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Foreword

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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 understand the operation and maintenance of your vehicle so that you may enjoy many miles of driving pleasure. Please read through this manual before operating your vehicle. A separate Warranty Information and Maintenance Log Booklet explains details about the warranties covering your vehicle and vehicle maintenance schedules. Additionally, a separate Customer Care/Lemon Law Booklet 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. WARNING

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION REMINDERS FOR SAFETY! Follow these important driving rules to help ensure a safe and complete trip for you and your passengers: c NEVER drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. c ALWAYS observe posted speed limits and never drive too

fast for conditions.

c ALWAYS use your seat belts and appropriate child restraint systems. Pre-teen children 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’s Manual for important safety

information.

© 1997 NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.

TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA

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.

NOTES ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS OWNER’S MANUAL This Owner’s Manual contains descriptions and operating in- structions for all systems, features and optional equipment that might appear in any model of this vehicle built for any destina- tion in North America, including the continental United States, Canada and Hawaii. Therefore, you may find information in this manual that does not apply to your vehicle.

MODIFICATION OF YOUR VEHICLE This vehicle should not be modified. Modification could affect its performance, safety or durability, and may even violate governmental regulations. In addition, damage or performance problems resulting from modifications may not be covered under NISSAN warranties.

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 without obligation.

Welcome To The World Of NISSAN

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Your new Nissan is the result of our dedication to produce the finest in safe, reliable and economi- cal transportation. Your vehicle is the product of a successful worldwide company that manufac- tures 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 larg- est automaker in the world. In addition to cars and trucks, Nissan also makes textile machinery, forklift trucks, marine engines, boats and other products. Nissan has made a substantial and growing investment in North America, starting with the opening of Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A. in 1960 and continuing with the production of some cars and trucks at one of the world’s most modern manufacturing facilities, Nissan Motor

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Manufacturing Corporation U.S.A. in Smyrna, Tennessee, vehicle styling at Nissan Design International in San Diego, California, and engi- neering at Nissan Research and Development in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A. and its dealers employ about 60,000 Americans. Nissan is also a substantial contributor to the Canadian economy. Nissan Canada Inc., its sup- pliers and over 170 dealers employ approxi- mately 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 Nis- san dealers with materials and services ranging from the operation of port facilities and transpor- tation services, to the supply of lubricants, parts and accessories.

Nissan pioneered the use of electronics and computers in automobiles, and has led the indus- try in improving both performance and fuel effi- ciency through new engine designs and the use of synthetic materials to reduce vehicle weight. The company has also developed ways to build quality into its vehicles at each stage of the production process, both through extensive use of automation and — most importantly — through an awareness that people are the cen- tral element in quality control.

From the time the parts arrived from our suppli- ers 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 techni- cian will perform his work according to the quality standards that have been established by the factory.

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 passengers in the event of a sudden stop or an accident. We urge you to use the belts every time you drive the vehicle.

The Nissan story of growth and achievement reflects our major goal: to provide you, our customer, with a vehicle that is built with quality and craftsmanship — a product that we can be proud to build and you can be proud to own.

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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.

if

However, 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 our (NISSAN’s) Consumer Affairs De- partment using our toll-free number: For U.S. mainland and Alaska customers

1-800-NISSAN-1 (1-800-647-7261)

For Hawaii customers

(808) 836-0888 (Oahu Number)

For Canada customers

1-800-387-0122


The Consumer Affairs Department will ask for the following infor- mation: — Your name, address, and telephone number — Vehicle identification number (on dashboard) — Date of purchase — Current odometer reading — Your NISSAN dealer’s name — Your comments or questions

OR you may write to NISSAN with the information on the left at: For U.S. mainland and Alaska customers

Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A. Consumer Affairs Department P.O. Box 191
Gardena, California 90248-0191


For Hawaii customers

Nissan Motor Corporation in Hawaii 2880 Kilihau St. Honolulu, Hawaii 96819


For Canada 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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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 moderate personal injury or damage to your vehicle. To avoid or reduce the risk, the procedures must be followed carefully.

If you see this symbol, it means ‘‘Do not do this’’ or ‘‘Do not let this happen.’’

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Table of Contents

Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems

Instruments and controls

Pre-driving checks and adjustments

Heater, air conditioner and audio systems

Starting and driving

In case of emergency

Appearance and care

Do-it-yourself

Maintenance

Technical and consumer information

Index

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1 Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems

Seats ......................................................................1-2
Manual front seat adjustment.................................1-3
Power front seat adjustment (if so equipped)........1-4
Head restraints.......................................................1-6
Armrests .................................................................1-6
Underseat storage tray (if so equipped) ................1-7
Tabletop seats........................................................1-7
Flexible seating ...................................................1-8
Sliding three-passenger seat ...............................1-14
Supplemental restraint system (supplemental air bag system).....................................................1-18
Supplemental air bag system...............................1-21
Warning labels......................................................1-23
Supplemental air bag warning light......................1-23
Seat belts .............................................................1-25
Precautions on seat belt usage ...........................1-25
Child safety...........................................................1-26
Pregnant women ..................................................1-27
Injured persons ....................................................1-27
Three-point type with retractor.............................1-28
Three-point type seat belt with retractor for second row bucket seats .....................................1-31


Three-passenger bench seat ...............................1-34
Two-point type without retractor (center of three-passenger bench seat) ...............................1-36
Seat belt extenders ..............................................1-38
Seat belt maintenance .........................................1-38
Child restraints .....................................................1-39
Front facing installation at three-passenger bench seat center position...................................1-40
Rear facing installation at three-passenger bench seat center position...................................1-42
Front facing installation at second and third row outboard positions.........................................1-43
Rear facing installation at second and third row outboard positions.........................................1-46
Child restraint with top tether strap......................1-49
Installation on second row bench or bucket seat.......................................................................1-50
Installation on three-passenger bench seat in second row...........................................................1-51
Installation on three-passenger bench seat in third row................................................................1-52
Integrated child safety seats (if so equipped)......1-57


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Seats/floor mats ...................................................1-64
Seating arrangements..........................................1-64
Floor mat positioning............................................1-65
Seven passenger seating ....................................1-65
Three-passenger bench seat in storage position .................................................................1-65
Five passenger seating........................................1-66


Five passenger seating with cargo room.............1-66
Three-passenger bench seat in fully forward position .................................................................1-67
Floor mat positioning aid......................................1-68
Seat positions.......................................................1-69
With second row bench seat................................1-69
With second row bucket seats.............................1-72


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SEATS

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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.

