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FOREWORD

READ FIRST—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 “NISSAN Service and Maintenance Guide” 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’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 Owner’s Manual carefully. This will ensure famil- iarity with controls and maintenance require- ments, assisting you in the safe operation of your vehicle.

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! ● NEVER drive under the influence of al-

cohol or drugs.

● ALWAYS observe posted speed limits and never drive too fast for conditions. ● ALWAYS give your full attention to driving and avoid using vehicle features or taking other actions that could distract you.

● ALWAYS use your seat belts and appro- priate child restraint systems. Preteen children should be seated in the rear seat. ● ALWAYS provide information about the proper use of vehicle safety features to all occupants of the vehicle.

● ALWAYS review this Owner’s Manual

for important safety information.

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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.

APD1005
If you see this symbol, it means “Do not do this” or “Do not let this happen.”

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.

CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65
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. CALIFORNIA PERCHLORATE ADVISORY Some vehicle parts, such as lithium batter- ies, may contain perchlorate material. The following advisory is provided: “Perchlorate Material – special handling may apply, See www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate.”

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All rights reserved. No part of this Owner’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.

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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 questions, please contact the NISSAN Con- sumer Affairs Department using our toll-free number: For U.S. customers 1-800-NISSAN-1
(1-800-647-7261)

The Consumer Affairs Department will ask for the following information: – Your name, address, and telephone number – Vehicle identification number (attached to the top of the instrument panel on the driver’s side)

Nissan North America, Inc. Consumer Affairs Department P.O. Box 685003
Franklin, TN 37068-5003


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

For Canadian customers

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


For Canadian customers

1-800-387-0122


– Date of purchase – Current odometer reading – Your NISSAN dealer’s name – Your comments or questions OR

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—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system

Instruments and controls

Pre-driving checks and adjustments

Monitor, climate, audio, phone and voice recognition 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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Air bags, seat belts and child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-2
Exterior front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-3
Exterior rear. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-4
Passenger compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-5


Instrument panel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-6
Engine compartment check locations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-8
Warning/indicator lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-9


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AIR BAGS, SEAT BELTS AND CHILD RESTRAINTS

1. 2. 3. 4.

5.

6.

7. 8.

Top tether strap anchor (P. 1-20) Rear head restraint (P. 1-7) Rear seat belts (P. 1-9) Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bag (P. 1-35) Front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags (P. 1-35) Front-seat Active Head Restraints (P. 1-7, P. 1-8) Front seat belts (P. 1-9) Supplemental front-impact air bags (P. 1-35) Seats (P. 1-2)

9. 10. Occupant classification sensor

(pattern sensor) (P.1-42)

11. Seat belts with pretensioners (P. 1-48) 12. LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for

CHildren) system (P. 1-19)

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

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EXTERIOR FRONT

Engine hood (P. 3-18)

1. 2. Windshield wiper and washer switch

(P. 2-25)

3. Windshield (P. 8-18) 4. Moonroof (if so equipped) (P. 2-44) 5. 6.

Power windows (P. 2-41) Door locks, Nissan Intelligent Key™, keys, request button (P. 3-4, 3-2, 3-2, 3-2)

Tire pressure (P. 8-30) Flat tire (P. 6-2)

7. Mirrors (P. 3-25) 8. 9. 10. Tire chains (P. 8-38) 11. Headlight and turn signal switch

(P. 2-27)

12. Replacing bulbs (P. 8-28) 13. Fog lights (P. 8-25) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details.

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EXTERIOR REAR

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

6. 7.

Rear window defroster switch (P. 2-26) Interior trunk lid release (P. 3-20) Trunk lid (P. 3-18) Vehicle loading (P. 9-12) Exterior trunk lid release/request button (P. 3-13) Replacing bulbs (P. 8-28) Fuel-filler cap, fuel recommendation (P. 3-21, P. 9-3) Fuel-filler door (P. 3-21)

8. 9. Child safety locks (P. 3-6) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details.

