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FOREWORD

READ FIRST(cid:151)THEN DRIVE SAFELY

Welcome to the growing family of new NISSAN owners. This vehicle is delivered to you with confidence. It was produced using the latest techniques and strict quality control. This manual was prepared to help you under- stand the operation and maintenance of your vehicle so that you may enjoy many miles (kilome- ters) of driving pleasure. Please read through this manual before operating your vehicle. A separate Warranty Information Booklet explains details about the warranties cov- ering your vehicle. The (cid:147)NISSAN Service and Maintenance Guide(cid:148) explains details about maintaining and servicing your ve- hicle. Additionally, a separate Customer Care/Lemon Law Booklet (U.S. only) will explain how to resolve any concerns you may have with your vehicle, as well as clarify your rights under your state(cid:146)s lemon law. Your NISSAN dealership knows your vehicle best. When you require any service or have any questions, they will be glad to assist you with the extensive resources available to them.

Before driving your vehicle please read this Own- er(cid:146)s Manual carefully. This will ensure familiarity with controls and maintenance requirements, as- sisting you in the safe operation of your vehicle.

drive models correctly may result in loss of control or an accident. Be sure to read (cid:147)Driving safety precautions(cid:148) in the (cid:147)Start- ing and driving(cid:148) section of this manual.

WARNING

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION RE- MINDERS FOR SAFETY! Follow these important driving rules to help ensure a safe and comfortable trip for you and your passengers! c NEVER drive under the influence of al-

cohol or drugs.

c ALWAYS observe posted speed limits and never drive too fast for conditions. c ALWAYS use your seat belts and appropri- ate child restraint systems. Pre-teen chil- dren should be seated in the rear seat.

c ALWAYS provide information about the proper use of vehicle safety features to all occupants of the vehicle.

c ALWAYS review this owner(cid:146)s manual for

important safety information.

For descriptions specified for four-wheel drive models, a mark is placed at the begin- ning of the applicable sections/items. As with other vehicles with features for off-road use, failure to operate four-wheel

ON-PAVEMENT AND OFF-ROAD DRIVING This vehicle will handle and maneuver differently from an ordinary passenger car because it has a higher center of gravity for off-road use. As with other vehicles with features of this type, fail- ure to operate this vehicle correctly may result in loss of control or an accident. Be sure to read (cid:147)On-pavement and off- road driving precautions(cid:148), and (cid:147)Avoid- ing collision and rollover(cid:148), and (cid:147)Driving safety precautions(cid:148), in the (cid:147)Starting and driving(cid:148) section of this manual.

MODIFICATION OF YOUR VEHICLE This vehicle should not be modified. Modi- fication could affect its performance, safety or durability, and may even violate governmental regulations. In addition, damage or performance problems result- ing from modifications may not be cov- ered under NISSAN warranties.

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WHEN READING THE MANUAL

This manual includes information for all options available on this model. Therefore, you may find some information that does not apply to your vehicle. All information, specifications and illustrations in this manual are those in effect at the time of printing. NISSAN reserves the right to change specifications or design without notice and with- out obligation. IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS MANUAL You will see various symbols in this manual. They are used in the following ways:

WARNING

This is used to indicate the presence of a hazard that could cause death or serious personal injury. To avoid or reduce the risk, the procedures must be followed precisely.

CAUTION

This is used to indicate the presence of a hazard that could cause minor or moder- ate personal injury or damage to your ve- hicle. To avoid or reduce the risk, the pro- cedures must be followed carefully.

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WARNING

WARNING

Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth de- fects or other reproductive harm. In addi- tion, certain fluids contained in vehicles and certain products of component wear contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

' 2004 NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.

GARDENA, CALIFORNIA

All rights reserved. No part of this Owner(cid:146)s Manual may be reproduced or stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of Nissan North America, Inc., Gar- dena, California.

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If you see this symbol, it means (cid:147)Do not do this(cid:148) or (cid:147)Do not let this happen.(cid:148)

If you see a symbol similar to these in an illustra- tion, it means the arrow points to the front of the vehicle.

Arrows in an illustration that are similar to these indicate movement or action.

Arrows in an illustration that are similar to these call attention to an item in the illustration.

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WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF NISSAN

NISSAN pioneered the use of electronics and com- puters in automobiles, and has led the industry in improving both performance and fuel efficiency through new engine designs and the use of syn- thetic materials to reduce vehicle weight. The com- pany has also developed ways to build quality into its vehicles at each stage of the production process, both through extensive use of automation and (cid:151) most importantly (cid:151) through an awareness that people are the central element in quality control. From the time the parts arrived from our suppliers until you took delivery of your new NISSAN, dozens of checks were made to ensure that only the best job was being done in producing and delivering your vehicle. NISSAN also takes great care to ensure that when you take your NISSAN to your dealer for maintenance, the service technician will perform his work according to the quality standards that have been established by NISSAN. Safety has also been built into your NISSAN. As you know, seat belts are an integral part of the safety systems that will help protect you and your passen- gers in the event of a sudden stop or an accident. We urge you to use the seat belts every time you drive the vehicle. The NISSAN story of growth and achievement re- flects our major goal: to provide you, our customer, with a vehicle that is built with quality and craftsman- ship (cid:151) a product that we can be proud to build and you can be proud to own.

Your new NISSAN is the result of our dedication to produce the finest in safe, reliable and economical transportation. Your vehicle is the product of a suc- cessful worldwide company that manufactures cars and trucks in over 17 countries and distributes them in 170 nations. NISSAN vehicles are designed and manufactured by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. which was founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1933, and NISSAN affiliates world- wide, collectively growing to become the fifth largest automaker in the world. In addition to cars and trucks, NISSAN also makes forklift trucks, marine engines, boats and other diversified products. NISSAN has made a substantial and growing in- vestment in North America. NISSAN(cid:146)s commitment is over $6 billion dollars in capital investments in facilities across the continent. Some of the facilities include the Nissan Manufacturing facilities in Can- ton, Mississippi and in Smyrna, Tennessee, vehicle

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styling design at Nissan Design America, Inc. in San Diego, California, and engineering at Nissan Tech- nical Center North America in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Additionally, NISSAN employs more than 21,000 people throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. An additional 60,000 people work for the 1,250 NISSAN and INFINITI dealers across North America. NISSAN is also a substantial contributor to the Canadian economy. Nissan Canada Inc., its suppli- ers and over 150 dealers employ approximately 4,500 people. These include company employees and the staffs of NISSAN dealers all across Canada. In addition, many Canadians work for companies that supply NISSAN and NISSAN dealers with ma- terials and services ranging from the operation of port facilities and transportation services, to the supply of lubricants, parts and accessories.

