Cadillac’s Awesome Safety Secret: Rear-Seat Passenger Sensing System
If you’ve got kids, this secret safety feature is one every parent should know about: Officially called the “second-row passenger belt reminder light,” this feature found in the Cadillac SRX tells the driver which rear seat belts are occupied and safely belted when the vehicle is moving; this means you can tell if your wiggly kidlet has unbuckled his seat belt without taking your eyes off the road to look.
Unofficially, it's like having eyes in the back of your head, Mom. It's an awesome safety feature, but not many parents know to look for it when shopping for a family car.
Indicators on the Driver Information Center show where passengers are seated in the second row of the Cadillac SRX. When the vehicle is started, these three gray safety belt symbols (one for each seating position, see photo on left) come on and stay on for several seconds to alert the driver that passengers may need to fasten their safety belts.
After the passenger safety belt is buckled, the corresponding safety belt symbol in the instrument cluster turns green (see photo on right). If a safety belt is not initially buckled, the indicator for that position remains gray.
While the vehicle is moving, if a second-row passenger that was previously buckled becomes unbuckled, the corresponding safety belt symbol will change to flashing red and a chime may sound (see photo on left). Kids are caught unbuckled before any thing bad can happen. Pull over, and make them buckle up!
What is the Airbag Passenger Sensing System?
Don’t confuse the second-row passenger belt reminder with the Passenger Sensing System, which manages the front-seat passenger-side airbag. The Passenger Sensing System will turn off the front outboard passenger frontal airbag and knee airbag under certain conditions, such as when a heavy object is placed on the seat. The sensors are designed to detect the presence of a properly seated occupant and determine if the front outboard passenger frontal airbag and knee airbag should be allowed to inflate or not. Airbag status indicator lights on the overhead console inform the driver whether the front-seat passenger seat airbag is active.
The passenger sensing system is designed to turn off the front outboard passenger airbag and knee airbag if:
• The front outboard passenger seat is unoccupied.
• The system determines that an infant is present in a child restraint.
• A front outboard passenger takes his/her weight off of the seat for a period of time.
• There is a critical problem with the airbag system or the passenger sensing system.
When the passenger sensing system has turned off the front outboard passenger frontal airbag and knee airbag, the off indicator will light and stay lit to remind you that the airbags are off.
The Cadillac SRX is Full of Features Moms Love!
With room for five, the two-row Cadillac SRX offers a roomy interior with 61 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row, 30 cubic feet behind the second row, and a convenient cargo management system under the floor of the wayback area that’s easily accessible through a convenient power liftgate.
The luxurious crossover utility vehicle offers top-level technology like its voice-activated CUE (Cadillac User Experience) interface; standard on the SRX, the CUE infotainment system features a vibrant, eight-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive screen that resembles a smartphone screen, with large, easy-to-target icons that execute commands. Capacitive technology on the screen and faceplate enables consumers to use the same “swipe,” “pinch” or “spread” gestures common to most popular smartphones and tablets. A motorized faceplate for the system reveals a concealed storage area for smartphones or other mobile devices to safely encourage hands-free Bluetooth connectivity and includes an illuminated USB port for charging or data transfer.
Its high-performance powertrain boasts a 308-horsepower/3.6-liter V-6 engine is mated to a silky smooth six-speed transmission for acceleration from zero to 60 miles per hour in about seven seconds. Fuel economy is rated at 17 miles per gallon around town, and 24 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive or 16/23 with all-wheel drive.
For safety, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are standard on all Cadillac SRX models. Each system uses radar to detect vehicles that may be out of the driver’s vision both behind the vehicle and approaching from the side, providing visual alerts in the outside mirrors and, in the case of rear cross traffic alert, audible warnings. Rear Cross Traffic Alert is an awesome feature to have when backing out of parking spaces in busy lots, as it will warn you if a vehicle is approaching from the side.
The 2014 Cadillac SRX starts at $36,505 (excluding destination charges). Find out more at Cadillac.com