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When fastening the seat belts, be certain
that seatbacks are completely secured in
the latched position. If they are not com-
pletely secured, passengers may be in-
jured in an accident or sudden stop.
Unfastening the seat belts
To unfasten the seat belt, push the button on the
buckle. The seat belt automatically retracts.
Checking seat belt operation
Seat belt retractors are designed to lock seat belt
movement by two separate methods:
When the belt is pulled quickly from the retrac- tor.
When the vehicle slows down rapidly.
To increase your confidence in the seat belts,
check the operation as follows:
Grasp the shoulder belt and pull forward quickly. The retractor should lock and restrict
further belt movement.
If the retractor does not lock during this check or
if you have any questions about seat belt opera-
tion, see a NISSAN certified LEAF dealer.
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Shoulder belt height adjustment (for
The shoulder belt anchor height should be ad-
justed to the position that is best for you. See
Precautions on seat belt usage.
To adjust, pull the adjustment button
1, and then
move the shoulder belt anchor to the preferred
2so that the belt passes over the
center of the shoulder. The belt should be away
from your face and neck, but not falling off of your
shoulder. Release the adjustment button to lock
the shoulder belt anchor into position.
After adjustment, release the adjust- ment button and then try to move the
shoulder belt anchor up and down to
make sure that it is securely fixed in
The shoulder belt anchor height should be adjusted to the position that
is best for you. Failure to do so may
reduce the effectiveness of the entire
restraint system and increase the
chance or severity of injury in an acci-
Seat belt hooks
When the rear seat belts are not in use and when
folding down the rear seats, hook the rear outer
seat belts on the seat belt hooks.
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Center of rear seat
Selecting correct set of seat belts:
The center seat belt buckle is identified by the
A. The center seat belt tongue
can be fastened onlyinto the center seat belt
SEAT BELT EXTENDERS
If, because of body size or driving position, it is
not possible to properly fit the lap-shoulder belt
and fasten it, an extender that is compatible with
the installed seat belts is available that can be
purchased. The extender adds approximately 8 in (200 mm) of length and may be used for either
the driver or front passenger seating position.
See a NISSAN certified LEAF dealer for assis-
tance with purchasing an extender if an extender
Only NISSAN seat belt extenders, made by the same company which
made the original equipment seat
belts, should be used with NISSAN
Adults and children who can use the standard seat belt should not use an
extender. Such unnecessary use could
result in serious personal injury in the
event of an accident.
Never use seat belt extenders to install child restraints. If the child restraint is
not secured properly, the child could
be seriously injured in a collision or a
SEAT BELT MAINTENANCE
To clean the seat belt webbing, apply a mild
soap solution or any solution recommended for
cleaning upholstery or carpets. Then wipe with
a cloth and allow the seat belts to dry in the
shade. Do not allow the seat belts to retract until
they are completely dry.
If dirt builds up in the shoulder belt guide
of the seat belt anchors, the seat belts may
retract slowly. Wipe the shoulder belt guide with
a clean, dry cloth.
Periodically check to see that the seat
belt and the metal components, such as
buckles, tongues, retractors, flexible wires and
anchors, work properly. If loose parts, deterio-
ration, cuts or other damage on the webbing is
found, the entire seat belt assembly should be
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Do not allow children to play with the
seat belts. Most seating positions are
equipped with Automatic Locking Re-
tractor (ALR) mode seat belts. If the seat
belt becomes wrapped around a child’s
neck with the ALR mode activated, the
child can be seriously injured or killed if
the seat belt retracts and becomes tight.
This can occur even if the vehicle is
parked. Unbuckle the seat belt to release
the child. If the seat belt can not be un-
buckled or is already unbuckled, release
the child by cutting the seat belt with a
suitable tool (such as a knife or scissors)
to release the seat belt.
Children need adults to help protect them.
They need to be properly restrained.
In addition to the general information in this
manual, child safety information is available from
many other sources, including doctors, teachers,
government traffic safety offices, and community
organizations. Every child is different, so be sure
to learn the best way to transport your child.
There are three basic types of child restraint
systems: Rear-facing child restraint
Forward-facing child restraint
The proper restraint depends on the child’s size.
Generally, infants up to about 1 year and less
than 20 lb (9 kg) should be placed in rear-facing
child restraints. Forward-facing child restraints
are available for children who outgrow rear-
facing child restraints and are at least 1 year old.
Booster seats are used to help position a vehicle
lap/shoulder belt on a child who can no longer
use a forward-facing child restraint.
