Auto News for June 14 – New Reminder for Forgetful Parents

Rear Seat Reminder alert

GM is introducing a new feature that will remind drivers to “Look in Rear Seat” before leaving the vehicle. It is a warning tone and reminder in the instrument panel similar to the “Fasten Seat Belt” prompt. Each year, about half of the children under age 14 who die of in-vehicle heatstroke do so as a result of being forgotten. Also, items left in the back seat are a target for theft. Nearly 23 percent of larceny in 2014 was from a motor vehicle, according to the FBI. The feature will appear first on the 2017 GMC Acadia. “Whether it’s your lunch, laptop, pet or most importantly, your child, it’s easier than it seems to forget what’s in the back seat when moving between life’s events. With this new feature, we are leading the charge to address this ongoing problem,” said Tricia Morrow, GM global safety strategy engineer. GM is the first to introduce such a warning device.

It could be your very own 24 Hours of LeMans. Michelin and Xbox announced they will host a global 24 Hours Challenge online with the Forza Motorsport 6 game. The competition will coincide with the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans in France on June 18-19. During a 24-hour period (9 a.m. EDT, June 18, to 9 a.m. EDT, June 19), gamers are encouraged to join the race online and post their best times in the Ford GT. Eligible U.S. participants may win prizes from Michelin, Xbox, Petersen and Ford; one lucky winner will win a trip to the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans in France, an event that is an excellent reason to stay up all night.


Ford is now offering easier-to-clean vinyl flooring as an option on its top-of-the-line Super Duty King Ranch and Platinum editions. It is aimed at owners who also want their $75,000 luxury truck to double as a work truck. Ford said some customers want a truck that can rival luxury cars in comfort and technology without having to worry about it getting dirty.