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Contents

Owner's Identification Form Introduction ..................................................................................................................................................... i A Few Words About Safety .......................................................................................................................... ii Your Car at a Glance ......................................................................................................................................2 Driver and Passenger Safety .......................................................................................................................5 Proper use and care of your car's seat belts, and Supplemental Restraint System. Instruments and Controls...........................................................................................................................43 Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls. Comfort and Convenience Features.........................................................................................................85
How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features. Before Driving .............................................................................................................................................119
What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new car, and how to load luggage and other cargo. Driving...........................................................................................................................................................133
The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer. Maintenance.................................................................................................................................................147
The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your car to the dealer. Appearance Care.........................................................................................................................................207
Tips on cleaning and protecting your car. Things to look for if your car ever needs body repairs. Taking Care of the Unexpected...............................................................................................................217
This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them. Technical Information...............................................................................................................................247
ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information. Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada)......................................................................261
A summary of the warranties covering your new Honda, and how to contact us. Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)...............................................................................................................265
How to order manuals and other technical literature. Index ................................................................................................................................................................. I Service Information Summary A summary of information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump.

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Owner’s Identification

OWNER

ADDRESS

STREET

CITY

STATE/PROVINCE

ZIP CODE/

POSTAL CODE

V. I. N.

DELIVERY DATE

DEALER NAME

ADDRESS

(Date sold to original retail purchaser)

DEALER NO.

STREET

CITY

STATE/PROVINCE

OWNER’S SIGNATURE

DEALER’S SIGNATURE

ZIP CODE/

POSTAL CODE

This Owner’s Manual should be considered a permanent part of the vehicle, and should remain with the vehicle when it is sold.

This Owner’s Manual covers all models of the S2000. You may find descriptions of equipment and features that are not on your particular model. The information and specifications included in this publication were in effect at the time of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. reserves the right, however, to discontinue or change specifications or design at any time without notice and without incurring any obligation whatsoever.

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Congratulations on your selection of the 2003 Honda S2000. We are certain you will be pleased with your purchase of one of the most sophisticated and technologically-advanced sports cars in the world.

One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new Honda is to read this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and convenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner’s manual in your car so you can refer to it at any time.

Several warranties protect your new Honda. Read the warranty booklet thoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rights and responsibilities.

Maintaining your car according to the schedules given in this manual helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment. When your car needs maintenance, keep in mind that your Honda dealer’s staff is specially trained in servicing the many systems unique to your Honda. Your Honda dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will be pleased to answer any questions and concerns.

California Proposition 65 Warning

WARNING: California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

This product contains or emits chemicals known to the State of

Introduction

As you read this manual, you will find information that is preceded by information is intended to help you avoid damage to your S2000, other property, or the environment.

symbol. This

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A Few Words About Safety

Your safety, and the safety of others, is very important. And operating this car safely is an important responsibility.

To help you make informed decisions about safety, we have provided operating procedures and other information on labels and in this manual. This information alerts you to potential hazards that could hurt you or others.

Of course, it is not practical or possible to warn you about all the hazards associated with operating or maintaining your car. You must use your own good judgement.

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You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms, including:

Safety Labels − Safety Messages

on the car. − three signal words: These signal words mean:

preceded by a safety alert symbol DANGER WARNING

, or

CAUTION

and one of

You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow instructions.

You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow instructions.

You CAN be HURT if you don’t follow instructions.

Safety Headings

− Safety Precautions.

such as Important Safety Reminders or Important

Safety Section Instructions −

such as Driver and Passenger Safety. − how to use this car correctly and safely.

This entire book is filled with important safety information carefully.



please read it

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Your Car at a Glance

HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNAL SWITCH (P.53)

WINDSHIELD WIPER CONTROLS (P.55)

REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER BUTTON (P.57)

HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.122)

DOOR LOCK SWITCH (P.62)

POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.70)

MIRROR CONTROLS (P.80)

HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING (P.86)

AUDIO SYSTEM (P.94)

ROOF SWITCH (P.73)

HAZARD WARNING SWITCH (P.80)

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REMOTE AUDIO CONTROLS (P.113)

INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS (P.54)

ENGINE START BUTTON (P.135)

HEADLIGHTS/ TURN SIGNALS (P.53)

HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.122)

CRUISE CONTROL MASTER SWITCH (P.115)

HORN

Your Car at a Glance

REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER BUTTON (P.57)

WINDSHIELD WIPERS/ WASHERS (P.55)

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Driver and Passenger Safety

This section gives you important information about how to protect yourself and your passenger. It shows you how to use seat belts properly. It explains your Supple- mental Restraint System. And it tells you how to properly restrain children in your car.