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NISSAN CUSTOMER CARE PROGRAM

NISSAN CARES . . . Both NISSAN and your NISSAN dealer are dedicated to serving all your automotive needs. Your satisfaction with your vehicle and your NISSAN dealer are our primary concerns. Your NISSAN dealer is always available to assist you with all your automobile sales and service needs.

However, if there is something that your NISSAN dealer cannot assist you with or you would like to provide NISSAN directly with comments or ques- tions, please contact the NISSAN Consumer Affairs Department using our toll-free number: For U.S. customers 1-800-NISSAN-1
(1-800-647-7261)

For Canadian customers

1-800-387-0122


The Consumer Affairs Department will ask for the following information: (cid:150) Your name, address, and telephone number

(cid:150) Vehicle identification number (attached to the top of the instrument panel on the driver(cid:146)s side)

(cid:150) Date of purchase (cid:150) Current odometer reading (cid:150) Your NISSAN dealer(cid:146)s name (cid:150) Your comments or questions OR

You can write to NISSAN with the information at: For U.S. customers

Nissan North America, Inc. Consumer Affairs Department P.O. Box 191
Gardena, California 90248-0191


For Canadian customers

Nissan Canada Inc. 5290 Orbitor Drive Mississauga, Ontario L4W 4Z5


We appreciate your interest in NISSAN and thank you for buying a quality NISSAN vehicle.

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Table of Contents

Illustrated table of contents

Safety(cid:151)Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags

Instruments and controls

Pre-driving checks and adjustments

Heater, air conditioner and audio systems

Starting and driving

In case of emergency

Appearance and care

Maintenance and do-it-yourself

Technical and consumer information

Index

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Exterior front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-3
Exterior rear. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-4
Passenger compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-5


Instrument panel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-6
Engine compartment locations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-7
Warning/indicator lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-10


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AIRBAGS, SEAT BELTS AND CHILD RESTRAINTS

1. 2. 3.

4. 5. 6.

2nd row seat belts (P. 1-20) Front seat belts (P. 1-20) Supplemental front impact air bags (P.1-12) Seats (P. 1-2) Seat belt pretensioners (P. 1-14) LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) (P. 1-39) Top tether strap anchor (P. 1-41)

7. See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details.

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EXTERIOR FRONT

Engine hood (P. 8-6)

1. 2. Windshield wiper and washer switch

(P. 2-18)

6.

3. Windshield (P. 8-25) 4. 5.

Roof rack (P.2-30) Power windows (if so equipped) (P. 2-32) Door locks, keyfob, keys (P. 3-2, 3-4, 3-2) 7. Mirrors (P. 3-13) 8. 9. 10. Tire chains (P. 5-30) 11. Headlight and turn signal switch

Tire pressure (P. 8-35) Flat tire (P. 6-2)

(P. 2-20); Replacing bulbs (P. 8-30)

12. Fog light switch (if so equipped)

(P. 2-22)

See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details.

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EXTERIOR REAR

1. 2. 3. 4.

Vehicle loading (P. 9-13) Truck box, tailgate (P.3-15) Roof rack (P.2-30) Rear sliding window (if so equipped) (P.2-34)

5. Child safety rear door lock (Crew Cab

6.

models only) (P.3-4) Fuel filler cap, fuel recommendation (P. 3-11, P. 9-3) Replacing bulbs (P. 8-30)

7. See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details.

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PASSENGER COMPARTMENT

1. Map lights (P. 2-34) Sun visors (P. 3-13) 2. Inside mirror (P. 3-13) 3. 4. Ventilators (P. 4-2 ) 5. Glove box (P. 2-28) 6.

Shift knob (automatic transmission, if so equipped) (P. 5-10)

Front seats (P. 1-2)

7. Cup holders (P. 2-27) 8. 9. Console box (P. 2-28) 10. Rear seats (P. 1-5) 11. Flat tire (P. 6-2 ) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details.

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INSTRUMENT PANEL

1. Headlight/turn signal switch (P. 2-20) 2. Meters and gauges (P. 2-3) 3. Windshield wiper/washer switch (P. 2-18) 4. Power outlet (P. 2-24) 5. Heater and air conditioner (P. 4-2) 6. Passenger air bag ON/OFF switch light

(if so equipped) (P. 1-16)

7. Passenger air bag ON/OFF switch (if so

8.

equipped) (P. 1-16) Front passenger supplemental air bag (P. 1-7)

9. Glove box (P. 2-28) 10. Audio system (P. 4-10) 11. Hazard warning flasher switch (P. 2-22) 12. Automatic/manual selector lever (P. 5-10) 13. Transfer case shift lever (if so equipped)

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(P. 5-21)

14. Parking brake release lever (P. 5-18) 15. Cruise control main/set switch (if so

equipped) (P. 5-19)

16. Driver supplemental air bag/horn (P. 1-7,

P. 2-23)

17. Steering wheel switch for audio controls

(if so equipped) (P. 4-28)

18. Vehicle dynamic control (VDC) off

switch (if so equipped) (P. 2-24) Instrument brightness control (P. 2-21)

19. 20. Cargo lamp switch (P. 2-23) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details.

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ENGINE COMPARTMENT LOCATIONS

KA24DE engine 1. 2.

