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adjust your seating position. Move toward the center of the seat until the belt fits over your collarbone.

4. Pull up on the shoulder part of

the belt to remove any slack. Make sure the belt goes over your collarbone and across your chest.

To unlatch the seat belt, push the red PRESS button on the buckle. Guide the belt across your body to the door pillar. If the belt doesn't retract easily, pull it out and check for twists or kinks.

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Main MenuTable of Contentsst Wearing the Lap Belt

The Seat Belt System and How It Works

1. Pull the latch plate across your

hips, and insert it into the buckle marked CENTER.

If the belt is too short, hold the latch plate at a right angle and pull to extend the belt. Insert the latch plate into the buckle.

2. Position the belt so it fits as low as possible across your hips and pelvic bones, not across your stomach. Pull the loose end of the belt to adjust for a snug but comfortable fit.

To unlatch the belt, push the red PRESS button on the buckle.

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Main MenuTable of Contentsst The Seat Belt System and How It Works

Advice for Pregnant Women

If possible, use the lap/shoulder seat belt, remembering to keep the lap portion as low as possible (see page 7).

Each time you have a check-up, ask your doctor if its okay for you to drive and how you should position a lap/shoulder seat belt.

Protecting the mother is the best way to protect her unborn child. Therefore, a pregnant woman should wear a properly-positioned seat belt whenever she drives or rides in a car.

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Seat Belt Maintenance For safety, you should check the condition of your seat belts regularly.

Pull out each belt fully and look for frays, cuts, burns and wear. Check to see that the latches work smoothly and the lap/shoulder belts retract easily. Any belt not in good condition or not working properly should be replaced.

If a seat belt is worn during a crash, have your dealer replace the belt and check the anchors for damage.

For information on how to clean your seat belts, see page 151.

Main MenuTable of Contentsst Supplemental Restraint System

Your Civic is equipped with a Sup- plemental Restraint System (SRS) to help protect your head and chest during a severe frontal colli- sion. This system does not replace your seat belt. It supplements, or adds to, the protection offered by your seat belt.

DRIVER'S AIRBAG

INDICATOR

PASSENGER'S

AIRBAG

CONTROL

UNIT

Not wearing a seat belt in- creases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash, even if you have airbags. Be sure you and your passen- gers always wear seat belts and wear them properly.

SENSORS

The main components in your SRS are:

An airbag in the steering wheel for the driver and another in the dashboard for the front passenger (in the U.S. EX with option package model).

A diagnostic system that, when the ignition is ON 00, continually monitors the sensors, control unit, airbag activator and all related wiring. An indicator light to warn you of a possible problem with the system. Emergency power backup in case your car's electrical system is disconnected in a crash.

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Main MenuTable of Contentsst Supplemental Restraint System

FRONTAL COLLISION RANGE

Important Safety Reminder Even with an airbag, you need to wear a seat belt. The reasons are:

Airbags only inflate in severe frontal collisions. They offer no protection in rear impacts, side impacts, rollovers or moderate frontal collisions.

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How the Driver's Airbag Works

An airbag inflates and deflates very quickly. It cannot protect you during any additional impacts that can occur during a crash.

A seat belt helps keep you in the proper position when an airbag inflates. An airbag opens with considerable force and can hurt you if you are not in the proper position.

If you ever have a severe frontal collision, your airbag will instantly inflate to help protect your head and chest. When the airbag inflates, you may hear a fairly loud noise and you might see smoke and powder. This is normal; it is caused by the inflation of the airbag.

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To do its job, the airbag inflates with considerable force. So, while it can reduce serious injuries and even save your life, the airbag might cause some facial or other abrasions.

The airbag is stored in the center of the steering wheel. For safety, do not attach any items to the steering wheel. They could inter- fere with the proper operation of the airbag. Or, if the airbag inflates, the items could be pro- pelled inside the car and hurt someone.

How the Passenger's Airbag Works

After the bag completely inflates, it immediately starts deflating so it won't interfere with your visibility, ability to steer or ability to operate other controls.

On the US. EX with option package model. If you have a severe frontal collision, the passenger's airbag will inflate at the same time as the driver's airbag.

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The airbag is quite large and inflates with considerable force. It can seriously hurt an adult who is not in the proper position and wearing the seat belt properly. The bag's force could also hurt a small child who is not properly restrained in a child seat.

Because of the airbag, we strongly recommend that you do not put an infant seat in the front passenger's seat. If the airbag inflates, it can dislodge the infant seat and seriously injure the infant.

The passenger's airbag is stored near the top of the dashboard, under a lid marked SRS (see page 11). Do not place any objects on top of this lid. If the airbag inflates, those objects can be propelled inside the car and possibly hurt someone.

