenger warnings?

Anyone who has kids will understand that sometimes mistakes are made, and some things can fall through the cracks. Unfortunately, those simple lapses in concentration can have major, if not tragic consequences. There is hardly a summer that goes by when there aren’t at least a few stories on the news of a child who was found in a hot car. Kia has joined a pledge with several other automakers to do what they can to prevent this from happening. So, do Kia vehicles offer rear passenger warnings? As of right now, the 2020 Kia Telluride is the only one. Let’s take a look at this potentially life-saving feature and how owners will be able to use it in the future when it’s equipped on more models.

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“Kia Motors America is proud of its commitment to safety and fully supports the application of all available technology to preserve human life,” Michael Cole, chief operating officer, Kia Motors America, said in a press release. “The Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) system that is standard on all Kia Telluride models is designed to help prevent future tragedies.”

How does it work?

The actual mechanism for reminding drivers to check their back seat might change little as it gets rolled out to other models. However, in the 2020 Telluride, it works by using ultrasonic sensors placed in the passenger cabin. These sensors can monitor movement in the vehicle and start the process of potentially saving lives.

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What kind of alerts does it use?

When the driver opens their door to exit the all-new Telluride, a message will flash in the center of the gauge cluster – assuming the automaker’s Rear Occupant Alert system is activated. This is done through the vehicle settings menu and can be accessed through the touchscreen interface. If nobody is in the backseat, no more actions need to be taken.

If the sensors detect movement, the first step will be to sound the horn and flash the lights. If the owner doesn’t respond, a notification will be sent to the Kia smartphone application installed and activated on their smartphone. The app is free to download and is compatible with most Apple- and Android-based smartphones.

You can schedule a demonstration of the Kia Rear Occupant Alert system or any of the technology available with the 2020 Kia Telluride today when you make an appointment with a Team Gunther Kia product expert today.

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