• Bloomberg


Automakers pledged to equip nearly all new cars with reminders to check the rear seats for children, a move that one safety advocate says doesn’t go far enough to prevent dozens of children who die each year from heatstroke after being left in vehicles.

Under a voluntary agreement, essentially all new autos by the 2025 model year will at a minimum provide drivers with visual and audible rear-seat reminder alerts after turning the vehicle off, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers announced Wednesday.

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