S R S

How the SRS Indicator Light Works

The purpose of the SRS light on your instrument panel is to alert you of a potential problem with your supplemental restraint system.

Have the system checked if:

The light does not come on when you turn the ignition ON (II). The light stays on after the engine starts.

The light comes on or flashes while you are driving.

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Main MenuTable of Contentsst Supplemental Restraint System

System Service Precautions Do not modify your steering wheel or any other part of the supplemental restraint system. Modifications could make the system ineffective.

Do not tamper with the system components or wiring. This could cause the airbag to inflate inadvertently, possibly injuring someone very seriously.

Tell anyone who works on your car that you have a supplemental restraint system. Failure to follow the procedures and precautions in the official Honda service manual could result in personal injury or damage to the system.

System Service Your supplemental restraint system is virtually maintenance- free. There are no parts you can safely service. You must have the system serviced by an authorized Honda dealer:

If your airbag ever inflates. The bag must be replaced. Do not try to remove or discard the airbag by yourself. This must be done by a Honda dealer. If the SRS indicator light alerts you of a problem. Have the supplemental restraint system checked as soon as possible. Otherwise, your airbag might not inflate when you need it.

When the car is 10 years old. Have the dealer inspect the system. The production date is on the driver's doorjamb for your convenience.

Scrapping an entire car that has uninflated airbags can be danger- ous. Get assistance from a Honda dealer if your car must be scrapped.

If you sell your car, please be sure to tell the new owner that the car has a supplemental restraint system. Alert them to the information and precautions in this part of the Owner's Manual.

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Main MenuTable of Contentsst Additional Safety Information

The seat belts and airbags are obviously important parts of your occupant protection system.

In addition, you should know that sitting upright, locking the doors, and stowing things properly can also increase your safety and possibly even save your life.

Door Locks It is not safe to leave your car doors unlocked. A passenger, especially a child, could open a door and accidentally fall out. Also, there is a greater chance of being thrown out of the car during a crash when the doors are not locked.

Seat-back Position The seat-backs should be in an upright position for you and your passengers to get the most protection from the seat belts.

If you recline a seat-back, you reduce the protective capability of your seat belt. The farther a seat- back is reclined, the greater the risk that you will slide under the belt in a severe crash and be very seriously injured.

For information on how to adjust the seat-back, see page 51.

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Main MenuTable of Contentsst Additional Safety Information

Storing Cargo Safely Before you drive, make sure you first securely store or tie down any items that could be thrown around the car and hurt someone or interfere with your ability to operate the controls.

Do not put any items on top of the rear shelf. They can block your view and they could be thrown about the car in a crash.

Be sure to keep compartment doors closed when the car is moving. If a front passenger hits the door of an open glove box, for example, he could injure his knees.

Driving With Pets Loose pets can be a hazard while you are driving. An unrestrained pet can interfere with your ability to drive the car. In a crash or sudden stop, loose pets or cages can be thrown around inside the car and hurt you or your passengers. It is also for their safety that pets should be properly restrained in your car.

The recommended way to restrain a medium-sized or larger dog is with a special traveling harness. This harness can be secured to the rear seat with a seat belt. Travel harnesses are available at pet stores.

A small dog, cat, or other small animal will be safest in a pet carrier with rigid sides. Choose a style that allows you to secure it to the car's seat by routing a seat belt through the carrier's handle.

For further information, contact your veterinarian or local animal protection society.

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Main MenuTable of Contentsst Child Safety

Children depend on adults to protect them. To help make sure we do, every state and Canadian province has laws requiring infants and young children to be properly restrained whenever they ride in a car.

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An Infant or child who is not properly restrained can be killed or seriously injured in a crash. Be sure any child too small for seat belts is properly secured in a child restraint.

Where Should Children Sit? According to accident statistics, children of all sizes and ages are safer when they are properly restrained in the rear seat rather than the front seat.

We recommend that, whenever possible, you secure your child's infant or toddler seat in the center position of the rear seat with the lap belt.

For cars with passenger airbags, we strongly recommend that you do not put an infant seat in the front passenger seat. If the airbag inflates, it can hit the seat with great force. The infant seat can be dislodged and the baby seriously injured.

We also recommend that any child who is too large to use an infant or toddler seat ride in one of the out- side positions of the rear seat. The child should then wear the lap/ shoulder belt properly for protection.

Main MenuTable of Contentsst Important Safety Reminders Never hold a baby or child on your lap when riding in a car. If you are wearing your seat belt, the violent forces created during a crash will tear the child from your arms. The child could be seriously hurt or killed.

If you are holding a child and not wearing a seat belt in a crash, you could crush the child against the

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