Technology reminds parents of kids in cars

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

This time of year, it's always an important reminder to make sure you check your car before walking away. Already this summer, more than a dozen children in the U.S. have been killed after being accidentally left in hot cars. 

If you haven't shopped for a new car in a while, your in for some surprises. Along with built in wifi and cars that drive themselves, something to remind you about your most valuable cargo, your children. 

Diana Miller bought a new SUV just a few weeks ago. She loves it for many reasons, but there's one feature she says she really likes. 

Her grand children ride in the backseat and there's a sound to remind her they're there. 

"That's the best with all of the problems they've had with children now days," Miller said.

Wichita car salesman Josh Penney shows off the new technology available in the 2017 GMC Acadia.

"Collision alerts, lane assists, back up cameras."

Along with all the bells and whistles, the back seat reminder is the first of its kind. he showed us exactly how it works. 

"Any time you open any of the back doors on the vehicle it trips a sensor so once you get in and drive away. As soon as you turn that vehicle off there's a reminder that comes out on the center display in the middle of the steering wheel that reminds you to check your back seat," Penney said.

The new feature is being offered in many of GM's new cars and trucks. The goal is to avoid whats become a growing problem. In 2017,14 children have died after being accidentally left in hot cars. On average 37 children die each year, that's one child every 9 days.

In fact the Federal Government has funded a National campaign called "Where's baby? Look before you lock" The goal is to remind parents to be extra careful. 

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have pictures to share with us? Email them to news@kake.com.

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