Important Safety Precautions Your Car’s Safety Features

Seat Belts Airbags Seats & Seat-Backs Head Restraints Door Locks Pre-Drive Safety Checklist

......... ............. ....................................... ........................................... ..................... .......................... .................................. ........ ............................ 1. Close and Lock the Doors ..... 2. Adjust the Front Seats ........... 3. Adjust the Seat-Backs ............ 4. Fasten and Position the Seat .....................................

Protecting Adults

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Belts

. 15


5. Maintain a Proper Sitting

Position

. 16
Advice for Pregnant Women . 17
Additional Safety Precautions . 18
. 18


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Protecting Children

All Children Must Be

. 19


Restrained

for Child Passengers

............................... Your Car is Not Recommended .............. The Passenger’s Airbag Poses ...... ...

. 20
Additional Safety Precautions . 22


Serious Risks to Children

. 19


General Guidelines for Using

. 22
. 26
. 29


Child Seats

Protecting Small Children Protecting Larger Children

............................... ......... ....... Additional Information About Your ................................. . 33
.. Seat Belt System Components . 33
Lap/Shoulder Belt ...................... . 33
Automatic Seat Belt

Seat Belts

Tensioners

Seat Belt Maintenance

............................... ............... Additional Information About Your ........................................... ........................ ...........

SRS Components How Your Airbags Work How the SRS Indicator Light

SRS

. 34
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. 36
. 36
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Works

. 38
SRS Service . 39
Additional Safety Precautions . 39
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Carbon Monoxide Hazard Safety Labels

Driver and Passenger Safety

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Important Safety Precautions

You’ll find many safety recommendations throughout this section, and throughout this manual. The recommendations on this page are the ones we consider to be the most important.

Always Wear Your Seat Belt A seat belt is your best protection in all types of collisions. Airbags supplement seat belts, but airbags are designed to inflate only in a moderate to severe frontal collision. So even though your car is equipped with airbags, make sure you and your passenger always wear your seat belts, and wear them properly. (See page

15


).

Your Car is Not Recommended for Child Passengers Since all children are safest in the back seat of a car, and your car does not have a back seat, we recommend that you do not carry a child passenger.

Duetothepassenger’s

Driver and Passenger Safety

airbaghazard,youshouldnever carryaninfantinarear-facingchild If a small child who seatinthiscar. must be restrained in a forward- facing child seat, or a larger child, must ride in this car, be sure to follow all instructions and safety warnings in this manual. (See pages 26


and

29


.)

Be Aware of Airbag Hazards While airbags can save lives, they can cause serious or fatal injuries to occupants who sit too close to them, or are not properly restrained. Infants, young children, and short adults are at the greatest risk. Be sure to follow all instructions and warnings in this manual. (See page

.)

Don’t Drink and Drive Alcohol and driving don’t mix. Even one drink can reduce your ability to respond to changing conditions, and your reaction time gets worse with

every additional drink. So don’t drink and drive, and don’t let your friends drink and drive, either.

Control Your Speed Excessive speed is a major factor in crash injuries and deaths. Generally, the higher the speed the greater the risk, but serious accidents can also occur at lower speeds. Never drive faster than is safe for current conditions, regardless of the maximum speed posted.

Keep Your Car in Safe Condition Having a tire blowout or a mechanical failure can be extremely hazardous. To reduce the possibility of such problems, check your tire pressures and condition frequently, and perform all regularly scheduled maintenance. (See page

150


.)

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(1) Safety Cage (2) Crush Zones (3) Seats & Seat-Backs (4) Head Restraints (5) Collapsible Steering Column (6) Seat Belts (7) Seat Belt Tensioners (8) Airbags (9) Door Locks

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Your Car’s Safety Features

Your car is equipped with many features that work together to protect you and your passenger during a crash.