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PASSENGER COMPARTMENT

Interior mirrors (P. 3-25)

Interior trunk access (P. 1-5)

1. 2. Moonroof (P. 2-44) Sun visors (P. 3-24) 3. 4. Interior lights, illuminated entry (P. 2-48) 5. HomeLink姞 (if so equipped) (P. 2-51) 6. 7. Glove box (P. 2-39) 8. 9. Console box (P. 2-39) 10. Front seat (P. 1-2) 11. Rear seat (P. 1-5) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details.

Front cup holders (P. 2-38)

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INSTRUMENT PANEL

1. 2.

3.

Side and center vents (P. 4-34) Headlight/fog light/turn signal switch (P. 2-27) Steering wheel switch for audio control and Bluetooth姞 Hands-Free Phone System (if so equipped) (P. 4-84, 4-88)

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8.

Paddle shift selector (if so equipped) (P. 5-14)

9. Windshield wiper/washer switch

(P. 2-25)

10. Display screen/Navigation system*

(if so equipped) (P. 4-14)

11. Display screen/Navigation system* controls (if so equipped) (P. 4-14)

12. Front passenger supplemental air bag

(P. 1-35)

13. Glove box (P. 2-39) 14. Display screen (models without

Navigation system) (P. 4-2)

15. Climate controls (models without

Navigation system) (P. 4-39)

16. Audio system controls (models without

Navigation system) (P. 4-43)

17. Passenger air bag status light (P. 1-44) 18. Audio system controls (P. 4-43) 19. Climate controls (P. 4-39) 20. Shift selector (P. 5-11) 21. Hazard warning flasher switch (P. 2-32) 22.

Ignition switch (behind the steering wheel) (P. 5-7)

23. Tilt/telescopic steering wheel controls

(if so equipped) (P. 3-22)

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4. Meters and gauges (P. 2-3) 5.

Driver supplemental air bag/horn (P. 1-35, P. 2-32) Security indicator light (P. 2-23) Cruise control main/set switches (P. 5-18)

6. 7.

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24. Rear control cancel switch (if so equipped) (P. 2-47)

25. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) OFF

switch (P. 2-35)

26. Outside mirror controls (P. 3-27) 27. Heated steering wheel switch

(if so equipped) (P. 2-34)

28. Trunk lid release switch (P. 3-20) * Refer to the separate Navigation System Owner’s Manual (if so equipped). See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details.

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ENGINE COMPARTMENT CHECK LOCATIONS

Power steering fluid reservoir (P. 8-11) Engine oil filler cap (P. 8-8) Brake fluid reservoir (P. 8-12) Air cleaner (P. 8-17) Fuse block (P. 8-20) Battery (P. 8-13) Fuse/fusible link box (P. 8-20) Engine oil dipstick (P. 8-8) Radiator cap (P. 8-7)

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Drive belt location (P.8-15) 11. Engine coolant reservoir * (P. 8-7) 12. Windshield washer fluid reservoir *

(P. 8-12)

NOTE: * Cover removed for clarity. See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details.

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WARNING/INDICATOR LIGHTS

Warning

light

Name

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) warn- ing light

Page

2-10


or

or

Brake warning light

2-11


Charge warning light

Engine oil pressure warning light

Low tire pressure warning light

NISSAN Intelligent Key™ warning light

Seat belt warning light and chime

2-11


2-11


2-12


2-13


2-13


Warning

light

Name

Indicator

light

Supplemental air bag warning light

Name

Continuously Vari- able Transmission (CVT) indicator light

Continuously Vari- able Transmission (CVT) position indi- cator light

CRUISE main switch indicator light

Front fog light indi- cator light (if so equipped)

Front passenger air bag status light

Page

2-13


Page

2-14


2-10


2-14


2-14


2-14


Indicator

light

Name

High beam indicator light (blue)

Malfunction indica- tor light (MIL)

Security indicator light

Page

2-14


2-14


2-15


Slip indicator light

2-15


Turn signal/hazard indicator lights

Vehicle Dynamic Control OFF indica- tor light

2-15


2-15


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MEMO

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1 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system

Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Front power seat adjustment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3
Folding rear seat (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
Head restraint adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7
Front-seat Active Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8
Seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9
Precautions on seat belt usage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9
Child safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12
Pregnant women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-13
Injured persons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-13
Three-point type seat belt with retractor . . . . . . . . . . 1-13
Seat belt extenders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16
Seat belt maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16
Child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-17
Precautions on child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-17


LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-19
Top tether strap child restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-20
Child restraint installation using LATCH . . . . . . . . . . 1-21
Child restraint installation using the seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-25
Booster seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-31
Precautions on booster seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-31
Booster seat installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-33
Supplemental restraint system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-35


Precautions on supplemental restraint system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-35
Supplemental air bag warning labels. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-49
Supplemental air bag warning light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-50


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SEATS

● The seatback should not be reclined any more than needed for comfort. Seat belts are most effective when the pas- senger sits well back and straight up in the seat. If the seatback is reclined, the risk of sliding under the lap belt and being injured is increased.

CAUTION

When adjusting the seat positions, be sure not to contact any moving parts to avoid possible injuries and/or damage.

WARNING

● 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.

ARS1152


● For the most effective protection when the vehicle is in motion, the seat should be upright. Always sit well back in the seat with both feet on the floor and adjust the seat properly. See “Precau- tions on seat belt usage” later in this section.

● After adjustment, gently rock in the seat

to make sure it is securely locked.

● Do not leave children unattended inside the vehicle. They could unknowingly ac- tivate switches or controls. Unattended children could become involved in seri- ous accidents.

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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 “Precautions on seat belt usage” later in this section). Also, the seatback can be re- clined to allow occupants to rest when the ve- hicle is stopped and the transmission is in P (Park).

FRONT POWER SEAT ADJUSTMENT Operating tips ● The power seat motor has an auto-reset the motor overload protection circuit. stops during operation, wait 30 seconds, then reactivate the switch.

If

● Do not operate the power seat switch for a long period of time when the engine is off. This will discharge the battery.

See “Automatic drive positioner (if so equipped)” in “Pre-driving checks and adjustments” for auto- matic drive positioner operation.

WRS0860


Forward and backward Moving the switch forward or backward will slide the seat forward or backward to the desired position. Reclining Move the recline switch backward until the de- sired angle is obtained. To bring the seatback forward again, move the switch forward and move your body forward. The seatback will move forward.

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Seat lifter (driver’s seat) Push the front or rear end of the switch up or down to adjust the angle and height of the seat cushion.

Manual

Power

LRS0862


LRS0238


Lumbar support (driver’s seat) The lumbar support feature provides lower back support to the driver. Move the lever up or down (manual) or move the switch forward or backward (power) to adjust the seat lumbar area.

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Interior trunk access For models without a rear center console, the trunk can be accessed from the passenger side of the rear seat for loading and unloading, as shown. 䊊1 Push down on the button on the rear parcel

shelf.

䊊2 Fold down the passenger side seatback.

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.

● Properly secure all cargo with ropes or straps to help prevent it from sliding or shifting. Do not place cargo higher than the seatbacks. In a sudden stop or col- lision, unsecured cargo could cause personal injury.

LRS0863


Thigh extension (driver’s side only, if so equipped) Pull up and hold the lever to extend the front portion to the desired position.

FOLDING REAR SEAT (if so equipped)

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● When returning the seatbacks to the upright position, be certain they are completely secured in the latched posi- tion. If they are not completely secured, passengers may be injured in an acci- dent or sudden stop.

● Closely supervise children when they are around cars to prevent them from playing and becoming locked in the trunk where they could be seriously in- jured. Keep the car locked, with the rear seatback and trunk lid securely latched when not in use, and prevent children’s access to car keys.

WRS0867
To fold down the driver side of the rear seat, reach through the opening and pull on the strap 䊊1
located behind the seat. The rear seats can be locked using the mechani- cal key to prevent unauthorized access. Secondary trunk lid release (if so equipped)

LPD0459
For models with a rear center console, the trunk can be accessed through the access panel be- tween the rear seats, as shown. ● Fold down the center arm rest. ● Insert the mechanical key into the trunk com- partment access lid lock. Fold down the trunk compartment access lid. For more in- formation on the mechanical key, see “Nissan Intelligent Key™” in the Pre-driving checks and adjustments chapter.

