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airbags help save lives, they can cause minor injuries or more serious or even fatal injuries if occupants are not properly restrained or sitting properly.

Always wear

Whatyoushoulddo: your seat belt properly, and sit upright and as far back from the steering wheel as possible while allowing full control of the vehicle. A front passenger should move their seat as far back from the dashboard as possible.

The rest of this section gives more detailed information about how you can maximize your safety.

Remember, however, that no safety system can prevent all injuries or deaths that can occur in a severe crash, even when seat belts are properly worn and the airbags deploy.

Your vehicle also has side curtain airbags to help protect the heads of the driver, front passenger, and passengers in the outer rear seating positions during a moderate to severe side impact (see page for 32 more information on how your side curtain airbags work).

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Information Provided by: Introduction The following pages provide instructions on how to properly protect the driver, adult passengers, and teenage children who are large enough and mature enough to drive or ride in the front.



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See pages guidelines on how to properly protect infants, small children, and larger children who ride in your vehicle.

Close and Lock the Doors 1. After everyone has entered the vehicle, be sure the doors and tailgate are closed and locked.

Your vehicle has a door and tailgate monitor indicator on the instrument panel to

indicate when a specific door or the tailgate is not tightly closed.

Locking the doors reduces the chance of someone being thrown out of the vehicle during a crash, and it helps prevent passengers from accidentally opening a door and falling out.

Locking the doors also helps prevent an outsider from unexpectedly opening a door when you come to a stop.

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See page for how the door doors, and page and tailgate monitor indicator works.

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Adjust the Front Seats

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Adjust the driver’s seat as far to the rear as possible while allowing you to maintain full control of the vehicle. Have a front passenger adjust their seat as far to the rear as possible.

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If you sit too close to the steering wheel or dashboard, you can be seriously injured by an inflating front airbag, or by striking the steering wheel or dashboard.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that drivers allow at least 10 inches (25 cm) between the center of the steering wheel and the chest.

If you cannot get far enough away from the steering wheel and still reach the controls, we recommend that you extend the adjustable driver’s foot pedals (Touring model only, see page ), or investigate whether some type of adaptive equipment may help.

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Sitting too close to a front airbag can result in serious injury or death if the front airbags inflate.

Always sit as far back from the front airbags as possible.

Once your seat is adjusted correctly, rock it back and forth to make sure the seat is locked in position.

See page front seats.

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Adjust the Seat-Backs

Adjust the driver’s seat-back to a comfortable, upright position, leaving ample space between your chest and the airbag cover in the center of the steering wheel.

Passengers with adjustable seat- backs should also adjust their seat- back to a comfortable, upright position.

Information Provided by: Reclining the seat-back too far can result in serious injury or death in a crash.

Adjust the seat-back to an upright position, and sit well back in the seat.

Reclining a seat-back so that the shoulder part of the belt no longer rests against the occupant’s chest reduces the protective capability of the belt. It also increases the chance of sliding under the belt in a crash and being seriously injured. The farther a seat-back is reclined, the greater the risk of injury.

See page seat-backs.

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Adjust the Head Restraints

Adjust the driver’s head restraint so the back of your head rests against the center of the restraint.

Have passengers with adjustable head restraints adjust their restraints properly as well. Taller persons should adjust their restraint as high as possible.

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Improperly positioning head restraints reduces their effectiveness and you can be seriously injured in a crash.

Make sure head restraints are in place and positioned properly before driving.

Properly adjusted head restraints will help protect occupants from whiplash and other crash injuries.

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See page head restraints.

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Fasten and Position the Seat Belts

Insert the latch plate into the buckle, then tug on the belt to make sure the belt is securely latched. Check that the belt is not twisted, because a twisted belt can cause serious injuries in a crash.

The center seating position of the third row has a detachable seat belt anchor that can be unlatched and released, to allow the seat to be folded down. See page unlatch and relatch the seat belt anchor.

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The plus-one seat on EX models that can be installed in the center seating position of the second row also has a detachable seat belt anchor.

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If necessary, pull up on the belt again to remove any slack, then check that the belt rests across the center of your chest and over your shoulder. This spreads the forces of a crash over the strongest bones in your upper body.

Improperly positioning the seat belts can cause serious injury or death in a crash.

Make sure all seat belts are properly positioned before driving.

If the seat belt touches or crosses your neck, or if it crosses your arm instead of your shoulder, you need to adjust the seat belt anchor height.

Position the lap part of the belt as low as possible across your hips, then pull up on the shoulder part of the belt so the lap part fits snugly. This lets your strong pelvic bones take the force of a crash and reduces the chance of internal injuries.

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UsingtheLap/ShoulderBeltinthe CenterPositionoftheThirdRow

LATCH PLATE

ANCHOR LATCH

ANCHOR LATCH

ANCHOR BUCKLE

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Theplus-oneseatonEXmodelalsohas thistypeofseatbelt. Pull out the anchor latch and the latch plate from each holding slot in the ceiling, and pull out the seat belt to extend it.

Insert the hook at the end of the anchor latch into the anchor buckle by lining up the triangle marks on the anchor latch and buckle. Make sure the belt is not twisted. Push the anchor latch until it locks. Then follow the procedure for fastening an ordinary seat belt (see page

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RELEASE BUTTONS

The front seats and second row seats have adjustable seat belt anchors. To adjust the height of an anchor, squeeze the two release buttons, and slide the anchor up or down as needed (the anchor has four positions).

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Using a seat belt with the detachable seat belt anchor unlatched increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash.

Before using the seat belt, make sure the detachable seat belt anchor is correctly latched.

To unlatch the detachable seat belt anchor before folding down the seat- back, insert the latch plate into the slot on the side of the anchor buckle and allow the seat belt to retract. Place the latch plate and anchor latch into their holding slots in the ceiling. When the seat-back is returned to its upright position, be sure to latch the detachable seat belt anchor.

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Neverplacetheshoulderportionofa lap/shoulderbeltunderyourarmor behindyourback. very serious injuries in a crash.

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If a seat belt does not seem to work as it should, it may not protect the occupant in a crash.

Nooneshouldsitinaseatwithan Using a seat inoperativeseatbelt. belt that is not working properly can result in serious injury or death. Have your dealer check the belt as soon as possible.

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See page information about your seat belts and how to take care of them.

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Maintain a Proper Sitting Position

After all occupants have adjusted their seats and put on seat belts, it is very important that they continue to sit upright, well back in their seats, with their feet on the floor, until the vehicle is parked and the engine is off.

Sitting improperly can increase the chance of injury during a crash. For example, if an occupant slouches, lies down, turns sideways, sits forward, leans forward or sideways,

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