Acura NSX 2019 Owner's Guide
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Quick Reference Guide
Depressing the accelerator
pedal does not release the
automatically. Why?●Fasten the driver’s seat belt.
●Check if the transmission is in (P or (N. If so, select any other
Why does the gear position
automatically change to
when I open the driver’s
door to check for parking
space lines when
●Fasten the driver’s seat belt.
●Close the driver’s door and manually change the gear
When opening the driver’s door (P 327)
I’m seeing an amber
indicator of a tire with an
exclamation point. What is
that?The Tire Pressure Monitoring Sy stem (TPMS) needs attention.
Check tire pressure.
2 If the Low Tire Pressure/TPMS Indicator Comes On or Blinks (P 453)
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You can find many safety recommendations throughout this chapter, and throughout this manual.
For Safe DrivingImportant Safety Precautions.............. 32
Your Vehicle’s Safety Features ............ 34
Safety Checklist ................................. 35
Seat Belts About Your Seat Belts ........................ 36
Fastening a Seat Belt .......................... 39
Seat Belt Inspection ............................ 42
Airbags Airbag System Components ............... 43
Types of Airbags ................................ 46
Front Airbags (SRS) ............................ 46 Driver’s Knee Airbag .......................... 50
Side Airbags....................................... 52
Side Curtain Airbags .......................... 54
Airbag System Indicators .................... 55
Airbag Care ....................................... 57
Child Safety Protecting Child Passengers ............... 58
Safety of Infants a nd Small Children... 60
Safety of Larger Children ................... 65
Exhaust Gas Hazard Carbon Monoxide Gas ....................... 67 Safety Labels
Label Locations .................................. 68
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For Safe Driving
The following pages explain your vehicle’s safety features and how to use them
properly. The safety precautions below are ones that we consider to be among the
Important Safety Precautions
■Always wear your seat belt
A seat belt is your best protection in all types of collisions. Airbags are designed to
supplement seat belts, not replace them. So even though your vehicle is equipped
with airbags, make sure you and your pass enger always wear your seat belts, and
wear them properly.
■Your vehicle is not recommended for child passengers
The National Highway Traffic Safety Ad ministration and Transport Canada
recommend that all children ages 12 and under be properly restrained in a back
seat. Since this vehi cle does not have a back seat, we strongly recommend that you
do not carry any child who is not large enough and mature enough to ride in front.
■Be aware of airbag hazards
While airbags can save lives, they can cause serious or fatal injuries to occupants
who sit too close to them, or are not prop erly restrained. Infants, young children,
and short adults are at the greatest risk. Be sure to follow all instructions and
warnings in this manual.
■Don’t drink and drive
Alcohol and driving don’t mix. Even one dr ink can reduce your ability to respond to
changing conditions, and your reaction time gets worse with every additional drink.
So don’t drink and drive, and don’t let your friends drink and drive, either.
1Important Safety Precautions
Some states, provinces and territories prohibit the use
of cell phones other than hands-free devices by the
driver while driving.
Never carry an infant in a rear-facing child seat in this
If an older child must ride in this vehicle, follow all
child safety instructions a nd warnings in this manual.
2 Child Safety P. 58
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uuFor Safe Driving uImportant Safety Precautions
■Pay appropriate attention to the task of driving safely
Engaging in cell phone conversation or other activities that keep you from paying
close attention to the road, other vehicles, and pedestrians could lead to a crash.
Remember, situations can change quickly, and only you can decide when it is safe to
divert some attention away from driving.
■Control your speed
Excessive speed is a major factor in crash injuries and deaths. Generally, the higher
the speed, the greater the risk, but serious injuries can also occur at lower speeds.
Never drive faster than is safe for current conditions, regardless of the maximum
■Keep your vehicle in safe condition
Having a tire blowout or a mechanical failure can be extremely hazardous.
To reduce the possibility of such problems, check your tire pressures and condition
frequently, and perform all regul arly scheduled maintenance.
■Do not leave children unattended in the vehicle
Children, pets and people needing assistan ce left unattended in the vehicle may be
injured if they activate one or more of the vehicle controls. They may also cause the
vehicle to move, resulting in a crash in wh ich they and/or another person(s) can be
injured or killed. Also, depending on the am bient temperature, the temperature of
the interior may reach extreme levels, which can result in harm or death.
Even if the climate control system is on, never leave them in the vehicle unattended
as the climate control system can shut off at any time.
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uuFor Safe Driving uYour Vehicle’s Safety Features
Your Vehicle’s Safety Features
The following checklist will help you take an active role in protecting yourself and
1 Your Vehicle’s Safety Features
Your vehicle is equipped wi th many features that
work together to help protect you and your
passenger dur ing a crash.
Some features do not require any action on your part.
These include a strong framework that forms a safety
cage around the passenger compartment, front and
rear crush zones, a collaps ible steering column, and
tensioners that tighten the seat belts in a sufficient
However, you and your passenger cannot take full
advantage of these features unless you remain seated
in the correct position and always wear your seat
belts. In fact, some safety features can contribute to
injuries if they are not used properly.
Seats and Seat-Backs
Collapsible Steering Column
Side Curtain Airbags
Door Locks Side Airbags
Seat Belt Tensioners
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uuFor Safe Driving uSafety Checklist
For the safety of you and yo ur passenger make a habit of checking these items each
time before you drive.
• After everyone has entered the vehicle, be sure both doors are closed and locked.
