Still leading the industry in safety technology, no other lift truck brand offers a system comparable to Toyota’s SYSTEM OF ACTIVE STABILITY™ (SAS).

With more than 250,000 SAS-equipped Toyota lift trucks in operation in North America and Toyota’s proven record of lift truck safety, you can feel confident knowing your operators are utilizing equipment that sets the industry standard in safety.

Toyota’s SAS System electronically monitors and controls the lift truck’s operations to help reduce the risk of tip-overs.  SAS is composed of two systems: the active control rear stabilizer and the active mast function controller.

ACTIVE CONTROL REAR STABILIZER: It Gives New Meaning to Job Security

Whether it’s your most experienced driver or an employee’s first day on the job, every lift truck operator faces the same potential hazards. The most serious of these are tip-overs that occur when a lift truck takes a corner too sharp or too fast.

Fact is, if the center of gravity shifts outside its three support points, or stability triangle, wheels can lift and it can tip over.

Toyota’s ACTIVE CONTROL REAR STABILIZER helps reduce that possibility.  When it senses instability, Toyota’s SAS uses patented technology to instantly lock a hydraulic cylinder on the rear axle to widen the lift truck’s support area, changing the lift truck’s stability footprint from triangular in shape to rectangular.  The resulting increase in lateral stability reduces the likelihood of a lateral overturn.

So even if operators misjudge the load or the speed or sharpness of a turn, the system helps keep them safe on all four wheels.  Now that’s the kind of technology, or job security, every operator can use.

ACTIVE MAST FUNCTION CONTROLLER: Not Even OSHA Regulates Operators This Closely

When operating a lift truck’s mast, the slightest miscalculation can have significant repercussions.  “Just a touch more,” often thinks the operator.  But a touch too much can sometimes lead to a serious accident.

Toyota’s ACTIVE MAST FUNCTION CONTROLLER is uniquely designed to provide features that help operators handle loads at high heights.  When the SAS controller senses potential instability, two systems are activated to help reduce the chances of forward or rearward tipovers: forward tilt angel control and rear tilt speed control.

FORWARD TILT ANGLE CONTROL will sense load weight and mast height, then automatically override the operator’s manual control and limit forward tilt to decrease the chance of spilling a load or tipping the lift truck forward.

Moreover, depending on the fork’s height, it governs reverse tilt speed to help prevent cargo from becoming unstable at the various heights.

REAR TILT SPEED CONTROL utilizes the same load and mast height sensors to govern the mast’s reverse tilt speed to half, thereby decreasing the chances of spilling unsecured loads or tipping the lift truck backward

But that’s not all, the AUTOMATIC FORK LEVELING CONTROL takes the guesswork out of handling pallets for new and seasoned operators.  Now, all they have to do is press a button when tilting forward and the forks automatically level themselves.


The SAS OPERATION MONITOR continuously checks and reports on the status of its systems.  In addition, an indicator light informs operators when the Swing Lock Cylinder is engaged, making them aware of the SAS’s role in maintaining stability.

No other manufacturer in the world offers SAS technology.  It is, perhaps, the only innovation capable of helping to reshape the way you think about lift truck safety and productivity.  And it’s available on Toyota lift trucks.  These innovative features, however, in no way override the value of sensible employees, professional training and strict adherence to safety regulations.  But they certainly provide you with more ways to create a safer environment.