Some safety features do not require any action on your part. These include a strong steel framework that forms a safety cage around the passenger compartment; front and rear crush zones that are designed to crumple and absorb energy during a crash; a collapsible steering column; and seat belt tensioners that automatically tighten the seat belts in the event of a crash. These safety features are designed to reduce the severity of injuries in a crash. However, you and your passenger can’t take full advantage of these safety features unless you remain sitting in a proper position and properly. features can contribute to injuries if they are not used properly.

alwayswearyourseatbelts

In fact, some safety

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Your Car’s Safety Features

Seat Belts For your safety, and the safety of your passenger, your car is equipped with seat belts in both seating positions.

Your seat belt system also includes a light on the

instrument panel to remind you and your passenger to fasten your seat belts.

WhyWearSeatBelts Seat belts have proven to be the single most effective safety device.

Not wearing a seat belt properly increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash, even though your car has airbags.

Driver and Passenger Safety

In addition, most states and all Canadian provinces require you to wear seat belts.

Not wearing a seat belt properly increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash, even if you have airbags.

Be sure you and your passenger always wear seat belts and wear them properly.

When properly worn, seat belts:

Keep you connected to the vehicle so you can take advantage of the vehicle’s built-in safety features.

Help protect you in almost every type of crash, including side and rear impacts and rollovers. (Your airbag can only be helpful in a

moderate to severe frontal collision.)

Help keep you from being thrown against the inside of the car and against another occupant.

Keep you from being thrown out of the vehicle.

Help keep you in a good position should the airbags ever deploy. A good position reduces the risk of injury from an inflating airbag, and allows you to get the best advantage from the airbag.

Of course, seat belts cannot completely protect you in every crash. But in most cases, seat belts can reduce your risk of serious injury.

Always wear Whatyoushoulddo: your seat belt, and make sure you wear it properly.

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The most important things you need to know about your airbags are:

Airbagsdonotreplaceseatbelts. The seat belts are the occupants’ primary protection in all types of collisions. Airbags supplement seat belts by providing extra protection for occupants’ heads and chests.

Airbagsoffernoprotectioninside impacts,rearimpacts,rollovers, Airbags are orminorcollisions. designed to deploy only during a moderate to severe frontal collision.

Your Car’s Safety Features

Airbagscanposeserioushazards. To do their job, airbags must inflate with tremendous force and speed. So while airbags save lives, they can cause serious injuries to adults and larger children who are not wearing seat belts, are not wearing them properly, are sitting too close to the airbag, or are not sitting in a proper position. Infants and small children are at an even greater risk of injury or death.

Always wear

Whatyoushoulddo: your seat belt properly, and sit upright and as far back as possible from the steering wheel or dashboard.

Airbags

Your car has a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) with frontal airbags to help protect the driver and a passenger.

This system also includes an indicator light on the instrument panel to alert you to a possible problem with the system.

Driver and Passenger Safety

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Move the seats

Whatyoushoulddo: as far back as possible, and keep adjustable seat-backs in an upright position whenever the car is moving.

Head Restraints Head restraints can help protect you from whiplash and other injuries.

Door Locks Keeping your doors locked reduces the chance of being thrown out of the car during a crash. It also helps prevent occupants from accidentally opening a door and falling out, and outsiders from unexpectedly opening your doors.

Your Car’s Safety Features

Seats & Seat-Backs Your car’s seats are designed to keep you in a comfortable, upright position so you can take full advantage of the protection offered by seat belts and the energy absorbing materials in the seats.

How you adjust your seats and seat- backs can also affect your safety. For example, sitting too close to the steering wheel or dashboard increases the risk of you or your passenger being injured by striking the inside of the car, or by an inflating airbag.

Reclining a seat-back too far reduces the seat belt’s effectiveness and increases the chance that the seat’s occupant will slide under the seat belt in a crash and be seriously injured.

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Your Car’s Safety Features

Pre-Drive Safety Checklist To make sure you and your passenger get the maximum protection from your car’s safety features, check the following each time before you drive away:

You and any adult passenger, or a larger child who has outgrown child seats, are wearing your seat belts and wearing them properly (see page

15


).

