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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.

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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

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.)

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 9

.)

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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