● Pull the rear seat trunk release handle 䊊1 .

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WRS0133


LRS0240


Center armrest Pull the armrest down until it is horizontal.

Type A — Front

Type B — Rear

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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● Do not attach anything to the head re- straint stalks. Doing so could impair Active Head Restraint function.

The Active Head Restraint moves forward utiliz- ing the force that the seatback receives from the occupant in a rear-end collision. The movement of the head restraint helps support the occu- pant’s head by reducing its backward movement and helping absorb some of the forces that may lead to whiplash-type injuries. Active Head Restraints are effective for collisions at low to medium speeds in which it is said that whiplash injuries occur most. Active Head Restraints operate only in certain rear-end collisions. After the collision, the head restraints return to their original positions. Properly adjust the Active Head Restraints as described earlier in this section.

WRS0134
Adjust the head restraint so the center is level with the center of your ears.

FRONT-SEAT ACTIVE HEAD RESTRAINTS

SPA1025


WARNING

● Always adjust the head restraints prop- erly as specified in this section. Failure to do so can reduce the effectiveness of the Active Head Restraint.

● Active Head Restraints are designed to supplement other safety systems. Al- ways wear seat belts. No system can prevent all injuries in any accident.

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SEAT BELTS

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 with both feet on the floor, your chances of being injured or killed in an accident and/or the severity of injury may be greatly reduced. NISSAN strongly encourages you and all of your passengers to buckle up every time you drive, even if your seating position includes a supple- mental 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

● 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 and, if appro- priate, in a child restraint.

SSS0134


SSS0016


WARNING

● 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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● Be sure the seat belt tongue is securely

fastened to the proper buckle.

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

● Do not allow more than one person to

use the same seat belt.

● Never carry more people in the vehicle

than there are seat belts.

● If the seat belt warning light glows con- tinuously while the ignition is placed in the ON position with all doors closed and all seat belts fastened, it may indi- cate a malfunction in the system. Have the system checked by a NISSAN dealer ● No changes should be made to the seat belt system. For example, do not modify the seat belt, add material, or install devices that may change the seat belt routing or tension. Doing so may affect the operation of the seat belt system. Modifying or tampering with the seat belt system may result in serious per- sonal injury.

SSS0014


WARNING

● Always route the shoulder belt over your shoulder and across your chest. Never put 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. ● 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.

● Once a seat belt pretensioner has acti- vated, it cannot be reused and must be replaced together with the retractor. See your NISSAN dealer.

● Removal and installation of preten- sioner system components should be done by a NISSAN dealer.

and

attaching

● 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. ● All child restraints and attaching hard- ware should be inspected after any col- lision. Always follow the restraint manufacturer’s inspection instructions and replacement recommendations. The child restraints should be replaced if they are damaged.

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CHILD SAFETY Children need adults to help protect them. They need to be properly restrained.

In addition to the general information in this manual, child safety information is available from many other sources, including doctors, teachers, government traffic safety offices, and community organizations. Every child is different, so be sure to learn the best way to transport your child.

There are three basic types of child restraint systems: ● Rear-facing child restraint ● Front-facing child restraint ● Booster seat The proper restraint depends on the child’s size. Generally, infants up to about 1 year and less than 20 lbs (9 kg) should be placed in rear-facing child restraints. Front-facing child restraints are available for children who outgrow rear-facing child restraints and are at least 1 year old. Booster seats are used to help position a vehicle lap/shoulder belt on a child who can no longer use a front-facing child restraint.

WARNING

Infants and children need special protec- tion. The vehicle’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 fit- ting 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 “Child Re- straints” later in this section.

Also, there are other types of child restraints available for larger children for additional protec- tion. NISSAN recommends that all pre-teens and children be restrained in the rear seat. 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 sys- tem (Air bag system) for the front passen- ger. See “Supplemental restraint system” later in this section.

