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Rear Door Alert The new Rear Door Alert (RDA)1 system can help remind Nissan owners to check the rear seat by using a series of distinctive honks as the driver is walking away from the vehicle. The audio alerts distinguish the Nissan RDA from other systems in the marketplace. The new RDA feature debuts as standard equipment on the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SUV and will be available on other Nissan models in the coming years.
RDA monitors the rear door switches to detect their open/closed status prior to and after a trip. If the system detects that a rear door was opened/closed prior to a trip, but then was not re-opened again after the trip was completed, given the vehicle was put in park and the ignition cycled off, 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.
Because there are so many scenarios when a driver might open a rear door, from throwing in a gym bag to cleaning the car, the RDA system is easily configurable and can be turned off temporarily or permanently through prompts in the cluster display.
1. Rear Door Alert is intended to remind people to check the back seats of their vehicle under certain circumstances. See Owners' Manual for system limitations.