Power steering fluid reservoir (P. 8-15) Automatic transmission fluid dipstick (A/T model) (P. 8-14) Air cleaner (P. 8-22) Engine oil filler cap (P. 8-10) Engine oil dipstick (P. 8-10) Brake fluid reservoir (P. 8-16)

3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Clutch fluid reservoir (M/T model)

(P.8-16)

8. Windshield washer fluid reservoir

(P. 8-17) Radiator cap (P. 8-9)

9. 10. Engine coolant reservoir (P. 8-9) 11. Battery (P. 8-17) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details.

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VG33E engine 1. 2. 3.

Fuse/fusible link holder (P. 8-28) Power steering fluid reservoir (P. 8-15) Automatic transmission fluid dipstick (A/T model) (P. 8-14) Brake fluid reservoir (P. 8-16)

4. 5. Clutch fluid reservoir (M/T model)

(P.8-16) Air cleaner (P. 8-22)

6. 7. Windshield washer fluid reservoir

(P. 8-17) Engine oil dipstick (P. 8-10) Radiator cap (P. 8-9)

8. 9. 10. Engine oil filler cap (P. 8-10) 11. Engine coolant reservoir (P. 8-9) 12. Battery (P. 8-17)

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VG33ER engine 1. 2. 3.

Fuse/fusible link holder (P. 8-28) Power steering fluid reservoir (P. 8-15) Automatic transmission fluid dipstick (A/T model) (P. 8-14) Supercharger Brake fluid reservoir (P. 8-16) Air cleaner (P. 8-22)

4. 5. 6. 7. Windshield washer fluid reservoir

(P. 8-17) Engine oil dipstick (P. 8-10) Radiator cap (P. 8-9)

8. 9. 10. Engine oil filler cap (P. 8-10) 11. Engine coolant reservoir (P. 8-9) 12. Battery (P. 8-17)

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WARNING/INDICATOR LIGHTS

Warning

light

Name

Anti-lock brake warning light

or

Automatic transmission oil temperature warning light

model)

Automatic transmission park warning light

model)

Brake warning light

or

Page

2-10


2-10


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Warning

light

Name

Page

Warning

light

Name

Passenger supplemental air bag OFF indicator light (except Crew Cab models)

Seat belt warn- ing light and chime

Supplemental air bag warning light

2-11


2-11


2-11


2-11


2-11


2-12


Charge warning light

Door open warning light

Engine oil pres- sure warning light

Low fuel warn- ing light

Low tire pres- sure warning light (if so equipped)

Low windshield washer fluid warning light (if so equipped)

Page

2-12


2-13


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Indicator

light

Name

CRUISE main switch indicator light (if so equipped)

Cruise SET switch indicator light (if so equipped)

4–wheel drive indicator light (if so equipped)

High beam indi- cator light (Blue)

Malfunction indicator lamp (MIL)

Page

2-13


2-13


2-14


2-14


2-14


Page

2-15


2-15


2-15


2-15


Indicator

light

Name

Overdrive off indicator light (automatic transmission only)

Slip indicator light (if so equipped)

Turn signal/hazard indicator lights

Vehicle dy- namic control off indicator light (if so equipped)

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1 Safety(cid:151)Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags

Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
Front manual seat adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
Tilting rear bench seat (Crew Cab models only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
Jump seat (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6
Head restraint adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6
Supplemental restraint system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7


Precautions on supplemental restraint system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7
Passenger supplemental air bag on/off switch and light (except Crew Cab models) . . . . . . 1-16
Supplemental air bag warning labels. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-18
Supplemental air bag warning light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-18
Seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-20
Precautions on seat belt usage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-20
Child safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-22
Pregnant women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-24


Injured persons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-24
Three-point type seat belt with retractor . . . . . . . . . . 1-24
Two-point type seat belt without retractor (jump seat in King Cab models and center of rear seat in Crew Cab models). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-27
Seat belt extenders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-29
Seat belt maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-29
Child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-30
Precautions on child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-30
Installation on rear bench seat center position (Crew Cab models only). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-32
Installation on rear bench seat outboard positions (Crew Cab models only). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-35
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-39
Top tether strap child restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-41
Installation on front passenger seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-43


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FRONT MANUAL SEAT ADJUSTMENT

WARNING

c Do not adjust the driver(cid:146)s seat while driving so full attention may be given to vehicle operation. The seat may move suddenly and could cause loss of con- trol of the vehicle.

c After adjustment, gently rock in the seat

to make sure it is securely locked.

SEATS

WARNING

c Do not ride in a moving vehicle when the seatback is reclined. This can be dangerous. The shoulder belt will not be against your body. In an accident, you could be thrown into it and receive neck or other serious injuries. You could also slide under the lap belt and receive serious internal injuries.

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c For the most effective protection when the vehicle is in motion, the seat should be upright. Always sit well back in the seat and adjust the seat properly. See (cid:147)Precautions on Seat Belt Usage(cid:148) later in this section.

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WARNING

After adjustment, gently rock in the seat to make sure it is securely locked.

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Forward and backward Pull the lever up and hold it while you slide the seat forward or backward to the desired position. Release the lever to lock the seat in position.

Reclining To recline the seatback, pull the lever up and lean back. To bring the seatback forward, pull the lever up and lean your body forward. Release the lever to lock the seatback in position.

The reclining feature allows adjustment of the seatback for occupants of different sizes for added comfort and to help obtain proper seat belt fit (see (cid:147)Precautions on seat belt usage(cid:148) later in this section). Also, the seatback can be re- clined to allow occupants to rest when the ve- hicle is stopped.

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WARNING

After adjustment, gently rock in the seat to make sure it is securely locked.

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King cab passenger seat only

Tilting The front passenger(cid:146)s seat can be tilted to make it easier for jump seat passengers to get in and out.

To tilt the seatback, pull the reclining lever up or push the tilt lever down. The seat automatically moves forward.

To return the seat, move the whole seat back- ward, then push the seatback up until it locks.

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Seat lifter (if so equipped for driver(cid:146)s seat) Turn either dial to adjust the angle and height of the seat cushion to the desired position.

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WARNING

Never allow anyone to ride in the cargo area or on the rear seat when it is in the fold-down position. Use of these areas by passengers without proper restraints could result in serious injury in an acci- dent or sudden stop.