A small child riding in a forward- facing child seat is properly restrained (see page

26


).

Both doors are closed and locked (see page

12


).

All cargo is properly stored or secured (see page

128


).

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 severe crashes, even when seat belts are properly worn and the airbags deploy.

Occupants are sitting upright and as far back as possible from the steering wheel and dashboard (see page

12


).

Seat-backs are upright (see page 13


).

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Protecting Adults

Introduction The following pages provide instructions on how to properly protect adult occupants.

Your car has a door monitor light on the

instrument panel to indicate when a specific door is not tightly closed.

These instructions also apply to a child whom you have decided is large enough and mature enough to ride as a passenger. (See page for 29
important additional guidelines on how to properly protect larger children.)

For safety, locking the doors reduces the chance that a passenger, especially a child, will open a door while the car is moving and accidentally fall out. It also reduces the chance of someone being thrown out of the car during a crash.

Close and Lock the Doors

1. After everyone has entered the car, be sure the doors are closed and locked.

For security, locked doors can prevent an outsider from unexpectedly opening a door when you come to a stop.

See page doors.

62


for how to lock the

2.

Adjust the Front Seats

Any driver who sits too close to the steering wheel is at risk of being seriously injured or killed by striking the steering wheel, or from being struck by an inflating airbag during a crash.

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To reduce the chance of injury, wear your seat belt properly, sit upright with your back against the seat, and move the seat away from the steering wheel to the farthest distance that allows you to maintain full control of the car.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that drivers adjust the seat so the center of the chest is at least 10 inches (25 cm) away from the center of the steering wheel. Also make sure your passenger moves the seat as far to the rear as possible.

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

Always sit as far back from the airbags as possible.

Most shorter drivers can get far enough away from the steering wheel and still reach the pedals. However, if you are concerned about sitting too close, we recommend that you investigate whether some type of adaptive equipment may help.

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

See page seats.

69


for how to adjust the

Protecting Adults

3.

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. If you sit too close to the steering wheel, you could be injured if the airbag inflates.

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Protecting Adults

A passenger should also adjust the seat-back to an upright position, but as far from the dashboard as possible. A passenger who sits too close to the dashboard could be injured if the airbag inflates.

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.

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.

See page backs.

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for how to adjust seat-

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4.

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. Also check that the belt is not twisted, because a twisted belt can cause serious injuries in a crash.

Protecting Adults

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.

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

This could cause

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Driver and Passenger Safety

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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.

If necessary, pull up on the belt again to remove any slack from the shoulder part, then check that the belt rests across the center of your chest and over your shoulder. This

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Protecting Adults

If a seat belt does not seem to work as it should, it may not protect the occupant in a crash. Nooneshould sitinaseatwithaninoperativeseat Anyone using a seat belt that is belt. not working properly can be seriously injured or killed. Have your Honda dealer check the belt as soon as possible.

33


for additional

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

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5.

Maintain a Proper Sitting Position

After 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 car 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, or puts one or both feet up, the chance of injury during a crash is greatly increased.

In addition, an occupant who is out of position can be seriously or fatally injured by striking interior parts of the car, or by being struck by an inflating airbag.

Sitting improperly or out of position can result in serious injury or death in a crash.

Always sit upright, well back in the seat, with your feet on the floor.

Remember, to get the best protection from your car’s airbags and other safety features, you must sit properly and wear your seat belt properly.

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Advice for Pregnant Women

Protecting Adults

Because protecting the mother is the best way to protect her unborn child, a pregnant woman should always wear a seat belt whenever she drives or rides in a vehicle.

Remember to keep the lap portion of the belt as low as possible across your hips.

Pregnant women should also sit upright and as far back as possible from the steering wheel or dashboard. This will reduce the risk of injuries to both the mother and her unborn child that can be caused by a crash or an inflating airbag.

Each time you have a check-up, ask your doctor if it’s okay for you to drive.

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Protecting Adults, Protecting Children

Additional Safety Precautions

Twopeopleshouldneverusethe sameseatbelt. could be very seriously injured in a crash.

