FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif.,
June 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Heading
into summer, Hyundai Motor America wants to remind everyone to
check the rear seats when exiting a vehicle. This simple act can
help prevent child deaths from heatstroke in vehicles.
"It only takes a second to check the back seat and save a
child's life on a hot summer day," said Brian Latouf, chief safety officer, Hyundai
Motor North America. "We have great systems to help drivers
remember to do just that, but there are lots of methods that work.
All of them can save a life."
More information about NHTSA's best practices can be found at
Other Tips for Adults with Kids in the Car
- Place a briefcase, purse, or cell phone next to the child's car
seat so that you'll always check the back seat before leaving the
- Keep a stuffed animal or another memento in your child's car
seat when it's empty. Move it to the front seat as a visual
reminder when your child is in the back seat.
- Set a rule for your child care provider; have them call you if
your child doesn't arrive as scheduled.
To do its part, Hyundai is voluntarily making its Rear Occupant
Alert (ROA) door-logic system standard on most of its new vehicles
by 2022. It recently added standard ROA to the 2020 Sonata and
Sonata Hybrid and will add the system to the all-new 2021 Elantra,
by the end of the year. Hyundai will also make its optional
Ultrasonic Rear Occupant Alert, or a similar sensor-based system,
available on more of its models in the future. It is available
today in the popular Palisade and Santa Fe SUVs, vehicles most
driven by families with young children.
NHTSA and Hyundai are now calling on the public via social media
to help prevent children from dying in hot cars this
Four Hyundai models are available today with door-logic ROA as
standard equipment: the 2020 Santa Fe, Palisade, Sonata and Sonata
Hybrid. Both of the SUVs have the Ultrasonic ROA available as an
option. The 2019 Santa Fe also has the Ultrasonic ROA feature
available as an option.
Hyundai currently offers two types of ROA systems to help
prevent these tragedies from occurring. The ROA door-logic system
detects if a rear door was opened or closed before the car was
started, then reminds the driver to check the rear seat with a
message on the center cluster when exiting the vehicle. The
Ultrasonic ROA has the door-logic technology and an ultrasonic
sensor that helps to detect the movements of children and pets in
the second-row seats. If the system detects movement in the
second-row seats after the driver leaves the vehicle and locks the
doors, it will honk the horn and send an alert to the driver's
smartphone via Hyundai's Blue Link connected car system (if
equipped with Blue Link and the Blue Link service is active).
These videos have more information on how the systems work.
Hyundai Motor America
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believe everyone deserves better. From the way we design and build
our cars to the way we treat the people who drive them, making
things better is at the heart of everything we do. Hyundai's
technology-rich product lineup of cars, SUVs and
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Hyundai Assurance—our promise to create a better experience for
customers. Hyundai vehicles are sold and serviced through more than
820 dealerships nationwide and nearly half of those sold in the
U.S. are built at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hyundai
Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a
subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.
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