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Lumbar support (if so equipped for driver(cid:146)s seat) The lumbar support feature provides lower back support to the driver. Move the lever forward or backward to adjust the seat lumbar area.

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TILTING REAR BENCH SEAT (Crew Cab models only) The rear bench seat can be tilted to remove the jacking tools from the storage area. To tilt the seatback, pull the strap up s1 and tilt s2 the seatback forward.

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JUMP SEAT (if so equipped)

WARNING

c Do not use a child restraint in the jump seats (King Cab model). These seats are not suitable for child restraint installation.

c When folding the jump seat, be careful not to squeeze your finger between the seat cushion and the body side.

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HEAD RESTRAINT ADJUSTMENT To raise the head restraint, pull it up. To lower, push and hold the lock knob and push the head restraint down.

WARNING

Head restraints should be adjusted prop- erly as they may provide significant pro- tection against injury in an accident. Do not remove them. Check the adjustment after someone else uses the seat.

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Adjust the head restraint so the center is level with the center of your ears.

SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM

PRECAUTIONS ON SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM This Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) sec- tion contains important information concerning the driver and passenger supplemental front air bags and pre-tensioner seat belts. Supplemental front impact air bag system: This system can help cushion the impact force to the head and chest of the driver and front pas- senger in certain frontal collisions. The supplemental air bags are designed to supplement the crash protection provided by the driver and front passenger seat belts and are not a substitute for them. Seat belts should always be correctly worn and the driver and front passenger seated a suitable distance away from the steering wheel and instrument panel. (See (cid:147)Seat belts(cid:148) later in this section for instructions and precautions on seat belt usage.) The supplemental air bags operate only when the ignition switch is in the ON or START position. After turning the ignition key to the ON position, the supplemental air bag warning light illuminates. The supplemental air bag warning light will turn off after about 7
seconds if the system is operational.

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c The driver and front passenger seat belt buckles are equipped with sensors that detect if the seat belts are fastened. The air bag system monitors the severity of a collision and then inflates the air bags based on belt usage. Failure to properly wear seat belts can increase the risk or severity of injury in an accident.

c Keep hands on the outside of the steer- ing wheel. Placing them inside the steering wheel rim could increase the risk that they are injured when the supplemental front air bag inflates.

WARNING

c The supplemental front air bags ordi- narily will not inflate in the event of a side impact, rear impact, rollover, or lower severity frontal collision. Always wear your seat belts to help reduce the risk or severity of injury in various kinds of accidents.

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c The seat belts and the supplemental front air bags are most effective when you are sitting well back and upright in the seat. The front air bags inflate with great force. If you are unrestrained, leaning forward, sitting sideways or out of position in any way, you are at greater risk of injury or death in a crash. You may also receive serious or fatal injuries from the supplemental front air bag if you are up against it when it inflates. Always sit back against the seatback and as far away as practical from the steering wheel or instrument panel. Always use the seat belts.

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WARNING

Never let children ride unrestrained or ex- tend their hands or face out of the win- dow. Do not attempt to hold them in your lap or arms. Some examples of dangerous riding positions are shown in the illustrations.

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c Never install a rear-facing child re- straint in the front seat of a model equipped with a supplemental air bag ON/OFF switch unless you first turn OFF the air bag. An inflating supple- mental air bag could seriously injure or kill your child. See (cid:147)Child restraints(cid:148) later in this section for details.

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WARNING

c Children may be severely injured or killed when the supplemental front air bags inflate if they are not properly re- strained. Pre-teens and children should be properly restrained in the rear seat, if available.

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These systems are designed to meet optional certification requirements under U.S. regulations. They are also permitted in Canada. The optional certification allows the front air bags to be de- signed to inflate somewhat less forcefully than previously. However, all of the information, cautions and warnings in this manual still apply and must be followed.

The supplemental front air bag system is de- signed to inflate in higher severity frontal colli- sions, although it may inflate if the forces in an- other type of collision are similar to those of a higher severity frontal impact. It may not inflate in certain frontal collisions. Vehicle damage (or lack of it) is not always an indication of proper supple- mental front air bag system operation.

King Cab models are equipped with a supple- mental front passenger air bag ON/OFF switch. Because no rear seat exists where a rear facing child restraint can be secured as in other models, the switch is designed to turn OFF the passenger supplemental air bag so that a rear facing child restraint can be used in the front passenger seat. See (cid:147)Passenger supplemental air bag ON/OFF switch and light(cid:148) later in this section for details. Crew Cab models are not equipped with a supplemental front passenger air bag ON/OFF switch because they have a rear seat for child restraint installation. Further, for Crew Cab mod-

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Diagnosis sensor unit Seat belt pre-tensioner retractors Supplemental air bag modules Passenger air bag ON/OFF switch Passenger air bag OFF indicator

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Supplemental front air bag system The driver supplemental front air bag is located in the center of the steering wheel. The passenger supplemental front air bag is mounted in the dashboard above the glove box.

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els, the supplemental air bag system has dual stage inflators for both the driver and passenger air bags. The system monitors information from the crash zone sensor, the diagnosis sensor unit and seat belt buckle sensors that detect if the seat belts are fastened. Inflator operation is based on the severity of a collision and whether the seat belts are being used. Only one front air bag may inflate in a crash, depending on the crash severity and whether the front occupants are belted or unbelted. This does not indicate improper performance of the system. If you have any questions about the performance of your air bag system, please contact your NISSAN dealer.

When the supplemental front air bag inflates, a fairly loud noise may be heard, followed by the release of smoke. This smoke is not harmful and does not indicate a fire. Care should be taken to not inhale it, as it may cause irritation and chok- ing. Those with a history of a breathing condition should get fresh air promptly.

Supplemental front air bags, along with the use of seat belts, help to cushion the impact force on the face and chest of the front occupants. They can help save lives and reduce serious injuries. However, an inflating front air bag may cause facial abrasions or other injuries. Front air bags do not provide restraint to the lower body.

