As we head into the fall season, it’s important to remember that potential issues posed by interior car temperatures, can still be a danger!  However, thanks to Nissan’s simple, yet clever, Rear Door Alert technology, drivers can reduce the risks of leaving anything that may be forgotten in the rear seat! 



Rear Door Alert was first proposed by a pair of Mothers (Elsa Foley & Marlene Mendoza) – also Nissan Engineers – who decided to work on an idea to help remind drivers to check their back seats before walking away.  “We pushed each other along and knew we were on the right track one morning when Marlene discovered she had left a pan of lasagna in the back seat of her car one night after coming home after a long day at the office,” said Elsa Foley. “The worst thing was the car smelled for days, but it made me ask myself, ‘what if that had been something else back there?'”

Fast-forward a year later, and Rear Door Alert first debuted on the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, and will come standard on the following 2020 Nissan models:  Altima, Armada, LEAF, Murano, Maxima, Pathfinder, Rogue, Qashqai and TITAN (King Cab and Crew Cab)!   Rear Door Alert will also be available on the 2020 Versa Note sedan – in the U.S. market! 


Rear Door Alert works by monitoring the rear door switches – detecting if they are open or closed – before and after taking a trip!  Should the system detect that that rear door was opened prior to a trip commencing, but not opened again after the trip was completed, the system responds with a series of notifications, starting with a display in the instrument panel and progressing to subtle (but distinctive) chirps of the horn. 


Having said that, we think it’s also important to point out that Rear Door Alert is easily configurable, and can be turned off temporarily (or even permanently), simply through prompts on the display screen!   Nissan is well aware that there are many scenarios in which a driver might open a rear door – from throwing in a gym bag to cleaning the car! 

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“The idea is if you open a rear door, whether to put a child or a package in the rear seat, the vehicle will help alert you when you get to your destination that you may want to check the rear seat,” said Marlene Mendoza. “We’ve built in enough time that you don’t have to rush, but if you don’t open the rear door again when you get out of the vehicle, we want you to think for a moment about what you may have put in the back seat.”

If you would like more information on Rear Door Alert, or would like to see for yourself how the system works, then please drop into our Guelph Nissan dealership, and one of our experienced Sales Consultants will be happy to demonstrate this feature to you on one of our 2019 Nissan Models or one of our 2020 Nissan Models

Guelph Nissan

805 Woodlawn Rd,

Guelph, ON N1K 1E9

(519) 822-9200