Infants Infants up to at least 1 year old should be placed in a rear-facing child restraint. NISSAN recom- mends that infants be placed in child restraints that comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. You should choose a child restraint that fits your vehicle and always follow the manu- facturer’s instructions for installation and use. Small children Children that are over one year old and weigh at least 20 lbs (9 kg) can be placed in a forward- facing child restraint. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for minimum and maximum weight and height recommendations. NISSAN recom- mends that small children be placed in child restraints that comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. You should choose a child restraint that fits your vehicle and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions 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. The seat belt may not fit properly if the child is less than 4 ft 9 in (142.5
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80 lbs (36 kg). A booster seat should be used to obtain proper seat belt fit. NISSAN recommends that a child be placed in a commercially available booster seat if the shoul- der belt in the child’s seating position fits close to the face or neck or if the lap portion of the seat belt goes across the abdomen. The booster seat should raise the child so that the shoulder belt is properly positioned across the top, middle por- tion of the shoulder and the lap belt is low on the hips. A booster seat can only be used in seating positions that have a three-point type seat belt. The booster seat should fit the vehicle seat and have a label certifying that it complies with Fed- eral Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Canadian Motor 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.

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 possible 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 ab- dominal 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

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

● 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.

● For the most effective protection when the vehicle is in motion, the seat should be upright. Always sit well back in the seat with both feet on the floor and adjust the seat belt properly.

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Fastening the seat belts 䊊1 Adjust the seat. See “Seats” earlier in this

section.

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䊊2 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.

● If the seat belt cannot be pulled from its fully retracted position, firmly pull the belt and release it. Then smoothly pull the belt out of the retractor.

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䊊3 Position the lap belt portion low and snug

on the hips as shown.

䊊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 and the rear seating positions three-point seat belts have two modes of operation: ● Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) ● Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR)

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To increase your confidence in the seat belts, check the operation as follows: ● 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.

The Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) mode allows the seat belt to extend and retract to allow the driver and passengers some freedom of movement in the seat. The ELR locks the seat belt when the vehicle slows down rapidly or during certain impacts. The Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) mode (child restraint mode) locks the seat belt for child restraint installation. When the ALR mode is activated, the seat belt cannot be extended again until the seat belt tongue is detached from the buckle and fully retracted. The seat belt returns to the ELR mode after the seat belt fully retracts. See “Child re- straints” later in this section for more information. The ALR mode should be used only for child restraint installation. During normal seat belt use by an occupant, the ALR mode should not be activated. If it is activated, it may cause uncomfortable seat belt ten- sion.

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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Unfastening the seat belts 䊊1 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: ● When the seat belt is pulled quickly from the

retractor.

● When the vehicle slows down rapidly.

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WARNING

● 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.

● 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.

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 in (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.

WARNING

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

● 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.

● 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 ● 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. ● 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.

● 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.

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Shoulder belt height adjustment (front seats) The shoulder belt anchor height should be ad- justed to the position best for you. (See “Precau- tions on seat belt usage” earlier in this section.) To adjust, pull out the adjustment button 䊊1 and move the shoulder belt anchor to the desired position 䊊2 , 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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CHILD RESTRAINTS

● Even with the NISSAN Advanced Air Bag System, never install a rear-facing child restraint in the front seat. An in- flating front air bag could seriously in- jure or kill your child. A rear-facing child restraint must only be used in the rear seat.

● 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. If you must install a front-facing child re- straint in the front seat, see “Child re- straint installation using the seat belts” later in this section.

● 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 vehicle and can lead to serious injury or death in an accident.

● Follow all of the child restraint manu- facturer’s instructions for installation and use. When purchasing a child re- straint, 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.

PRECAUTIONS ON CHILD RESTRAINTS

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WARNING

● 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.

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

● Child restraint anchor points are de- signed to withstand only those loads imposed by correctly fitted child re- straints. Under no circumstances are they to be used for adult seat belts or harnesses.

● Adjustable seatbacks should be posi- tioned to fit the child restraint, but as upright as possible.

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

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

CAUTION

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.

This vehicle is equipped with a universal child restraint lower anchor system, referred to as the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHil- dren) system. Some child restraints include two rigid or webbing-mounted attachments that can be connected to these lower anchors. For details, see “LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system” later in this section.

