Toyota Material Handling celebrates 25th anniversary of SAS during National Forklift Safety Day

Toyota marks milestone for its stability control technology; promotes lift truck safety

Toyota marks milestone for its stability control technology; promotes lift truck safety

Toyota Material Handling is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its System of Active Stability (SAS), a technolgoyy that works to reduce the likelihood of forklift tip over. Commemorated on the 11th annual National Forklift Safety Day, the SAS milestone calls attention to Toyota’s emphasis on empowering customers to foster a culture of safety, the company said. As part of this year’s event, Toyota is sharing educational resources with dealers and forklift operators on innovative technology and forklift safety best practices.

National Forklift Safety Day, sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association (ITA), is an annual event that educates customers, policymakers, and government officials about safe forklift use and proper operator training. With approximately 4.5 million forklift operators in the workforce, Toyota continues to emphasize the importance of continual safety education.

“Since its inception 11 years ago, National Forklift Safety Day has helped drive more discussion about making and keeping forklift safety a core part of every organization’s culture,” said Cesar Jimenez, Toyota Material Handling Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Product Planning, and Product Assurance. “National Forklift Safety Day helps us reinforce our industry mission and message to provide new and ongoing safety training to forklift operators in all industries.”

In addition to SAS, Toyota’s Smart Environment Sensor Plus (SEnS+) can assist operators in identifying pedestrians or objects in their path. SEnS+ includes industry-first capabilities, including dynamic zoning, adjustable truck slowdown and backward movement prevention features. These innovative technologies are part of Toyota Assist, a suite of advanced features designed to enhance forklift operability, productivity and situational awareness that are a testament to Toyota’s commitment to promoting safety within the industry.

Toyota’s Jimenez and Brett Wood, President & CEO of Toyota Material Handling North America, will play key roles in Tuesday’s National Forklift Safety Day event. Wood, currently serving his second term as ITA chair, participated on the committee that established the first National Forklift Safety Day. During his initial tenure, Wood was instrumental in developing the ITA’s economic impact report, Lifting America: The Economic Impact of Industrial Truck Manufacturers, Distributors and Dealers. This report provided the industry with quantifiable statistics, offering valuable insights and emphasizing the importance of safety within the material handling industry.

Jimenez, who also has nearly three decades of experience in the industry, has followed in Wood’s footsteps with his appointment as the chair for this year’s National Forklift Safety Day. Jimenez and Wood have been steadfast in their leadership to raise awareness and increase safety standards within the material handling industry, the company noted.

Toyota Material Handling also cultivates a safety-focused culture by offering site surveys, consultations and operator training. For more resources, visit Toyota Material Handling’s National Forklift Safety Day page at