Seat belts should be correctly worn and the driver and passenger seated upright as far as practical away from the steering wheel or instru- ment panel. The supplemental front air bags in- flate quickly in order to help protect the front occupants. Because of this, the force of the front air bag inflating can increase the risk of injury if the occupant is too close to, or is against, the front air bag module during inflation.

The front air bags deflate quickly after a collision. The supplemental front air bags operate only when the ignition switch is in the ON or START position.

After turning the ignition key to the ON position, the supplemental air bag warning light illuminates. The supplemental air bag warning light will turn off after about 7
seconds if the system is operational.

WARNING

c Do not place any objects on the steer- ing wheel pad or on the instrument panel. Also, do not place any objects between any occupant and the steering wheel or instrument panel. Such ob- jects may become dangerous projec- tiles and cause injury if the supplemen- tal front air bag inflates.

c Immediately after

inflation, several front air bag system components will be hot. Do not touch them; you may se- verely burn yourself.

c No unauthorized changes should be made to any components or wiring of the supplemental air bag system. This is to prevent accidental inflation of the supplemental air bag or damage to the supplemental air bag system.

c Do not make unauthorized changes to your vehicle(cid:146)s electrical system, sus- pension system or front end structure. This could affect proper operation of the supplemental front air bag system. c Tampering with the supplemental front air bag system may result in serious personal injury. Tampering includes changes to the steering wheel and the instrument panel assembly by placing material over the steering wheel pad and above the instrument panel or by installing trim material around the air bag system.

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c Work on and around the supplemental front air bag system should be done by a NISSAN dealer. Installation of electri- cal equipment should also be done by a NISSAN dealer. The Supplemental Re- straint System (SRS) wiring should not be modified or disconnected. Unautho- rized electrical test equipment and probing devices should not be used on the air bag system.

c A cracked windshield should be re- placed immediately by a qualified re- pair facility. A cracked windshield could affect inflation of the supplemental air bag system.

c The SRS wiring harness connectors are easy

orange

for

yellow and identification.

When selling your vehicle, we request that you inform the buyer about the supplemental front air bag system and guide the buyer to the appropri- ate sections in this Owner(cid:146)s Manual.

Pre-tensioner seat belt system (for front seats)

WARNING

c The pre-tensioner seat belt cannot be reused after activation. It must be re- placed together with the retractor and buckle as a unit.

c If the vehicle becomes involved in a frontal collision but the pre-tensioner is not activated, be sure to have the pre- tensioner system checked and, if nec- essary, your NISSAN dealer.

replaced by

c No unauthorized changes should be made to any components or wiring of the pre-tensioner seat belt system. This is to prevent accidental activation of the pre-tensioner seat belt or damage to the pre-tensioner seat belt operation. Tampering with the pre-tensioner seat belt system may result in serious per- sonal injury.

c Work around and on the pre-tensioner system should be done by a NISSAN dealer. Installation of electrical equip- ment should also be done by a NISSAN dealer. Unauthorized electrical test equipment and probing devices should not be used on the pre-tensioner seat belt system.

c If you need to dispose of the pre- tensioner or scrap the vehicle, contact a NISSAN dealer. Correct pre-tensioner disposal procedures are set forth in the appropriate NISSAN Service Manual. Incorrect disposal procedures could cause personal injury.

The front seat pre-tensioner seat belt system activates in conjunction with the supplemental air bag systems. Working with the seat belt retrac- tor, it helps tighten the seat belt when the vehicle becomes involved in certain types of collisions, helping to restrain front seat occupants.

The pre-tensioner is encased with the seat belt(cid:146)s retractor. These seat belts are used the same as conventional seat belts.

When the pre-tensioner seat belt activates, smoke is released and a loud noise may be heard. This smoke is not harmful and does not indicate a fire. Care should be taken not to inhale it, as it may

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cause irritation and choking. Those with a history of a breathing condition should get fresh air promptly. If any abnormality occurs in the pre-tensioner system, the supplemental air bag warning light will flash intermittently after the igni- tion key is turned to the ON or START position. In this case, the pre-tensioner seat belt will not function properly. They must be checked and repaired. Take your vehicle to the nearest NISSAN dealer. When selling your vehicle, we request that you inform the buyer about the pre-tensioner seat belt system and guide the buyer to the appropriate sections in this Owner(cid:146)s Manual.

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PASSENGER SUPPLEMENTAL AIR BAG ON/OFF SWITCH AND LIGHT (except Crew Cab models)

WARNING

Air bags and seat belts are designed to work as a unit. Do not switch the air bag OFF unless you meet federal government criteria. Switching off the air bag may in- crease the risk of serious or fatal injuries in a collision where the air bag would have inflated.

In rare instances, some passengers are exposed to serious injury risks from inflating air bags, es- pecially if not properly restrained. The U.S. and Canadian federal governments recognize other limited circumstances in which an air bag could reduce safety. The passenger air bag ON/OFF switch is, therefore, allowed in models without full rear seats. Because the overall benefits of air bags are great, in most situations air bags should not be switched off unless special government criteria exist.

The passenger air bag ON/OFF switch is located under the climate controls. It can be used to turn the passenger supplemental air bag OFF.

The ON/OFF switch should ONLY be used to turn the passenger supplemental air bag OFF when the following government criteria exists: c Infants (less than 1 year old) in rear facing child restraints MUST be placed in the front passenger seat.

c Children ages 1-12 years MUST be placed

in the front passenger seat.

c The passenger has a medical condition which, according to a physician, causes the air bag to pose a special risk and makes the potential harm from the air bag greater than the potential harm from turning off the air bag.