If you do not have a LATCH compatible child restraint, the vehicle seat belts can be used. See “Child restraint installation using the seat belts” later in this section. In general, child restraints are also designed to be installed with a lap/shoulder seat belt.

Several manufacturers offer child restraints for infants and small children of various sizes. When selecting any child restraint, keep the following points in mind: ● 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.

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

● 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 designed for your child’s height and weight. Always follow all recommended procedures. All U.S. states and Canadian provinces or territories require that infants and small children be restrained in an approved child restraint at all times while the vehicle is being operated. Canadian law requires the top tether strap on front-facing child re- straints be secured to the designated an- chor point on the vehicle.

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● Do not secure a child restraint in the center rear seating position using the LATCH anchors. The child restraint will not be secured properly.

● Child restraint anchor points are de- signed to withstand only those loads imposed by correctly fitted child re- straints. Under no circumstances are they to be used for adult seat belts or harnesses.

LATCH system anchor locations

LATCH lower anchor location

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LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) SYSTEM Your vehicle is equipped with special anchor points that are used with LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system compatible child restraints. This system may also be referred to as the ISOFIX or ISOFIX compatible system. With this system, you do not have to use a vehicle seat belt to secure the child restraint. The LATCH anchor points are provided to install child restraints in the rear outboard seating posi- tions only. Do not attempt to install a child restraint in the center position using the LATCH anchors.

LATCH lower anchor point locations The LATCH anchors are located at the rear of the seat cushion near the seatback. A label is at- tached to the seatback to help you locate the LATCH anchors.

WARNING

● Attach LATCH system compatible child restraints only at the locations shown. If a child restraint is not secured properly, your child could be seriously injured or killed in an accident.

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TOP TETHER STRAP CHILD RESTRAINT If the manufacturer of your child restraint requires the use of a top tether strap, it must be secured to the anchor point.

WARNING

Child restraint anchor points are designed to withstand only those loads imposed by correctly fitted child restraints. Under no circumstances are they to be used for adult seat belts or harnesses.

LATCH webbing-mounted attachment

LATCH rigid-mounted attachment

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Installing child restraint LATCH anchor attachments LATCH compatible child restraints include two rigid or webbing-mounted attachments that can be connected to two anchors located at certain seating positions in your vehicle. With this sys- tem, you do not have to use a vehicle seat belt to secure the child restraint. Check your child re- straint for a label stating that it is compatible with LATCH. This information may also be in the in- structions provided by the child restraint manu- facturer.

LATCH child restraints generally require the use of a top tether strap. See “Top tether strap child restraint” later in this section for installation in- structions. When installing a child restraint, carefully read and follow the instructions in this manual and those supplied with the child restraint. See “Child restraint installation using LATCH” later in this section.

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Top Tether Anchor Point Locations Anchor points 䊊1 are located on the rear parcel shelf. Installing top tether strap First, secure the child restraint with the LATCH system (rear outboard seating positions only) or the seat belt, as applicable.

1. Flip up the anchor cover from the anchor point which is located directly behind the child seat.

2. Remove the head restraint. Store it in a

secure location.

3. Position the top tether strap over the top of

the seatback.

4. Secure the tether strap to the tether anchor bracket that provides the straightest instal- lation.

5. Tighten the tether strap according to the manufacturer’s instructions to remove any slack.

If you have any questions when installing a top tether strap child restraint on the rear seat, consult your NISSAN dealer for de- tails. CHILD RESTRAINT INSTALLATION USING LATCH

WARNING

● Attach LATCH system compatible child restraints only at the locations shown. For the LATCH lower anchor locations see “LATCH (Lower Anchors and Teth- ers for CHildren) system”. If a child re- straint is not secured properly, your child could be seriously injured or killed in an accident.

● The LATCH anchors are designed to withstand only those loads imposed by correctly fitted child restraints. Under no circumstances are they to be used for adult seat belts or harnesses.

● Inspect the lower anchors by inserting your fingers into the lower anchor area and feeling to make sure there are no obstructions over the LATCH anchors, such as seat belt webbing or seat cush- ion material. The child restraint will not be secured properly if the LATCH an- chors are obstructed.

