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3. When the belt is long enough to fit, insert the latch
plate into the buckle until you hear a ªclick.º
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4. Position the lap belt across your thighs, below your
abdomen. To remove slack in the lap belt portion, pull up
a little on the shoulder belt, as shown.5. To loosen the lap belt if it is too tight, tilt the latch plate
away from you and pull on the lap belt. Remember that
a snug belt reduces the risk of sliding under the belt in a
6. Position the shoulder belt on your chest so that it is
comfortable and not resting on your neck. The retractor
will withdraw any slack in the belt.
7. To release the belt, push the red button on the buckle.
The belt will automatically retract to its stowed position.
If necessary, slide the latch plate down the webbing to
allow it to retract fully.
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²A belt that is buckled into the wrong buckle will not
protect you properly. The lap portion could ride too
high on your body, possibly causing internal injuries.
Always buckle your belt into the buckle nearest you.
²A belt that is too loose will not protect you as well. In
a sudden stop you could move too far forward, increas-
ing the possibility of injury. Wear your seat belt snugly.
²A belt that is worn under your arm is very dangerous.
Your body could strike the inside surfaces of the vehicle
in a collision, increasing head and neck injury. A belt
worn under the arm can cause internal injuries. Ribs
aren't as strong as shoulder bones. Wear the belt over
your shoulder so that your strongest bones will take the
force in a collision.
²A shoulder belt placed behind you will not protect you
from injury during a collision. You are more likely to
hit your head in a collision if you do not wear your
shoulder belt. The lap and shoulder belt are meant to be
²A lap belt worn too high can increase the risk of
internal injury in a collision. The belt forces won't
be at the strong hip and pelvic bones, but across
your abdomen. Always wear the lap belt as low as
possible and keep it snug.
²A twisted belt can't do its job as well. In a collision
it could even cut into you. Be sure the belt is
straight. If you can't straighten a belt in your
vehicle, take it to an authorized dealer and have it
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Seat belt systems must always be replaced after an
impact severe enough to fire the emergency locking
retractors. If there is any question about the condi-
tion of your seat belt system, take the vehicle to an
authorized dealer for an inspection.
A frayed or torn belt could rip apart in a collision and
leave you with no protection. Inspect the belt system
periodically, checking for cuts, frays, or loose parts.
Damaged parts must be replaced immediately. Do not
disassemble or modify the system. Seat belt assem-
blies must be replaced after an accident if they have
been damaged (bent retractor, torn webbing, etc.)
Seat Belts and Pregnant Women
We recommend that pregnant women use the seat belts
throughout their pregnancy. Keeping the mother safe is
the best way to keep the baby safe.
Pregnant women should wear the lap part of the belt
across the thighs and as snug across the hips as possible.
Keep the belt low so that it does not come across the
abdomen. That way the strong bones of the hips will take
the force if there is a collision.
Seat Belt Extender
If a seat belt is too short even when fully extended, an
authorized dealer can provide you with a seat belt
extender. This extender should be used only if the
existing belt is not long enough. When it is not required,
remove the extender and store it.
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Using a seat belt extender when not needed can
increase the risk of injury in a collision. Only use the
extender when the lap belt is not long enough when
it is worn low and snug, and in the recommended
seating positions. Remove and store the extender
when not needed.
Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) - Airbag
This vehicle has airbags for the driver and passenger as a
supplement to the seat belt restraint systems. The driver's
airbag is mounted in the steering wheel. The passenger
frontal airbag is mounted in the instrument panel, under
a cover marked SRS/AIRBAG.
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These airbags inflate in higher speed frontal impacts.
They work with the instrument panel inflatable knee
blockers and the seat belts to provide improved protec-
tion for the driver and passenger.
The vehicle is also equipped with side airbags, located in
the driver and passenger doors. Side airbags also work
with seat belts to improve occupant protection.
NOTE:The front driver airbag is certified to the Federal
regulations that allow less forceful deployment. The front
driver airbag has a multi stage inflator design. This may
allow the airbag to have different rates of inflation that
are based on collision severity and occupant size. Also,
the front passenger airbag is certified to the Federal
regulations that define Occupant Classification (Refer to
ªOccupant Classification Systemº in this section). Their
covers are also labeled SRS/AIRBAG.WARNING!
²Do not put anything on or around the front airbag
covers or attempt to manually open them. You may
damage the airbags and you could be injured
because the airbags are not there to protect you.
These protective covers are designed to open only
when the airbags are inflated.
²Do not place objects between you and the side
airbags; the performance could be adversely af-
fected and/or objects could be pushed into you,
causing serious injury.