Locking the doors helps prevent an occupant from being ejected and an outsider
from unexpectedly opening a door.
2 Locking/Unlocking the Doors from the Inside P. 115
•Adjust your seat to a position suitable fo r driving. Be sure the seats are adjusted
as far to the rear as possible while allo wing the driver to control the vehicle.
Sitting too close to a front airbag can resu lt in serious or fatal injury in a crash.
2Adjusting the Seats P. 144
•Always wear your seat belt, and make sure you wear it properly. Confirm that any
passenger is properly belted as well.
2 Fastening a Seat Belt P. 39
•If you choose to ignore our warnings and carry a child in this vehicle, make every
effort to protect them by properly using a s eat belt or a child seat according to the
child’s age, height, and weight.
2 Child Safety P. 58
If the Door Open or Door And Trunk Open
message appears on the driver information interface,
a door and/or the trunk (h atch) is not completely
closed. Close both doors and the trunk (hatch) tightly
until the message disappears.
2 Driver Information Interface Warning and
Information Messages P. 88
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About Your Seat Belts
Seat belts are the single most effective safety device because they keep you
connected to the vehicle so that you can take advantage of many built-in safety
features. They also help keep you from be ing thrown against the inside of the
vehicle, against any passenger, or out of th e vehicle. When worn properly, seat belts
also keep your body properly positioned in a crash so that you can take full
advantage of the additional protec tion provided by the airbags.
In addition, seat belts help protect you in almost every type of crash, including:
- frontal impacts
- side impacts
- rear impacts
■Lap/shoulder seat belts
Both seating positions are equipped with lap/shoulder seat belts with emergency
locking retractors. In normal driving the re tractor lets you move freely while keeping
some tension on the belt. During a collision or sudden stop the retractor locks to
restrain your body. The passenger’s seat be lt has a lockable retractor that must be
properly activated when using a forward-facing child seat, should you choose to
disregard our recommendations and install one.
2 Installing a Child Seat P. 63
1About Your Seat Belts
Seat belts cannot complete ly protect you in every
crash. But in most cases, seat belts can reduce your
risk of serious injury.
Most states and all Canadian provinces and territories
require you to w ear seat belts.
If you extend the seat belt t oo quickly, it will lock in
place. If this happens, sli ghtly retract the seat belt,
then extend it slowly.
Not wearing a seat belt properly increases
the chance of serious injury or death in a
crash, even though your vehicle has
Be sure you and your passenger always
wear seat belts and wear them properly.
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uuSeat Belts uAbout Your Seat Belts
■Proper use of seat belts
Follow these guidelines for proper use:
• All occupants should sit upright, well back in the seat, and remain in that position
for the duration of the trip. Slouching and leaning reduce the effectiveness of the
belt and can increase the chance of serious injury in a crash.
• Never place the shoulder part of a lap/shoulder seat belt under your arm or
behind your back. This could cause very serious injuries in a crash.
• Two people should never use the same seat belt. If they do, they could be very
seriously injured in a crash.
• Do not put any accessories on the seat belt s. Devices intended to improve comfort
or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can reduce the protective capability
and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash.
The seat belt system includes an indicator on
the instrument panel to remind the driver or a
passenger or both to fasten their seat belts.
If you set the power mode to ON and a seat
belt is not fastened, a beeper will sound and
the indicator will blink. After a few seconds,
the beeper will stop and the indicator will
come on and remain illuminated until the seat
belt is fastened.
The beeper will periodically sound and the
indicator will blink while the vehicle is moving
until the seat belt is fastened.
■Seat Belt Reminder
1About Your Seat Belts
If your passenger moves around and extends the seat
belt, the lockable retractor may activate. If this
happens, release the retractor by unfastening the
seat belt and allow the belt to retract completely.
Then refasten the belt.
1Seat Belt Reminder
The indicator will also co me on if a passenger does
not fasten their seat belt within six seconds after the
power mode is set to ON.
When no one is sitting in th e passenger’s seat, or a
child is riding there, the indicator will not come on
and the beeper will not sound.
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uuSeat Belts uAbout Your Seat Belts
Safe DrivingThe driver’s and passenger’s seats are
equipped with automatic seat belt tensioners
to enhance safety.
The tensioners automatically tighten the seat
belts during a moderate-to-severe frontal
collision, sometimes even if the collision is not
severe enough to inflate the front airbags or
the driver’s knee airbag.
■Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners1Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners
The seat belt tensioners can only operate once.
If a tensioner is activated, the SRS indicator will come
on. Have an authorized Ac ura NSX dealer replace the
tensioner and thoroughly insp ect the seat belt system
as it may not offer protecti on in a subsequent crash.
During a moderate-to-sev ere side impact, the
tensioner on that side of the vehicle also activates.
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uuSeat Belts uFastening a Seat Belt
Fastening a Seat Belt
After adjusting your seat to the proper po sition, and while sitting upright and well
back in the seat:
2 Adjusting the Seats P. 144
1.Pull the seat belt out slowly.
2. Insert the latch plate into the buckle, then
tug on the belt to make sure the buckle is
u Make sure that the belt is not twisted or
caught on anything.
1Fastening a Seat Belt
No one should sit in a seat with an inoperative seat
belt or one that does not appear to be working
correctly. Using a seat be lt that is not working
properly may not protect the occupant in a crash.
Have an authorized Acura NSX dealer check the belt
as soon as possible.
Never insert any foreign obj ects into the buckle or
Pull out slowly.
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