A photo of the driver information display in the 2020 Toyota Highlander.

Toyota introduces a new system to help the forgetful

How does Toyota Rear Seat Reminder work? 

Toyota has always been on the sharp end of the spear when it comes to innovation within the automotive industry. Our manufacturing partner started equipping its roster with advanced safety features in 2017, a full five years before the government-mandated deadline. When the 2021 Toyota Camry arrives, it will be the first of the automaker’s vehicles to feature Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+. As a part of the safety suite’s upgrades, it features a new subsystem. So, how does Toyota Rear Seat Reminder work? It’s actually very simple and our team of product experts thought our current and future customers would like to learn more before they visit the showroom. Let’s take a closer look at this innovative new feature meant to make an owner’s life just a little easier. 

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What does Rear Seat Reminder do? 

Toyota won’t ever be accused of trying to deceive people with the Rear Seat Reminder feature, because that is exactly what it does. When one of the rear doors of a Toyota vehicle is opened within 10 minutes of the vehicle’s engine starting, a reminder will appear on the driver information display on the center gauge cluster – a serious a multitone chimes will be heard if rear doors aren’t opened after the alerts start. Of course, the system will also engage if the rear doors are opened and closed after the engine is running. 

It’s important to note that the system might not register engage if the rear doors are opened and closed within two seconds. Basically, the Rear Seat Reminder software is smart enough to know if it’s likely that something (like luggage) was placed in the backseat. 

Can I turn Rear Seat Reminder off? 

Of course, Toyota wants owners to be able to set up their vehicles in whatever manner they like. Rear Seat Reminder can be turned off using the same controls used to manipulate the driver information display in the center gauge cluster. 

As of right now, Toyota Rear Seat reminder is standard equipment on the 2021 Toyota Camry and 2020 Toyota Highlander. You can start the pre-ordering process for either vehicle when you schedule an appointment with a Colonial Toyota product expert today.