If they do, they

Donotputanyaccessoriesonseat Devices intended to improve belts. occupant comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can severely compromise the protective capability of the seat belt and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash.

Donotplacehardorsharpobjects betweenyourselfandanairbag. Carrying hard or sharp objects on your lap, or driving with a pipe or other sharp object in your mouth, can result in injuries if your airbags inflate.

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Keepyourhandsandarmsaway If your fromtheairbagcovers. hands or arms are close to the airbag covers in the center of the steering wheel and on top of the dashboard, they could be injured if the airbags inflate.

Donotattachorplaceobjectson Any object theairbagcovers. attached to or placed on the covers marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG,’’ in the center of the steering wheel and on top of the dashboard, could interfere with the proper operation of the airbags. Or, if the airbags inflate, the objects could be propelled inside the car and hurt someone.

Protecting Children

Children depend on adults to protect them. However, despite their best intentions, many parents and other adults may not know how to protect young passengers.

properly

So if you have children, or if you ever need to drive with a grandchild or other children in your car, be sure to read this section.

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Children who are unrestrained or improperly restrained can be seriously injured or killed in a crash.

Any child too small for a seat belt should be properly restrained in a child seat. A larger child should be properly restrained with a seat belt.

All Children Must Be Restrained Each year, many children are injured or killed in vehicle crashes because they are either unrestrained or not properly restrained. In fact, vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death of children ages 12 and under.

To reduce the number of child deaths and injuries, every state and Canadian province requires that infants and children be restrained whenever they ride in a vehicle.

Anychildwhoistoosmalltoweara seatbeltshouldbeproperly restrainedinachildseat. 26


(See page

.)

Alargerchildshouldalwaysbe restrainedwithaseatbelt. 29


.)

(See page

Protecting Children

Your Car is Not Recommended for Child Passengers We strongly recommend that you do not carry any child in this car. One reason is that your car does not have a back seat, and accident statistics show that a child of any size or age is safer when they are properly restrained in the back seat of a vehicle.

In addition, your car has a passenger’s airbag which poses serious risks to children particularly infants and small children.



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Protecting Children

Neverholdasmallchildonyour If you are not wearing a seat lap. 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.

Neverputaseatbeltoveryourself andachild. belt could press deep into the child and cause very serious injuries.

During a crash, the

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 Neverputarear-facingchildseatin thefrontseatofacarequippedwith If the airbag apassenger’sairbag. inflates, it can hit the back of the child seat with enough force to kill or very seriously injure an infant.

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If the vehicle seat is too

SmallChildren Placingaforward-facingchildseatin thefrontseatofacarequippedwith apassenger’sairbagcanbe hazardous. 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


LargerChildren Childrenwhohaveoutgrownchild seatsarealsoatriskofbeinginjured orkilledbyaninflatingpassenger’s If a larger child must ride in airbag. this car, see page 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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Protecting Children

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.

CanadianModels 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.

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Protecting Children

Additional Safety Precautions

Donotleaveachildaloneinyour Leaving a child without adult car. 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.

Even very young

Keepcarkeysandremote transmittersoutofthereachof children. 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 , because your car does not have a back seat, and because of the passenger’s airbag hazard, we strongly recommend that you do not carry a small child as a passenger in this car.

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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 additional information.

for

26


Lockbothdoorsandthetrunk whenyourcarisnotinuse. 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 and decide if your children should be shown how to use this feature (See page

67


).

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Protecting Children

2.

Thechildseatshouldbeofthe propertypeandsizetofitthechild.

SelectingaChildSeat To provide proper protection, a child seat should meet three requirements:

1.

Thechildseatshouldmeetsafety The child seat should standards. 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.

A child who is too

SmallChildren: large for a rear-facing child seat, and who can sit up without support, should be restrained in a forward- facing child seat. See page for additional information on protecting small children.

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3.

Thechildseatshouldfitthe passenger’sseat.

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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Protecting Children

PlacingaChildSeat 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.

Passenger’sSeat Infants:

Never in the passenger’s

seat, due to the passenger’s airbag hazard.

Smallchildren:

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.

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

1.

Properlysecurethechildseatto All child thecarwithaseatbelt. 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
secure a forward-facing child seat in this car.

for instructions on how to

2.

