Nissan to install rear door alert in cars

(WILX) - Another automaker is installing lifesaving technology to prevent kids from being left in hot cars.

Nissan is putting an audible warning in its 2018 Pathfinder called "rear door alert".

The technology detects if a rear door was opened prior to starting the car.

If the door is not re-opened after the car is put in park and turned off, it sets off a series of warnings. First, a visual on the dash, then a series of chirps through the horn.

GM offers a similar technology in its new vehicles. According to the advocacy group "Kids In Cars", since 1998 an average of 37 children have died every year due to heatstroke from being left in a car.