2015 GMC Canyon Features Patent-Pending Child-Safety Feature | Edmunds

2015 GMC Canyon Features Patent-Pending Child-Safety Feature


Just the Facts:
  • The 2015 GMC Canyon features a patent-pending child-safety feature designed to help keep kids safer in a crash, General Motors said.
  • Smaller jump seats in extended cab midsize pickup trucks typically have too little lower seat cushion length to meet many child restraint manufacturers' recommendations.
  • But the rear jump seat headrest in the Canyon can be removed and inserted horizontally into the seat base to extend the seat and meet the seat-base recommendation of most child-restraint manufacturers.

DETROIT — The 2015 GMC Canyon features a patent-pending child-safety feature designed to help keep kids safer in a crash, General Motors said.

The 2015 Canyon arrives at dealerships this fall.

Smaller jump seats in extended cab midsize pickup trucks typically have too little lower seat cushion length to meet many child restraint manufacturers' recommendations.

But the rear jump seat headrest in the Canyon can be removed and inserted horizontally into the seat base to extend the seat and meet the seat-base recommendation of most child-restraint manufacturers.

"It's an elegant solution that makes efficient use of the limited space in the rear seat in this type of vehicle, by allowing us to adapt the seat cushion length for child-restraint installation," said Eduardo Bugelli, GM safety performance team lead, in a statement.

"The additional seat cushion length provides more support to the child restraint, which helps to reduce the rotation and the risk of injury in a crash."

The Canyon will also be available with forward collision alert and lane-departure warning technology as part of the optional Driver Alert package.

GM has not announced 2015 GMC Canyon pricing.

Edmunds says: A smart and simple solution that should provide peace of mind for parents.

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