Seat belts and child restraints should always be properly used. See (cid:147)Precautions on seat belt usage(cid:148) and (cid:147)Child restraints(cid:148) later in this section for details. To turn the passenger supplemental air bag OFF, insert the ignition key in the passenger supple- mental air bag ON/OFF switch and turn the switch clockwise to the OFF position. Then re- move the key. When the ignition is turned to the ON or START position the passenger air bag OFF indicator light will illuminate to indicate the air bag is OFF. To turn the passenger supplemen- tal air bag ON, insert the ignition key in the passenger supplemental air bag ON/OFF switch

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and turn the switch counter clockwise to the ON position. Then remove the key. When the ignition is turned to the ON or START position the pas- senger air bag OFF indicator light will illuminate for 7 seconds to indicate the system is working properly and then go out to indicate that the passenger supplemental air bag is ON. 1. Do not operate the passenger supplemental air bag ON/OFF switch when the ignition is ON.

2. Fully turn the passenger supplemental air bag ON/OFF switch to either the ON or OFF position.

3. Always remove the ignition key after using air bag

supplemental

the passenger ON/OFF switch.

4. The passenger air bag OFF indicator light should illuminate for 7 seconds after the ignition is turned to the ON or START posi- tion. If not, the vehicle should be taken to a NISSAN dealer.

Items 2 and 3 above are intended to prevent improper use of the ignition key. When the switch is turned to the ON position, the passenger supplemental air bag is enabled and could inflate in a frontal collision. When the switch is turned to the OFF position, the passen- ger supplemental air bag is disabled and will not

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inflate in a frontal collision. The passenger supplemental air bag OFF indicator light on the instrument panel illuminates when the passenger supplemental air bag ON/OFF switch is turned to the OFF position. The driver(cid:146)s side supplemental air bag always remains enabled and is not af- fected by the passenger supplemental air bag ON/OFF switch.

The passenger supplemental air bag light, dis- playing OFF in the center of the instrument panel, monitors the position of the passenger supple- mental air bag ON/OFF switch. When the igni- tion key is in the ON or START position, the light illuminates for about 7 seconds and then turns off if the air bag ON/OFF switch is in the ON posi- tion, or stays on if the passenger supplemental air bag ON/OFF switch is in the OFF position.

WARNING

c Do not switch the air bag OFF unless you meet the federal government crite- ria outlined previously. This vehicle (ex- cept Crew Cab models) is equipped with seat belts with a (cid:147)load limiter(cid:148) fea- ture. The seat belts are designed to work with the air bags to reduce the risk of injury in a collision. The seat belts are designed to release additional belt webbing during some collisions to re- duce the concentration of force on the occupant(cid:146)s chest area. In a collision with the airbag turned OFF, the seat belt may allow the occupant enough forward movement to incur serious or fatal injuries.

c Keep the passenger supplemental air bag ON/OFF switch turned ON unless a rear-facing child restraint must be used in the front seat, if children ages 1-12
must be placed in the front seat, or if the passenger has a medical condition, which, according to a physician, causes the air bag to pose a special risk of harm (the federal government criteria). If the switch is OFF, the air bag will not inflate in a collision as designed and the extra protection provided by the air bag may be lost.

c Be sure to turn the passenger supple- mental air bag ON/OFF switch OFF when using a rear facing child restraint in the front passenger seat. If it is not OFF, the air bag may inflate in a colli- sion. The force of the rapidly inflating air bag could cause serious injury or kill the child in the child restraint. Children ages 1-12 and persons with special medical conditions may also be at risk from an inflating air bag.

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c If the supplemental air bag warning light located in the instrument panel next to the speedometer comes on when the passenger supplemental air bag OFF light is also illuminated, some- thing may be wrong with the air bag system. Infants, children ages 1-12 or persons with special medical condi- tions should not use the front passen- ger seat until the system is checked by your NISSAN dealer.

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SUPPLEMENTAL AIR BAG WARNING LABELS Warning labels about the supplemental front air bag system are placed in the vehicle as shown in the illustration.

SUPPLEMENTAL AIR BAG WARNING LIGHT air bag warning light, The supplemental displaying in the instrument panel, moni- tors the circuits of the supplemental air bag and pre-tensioner seat belt systems. The circuits monitored by the supplemental air bag warning light are the diagnosis sensor unit, crash zone sensor, supplemental air bag modules, pre- tensioner seat belts and all related wiring. When the ignition key is in the ON or START position, the supplemental air bag warning light illuminates for about 7 seconds and then turns off. This means the system is operational.

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c The supplemental front air bag system and pre-tensioner seat belt system should be inspected by a NISSAN dealer if there is any damage to the front end portion of the vehicle.

c If you need to dispose of the supple- mental air bag, pre-tensioner seat belt system or scrap the vehicle, contact a NISSAN dealer. Correct supplemental air bag and pre-tensioner seat belt sys- tem disposal procedures are set forth in the appropriate NISSAN Service Manual. Incorrect disposal procedures could cause personal injury.

If any of the following system conditions occur, the supplemental air bag and pre-tensioner seat belt systems need servicing: c The supplemental air bag warning light re-

mains on after approximately 7 seconds.

c The supplemental air bag warning light

flashes intermittently.

c The supplemental air bag warning light does

not come on at all.

Under these conditions, the Supplemental Re- straint System (supplemental front air bag or pre-tensioner seat belt systems) may not operate properly. It must be checked and repaired. Take your vehicle to the nearest NISSAN dealer.

WARNING

If the supplemental air bag warning light is on, it could mean that the supplemental front air bag or pre-tensioner seat belt systems will not operate in an accident. To help avoid injury to yourself or others, have your vehicle checked by a NISSAN dealer as soon as possible. Repair and replacement procedure The supplemental front air bag and pre-tensioner seat belts are designed to inflate on a one-time- only basis. As a reminder, unless it is damaged,

the supplemental air bag warning light remains illuminated after inflation has occurred. Repair and replacement of these supplemental air bag systems should be done only by a NISSAN dealer.

the supplemental

When maintenance work is required on the ve- hicle, front air bags, pre- tensioner seat belts and related parts should be pointed out to the person performing the mainte- nance. The ignition key should always be in the LOCK position when working under the hood or inside the vehicle.

WARNING

c Once a supplemental front air bag has inflated, the air bag module will not function and must be replaced. Addi- tionally, if any of the supplemental front air bags inflate, the activated pre- tensioner seat belts must also be re- placed. The air bag module and pre- tensioner seat belt system should be replaced by a NISSAN dealer. The air bag module and pre-tensioner seat belt system cannot be repaired.

