September 7, 2011

OnStar FMV Mirror Review + $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

Everyone knows about OnStar: the comprehensive in-vehicle safety, navigation, and communications system. Up until recently, the system has been reserved for use only in GM cars.

That all has changed! I’m excited to announce the launch of the OnStar FMV rear-view mirror, which works in most vehicles.

The folks at OnStar were kind enough to send me a mirror to test out and I got it installed a few weeks ago. Here’s what is great about it: the system provides many of the same services as the original OnStar system including automatic crash response, turn-by-turn navigational routing, stolen vehicle tracking, hands-free calling, and roadside assistance. Plus, it’s easy to find. The system can be purchased at your local electronics retailer (ie. Best Buy, Frye, ABC Warehouse).

The new OnStar system is perfect for me because, like most moms, I practically live in my car. And one of my worst fears is finding myself in a position where I need help but am not able to get it. The OnStar FMV mirror provides the safety and peace of mind that we all need as parents and caretakers of young children.

When my car was new, I didn’t worry that much about it breaking down. Now that it’s creeping into old age, however, I find myself getting increasingly uneasy whenever I plan a road trip or head anywhere off the beaten path (which is five miles off the freeway in any direction in Florida). What would happen if my car breaks…and with the kids? Since getting the OnStar FMV system, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I am now free to roam the country or at least the swamplands of central Florida with fewer worries.

Having used the system for a few weeks now, I can personally attest to its ease and accessibility. I have my cell phone linked into the system so I can talk to people hands free. Also, just this afternoon, while I was loading something into the back of the car, my preschooler climbed into the front seat and pushed the OnStar emergency call button. The operator was on the line before I could blink my eye, asking me about the nature of my emergency. I was more than a little embarrassed to tell the poor woman that I did need assistance, but not the kind that she could provide :)

While I'm going to work really, really hard to make sure that little fingers don't push any more buttons for fun, it's a relief to know that even the smallest of children can reach the OnStar team if they need to.

I am happy to announce that Blogher and OnStar are teaming up to offer one lucky reader of the Meanest Mom blog a $100 Visa gift card!

Want a chance to win? Just leave a comment below that includes an answer to this question: How could the OnStar system help your family?

The giveaway starts now and runs through September 30.

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Stephanie said...

I would definitely use this! Driving around with two little guys, I always wonder what I would do if something happened.

v johnson said...

perfect for everyday when life happens. I roadtrip home to see my parents and this would be wonderful to know I can get help with the push of a button!

Nicole said...

I'm in a car alone with 2 feisty little boys so this system would definitely be nice.

janaemadsen said...

this would help with traveling to visit family for when my husband thinks he knows the way better than I do and we get lost in the middle of nowhere in the middle of a rain storm.
for example...

jenj22 said...

To help when I lock my keys in the car!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm a social worker and always in the car. Could really use this!

RW said...

I'm the anon comment. A social worker who could use it a lot!

Rebecca C. said...

I would love it because my husband wouldn't get lost anymore!!

Jeanne said...

It would be great not to get lost!

Melissa said...

I take a lot of trips with my boys by myself and it would be great to know that help was only a button away if I needed it. Peace of mind is a wonderful thing to have.

KTMD said...

We only have one cell phone so the Mirror would help out in emergencies when I don't have the cell phone.

Anonymous said...

It would make me feel way safer if heaven forbid we had an accident.

CAROL said...


Betsy said...

Well we will never own a new car but hope one day to have this. I think I would ended up using everything. Sadly lock my keys in the car while it was running twice, yep twice. The hands free would be great cause I live out in the burbs and have to drive everywhere to get to anything so I talk and drive a lot. Oh did I mention that while I am doing this I get lost a lot. Sadly I think this product was built for me!!

Unknown said...

I would love the hand-free phone (my blue-tooth always falls out) and the navigation, of course! I get distracted in telling my son "eleventeen" isn't a real number and always miss my exit.

marypumphrey said...

I don't accept help easily but this I could use!

marypumphrey said...

I don't accept help easily, but this I could use!

Emily said...

The directions would save me a HUGE amount of time!

Anonymous said...

So what if the car get's stolen and the thief simply rips the mirror out of the car? Since it's aftermarket it's probably not that difficult to do...

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