After installing a child

Makesurethechildseatisfirmly secured. seat, push and pull the seat forward and from side to side to verify that it is secure.

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.

Securethechildinthechildseat. 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.

StoringaChildSeat 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.

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Protecting Children

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

ChildSeatType A child at least one year old 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.

If it is necessary to put a forward- facing child seat in the passenger’s seat, move the passenger’s seat as far to the rear as possible, be sure the child seat is firmly secured to the car, and the child is properly strapped in the seat.

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ChildSeatInstallation The passenger’s seat belt has a locking mechanism that must be activated to secure a child seat.

The following pages provide instructions 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 instructions on how to adjust the seat.)

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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.

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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).

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Protecting Children

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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

TheChildShouldWearaSeatBelt When a child reaches the recommended weight or height limit for a forward-facing child seat, the child should wear a lap/shoulder belt.

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.

Allowing a larger child to sit improperly in the front seat can result in injury or death if the passenger’s front airbag inflates.

If a larger child must sit in front, make sure the child moves the seat as far back as possible, uses a booster seat if needed, and wears the seat belt properly.

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CheckingSeatBeltFit

To determine if a lap/shoulder belt properly fits a child, have the child sit all the way back in the seat, and put on the seat belt. Follow the instructions on page how the belt fits.

. Then check

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Protecting Children

If the shoulder part of the belt rests over the child’s collarbone and against the center of the chest, and the lap belt rests over the child’s hipbones and touches the tops of the thighs as shown, the child is probably big enough to wear the seat belt.

However, if the shoulder belt touches or crosses the child’s neck, or if the lap belt crosses the child’s stomach, the child needs to use a booster seat.

UsingaBoosterSeat

Donotletachildputtheshoulder partofaseatbeltbehindthebackor underthearm. very serious injuries during a crash. It also increases the chance that the child will slide under the belt in a crash and be injured.

This could cause

Donotputanyaccessoriesonaseat Devices intended to improve belt. occupant comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt, severely compromise the protective capability of the seat belt and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash.

Donotletachildwearaseatbelt acrosstheneckoroverthestomach. Twochildrenshouldneverusethe This could result in serious neck and internal injuries during a crash.

If they do, they could sameseatbelt. be very seriously injured in a crash.

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.

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Protecting Children

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.

WhenCanaLargerChildRideinthis Car Children vary widely. And while age may be one indicator of when a child can safely ride in this car, 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 use a booster seat.

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Maturity To safely ride in this car, 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 a mature child sometimes needs to be reminded to fasten the seat belt or sit properly.

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If you decide that a child can safely ride in this car, 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.

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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts

Seat Belt System Components Your seat belt system includes lap/ shoulder belts in both seating positions. The seat belts are also equipped with automatic seat belt tensioners.

The system also includes a light on the instrument

panel to remind you and your passenger 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.

Both 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 passenger’s seat belt has an additional locking mechanism that must be activated to secure a child for instructions on seat. (See page how to secure a forward-facing child seat with this type of 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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Your Honda has automatic seat belt tensioners for added protection during a moderate to severe frontal collision.

If your airbags inflate, the tensioners immediately tighten the seat belts to help hold the occupants in place. The belts will remain tight until you unbuckle them in the normal way.

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.

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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts

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.

If a seat belt is worn during a crash, 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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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.

booklet for

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Additional Information About Your SRS

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.

How Your Airbags Work

If you ever have a moderate to severe frontal collision, the sensors will detect rapid deceleration and signal the control unit to instantly inflate the airbags and activate the automatic seat belt tensioners.

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’s airbag is stored in the 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.

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

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Additional Information About Your SRS

During a crash, your seat belt helps restrain your lower body and torso, while the tensioner tightens and locks the seat belt to help keep you in place. 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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Additional Information About Your SRS

If the light comes on or flashes on and off while you drive.

If you see any of these indications, your airbags and seat belt tensioners may not deploy when you need them. See your Honda dealer as soon as possible.

Ignoring the SRS indicator light can result in serious injury or death if the airbags do not inflate when needed.

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

How the SRS Indicator Light Works

The purpose of the SRS light is to alert you to a

potential problem with your Supplemental Restraint System.

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

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.

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