Infants and children need special protec-
tion. The vehicle’s seat belts may not fit
them properly. The shoulder belt may
come too close to the face or neck. The
lap belt may not fit over their small hip
bones. In an accident, an improperly fit-
ting seat belt could cause serious or fatal
injury. Always use appropriate child re-
All U.S. states and Canadian provinces or terri-
tories require the use of approved child restraints
for infants and small children. See Child re-
straints. A child restraint may be secured in the vehicle by
using either the LATCH (Lower Anchor and Teth-
ers for Children) system or with the vehicle seat
belt. For more information, see
NISSAN recommends that all pre-teens
and children be restrained in the rear seat.
According to accident statistics, children
are safer when properly restrained in the
rear seat than in the front seat.
This is especially important because your
vehicle has a supplemental restraint sys-
tem (air bag system) for the front passen-
ger. See Supplemental restraint system.INFANTS
Infants up to at least 1 year old should be placed
in a rear-facing child restraint. NISSAN recom-
mends that infants be placed in child restraints
that comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standards or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety
Standards. You should choose a child restraint
that fits your vehicle and always follow the manu-
facturer’s instructions for installation and use.
Children that are over 1 year old and weigh at
least 20 lbs (9 kg) should remain in a rear-facing
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child restraint as long as possible up to the height
or weight limit of the child restraint. Children who
outgrow the height or weight limit of the rear-
facing child restraint and are at least 1 year old
should be secured in a forward-facing child re-
straint with a harness. Refer to the manufactur-
er’s instructions for minimum and maximum
weight and height recommendations. NISSAN
recommends that small children be placed in
child restraints that comply with Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standards or Canadian Motor Ve-
hicle Safety Standards. You should choose a
child restraint that fits your vehicle and always
follow the manufacturer’s instructions for instal-
lation and use.
Children should remain in a forward-facing child
restraint with a harness until they reach the maxi-
mum height or weight limit allowed by the child
Once a child outgrows the height or weight limit
of the harness-equipped forward-facing child re-
straint, NISSAN recommends that the child be
placed in a commercially available booster seat to
obtain proper seat belt fit. For a seat belt to fit
properly, the booster seat should raise the child
so that the shoulder belt is properly positionedacross the chest and the top, middle portion of
the shoulder. The shoulder belt should not cross
the neck or face and should not fall off the shoul-
der. The lap belt should lie snugly across the
lower hips or upper thighs, not the abdomen. A
booster seat can only be used in seating posi-
tions that have a three-point type seat belt. The
booster seat should fit the vehicle seat and have
a label certifying that it complies with Federal
Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Canadian Mo-
tor Vehicle Safety Standards. Once the child has
grown so the shoulder belt is no longer on or near
the face and neck and the lap belt can be posi-
tioned properly across the lower hips or upper
thighs use the seat belt without the booster seat.
Never let a child stand or kneel on any
seat and do not allow a child in the cargo
areas. The child could be seriously in-
jured or killed in an accident or sudden
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PRECAUTIONS ON CHILD
Failure to follow the warnings and in-
structions for proper use and installa-
tion of child restraints could result in
serious injury or death of a child or
other passengers in a sudden stop or
–The child restraint must be used and
installed properly. Always follow all
of the child restraint manufacturer’s
instructions for installation and use.
– Infants and children should never be
held on anyone’s lap. Even the
strongest adult cannot resist the
forces of a collision.
– Do not put a seat belt around both a
child and another passenger. –
NISSAN recommends that all child
restraints be installed in the rear
seat. Studies show that children are
safer when properly restrained in
the rear seat than in the front seat. If
you must install a forward-facing
child restraint in the front seat, see
later in this section.
– Even with the NISSAN Advanced Air
Bag System, never install a rear-
facing child restraint in the front
seat. An inflating air bag could seri-
ously injure or kill a child. A rear-
facing child restraint must only be
used in the rear seat.
– Be sure to purchase a child restraint
that will fit the child and vehicle.
Some child restraints may not fit
properly in your vehicle.
– Child restraint anchor points are de-
signed to withstand loads from child
restraints that are properly fitted.
– Never use the anchor points for
adult seat belts or harnesses.
– A child restraint with a top tether
strap should not be used in the front
passenger seat. –
Keep seatbacks as upright as pos-
sible after fitting the child restraint.
– Infants and children should always
be placed in an appropriate child
restraint while in the vehicle.
When the child restraint is not in use,
keep it secured with the LATCH system
or a seat belt. In a sudden stop or
collision, loose objects can injure oc-
cupants or damage the vehicle.