Front-facing Follow these steps to install a front-facing child restraint using the LATCH system: 1. Position the child restraint on the seat. Al- ways follow the child restraint manufactur- er’s instructions.

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Front-facing webbing-mounted – step 2
2. Secure the child restraint anchor attach- ments to the LATCH lower anchors. Check to make sure the LATCH attachment is prop- erly attached to the lower anchors.

3. The back of the child restraint should be

secured against the vehicle seatback.

If necessary, adjust or remove the head restraint to obtain the correct child restraint fit. See “Head restraint adjustment” earlier in this section.

If the head restraint is removed, store it in a secure place. Be sure to reinstall the head re- straint when the child restraint is removed.

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If the seating position does not have an adjust- able head restraint and it is interfering with the proper child restraint fit, try another seating posi- tion or a different child restraint.

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4. For child restraints that are equipped with webbing-mounted attachments, remove any additional slack from the anchor attach- ments. Press downward and rearward firmly in the center of the child restraint with your knee to compress the vehicle seat cushion and seatback while tightening the webbing of the anchor attachments. 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” earlier in this section.

5.

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is loose,

7. Check to make sure the child restraint is properly secured prior to each use. If the child restraint repeat steps 2
through 6. Rear-facing Follow these steps to install a rear-facing child restraint using the LATCH system: 1. Position the child restraint on the seat. Al- ways follow the child restraint manufactur- er’s instructions.

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6. After attaching the child restraint, test it be- fore you place the child in it. Push it from side to side while holding the seat near the LATCH attachment path. The child restraint should not move more than 1 inch (25 mm), from side to side. Try to tug it forward and check to see if the LATCH attachment holds the restraint in place. If the restraint is not secure, tighten the LATCH attachment as necessary, or put the restraint in another seat and test it again. You may need to try a different child restraint. Not all child re- straints fit in all types of vehicles.

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2. Secure the child restraint anchor attach- ments to the LATCH lower anchors. Check to make sure the LATCH attachment is prop- erly attached to the lower anchors.

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3. For child restraints that are equipped with webbing-mounted attachments, remove any additional slack from the anchor attach- ments. Press downward and rearward firmly in the center of the child restraint with your hand to compress the vehicle seat cushion and seatback while tightening the webbing of the anchor attachments.

4. After attaching the child restraint, test it be- fore you place the child in it. Push it from side to side while holding the seat near the LATCH attachment path. The child restraint should not move more than 1 inch (25 mm), from side to side. Try to tug it forward and check to see if the LATCH attachment holds the restraint in place. If the restraint is not secure, tighten the LATCH attachment as necessary, or put the restraint in another seat and test it again. You may need to try a different child restraint. Not all child re- straints fit in all types of vehicles.

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5. Check to make sure the child restraint is properly secured prior to each use. If the child restraint repeat steps 2
through 4.

is loose,

● NISSAN recommends that child re- straints be installed in the rear seat. However, if you must install a front- facing child restraint in the front pas- senger 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” later in this sec- tion for details.

● The three-point seat belt in your vehicle is equipped with an Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) which must be used when installing a child restraint.

● 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 in- jury to the child in a sudden stop or collision.

● A child restraint with a top tether strap should not be used in the front passen- ger seat.

The instructions in this section apply to child restraint installation using the vehicle seat belts in the rear seat or the front passenger seat.

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● Even with the NISSAN Advanced Air Bag System, never install a rear-facing child restraint in the front passenger seat. Front air bags inflate with great force. A rear-facing child restraint could be struck by the front air bag in a crash and could seriously injure or kill your child.

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2. Position the child restraint on the seat. Al- ways follow the child restraint manufactur- er’s instructions.

The back of the child restraint should be secured against the vehicle seatback. If necessary, adjust or remove the head restraint to obtain the correct child restraint fit. See “Head restraint adjustment” in this section. If the head restraint is removed, store it in a secure place. Be sure to reinstall the head re- straint when the child restraint is removed. If the seating position does not have an adjust- able head restraint and it is interfering with the proper child restraint fit, try another seating posi- tion or a different child restraint.

