2011 Toyota Sienna Auto Access Seat Debuts at NAIAS

At this years NAIAS, Toyota is debuting their new Auto Access Seat, designed for the 2011 Sienna minivan. This will make Toyota the first carmaker in North America to offer a factory-installed, rotating, power ascending/descending lift-up seat, for those who may need assistance getting in or out of a vehicle.

The Auto Access Seat features a seat-mounted ingress/egress switch and a wireless remote control that allows for easy and flexible seat operation. The seat rotates 90 degrees and can be lowered to within 19 inches of the ground to further facilitate easier passenger transfers at the exact height required.

Once inside, the occupant can use reclining and slide switches located on both sides of the seat. This allows operation of up to four inches of slide travel and reclining of up to 24 degrees. The auto-recline feature also allows for safe head clearance through the door frame during entry and exit.

The seat also includes an audible beep feature for when it is in operation and a park-shift interlock feature that prevents seat operation if the vehicle is not in the "Park" position. A sliding door sensor allows the seat to operate only when the sliding door is completely open.

Two audible beeps will warn the user of a partially open sliding-door condition, or if the seat is not fully stowed when the door close button is pressed. A manual retraction function allows the seat to be retracted fully in the event of a vehicle power failure.

Additional safety features include Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) to properly secure any iso-fix style child safety seat. The Auto Access Seat meets all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).

Toyota's Auto Access Seat will be available when the new third-generation Sienna goes on sale in February 2010, on the LE and XLE models.
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