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Driver and Passenger Safety

The Passenger's Airbag Poses Serious Risks to Children Airbags have been designed to help protect adults in a moderate to severe frontal collision. To do this, the passenger's airbag is quite large, and it inflates with tremendous speed. As a result, we urge you to follow these guidelines.

Infants Never put a rear-facing child seat in the front seat of a car equipped with a passenger's airbag. If the airbag inflates, it can hit the back of the child seat with enough force to kill or very seriously injure an infant.

Small Children Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat of a car equipped with a passenger's airbag can be hazardous. If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the child's head is thrown forward during a collision, an inflating airbag can strike the child with enough force to kill or very seriously injure a small child. If a small child must ride in this car, follow the instructions on page 26 .

Larger Children Children who have outgrown child seats are also at risk of being injured or killed by an inflating passenger's airbag. If a larger child must ride in this car, see page 29 for important guidelines on how to decide whether a child is large enough and mature enough to ride as a passenger, and how to properly protect the child.

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U.S. Models To remind you of the passenger's airbag hazards, your car has warning labels on the dashboard and on the driver's and passenger's visors. Please read and follow the instructions on these labels.

Canadian Models To remind you of the airbag hazards, your car has warning labels on the driver's and passenger's visors. Please read and follow the instructions on these labels.

CAUTION TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY: FOR MAXIMUM SAFETY PROTECTION IN ALL TYPES OF CRASHES, YOU MUST ALWAYS WEAR YOUR SAFETY BELT. DO NOT INSTALL REARWARD-FACING CHILD SEATS IN ANY FRONT PASSENGER SEAT POSITION. DO NOT SIT OR LEAN UNNECESSARILY CLOSE TO THE AIR BAG. DO NOT PLACE ANY OBJECTS OVER THE AIR BAG OR BETWEEN THE AIR BAG AND YOURSELF. SEE THE OWNER'S MANUAL FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND EXPLANATIONS.

PRECAUTIONS: POUR EVITER DES BLESSURES GRAVES: POUR PROFITER D'UNE PROTECTIOON MAXIMALE LORS D'UNE COLLISION BOUCLEZ TOUJOURS VOTRE C EINTURE DE SECURITE. NINSTALLEZ JAMAIS UN SIEGE POUR ENFANTS FAISANT FACE A L'ARRIERE SUR LE SIEGE DU PASSAGER AVANT. NE VOUS APPUYEZ PAS ET NE VOUS ASSOYEZ PAS PRES DU COUSSIN GONFLABLE. NE DEPOSEZ AUCUN OBJET SUR LE COUSSIN GONFLABLE OU ENTRE LE COUSSIN GONFLABLE ET VOUS. LISEZ LE GUIDE UTILISATEUR POUR DE PLUS AMPLES RENSEIGNEMENTS.

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tMain MenuTable of Contentss Keep car keys and remote transmitters out of the reach of children. Even very young children learn how to unlock vehicle doors, turn on the ignition, and open the trunk, which can lead to accidental injury or death.

General Guidelines for Using Child Seats As discussed on page 20, because your car does not have a back seat, and because of the passenger's airbag hazard, we strongly recommend that you do not cany a small child as a passenger in this car.

However, if you must carry a small child in this car, the child must be properly restrained in a child seat.

The following pages give general guidelines for selecting and installing a child seat. See page 26 for additional information.

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Additional Safety Precaution

Do not leave a child alone in your car. Leaving a child without adult supervision is illegal in most states and Canadian provinces and can be very hazardous. For example, a small child left in a car on a hot day can die from heatstroke. A child left alone with the key in the ignition can accidentally set the car in motion, possibly injuring themselves or others.

Lock both doors and the trunk when your car is not in use. Children who play in cars can accidentally get trapped inside the trunk. Teach your children not to play in or around cars. Know how to operate the emergency trunk opener (US models only) and decide if your children should be shown how to use this feature (see page 67).

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tMain MenuTable of Contentss Selecting a Child Seat To provide proper protection, a child seat should meet three requirements:

1.The child seat should meet safety standards. The child seat should meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 (FMVSS 213) or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 (CMVSS 213). Look for the manufacturer's statement of compliance on the box and seat.

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2. The child seat should be of the

proper type and size to fit the child.

3. The child seat should fit the

passenger's seat.

Small Children: A child who can sit up without support should be restrained in a forward-facing child seat. See page 26 for additional information on protecting small children.

Due to variations in the design of child seats, vehicle seats, and seat belts, all child seats will not fit all seating positions in all cars.

However, Honda is confident that one or more child seat models can fit and be properly installed in all recommended seating positions in your car.

Before purchasing a child seat, we recommend that parents test the child seat to make sure it fits properly in the passenger's seat. If a previously purchased child seat does not fit, you will need to buy a different one that will fit.

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Placing a Child Seat This page briefly summarizes Honda's recommendations on where to place a child seat in your car.

Airbags Pose Serious

Risks to Children

The passenger's airbag inflates with enough force to kill or seriously injure an infant in a rear-facing child seat.

A small child in a forward-facing child seat is also at risk. If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the child's head is thrown forward during a collision, an inflating airbag can kill or seriously injure the child.