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3. 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 Follow these steps to install a front-facing child restraint using the vehicle seat belt in the rear seats or in the front passenger seat: 1. If you must install a child restraint in the front seat, it should be placed in a front-facing direction only. Move the seat to the rearmost position. Child restraints for infants must be used in the rear-facing direction and therefore must not be used in the front seat.

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4. 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.

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

6. 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.

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the belt holds the restraint in place. If the restraint is not secure, tighten the belt as necessary, or put the restraint in another seat and test it again. You may need to try a different child restraint. Not all child re- straints fit in all types of vehicles.

9. 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 seat belt webbing out of the retractor, the retrac- tor is in the ALR mode.

10. Check to make sure the child restraint is properly secured prior to each use. If the seat belt locked, repeat steps 3
through 8.

is not

11.

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If the child restraint is installed in the front passenger seat, place the ignition switch in the ON position. The front passenger air bag status light should illuminate. If this light is not illuminated see ⬙Front passenger air bag status light⬙ in this section. Move the child restraint to another seating position. Have the system checked by a NISSAN dealer.

After the child restraint is removed and the seat belt is fully retracted, the ALR mode (child re- straint mode) is canceled.

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7.

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 (rear seat installation only). See “Top tether strap child restraint” in this section. Do not install child restraints that require the use of a top tether strap to seating positions that do not have a top tether anchor.

8. After attaching the child restraint, test it be- fore you place the child in it. Push it from side to side while holding the seat near the seat belt path. The child restraint should not move more than 1 inch (25 mm), side to side. Try to tug it forward and check to see if

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Rear-facing Follow these steps to install a rear-facing child restraint using the vehicle seat belt in the rear seats: 1. Child restraints for infants must be used in the rear-facing direction and therefore must not be used in the front seat. Always follow the restraint manufac- turer’s instructions.

Rear-facing – step 2


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

Rear-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.

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

Rear-facing – step 5


䊊5 Remove any additional slack from the child restraint; press downward and rearward firmly in the center of the child restraint to compress the vehicle seat cushion and seat- back while pulling up on the seat belt.

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䊊6 After attaching the child restraint, test it be- fore you place the child in it. Push it from side to side while holding the seat near the seat belt path. The child restraint should not move more than 1 inch (25 mm), side to side. Try to tug it forward and check to see if the belt holds the restraint in place. If the restraint is not secure, tighten the belt as necessary, or put the restraint in another seat and test it again. You may need to try a different child restraint. Not all child restraints fit in all types of vehicles.

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BOOSTER SEATS

7. 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 seat belt webbing out of the retractor, the retrac- tor is in the ALR mode.

8. Check to make sure that the child restraint is properly secured prior to each use. If the seat belt locked, repeat steps 3
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After the child restraint is removed and the seat belt fully retracted, the ALR mode (child restraint mode) is canceled.

PRECAUTIONS ON BOOSTER SEATS

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WARNING

● 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 or booster seat can result in serious injury or death.

● 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.

● NISSAN recommends that the booster seat 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. If you must install a booster seat in the front seat, see “Booster seat installa- tion” in this section.

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● A booster seat must only be installed in lap/shoulder belt. Failure to use a three-point type seat belt with a booster seat can result in a serious in- jury in sudden stop or collision.

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● Improper use or improper installation of a booster seat can increase the risk or severity of injury for both the child and other occupants of the vehicle and can lead to serious injury or death in an accident.

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● Do not use towels, books, pillows or other items in place of a booster seat. Items such as these may move during normal driving or a collision and result in serious injury or death. Booster seats are designed to be used with a lap/shoulder belt. Booster seats are de- signed to properly route the lap and shoulder portions of the seat belt over the strongest portions of a child’s body to provide the maximum protection dur- ing a collision.

● Follow all of the booster seat manufac- turer’s instructions for installation and use. When purchasing a booster seat, be sure to select one which will fit your child and vehicle. It may not be possible to properly install some types of booster seats in your vehicle.

● If the booster seat and seat belt is not used properly, the risk of a child being injured in a collision or a sudden stop greatly increases.

● Adjustable seatbacks should be posi- tioned to fit the booster seat, but as upright as possible.

● After placing the child in the booster seat and fastening the seat belt, make

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