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Protecting Children General Guidelines

Additional Safety Precautions

Neverholdasmallchildonyour If you are not wearing a seat lap. belt in a crash, you could be thrown forward and crush the child against the dashboard. If you are wearing a seat belt, the child can be torn from your arms and be seriously hurt or killed.

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

During a crash, the

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


Donotleavechildrenaloneina Leaving children without vehicle. adult supervision is illegal in most states and Canadian provinces, and can be very hazardous.

For example, a small child left in a vehicle on a hot day can die from heatstroke. A child left alone with the key in the ignition switch can accidentally set the vehicle in motion, possibly injuring themselves or others.

Even very young

Keepvehiclekeysandremote transmittersoutofthereachof children. children learn how to unlock vehicle doors, turn on the ignition switch, and open the trunk, which can lead to accidental injury or death.

Lockbothdoorsandthetrunk whenyourvehicleisnotinuse. Children who play in vehicles can accidentally get trapped inside. Teach your children not to play in or around vehicles. Know how to operate the emergency trunk opener and decide if your children should be shown how to use this feature (see page



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Because an inflating airbag can seriously injure or kill small children, we recommend that you do not carry a small child as a passenger in this vehicle.

If you decide to transport a small child in this vehicle, be sure to move the passenger seat as far to the rear as possible, and follow the instructions and guidelines in the following pages.

ChildSeatType A child who is at least one year old, 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.

Protecting Small Children

ChildSeatPlacement We also recommend that a small child use the child seat until the child reaches the weight or height limit for the seat.

Placing a forward-facing child seat in the passenger’s seat can result in serious injury or death if the airbag inflates.

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

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Selecting a Child Seat, Installing a Child Seat

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

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


ThechildseatshouldmeetU.S.or CanadianMotorVehicleSafety Look for FMVSS Standard213. 213 or CMVSS 213 on the box.


Thechildseatshouldbeofthe propertypeandsizetofitthechild.


Properlysecurethechildseatto All child seats must be thevehicle. secured to the vehicle with the lap part of a lap/shoulder belt. A child whose seat is not properly secured to the vehicle can be endangered in a crash.


Thechildseatshouldfitthe passenger’sseat.

Before purchasing a child seat, or using a previously purchased one, we recommend that you test the seat to make sure it fits properly in the passenger’s seat.



After installing a child

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

A child seat secured with a seat belt should be installed as firmly as possible. However, it does not need to be ‘‘rock solid.’’ Some side- to-side movement can be expected and should not reduce the child seat’s effectiveness.

If the child seat is not secure, use a different style of child seat that can be firmly secured.


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 seriously injured in a crash.

The following pages provide guidelines on how to properly install a forward-facing child seat.

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Installing a Child Seat

In this vehicle, a forward-facing child seat must be secured to the vehicle with the lap part of the lap/shoulder belt. In addition, the lockable retractor must be activated to secure a child seat.


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.

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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.


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.

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.



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Installing a Child Seat

To deactivate the lockable retractor and remove a child seat, unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let the belt fully retract.


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.


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.

To remove slack, 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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When a child reaches the recommended weight or height limit for a forward-facing child seat, the child should sit on a booster seat and wear a lap/shoulder belt.

Since this vehicle does not have a back seat, we recommend that you do not carry a larger child, age 12 or under, as a passenger.

However, the following pages provide guidelines to help you decide when a given child may ride in this vehicle, and how to properly protect the child.

Allowing a larger child age 12 or under to ride in the vehicle can result in injury or death if the passenger’s airbag inflates.

If a larger child must ride in the vehicle, adjust the vehicle seat as far back as possible, use a booster seat if needed, and have the child sit up properly and wear the seat belt properly.

Protecting Larger Children

Checking Seat Belt Fit

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To determine if a lap/shoulder belt properly fits a child, have the child put on the seat belt, then ask yourself:


Does the child sit all the way back against the seat?


Do the child’s knees bend comfortably over the edge of the seat?



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Protecting Larger Children


Does the shoulder belt cross between the child’s neck and arm?


Is the lap part of the belt as low as possible, touching the child’s thighs?


Will the child be able to stay seated like this for the whole trip?

If you answer yes to all these questions, the child is ready to wear the lap/shoulder belt correctly. If you answer no to any question, the child needs to ride on a booster seat.


Using a Booster Seat

to drive.

Booster seats can be high-back or low-back. Whichever style you select, make sure the booster meets federal safety standards and that you follow the booster seat maker’s instructions.

If a child who uses a booster seat rides in this vehicle, move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible, and be sure the child is wearing the seat belt properly.

A child may continue using a booster seat until the tops of their ears are even with the top of the vehicle’s or booster’s seat-back. A child of this height should be tall enough to use the lap/shoulder belt without a booster seat.

A child who has outgrown a forward- facing child seat should use a booster seat until the lap/shoulder