Did you know that over half of all child car seats are installed incorrectly? Parents, grandparents and guardians often struggle to install car seats due to their finicky nature and the variety of seats available, not to mention the different sizes and shapes of vehicles. Two mothers, and principal engineers at Toyota, shared this struggle and set about finding a solution and Toyota For Families was born.
Toyota For Families is a digital toolkit designed for parents, not only to install car seats in the new 2021 Toyota Sienna but also offers safety tips and information on how to use the features in the new Toyota minivan. Watch informational videos or find out how to best install your type of car seat — rear-facing, forward-facing or booster seat, in the new Sienna. The step-by-step guide shows in great detail how to install any type of car seat, including the various straps, anchors, levers, and even differs based on the seat in which you install the car seat.
The Toyota For Families feature was created by Jennifer Pelky and Lindsay Babian, both principal engineers and mothers of young children. They struggled to install their own car seats and knew that others must be frustrated as well.
Pelky thought, “if I’m an engineer in safety, and I’m having trouble figuring this out, then lots of people must be having trouble,” who has two sons under 10. “Parenting is already hard, right? But installing your car seat doesn’t have to be.”
You can access Toyota For Families on the Toyota Owners website or through the Toyota Owners App which can be downloaded for iPhone or Android. Select your vehicle or enter your VIN to access customized instructions. The app also includes a function that will flag any incompatibilities and ask the user to choose a working option. Currently, only the new 2021 Toyota Sienna is included, with plans to expand video and written instructions to other Toyota family vehicles in the next few years.
The Toyota Owners App offers tons of great features that any driver will find helpful. Control your Toyota remotely — start the engine, lock/unlock doors or find it in a crowded parking lot. The app will alert you for maintenance needs, recalls and even offer service deals. The Toyota app also works with your connected Smartwatch, and you can make payments using your TFS account. Sign up for Toyota Connected Services and utilize 24/7 live agent assistance for directions, emergency SOS, 24/7 Toyota Roadside Assistance and even turn your Toyota into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Toyotas are known for their safety and reliability. Now it’s easier than ever to make sure you are getting as much out of your Toyota as you can. The new 2021 Toyota Sienna includes Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 that includes:
- Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
- Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
- Lane Tracing Assist
- Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
- Road Sign Assist
- Automatic High Beams
- Rear Seat Reminder
Every new Toyota Sienna also comes with ToyotaCare for 2 years or 25,000 miles and includes regular factory scheduled maintenance and 24-hour Roadside Assistance for 2 years.
Visit City Toyota in Daly City, CA, to learn more about Toyota For Families, Toyota Safety Sense™ and the new 2021 Toyota Sienna. Our team of friendly Toyota experts are here to help you understand all of the advanced safety features and family-friendly attributes in the new Toyota Sienna minivan.
City Toyota can help you get set up with the Toyota Owners App, including any free-trial periods. Learn how to properly install your own car seat and drive away with confidence in your purchase and the safety of your loved ones.
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