2015 GMC Canyon Adapts to Accept Child Seats

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

General Motors’ engineers have made life a little less worrisome for parents with small children.

The 2015 GMC Canyon midsize pickup features a very clever way of keeping kiddies safe. The truck’s small rear jump seats are less than ideal for mounting a safety seat. Many manufacturers of these restraint devices recommend the lower cushion cover at least 80 percent of the restraint’s base, but that isn’t possible with the Canyon’s chairs; because of space requirements, they’re quite truncated.

But engineers will be engineers. They figured out a simple way to extend the jump seat lower cushions. Their patent-pending solution allows the driver to remove the rear headrests and plug them into the lower portion of the chairs, thus extending the cushion and making things safer for children.

Additionally, the 2015 GMC Canyon features a couple other advancements in the midsize truck segment. Supposedly it’s the first to offer Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

Adding another layer of safety, at least 70 percent of the Canyon’s cab is constructed of high-strength steel.

The brand hasn’t specified exactly when the Canyon will being arriving in showrooms, but GMC spokeswoman Kelly Wysocki said they are expected to start arriving in the fall.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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