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it must be replaced by the dealer. A belt that has been worn during a crash may not provide the same level of protection in a subsequent crash. The dealer should also inspect the anchors for damage and replace them if needed.

Automatic seat belt tensioners that deployed during a crash must be replaced.

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

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SRS Components Your Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) includes:

Two front airbags. The driver’s airbag is stored in the center of the steering wheel; the front passenger’sairbagisstoredinthe dashboard. Both are marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG.’’

Automatic seat belt tensioners (see page

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Sensors that can detect a moderate to severe frontal collision.

Additional Information About Your Airbags

How Your Front Airbags Work

A sophisticated electronic system that continually monitors and records information about the sensors, the control unit, the airbag activators, and driver and passenger seat belt use when the ignition is ON (II).

An indicator light on the instrument panel that alerts you to a possible problem with the system (see page

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Emergency backup power in case your car’s electrical system is disconnected in a crash.

If you ever have a moderate to severe frontal collision, the sensors will detect the vehicle’s rapid deceleration. If the rate of deceleration is high enough, the control unit will instantly inflate the front airbags.

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Additional Information About Your Airbags

The total time for inflation and deflation is approximately one-tenth of a second, so fast that most occupants are not aware that the airbags deployed until they see them lying in their laps.

After a crash, you may see what looks like smoke. This is actually powder from the airbag’s surface. Although the powder is not harmful, people with respiratory problems may experience some temporary discomfort. If this occurs, get out of the car as soon as it is safe to do so.

After inflating, the front airbags immediately deflate, so they won’t interfere with the driver’s visibility, or the ability to steer or operate other controls.

During a frontal crash, your seat belts help restrain your lower body and torso. Your airbag provides a cushion to help restrain and protect your head and chest.

Since both airbags use the same sensors, both airbags normally inflate at the same time. However, it is possible for only one airbag to inflate.

This can occur when the severity of a collision is at the margin, or threshold, that determines whether or not the airbags will deploy. In such cases, the seat belt will provide sufficient protection, and the supplemental protection offered by the airbag would be minimal.

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Additional Information About Your Airbags

How Your Side Airbags Work Onlyonmodelsequippedwithside airbags.

U.S. Owners: For additional information on how your airbags work, see the booklet titled SRS:WhatYouNeedtoKnow that came with your AboutAirbags owner’s manual.

Canadian Owners: For additional information on how your airbags work, ask your dealer for a copy of the booklet titled SRS: WhatYouNeedtoKnowAboutAirbags.

Your car is equipped with side airbags for the driver and a front seat passenger. The airbags are stored in the outer edges of the front seat-backs, and both are marked ‘‘SIDE AIRBAG.’’

If you ever have a moderate to severe side impact, the sensors will detect rapid deceleration and signal the control unit to instantly inflate either the driver’s or the passenger’s side airbag.

Only one airbag will deploy during a side impact. If the impact is on the passenger’s side, the passenger’s side airbag will deploy even if there is no passenger.

To get the best protection from the side airbags, front seat occupants should wear their seat belts and sit upright and well back in their seats.

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Additional Information About Your Airbags

How the SRS Indicator Light Works

ThepurposeoftheSRS indicator light is to alert

you to a potential problem with your front airbags. On cars with side airbags, this light will also alert you to a potential problem with your automatic seat belt tensioners (page 46 passenger’s side airbag automatic cutoff system (page

); or your side airbags or

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).

When you turn the ignition ON (II), this indicator will light briefly then go out. This tells you that the system is working properly.

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Ignoring the SRS indicator light can result in serious injury or death if the airbags, cutoff system, or tensioners do not work properly.

Have your car checked by a dealer as soon as possible if the SRS light alerts you to a potential problem.

If the light comes on at any other time, or does not come on at all, you should have the system checked by your dealer. For example:

If the SRS indicator light does not come on after you turn the ignition switch to ON (II).

If the light stays on after the engine starts.