If a small child must ride in this car, follow the instructions provided in this section.

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Passenger's Seat Infants: Never in the passenger's

seat, due to the passenger's airbag hazard.

Small children: Not recommended,

due to the passenger's airbag hazard. If a small child must ride in this car, move the vehicle seat to the rear-most position and secure a front-facing child seat with the seat belt, (see page 27 ).

This car is not equipped with a tether attachment point.

tMain MenuTable of Contentss To provide security during normal driving maneuvers as well as during a collision, we recommend that parents secure a child seat as firmly as possible.

However, a child seat does not need to be "rock solid." It may be difficult to install a child seat so that it does not move at all. Some side-to-side or back-and-forth movement can be expected and should not reduce the child seat's effectiveness.

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3. Secure the child in the child seat.

Make sure the child is properly strapped in the child seat according to the child seat maker's instructions. A child who is not properly secured in a child seat can be thrown out of the seat in a crash and be seriously injured.

Storing a Child Seat When you are not using a child seat, either remove it and store it in a safe place, or make sure it is properly secured. An unsecured child seat can be thrown around the car during a crash or sudden stop and injure someone.

Installing a Child Seat After selecting a proper child seat, there are three main steps in installing the seat:

1. Secure the child seat to the car with a seat belt. All child seats must be secured to the car with the lap part of a lap/shoulder belt. A child whose seat is not properly secured to the car can be endangered in a crash. See page 27 for instructions on how to secure a forward-facing child seat in this car.

2. Make sure the child seat is firmly

secured. After installing a child seat, push and pull the seat forward and from side to side to verify that it is secure.

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tMain MenuTable of Contentss If you decide to carry a small child in this car, follow the instructions and guidelines below.

Child Seat Type A child who can sit up without support, and who fits within the child seat maker's weight and height limits, should be restrained in a forward-facing, upright child seat.

Of the different seats available, we recommend those that have a five- point harness system as shown.

We also recommend that a small child stay in the child seat as long as possible, until the child reaches the weight or height limit for the seat.

Improperly placing a forward- facing child seat in the front seat can result in serious injury or death if the airbags inflate.

If you must place a forward- facing child seat in front, move the vehicle seat as far back as possible and properly restrain the child.

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Protecting Small Children

The passenger's airbag poses serious risks to small children. If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the child's head is thrown forward during a collision, or the child is unrestrained or improperly restrained, an inflating airbag can kill or seriously injure the child.

For these reasons, we recommend that you do not carry a small child as a passenger.

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stMain MenuTable of Contents Child Seat Installation The passenger's seat belt has a locking mechanism that must be activated to secure a child seat.

The following pages provide instructions and tips on how to secure a forward-facing child seat with this type of seat belt.

1. Move the vehicle seat to the rear- most position. Moving the seat as far back as possible reduces the chance of a child being injured or killed if the passenger's airbag inflates. (See page 69 for instructions on how to adjust the seat.)

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2. With the child seat in position,

route the belt through the child seat according to the seat maker's instructions, then insert the latch plate into the buckle.

3. To activate the lockable retractor, slowly pull the shoulder part of the belt all the way out until it stops, then let the belt feed back into the retractor (you might hear a clicking noise as the belt retracts).

4. After the belt has retracted, tug on it. If the belt is locked, you will not be able to pull it out. If you can pull the belt out, it is not locked and you will need to repeat these steps. CONTINUED

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5. After confirming that the belt is locked, grab the shoulder part of the belt near the buckle and pull up to remove any slack from the lap part of the belt. Remember, if the lap part of the belt is not tight, the child seat will not be secure. It may help to put weight on the child seat, or push on the back of the seat, while pulling up on the belt.

6. 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. If the child seat is not secure, unlatch the belt, allow it to retract fully, then repeat these steps.

To deactivate the locking mechanism in order to remove a child seat, unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let the belt fully retract.

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Additional Precautions for Small Children

Never hold a small child on your lap. If you are not wearing a seat belt in a crash, you could be thrown forward into the dashboard and crush the child.

If you are wearing a seat belt, the child can be torn from your arms during a crash. For example, if your car crashes into a parked vehicle at 30 mph (48 km/h), a 30-lb (14 kg) child will become a 900-lb (410 kg) force, and you will not be able to hold on.

Never put a seat belt over yourself and a child. During a crash, the belt could press deep into the child and cause very serious injuries.

tMain MenuTable of Contentss Protecting Larger Children The passenger's airbag poses serious risks to children, including those who have outgrown child seats. If the vehicle 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 airbag can kill or seriously injure the child.

For these reasons, we recommend that you do not carry a child passenger.

If a child is too short for the shoulder part of the belt to properly fit, we recommend that the child use a booster seat until the child is tall enough to use the seat belt without a booster. The following pages give instructions on how to check proper seat belt fit, what kind of booster seat to use if one is needed, and important precautions for a child who must ride in this car.

With this in mind, following are some guidelines to help you decide when a given child may ride in your car.

Allowing a larger child to sit improperly in the front seat can result in injury or death if the airbags inflate.

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