October 20, 2003


GM develops rotating lift-and-lower passenger seat

Detroit, Michigan – General Motors has developed a “Sit-N-Lift” power seat that
makes it easier to enter and exit GM’s midsize vans. It is available immediately on
certain Chevrolet Venture, Pontiac Montana and Oldsmobile Silhouette minivans.

“With approximately 80 million people over the age of 50 and more than 50 million
Americans with some form of disability, we think the Sit-N-Lift seat can help a lot
of people stay on the move,” said Jim Kornas, Director of Mobility Product
Development. “As people age, things can become more difficult. Arthritis, a sore
back, or physical needs necessitate that vehicles have to be more flexible and
accommodating. A feature like Sit-N-Lift allows a wide range of people to be part of
the vehicle experience, able to get out and about and stay as independent as
possible. And for caregivers, the Sit-N-Lift power seat is not only a convenience,
it’s also a safety feature that can help prevent them from getting injured while
assisting or lifting their passenger into the vehicle”.

Features of seat include:

  • Fully powered seat that provides access to the right hand second-row seat

  • The seat is operated by a handheld remote control that rotates the power bucket
    seat, which then extends out of the vehicle and lowers for easier entry/exit

  • Lift capacity up to 300 pounds
  • Includes a slide-out footrest
  • Seat can lower to approximately 17 inches seat bottom to ground
  • Will be available in next generation GM Crossover Sport Vans available in model
    year 2005

  • Select 2001 model year and later GM minivans may be retrofitted
  • Can be transferred into the next generation GM Crossover Sport Vans

More information on Sit-N-Lift and GM Mobility is available at gmmobility.com.

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