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SEAT BELTS

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PRECAUTIONS ON SEAT BELT USAGE If you are wearing your seat belt properly ad- justed, and you are sitting upright and well back in your seat, your chances of being injured or killed in an accident and/or the severity of injury may be greatly reduced. NISSAN strongly en- courages you and all of your passengers to buckle up every time you drive, even if your seat- ing position includes a supplemental air bag. Most U.S. states and Canadian provinces or territories specify that seat belts be worn at all times when a vehicle is being driven.

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WARNING

c Every person who drives or rides in this vehicle should use a seat belt at all times. Children should be properly re- strained in the rear seat (Crew Cab models) and, if appropriate, in a child restraint.

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WARNING

c The seat belt should be properly ad- justed to a snug fit. Failure to do so may reduce the effectiveness of the entire restraint system and increase the chance or severity of injury in an acci- dent. Serious injury or death can occur if the seat belt is not worn properly.

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c Be sure the seat belt tongue is securely

fastened to the proper buckle.

c Do not wear the seat belt inside out or twisted. Doing so may reduce its effectiveness.

c Do not allow more than one person to

use the same seat belt.

c Never carry more people in the vehicle

than there are seat belts.

c Once the pre-tensioner seat belt has activated, it cannot be reused and must be replaced together with the retractor. See your NISSAN dealer.

c Never allow anyone to ride in the cargo area or in a slide-in camper or other type cargo area cover while the vehicle is in motion. These areas do not contain seat belts. It is not designed for passen- gers. They could be injured in sudden braking or a collision.

c If the seat belt warning light glows con- tinuously while the ignition is turned ON with all doors closed and all seat belts fastened, it may indicate a mal- function in the system. Have the system checked by a NISSAN dealer.

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WARNING

c Always route the shoulder belt over your shoulder and across your chest. Never run the belt behind your back, under your arm or across your neck. The belt should be away from your face and neck, but not falling off your shoulder. c Position the lap belt as low and snug as possible AROUND THE HIPS, NOT THE WAIST. A lap belt worn too high could increase the risk of internal injuries in an accident.

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c Removal and installation of the pre- tensioner seat belt system components should be done by a NISSAN dealer.

and

attaching

c All seat belt assemblies, including re- tractors hardware, should be inspected after any collision by a NISSAN dealer. NISSAN recom- mends that all seat belt assemblies in use during a collision be replaced un- less the collision was minor and the belts show no damage and continue to operate properly. Seat belt assemblies not in use during a collision should also be inspected and replaced if either damage or improper operation is noted. c All child restraints and attaching hard- ware should be inspected after any col- lision. Always follow the restraint manufacturer(cid:146)s inspection instructions and replacement recommendations. The child restraints should be replaced if they are damaged.

CHILD SAFETY Children need adults to help protect them. They need to be properly restrained. The proper restraint depends on the child(cid:146)s size. Generally, infants up to about 1 year and less than 20 pounds, (9 kg) should be placed in rear

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facing child re- facing child restraints. Front straints are available for children who outgrow rear facing child restraints.

WARNING

c Be sure to turn the passenger supple- mental air bag ON/OFF switch OFF when using a rear facing child restraint in the front passenger seat in models so equipped. If it is not OFF, the air bag may inflate in a collision. The force of the rapidly inflating air bag could cause serious injury or kill the child in the child restraint. See (cid:147)Passenger supple- mental air bag ON/OFF switch and light(cid:148) earlier in this section.

c In Crew Cab models, never install a rear facing child restraint in the front pas- senger seat. An inflating supplemental air bag could seriously injure or kill your child. A rear facing child restraint must only be used in the rear seat.

c Do not install a child restraint in the jump seats (King Cab model). These seats are not suitable for child restraint installation.

c Infants and children need special pro- tection. The vehicle(cid:146)s seat belts may not fit them properly. The shoulder belt may come too close to the face or neck. The lap belt may not fit over their small hip bones. In an accident, an improperly fitting seat belt could cause serious or fatal injury. Always use appropriate child restraints.

All U.S. states and Canadian provinces or terri- tories require the use of approved child restraints for infants and small children. See (cid:147)Child Re- straints(cid:148) later in this section.

In addition, there are many types of child re- straints available for larger children which should be used for maximum protection. NISSAN recommends that all pre-teens and children be restrained in the rear seat if available (Crew Cab models). According to accident statistics, children are safer when properly restrained in the rear seat than in the front seat. This is especially important because your vehicle has a supplemental restraint system (Air bag system) for the front passenger. See (cid:147)Supplemental re- straint system(cid:148) earlier in this section. Also, see (cid:147)Passenger air bag ON/OFF switch and light(cid:148) earlier in this section.

Infants and small children NISSAN recommends that infants and small chil- dren be placed in child restraints that comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Ca- nadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. You should choose a child restraint that fits your ve- hicle and always follow the manufacturer(cid:146)s in- structions for installation and use. Larger children Children who are too large for child restraints should be seated and restrained by the seat belts which are provided.

If the child(cid:146)s seating position has a shoulder belt that fits close to the face or neck, the use of a booster seat (commercially available) may help overcome this. The booster seat should raise the child so that the shoulder belt is properly posi- tioned across the top, middle portion of the shoulder and the lap belt is low on the hips. The booster seat should fit the vehicle seat and have a label certifying that it complies with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Canadian Mo- tor Vehicle Safety Standards. Once the child has grown so the shoulder belt is no longer on or near the face and neck, use the shoulder belt without the booster seat.

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WARNING

Never let a child stand or kneel on any seat and do not allow a child in the cargo areas while the vehicle is moving. The child could be seriously injured or killed in an accident or sudden stop.

PREGNANT WOMEN NISSAN recommends that pregnant women use seat belts. The seat belt should be worn snug, and always position the lap belt as low as pos- sible around the hips, not the waist. Place the shoulder belt over your shoulder and across your chest. Never run the lap/shoulder belt over your abdominal area. Contact your doctor for specific recommendations. INJURED PERSONS NISSAN recommends that injured persons use seat belts. Check with your doctor for specific recommendations.

