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UsingaBoosterSeat

A child should continue using a booster seat until the child exceeds the booster seat manufacturer’s requirements.

Even then, the child may still need to use a booster seat. Note that some states now require children to use boosters until they reach a certain age and/or weight. Be sure to check current laws in the state or states where you intend to drive.

If a child needs a booster seat, we recommend choosing a high or low- back style that allows the child to be directly secured with the lap/ shoulder belt.

Whichever style you select, follow the booster seat maker’s instructions.

Protecting Children

WhenCanaLargerChildSitinFront The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that all children ages 12 and under be properly restrained in a back seat.

The back seat is the safest place for a child of any age or size.

In addition, the passenger’s front airbag poses serious risks to children. If the seat is too far forward, or the child’s head is thrown forward during a collision, or the child is unrestrained or out of position, an inflating front airbag can kill or seriously injure the child.

The side airbag also poses risks. If any part of a larger child’s body is in the path of a deploying airbag, the child could receive possibly serious injuries.

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Protecting Children

Of course, children vary widely. And while age may be one indicator of when a child can safely ride in the front, there are other important factors you should consider.

PhysicalSize Physically, a child must be large enough for the lap/shoulder belt to properly fit over the hips, chest, and shoulder (see pages ). If the seat belt does not fit properly, the child should not sit in the front.

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Maturity To safely ride in front, a child must be able to follow the rules, including sitting properly and wearing the seat belt properly throughout a ride.

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Supervise the child. Even mature children sometimes need to be reminded to fasten the seat belts or sit properly.

If you decide that a child can safely ride up front, be sure to:

Carefully read the owner’s manual and make sure you understand all seat belt instructions and all safety information.

Move the vehicle seat to the rear- most position.

Have the child sit up straight, back against the seat, and feet on or near the floor.

Check that the child’s seat belt is properly positioned and secured.

Remind the child not to lean toward the door.

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Protecting Children

Using Child Seats with Tethers

The tether anchorage points are located under plastic covers. Pivot the cover backward to access the anchorage point.

Lift the head restraint, then route the tether strap over the seat-back between the legs of the head restraint.

TETHER STRAP HOOK

COVER

ANCHORAGE POINT Your car has three tether anchorage points under the rear window for securing a tether-style child seat to the car.

Since a tether can provide additional security, we recommend using a tether whenever one is required or available.

ANCHORAGE POINT

Attach the tether strap hook to the tether anchorage point as shown in the illustration, then tighten the strap according to the child seat maker’s instructions. Make sure the strap is not twisted.

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You can also remove the rear head restraints (see page removed head restraints should be secured so they will not be thrown while you are driving. Make sure to replace the rear head restraints when the child seats are not in use.

To attach the tether to the child seat, follow the child seat maker’s instructions.

When the child seat is used, follow the instructions that came with the child seat.

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Using LATCH

Canada Only

Protecting Children

LOWER ANCHORS Your car is equipped with LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) at the rear seats. The lower anchors are located between the seat-back and seat bottom. The exact location of each lower anchor is marked with a small button above the lower anchor point. Lower anchors are to be used only with a child seat designed for use with LATCH.

LOWER UNIVERSAL ANCHORAGE SYSTEM SYMBOL This symbol on rear or forward facing child seats or booster cushions indicates the presence of LATCH compatible hardware.

To install a LATCH-compatible child seat:

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Move the seat belt buckle or seat belt tongue away from the lower anchors.

Make sure there are no foreign objects around the anchors. Foreign objects could get in the way of a secure connection between the child seat and the anchors.

Rigid type

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Put the child seat in the rear left or right vehicle seat and attach the child seat to the lower anchors according to the child seat maker’s instructions.

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TETHER STRAP HOOK

ANCHORAGE POINT

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Attach the tether strap hook to the tether anchorage point and tighten the strap according to the child seat marker’s instruction. Make sure the strap is not twisted.

Flexible type Follow the child seat maker’s 4. instructions for any additional advice on adjusting or tightening the fit.

Lift the head restraint, then route the tether strap over the seat-back between the legs of the head restraint.

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You can also remove the rear head restraints (see page removed head restraints should be secured so they will not be thrown while you are driving. Make sure to replace the rear head restraints when the child seats are not in use.

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Push and pull the child seat forward and from side to side to verify that it is secure enough to stay upright during normal driving maneuvers.

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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts

Seat Belt System Components Your seat belt system includes lap/ shoulder belts in all five seating positions.

The seat belt system also includes a light on the

instrument panel to remind you and your passengers to fasten your belts. If the driver’s seat belt is not fastened before the ignition is turned ON (II), the light will come on and a beeper will also sound. The beeper will stop after a few seconds, but the light will stay on until the driver’s seat belt is fastened.

Lap/Shoulder Belt

This seat belt has a single belt that goes over your shoulder, across your chest and across your hips.

To fasten the belt, insert the latch plate into the buckle, then tug on the belt to make sure the buckle is latched.

To unlock the belt, push the red PRESS button on the buckle. Guide the belt across your body to the door pillar. After exiting the car, be sure the belt is out of the way and will not get closed in the door.

All seat belts have an emergency locking retractor. In normal driving, the retractor lets you move freely in your seat while it keeps some tension on the belt. During a collision or sudden stop, the retractor automatically locks the belt to help restrain your body.

The seat belts in all seating positions except the driver’s have an additional locking mechanism that must be activated to secure a child seat. (See pages for instructions on how to secure child seats with this type of seat belt.)

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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts

Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners

If the shoulder part of the belt is pulled all the way out, the locking mechanism will activate. The belt will retract, but it will not allow the passenger to move freely.

To deactivate the locking mechanism, unlatch the buckle and let the seat belt fully retract. To refasten the belt, pull it out only as far as needed.

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See page to wear the lap/shoulder belt properly.

For added protection, the front seat belts are equipped with automatic seat belt tensioners. When activated, the tensioners immediately tighten the belts to help hold the driver and a front passenger in place.

The tensioners are designed to activate primarily in frontal collisions. The tensioners are independent of the airbag system, so they can be activated during a collision that might not cause the airbags to deploy. In this case, the airbags would not be needed but the additional seat belt tension can be helpful.

The tensioners will be activated in a collision severe enough to cause the front airbags to inflate.

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When the tensioners are activated, the seat belts will remain tight until they are unbuckled in the normal way.

The SRS indicator light will come on if there is a

problem with your automatic seat belt tensioners (see page

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U.S.Models Honda provides a lifetime warranty on seat belts. Honda will repair or replace any seat belt component that fails to function properly during normal use. Please see your WarrantyInformation details.

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Honda

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

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

Not checking or maintaining seat belts can result in serious injury or death if the seat belts do not work properly when needed.

Check your seat belts regularly and have any problem corrected as soon as possible.

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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts

If a seat belt is worn during a crash,

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