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retracted. The seat belt returns to the ELR mode after the seat belt fully retracts. For additional information, see “Child restraints” later in this section. The ALR mode should be used only for child restraint installation. During normal seat belt use by a passenger, the ALR mode should not be activated. If it is acti- vated it may cause uncomfortable seat belt tension.

WARNING

When fastening the seat belts, be cer- tain that the seatbacks are completely

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belt and release it. Then smoothly pull the belt out of the retractor.

3. Position the lap belt portion low and snug

on the hips as shown.

4. Pull

the shoulder belt portion toward the retractor to take up extra slack. Be sure the shoulder belt is routed over your shoulder and across your chest.

The front passenger seat belt has two modes of operation: 쐌 Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) 쐌 Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR)

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ward. The retractor should lock and restrict further belt movement.

If the retractor does not lock during this check or if you have any questions about belt operation, see a NISSAN dealer.

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Unfastening the seat belts To unfasten the belt, push the button on the buckle. The seat belt will automatically retract. Checking seat belt operation Your seat belt retractors are designed to lock belt movement using two separate methods: 쐌 when the belt

is pulled quickly from the

retractor.

쐌 when the vehicle slows down rapidly. You can check their operation as follows: 쐌 grasp the shoulder belt and pull quickly for- 1-16 Safety — Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system

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Shoulder belt arm The shoulder belt arm should be adjusted to the position best for you. (See “Precautions on seat belt usage” earlier in this section.)

To adjust, pull the shoulder belt arm. Pulling the arm forward will allow an easy access to the belt. SEAT BELT EXTENDERS If, because of body size or driving position, it is not possible to properly fit the lap-shoulder belt and fasten it, an extender is available. The ex- tender adds approximately 8 in (200 mm) of length and may be used for either the driver or passenger seating position. See a NISSAN

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dealer for assistance if the extender is required.

WARNING

쐌 Only NISSAN seat belt extenders, made by the same company which made the original equipment seat belts, should be used with NISSAN seat belts.

쐌 Persons who can use the standard seat belt should not use an extender. Such unnecessary use could result in serious personal injury in the event of an accident.

쐌 Never use seat belt extenders to in- stall child restraints. If the child re- straint is not secured properly, the child could be seriously injured in a collision or a sudden stop.

SEAT BELT MAINTENANCE 쐌 To clean the seat belt webbings, apply a mild soap solution or any solution recom- mended for cleaning upholstery or carpets. Then brush the webbing, wipe it with a cloth and allow it to dry in the shade. Do not allow

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the seat belts to retract until they are com- pletely dry.

쐌 If dirt builds up in the shoulder belt guide of the seat belt anchors, the seat belts may retract slowly. Wipe the shoulder belt guide with a clean, dry cloth.

쐌 Periodically check to see that the seat belt and the metal components such as flexible wires buckles, tongues, retractors, and anchors work properly. If loose parts, deterioration, cuts or other damage on the webbing is found, the entire belt assembly should be replaced.

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PRECAUTIONS ON CHILD RESTRAINTS

WARNING

쐌 Children should always be placed in an appropriate child restraint while riding in the vehicle. Failure to use a child restraint can result in serious injury or death.

쐌 Children should never be carried on your lap. It is not possible for even

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to resist

the strongest adult the forces of a severe accident. The child could be crushed between the adult and parts of the vehicle. Also, do not put the same seat belt around both your child and yourself.

Never let children who require the use of a front facing child restraint ride in Roadster models.

쐌 Improper use or improper installation of a child restraint can increase the risk or severity of injury for both the child and other occupants of the ve- hicle and can lead to serious injury or death in an accident.

쐌 Follow all of the child restraint manu- facturer’s instructions for installation and use. When purchasing a child restraint, be sure to select one which will fit your child and vehicle. It may not be possible to properly install some types of child restraints in your vehicle.

쐌 If the child restraint is not anchored properly, the risk of a child being injured in a collision or a sudden stop greatly increases.

쐌 Child restraint anchor point is de- signed to withstand only those loads imposed by correctly fitted child re- straint. Under no circumstances is it

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쐌 Even with the NISSAN Advanced Air Bag System, never install a rear- facing child restraint in the front seat. An inflating supplemental air bag could seriously injure or kill your child.

쐌 Never let an infant who requires the use of a rear facing child restraint ride in this vehicle.

쐌 Roadster models do not have an an- chor for a top tether strap required for most front facing child restraints.

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to be used for adult seat belts or harnesses.

쐌 Adjustable seatbacks should be po- sitioned to fit the child restraint, but as upright as possible.

쐌 After attaching the child restraint, test it before you place the child in it. Push it from side to side while hold- ing the seat by the seat belt path. Try to tug it forward and check to see if the belt holds the restraint in place. The child restraint should not move more than 1 in (25 mm). If the re- straint is not secure, tighten the belt as necessary, or put the restraint in another seating position and test it again. You may need to try a different child restraint. Not all child restraints fit in all types of vehicles.