THREE-POINT TYPE SEAT BELT WITH RETRACTOR

WARNING

c Every person who drives or rides in this vehicle should use a seat belt at all times.

c Do not ride in a moving vehicle when the seatback is reclined. This can be dangerous. The shoulder belt will not be against your body. In an accident, you could be thrown into it and receive neck or other serious injuries. You could also slide under the lap belt and receive serious internal injuries.

c For the most effective protection when the vehicle is in motion, the seat should be upright. Always sit well back in the seat and adjust the seat belt properly.

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Manual front seat shown

Fastening the seat belts s1 Adjust the seat. See (cid:147)Seats(cid:148) earlier in this

section.

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emergency locking mode. See (cid:147)Child restraints(cid:148) later in this section for more information. The automatic locking mode should be used only for child restraint installation. During normal seat belt use by a passen- ger, the locking mode should not be acti- vated. If it is activated it may cause uncom- fortable seat belt tension.

WARNING

When fastening the seat belts, be certain that the seatbacks are completely se- cured in the latched position. If they are not completely secured, passengers may be injured in an accident or sudden stop.

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s2 Slowly pull the seat belt out of the retractor and insert the tongue into the buckle until you hear and feel the latch engage.

The retractor is designed to lock during a sudden stop or on impact. A slow pulling motion permits the seat belt to move, and allows you some freedom of movement in the seat.

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s3 Position the lap belt portion low and snug

on the hips as shown.

s4 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 and the rear three- point seat belts (Crew Cab only) have a cinching mechanism for child restraint installation. It is referred to as the automatic locking mode. When automatic locking mode is activated the seat belt cannot be extended again until the seat belt tongue is detached from the buckle and fully retracted. Once retracted, the seat belt is in the

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c Grasp the shoulder belt and pull forward quickly. The retractor should lock and re- strict further belt movement.

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

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Unfastening the seat belts s1 To unfasten the seat belt, press the button on the buckle. The seat belt automatically re- tracts.

Checking seat belt operation Seat belt retractors are designed to lock seat belt movement by two separate methods: c When the seat belt is pulled quickly from the

retractor.

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Shoulder belt height adjustment (For front seats) The shoulder belt anchor height should be ad- justed to the position best for you. (See (cid:147)Precau- tions on seat belt usage(cid:148) earlier in this section.) To adjust, pull out the adjustment button s1 and move the shoulder belt anchor to the desired position s2 , so the belt passes over the center of the shoulder. The belt should be away from your face and neck, but not falling off your shoulder. Release the adjustment button to lock the shoul- der belt anchor into position.

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WARNING

c After adjustment, release the adjust- ment button and try to move the shoul- der belt anchor up and down to make sure it is securely fixed in position.

c The shoulder belt anchor height should be adjusted to the position best for you. Failure to do so may reduce the effec- tiveness of the entire restraint system and increase the chance or severity of injury in an accident.

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Fastening the belts 1.

Insert the tongue into the buckle until you hear and feel the latch engage.

TWO-POINT TYPE SEAT BELT WITHOUT RETRACTOR (jump seat in King Cab models and center of rear seat in Crew Cab models)

WARNING

c Do not install a child restraint in the jump seats (King Cab model). These seats are not suitable for child restraint installation.

c Serious or fatal injury could occur.

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2. Tighten the belt by pulling the free end of the

belt away from the tongue.

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3. Position the lap belt low and snug on the

hips as illustrated.

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4. Loosen the belt by holding the tongue at a right angle to the belt, then pull on the belt.

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

WARNING

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

c Adults and children 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.

c Never use seat belt extenders to install child restraints. If the child restraint is not secured properly, the child could be seriously injured in a collision or a sud- den stop.

SEAT BELT MAINTENANCE c To clean the seat belt webbing, apply a mild soap solution or any solution recom- mended for cleaning upholstery or carpet. Then wipe with a cloth and allow the seat belts to dry in the shade. Do not allow the seat belts to retract until they are completely dry.

c 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.

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Unfastening the seat belts To unfasten the seat belt, press the button the buckle. 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 which is compatible with the installed seat belts. The ex- tender adds approximately 8 inches (200 mm) of length and may be used for either the driver or front passenger seating position. See a NISSAN dealer for assistance if an extender is required.

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CHILD RESTRAINTS

c In Crew Cab models, never install a rear facing child restraint in the front pas- senger seat. An inflating supplemental air bag could seriously injure or kill your child. A rear facing child restraint must only be used in the rear seat.

c Never install a rear-facing child re- straint in the front seat of a model equipped with a supplemental air bag ON/OFF switch unless you first turn OFF the air bag. An inflating air bag could seriously injure or kill your child. See (cid:147)Passenger supplemental air bag ON/OFF switch and light(cid:148) earlier in this section.

c An improperly installed child restraint could lead to serious injury or death in an accident.

c NISSAN recommends that the child re- straint be installed in the rear seat. Ac- cording to accident statistics, children are safer when properly restrained in the rear seat than in the front seat.

In general, child restraints are designed to be installed with a lap belt or the lap portion of a three-point type seat belt. In addition, this vehicle is equipped with a universal child restraint lower anchor system, referred to as the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system. Some

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PRECAUTIONS ON CHILD RESTRAINTS

WARNING

c Infants and small children should al- ways be placed in an appropriate child restraint while riding in the vehicle. Failure to use a child restraint can re- sult in serious injury or death.

WARNING

c Infants and small children should never be carried on your lap. It is not possible for even the strongest adult to resist 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.

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child restraints include two rigid or webbing- mounted attachments that can be connected to these lower anchors. For details, see the (cid:147)LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) sys- tem(cid:148) later in this section.

Child restraints for infants and small children of various sizes are offered by several manufactur- ers. When selecting any child restraint, keep the following points in mind: c 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.

c Check the child restraint in your vehicle to be sure it is compatible with the vehicle(cid:146)s seat and seat belt system.

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