Toyota Avalon Owners Manual: BSM (Blind Spot Monitor)

Summary of the Blind Spot Monitor

The Blind Spot Monitor is a system that has 2 functions;

  • The BSM (Blind Spot Monitor) function
    Assists the driver in making a decision when changing lanes
  • The RCTA (Rear Cross Traffic Alert) function
    Assists the driver when backing up

These functions use same sensors.

Using the driving support systems

  1. Multi-information display
    Turning the BSM function/RCTA function on/off.
  2. Outside rear view mirror indicators
    BSM function: When a vehicle is detected in the blind spot, the outside rear view mirror indicator comes on while the turn signal lever is not operated and the outside rear view mirror indicator flashes while the turn signal lever is operated.

    RCTA function: When a vehicle approaching from the right or left rear of the vehicle is detected, the outside rear view mirror indicators flash.

  3. "BSM" indicator/"RCTA" indicator
    When the BSM function/RCTA function is turned on, the indicator illuminates.
  4. Audio system screen (RCTA function only)
    If a vehicle approaching from the right or left at the rear of the vehicle is detected, the RCTA icon for the detected side will be displayed.
  5. RCTA buzzer (RCTA function only)
    When a vehicle approaching from the right or left rear of the vehicle is detected, a buzzer sounds from behind the rear seat.

Turning the BSM function/RCTA function on/off

1. Press of the meter control switches, select .

2. Press of the meter control switched, select or .

3. Press of the meter control switch.

Each time is pressed, the function changes on/off.

■The outside rear view mirror indicators visibility When under strong sunlight, the outside rear view mirror indicator may be difficult to see.

■RCTA buzzer hearing RCTA function may be difficult to hear over loud noises such as high audio volume.

■When "Blind Spot Monitor Unavailable" or "Rear Cross Traffic Alert Unavailable" are shown on the multi-information display Ice, snow, mud, etc., may be attached to the rear bumper around the sensors.

The system should return to normal operation after removing the ice, snow, mud, etc., from the rear bumper. Additionally, the sensors may not operate normally when driving in extremely hot or cold environments.

■When there is a malfunction in the Blind Spot Monitor

If a system malfunction is detected due to any of the following reasons, a warning message will be displayed:

  • There is a malfunction with the sensors
  • The sensors have become dirty
  • The outside temperature is extremely high or low
  • The sensor voltage has become abnormal
WARNING

■Handling the radar sensor

One Blind Spot Monitor sensor is installed inside the left and right side of the vehicle rear bumper respectively. Observe the following to ensure the Blind Spot Monitor can function correctly.

Keep the sensor and its surrounding area on the bumper clean at all times. If a sensor or its surrounding area on the rear bumper is dirty or covered with snow, the Blind Spot Monitor may not operate and a warning message will be displayed. In this situation, clear off the dirt or snow and drive the vehicle with the operation conditions of the BSM function satisfied for approximately 60 minutes. If the warning message does not disappear, have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer

  • Do not subject a sensor or its surrounding area on the rear bumper to a strong impact.

    If a sensor is moved even slightly off position, the system may malfunction and vehicles may not be detected correctly.

    In the following situations, have your vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer.

    • A sensor or its surrounding area is subject to a strong impact.
    • If the surrounding area of a sensor is scratched or dented, or part of them has become disconnected.
  • Do not disassemble the sensor.
  • Do not attach accessories or stickers to the sensor or surrounding area on the bumper.
  • Do not modify the sensor or surrounding area on the bumper.
  • Do not paint the rear bumper any color other than an official Toyota color.
Dynamic radar cruise controlwith full-speed range

BSM function

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