쐌 When your child restraint is not in use, keep it secured with a seat belt to prevent from being thrown around in case of a sudden stop or accident.

it

CAUTION

쐌 For Roadster models, when installing a booster seat, be sure to turn off the automatic passenger seatback tilt function with the seatback tilt cancel switch (located on the back of the passenger seatback). Otherwise, the booster seat may be damaged. See “Tilting and reclining passenger’s seat from driver’s seat” earlier in this section for detailed information.

쐌 Remember that a child restraint left in a closed vehicle can become very hot. Check the seating surface and buckles before placing your child in the child restraint.

In general, child restraints are designed to be installed with the lap portion of a lap/shoulder seat belt. Several manufacturers offer child restraints for children of various sizes. When selecting any child restraint, keep the following points in mind: 쐌 Choose only a restraint with a label certifying that it complies with Federal Motor Vehicle

Safety Standard 213 or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.

쐌 Check the child restraint in your vehicle to be sure it is compatible with the vehicle’s seat and seat belt system.

쐌 If the child restraint is compatible with your vehicle, place your child in the child restraint and check the various adjustments to be sure the child restraint is compatible with your child. Choose a child restraint that is de- signed for your child’s height and weight. Always follow all recommended procedures. The passenger seat is not suitable for use with a rear facing child restraint for infants. Therefore, infants should not be transported in this vehicle. All U.S. states and Canadian provinces or territories require that infants and small children be restrained in approved child restraint at all times while the vehicle is being operated.

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쐌 The three-point seat belt in your ve- hicle is equipped with an Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) which must be used when installing a child re- straint.

쐌 Failure to use the ALR mode will result in the child restraint not being properly secured. The restraint could tip over or otherwise be unsecured and cause injury to the child in a sudden stop or collision.

CHILD RESTRAINT INSTALLATION ON FRONT PASSENGER SEAT (Coupe models only)

WARNING

쐌 Even with the NISSAN Advanced Air Bag System, never install a rear- facing child restraint in the front pas- senger seat. Front air bags inflate with great force. A rear-facing child restraint could be struck by the front

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air bag in a crash and could seriously injure or kill your child.

쐌 If you must install a forward facing child restraint in the front passenger seat, move the passenger seat to the rearmost position. Also, be sure the front passenger air bag status light is illuminated to indicate the passenger air bag is OFF. See “Front passenger air bag and status light” in this sec- tion for details.

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“Head restraint adjustment” earlier in this section. If the head restraint is removed, store it in a secure place. Be sure to install the head restraint when the child restraint is removed. If the seating position does not have an adjustable head restraint and it is interfering with the proper child restraint fit, try a different child restraint.

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Front facing — step 1

Front facing If you must install a child restraint in the front seat, follow these steps:

1. Position the child restraint on the front pas- senger seat. Move the seat to the rear- most position. Adjust the head restraint to its highest position (if so equipped). Always follow the restraint manufacturer’s instruc- tions.

The back of the child restraint should be secured against the vehicle seatback. If nec- essary, adjust or remove the head restraint to obtain the correct child restraint fit. See

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Front facing — step 2

2. Route the seat belt tongue through the child restraint and insert it into the buckle until you hear and feel the latch engage. Be sure to follow the child restraint manufacturer’s in- structions for belt routing.

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Front facing — step 3

3. Pull the shoulder belt until the belt is fully extended. At this time, the seat belt retractor is in the Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) mode (child restraint mode). It reverts to Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) mode when the seat belt is fully retracted.

Front facing — step 4

4. Allow the seat belt to retract. Pull up on the shoulder belt to remove any slack in the belt.

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Front facing — step 5

5. Remove any additional slack from the seat belt; press downward and rearward firmly in the center of the child restraint with your knee to compress the vehicle seat cushion and seatback while pulling up on the seat belt. If the child restraint is equipped with a top tether strap, route the top tether strap and secure the tether strap to the tether anchor point. See “Top tether strap child restraint” in this section.

6.

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webbing out of the retractor, the retractor is in the ALR mode.

9. Check to make sure the child restraint is properly secured prior to each use. If the seat belt is not locked, repeat steps 2 through 7.

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Front facing — step 7

7. Before placing the child in the child restraint, hold the child restraint near the seat belt path and use force to push the child restraint from side to side, and tug it forward to make sure that it is securely held in place. It should not move more than 1 in (25 mm). If it does move more than 1 in (25 mm), pull again on the shoulder belt tighten the child restraint. If you are unable to properly secure the restraint, try a different child restraint. Not all child restraints fit in all types of vehicles.

to further

8. Check that the retractor is in the ALR mode by trying to pull more seat belt out of the retractor. If you cannot pull any more belt

Front facing — step 10

should illuminate.

10. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position. The front passenger air bag status light If this light is not illuminated, see “Front passenger air bag and status light” in this section. Try a differ- ent child restraint. Have the system checked by a NISSAN dealer.

After the child restraint is removed and the seat belt the ALR mode (child restraint mode) is canceled.

is fully retracted,

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WARNING

쐌 Child restraint anchor point is de- signed to withstand only those loads imposed by correctly fitted child re- straints. Under no circumstance is it to be used for adult seat belts or harnesses.

쐌 Do not allow cargo to contact the top

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