²Do not attach cup holders or any other objects on
or around the door. The inflating side airbag could
drive objects into occupants, causing serious
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NOTE:The passenger front airbag may not deploy even
when the driver front airbag has deployed if the Occu-
pant Classification System (refer to ªOccupant Classifi-
cation Systemº in this section) has determined the seat is
empty or is occupied by someone that is classified in the
ªchildº category. This could be a child, a teenager, or
even a small adult. The side airbags on the crash side of
the vehicle is triggered in moderate to severe side colli-
sions. However even in collisions where the airbags
work, you need the seat belts to keep you in the right
position for the airbags to protect you properly.
The seat belts are designed to protect you in many types
of collisions. The front airbags deploy only in moderate
to severe front collisions. In certain types of collisions,
both the front and side airbags may be triggered.
Here are some simple steps you can take to minimize
the risk of harm from a deploying airbag.1. Infants in rear-facing child safety seats shouldNEVER
ride in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger frontal
airbag unless the airbag is shut OFF. See ªPassenger
Airbag On/Off Switchº and ªTo Shut Off the Passenger
Airbag.º The rear-facing seat places them too close to the
passenger air bag in the event of a crash. An airbag
deployment can cause severe injury or death to infants in
Children that are not big enough to properly wear the
vehicle seat belt (see section on ªChild Restraintº) should
be secured in child safety seats or booster seats that are
appropriate for the child's age, height, and weight.
Older children who do not use child safety seats or
booster seats should ride properly buckled. Never allow
children to place the shoulder belt behind them or under
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If a child from 1 to 12 years old must ride in the vehicle,
move the seat as far back as possible, shut off the
passenger airbag, and use the proper child restraint. See
the section on ªChild Restraint.º
You should read the instructions provided with your
child restraint or belt-positioning booster seat to make
sure that you are using it properly.
2. All occupants should wear their lap and shoulder belts
3. The driver and passenger seats should be moved back
as far as practical to allow the front airbags room to
4. Do not lean against the door, as the side airbags will
inflate forcefully into the space between you and the
door. (See the section on ªSide Airbagsº)WARNING!
After installing a child safety seat or booster seat on the
passenger seat, do not adjust the back rest forward. This
could cause a higher load being perceived by the OCS
system which in turn could lead to the passenger airbag
being turned on. Failure to follow this warning could
result in serious or fatal injury. It is always recom-
mended to turn off the passenger front air bags using
the passenger front airbags on/off switch located at the
right end of the instrument panel when the passenger is:
²an infant (less than 1 year old),
²a child, age 1 to 12,
²an adult with a medical condition which makes
passenger airbags inflation (deployment) a greater
risk for the passenger than the risk of hitting the
dashboard (instrument panel) or windshield in a
The on/off switch is accessible by opening the passen-
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²Relying on the airbags alone could lead to more
severe injuries in a collision. The airbags work
with your seat belt to restrain you properly. In
some collisions the airbags won't deploy at all.
Always wear your seat belts even though you have
²Being too close to the steering wheel or instrument
panel during airbag deployment could cause seri-
²Airbags need room to inflate. Sit back, comfort-
ably extending your arms to reach the steering
wheel or instrument panel.
²The side airbags also need room to inflate. Do not
lean against the door. Sit upright in the center of
Airbag System Components
The airbag system consists of the following:
²Occupant Restraint Controller
²Airbag Warning Light
²Driver and passenger frontal airbag/inflator units
²Driver and passenger side airbag/inflator units
²Driver and Passenger Inflatable Knee Blocker
²Driver and Front Passenger Seat Belt Pretensioners
²Side impact sensors
²Front Passenger Seat Occupant Classification System
How the Front Airbag System Works
TheOccupant Restraint Controller (ORC)determines
if a frontal collision is severe enough to require the
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airbags to inflate. Based on the level of collision
severity, the front control module determines the
proper rate of inflation. The front airbag inflators are
designed to provide different rates of airbag inflation
from direction provided by the ORC. The ORC may
modify the rate of inflation based on the occupant size
provided by the Occupant Classification Module. The
ORC will not detect roll overs. The ORC monitors the
readiness of the electronic parts of the system when-
ever the ignition switch is in the START or RUN
positions. If the key is in the OFF position, in the ACC
position, or not in the ignition, the airbags are not on
and will not inflate.
Also, the ORC turns on the AIRBAG warning light
(located in the instrument cluster) and Passenger
Airbag Disable (PAD) indicator light (located in the
center console) for 4 seconds for a self-check when theignition is first turned on. After the self-check, the
AIRBAG warning light will turn off. The PAD indica-
tor light will function normally (Refer to ªPassenger
Airbag Disable (PAD) Indicator Lightº in this section).
If the ORC detects a malfunction in any part of the
system, it turns on the AIRBAG warning light either
momentarily or continuously.
Ignoring the AIRBAG light in your instrument panel
could mean you won't have the airbags to protect you
in a collision. If the light does not come on, stays on
after you start the vehicle, or if it comes on as you
drive, have the airbag system checked right away.
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