If the light comes on or flashes on andoffwhileyoudrive.

If you see any of these indications, your front or side airbags may not deploy, your passenger’s side airbag automatic cutoff system may not work properly, or your seat belt tensioners may not work when you need them. See your Honda dealer as soon as possible.

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How the Passenger Airbag Cutoff Indicator Light Works Onlyonmodelsequippedwithside airbags

This light alerts you that the passenger’s side airbag

has been automatically shut off.

It does not mean there is a problem with your side airbags. It means that the side airbag cutoff system has activated to prevent the side airbag from deploying.

To reduce the risk of injury from an inflating side airbag, your car has an automatic cutoff system for the passenger’s side airbag.

Although Honda does not encourage children to ride in the front, this system is designed to shut off the side airbag if a child leans sideways and the child’s head is in the side airbag deployment path.

If a small-statured adult leans sideways, or larger adult slouches and leans sideways into the deployment path of the side airbag, the system may also shut off the side airbag.

If the passenger airbag cutoff indicator light comes on, you should have the passenger sit upright. Once the passenger is out of the deployment path of the side airbag, the system will turn the airbag back on and the light will go out.

A front seat passenger should not use a cushion or other object as a backrest. It may prevent the cutoff system from working properly.

When you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), the indicator should light briefly and go out (see page doesn’t light, stays on, or comes on while driving without a passenger in the front seat, have the system checked.

). If it

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Additional Safety Precautions

Donotattempttodeactivateyour airbags. seat belts provide the best protection.

Together, airbags and

Donottamperwithairbag componentsorwiringforany Tampering could cause reason. the airbags to deploy, possibly causing very serious injury.

If rain or spilled water

Donotexposethefrontseat-backs towater. soaks into a seat-back, it can prevent the side airbag system from working properly.

Airbag Service Your front airbag system and side airbag system (if equipped) are virtually maintenance-free, and there are no parts you can safely service. However, you must have your car serviced if:

Any

Yourairbagseverinflate. airbag that has deployed must be replaced along with the seat belt tensioners, control unit and other related parts. Do not try to remove or replace any airbag by yourself. This must be done by a Honda dealer or a knowledgeable body shop.

TheSRSindicatorlightalertsyou Take your car to an toaproblem. authorized Honda dealer as soon as possible. If you ignore this indication, the airbags might not inflate when you need them.

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Improperly

Donotcoverorreplacefrontseat- backcoverswithoutconsultinga Hondadealer. replacing or covering front seat- back covers can prevent your side airbags from inflating during a collision.

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See page and precautions relating to your airbags.

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Your car’s exhaust contains carbon monoxide gas. You should have no problem with carbon monoxide entering the car in normal driving if you maintain your car properly. Have the exhaust system inspected for leaks whenever:

The car is raised for an oil change. You notice a change in the sound of the exhaust. The car was in an accident that may have damaged the underside.

Carbon Monoxide Hazard

With the trunk lid open, air flow can pull exhaust gas into your car’s interior and create a hazardous condition. If you must drive with the trunk lid open, open all the windows and set the heating and cooling system as shown below.

If you must sit in your parked car, even in an unconfined area, with the engine running, adjust the heating and cooling system as follows:

1. 2. 3. 4.

Select the Fresh Air mode. Select the Turn the fan on high speed. Set the temperature control to a comfortable setting.

mode.

Carbon monoxide gas is toxic. Breathing it can cause unconsciousness and even kill you.

Avoid any enclosed areas or activities that expose you to carbon monoxide.

High levels of carbon monoxide can collect rapidly in enclosed areas, such as a garage. Do not run the engine with the garage door closed. Even with the door open, run the engine only long enough to move the vehicle out of the garage.

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Safety Labels

These labels are in the locations shown. They warn you of potential hazards that could cause serious injury. Read these labels carefully.

If a label comes off or becomes hard to read, contact your Honda dealer for a replacement.

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