A child restraint in a closed vehicle can
become very hot. Check the seating sur-
face and buckles before placing a child in
the child restraint.
This vehicle is equipped with a universal child
restraint anchor system, referred to as the LATCH
(Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) sys-
tem. Some child restraints include rigid or
webbing-mounted attachments that can be con-
nected to these anchors.
For details, see Lower Anchors and Tethers for
CHildren System (LATCH).
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If you do not have a LATCH compatible child
restraint, the vehicle seat belts can be used.
Several manufacturers offer child restraints for
infants and small children of various sizes. When
selecting any child restraint, keep the following
points in mind:
Choose only a restraint with a label certifyingthat it complies with Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standard 213 or Canadian Motor Ve-
hicle Safety Standard 213.
Check the child restraint in your vehicle to be sure it is compatible with the vehicle’s seat and
seat belt system.
If the child restraint is compatible with your vehicle, place your child in the child restraint
and check the various adjustments to be sure
the child restraint is compatible with your child.
Choose a child restraint that is designed for
your child’s height and weight. Always follow all
recommended procedures. All U.S. states and Canadian provinces or
territories require that infants and small
children be restrained in an approved child
restraint at all times while the vehicle is
being operated. Canadian law requires the
top tether strap on forward-facing child
restraints be secured to the designated an-
chor point on the vehicle.
Lower Anchors and Tethers for
CHildren System (LATCH)
Your vehicle is equipped with special anchor
points that are used with Lower Anchors and
Tethers for CHildren System (LATCH) compat-
ible child restraints. This system may also be
referred to as the ISOFIX or ISOFIX compatible
system. With this system, you do not have to use
a vehicle seat belt to secure the child restraint.
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LATCH lower anchor
Failure to follow the warnings and in-
structions for proper use and installation
of child restraints could result in serious
injury or death of a child or other passen-
gers in a sudden stop or collision:
Attach LATCH system compatible child restraints only at the locations shown
in the illustration.
Do not secure a child restraint in the center rear seating position using the
LATCH lower anchors. The child re-
straint will not be secured properly.
Inspect the lower anchors by inserting your fingers into the lower anchor
area. Feel to make sure there are no
obstructions over the anchors such as
seat belt webbing or seat cushion ma-
terial. The child restraint will not be
secured properly if the lower anchors
LATCH lower anchor location
The LATCH anchors are located at the rear of the
seat cushion near the seatback. A label is at-
tached to the seatback to help you locate the
Installing child restraint LATCH lower
LATCH compatible child restraints include two
rigid or webbing-mounted attachments that can
be connected to two anchors located at certain
seating positions in your vehicle. With this sys-
tem, you do not have to use a vehicle seat belt to
secure the child restraint. Check your child re-
straint for a label stating that it is compatible with
the LATCH system. This information may also be
in the instructions provided by the child restraint
LATCH lower anchor locationLATCH webbing-mounted attachment
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When installing a child restraint, carefully read
and follow the instructions in this manual and
those supplied with the child restraint.
Top tether anchor
If the cargo cover contacts the top tether strap when it is attached to the
top tether anchor, remove the cargo
cover from the vehicle or secure it on
the cargo floor below its attachment
location. If the cargo cover is not re-
moved, it may damage the top tether
strap during a collision. Your child
could be seriously injured or killed in a
collision if the child restraint top tether
strap is damaged.
Do not allow cargo to contact the top tether strap when it is attached to the
top tether anchor. Properly secure the
cargo so it does not contact the top
tether strap. Cargo that is not properly
secured or that contacts the top tether
strap may damage the top tether strap
during a collision. Your child could be
seriously injured or killed in a collision
if the child restraint top tether strap is
damaged. Top tether anchor point locations:
Anchor points are located on the back side of the
The child restraint top tether strap must be used
when installing child restraints with the LATCH
lower anchor attachments or seat belts.
If you have any questions when installing a
top tether strap, consult your NISSAN cer-
tified LEAF dealer for details.
LATCH rigid-mounted attachment
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REAR-FACING CHILD RESTRAINT
INSTALLATION USING LATCH
Refer to all Warnings and Cautions in “Child
safety” and “Child restraints” earlier in this sec-
tion before installing a child restraint.
Follow these steps to install a rear-facing child
restraint using the LATCH system
1. Position the child restraint on the seat. Alwaysfollow the child restraint manufacturer’s
2. Secure the child restraint anchor attachmentsto the LATCH lower anchors. Check to make
sure that the LATCH attachment is properly
attached to the lower anchors.
Rear-facing (webbing-mounted) — step 2Rear-facing (rigid-mounted) — step 2
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