For 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. See ‘‘Precautions on Seat Belt Usage’’ later in this section.

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MANUAL FRONT SEAT ADJUSTMENT

WARNING

c Do not adjust the driver’s seat while driving. The seat may move sud- denly and could cause loss of con- trol of the vehicle.

c After adjustment, gently rock in the is securely

to make sure it

seat locked.

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

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Reclining To recline the seatback, pull the lever up and lean back. To bring the seatback for- ward again, pull the lever and move your body forward. The seatback moves forward. Release the lever to lock the seatback in position.

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POWER FRONT SEAT ADJUSTMENT (if so equipped)

WARNING

c Do not adjust the driver’s seat while driving. The seat may move sud- denly and could cause loss of con- trol of the vehicle.

c Do not leave children unattended in- side the vehicle. They could unknow- ingly activate switches or controls. Unattended children could become involved in serious accidents.

Operating tips c The motor has an auto-reset overload protection circuit. If the motor stops dur- ing operation, wait 30 seconds, then re- activate the switch.

c Do not operate the power support seat for a long period of time when the engine is off. This discharges the battery.

Forward and backward adjustment To move the seat forward, push the raised side of the power slide switch. To move the seat backward, push the indented side of the switch. Release the switch to stop the movement of the seat.

Reclining To recline the seat back, push the indented side of the power recliner switch. To return to a more upright position, push the raised side of the switch. Release the switch to stop the movement of the seatback.

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Seat height adjustment To raise the height of the seat, push the raised side of the power seat height switch and release it when the desired position has been reached. To lower the height of the seat, push the indented side of the switch and release it when the desired position has been reached.

Lumbar support To inflate the lumbar support, push the raised side of the power lumbar switch and release it when the desired position has been reached. To deflate the lumbar sup- port, push the indented side of the switch. The power lumbar pump motor continues to operate after the lumbar support is fully inflated. Release the switch when the lum- bar stops inflating.

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WARNING

Head restraints should be adjusted properly as they may provide signifi- cant protection against injury in an ac- cident. Do not remove them. Check the adjustment after someone else uses the seat.

Some seat arrangements may require re- moval of the head restraints when the seat is in a storage position and not to be used by passengers.

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ARMRESTS To use the armrests on any seat, pull them down to the resting position.

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HEAD RESTRAINTS Adjust the head restraints so the top is level with the tops of your ears. To raise the head restraint, pull it up. To lower, push in the release button and push the head restraint down.

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UNDERSEAT STORAGE TRAY (if so equipped) Some front passenger seats have an under- seat storage tray.

WARNING

c Never place hard items such as cof- fee mugs or drinking glasses on the tabletop seats when the vehicle is moving. Any item can become a pro- jectile inside a vehicle involved in a collision. To help prevent personal injury, never leave loose items on the folded-down tabletop seats when the vehicle is moving.

c Do not use the tabletop and cup holder feature while the vehicle is in motion unless you are properly seated with your seat belt on.

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TABLETOP SEATS The second and third row seats convert into tabletops with built-in cupholders. To use the tabletop seats, lift up on the seatback release lever and fold the seatback forward.

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FLEXIBLE SEATING

Removing and installing the second row bench seat

WARNING

c Do not remove or install seats while

the vehicle is moving.

c After adjustment, gently rock in the seat to make sure it is securely locked. 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 acci- dent you could be thrown into it and

receive neck or other serious inju- ries. You could also slide under the lap belt and receive serious internal injuries.

c For most effective protection when the seat the vehicle is in motion, should be upright. Always sit well back in the seat and adjust the seat belt properly. See ‘‘Precautions on Seat Belt Usage’’ later in this section. c When adjusting or moving any of the seats in your vehicle, do not use any of the seat belt buckles, tongues, or

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webbing to carry or move the seats. Lifting the seats by any of the seat belts could damage them. Damaged seat belts should be replaced at an authorized NISSAN dealer. Failure to follow these instructions could in- crease the chance and/or severity of injury in an accident.

CAUTION

c The seats are heavy. Two people

should remove or install them.

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c Do not sit in seats that have been removed from the vehicle. They may tip over and you could be injured.

1. Lift up the recliner lever. 2. Fold the seatback fully forward. 3. Detach the single window tongue from the auxiliary buckle mounted to the side of the seat and store the tongue out of the way. (For detailed information, see ‘‘Two buckle seat belt system for the second row bench seat’’ later in this section.)

4. Unlock the seat legs at the two front floor

latch levers.

5. Lift the front of the seat. 6. Slide it rearward off

positions.

the rear anchor

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all four seat legs are securely latched.

5. Insert the single window tongue into the auxiliary buckle mounted to the side of the seat.

Installing the second row bench seat Clean the area around the seat leg floor anchors before installing the seat. 1. With the seatback fully folded, place the seat behind the floor anchors and catch the seat leg hooks into each floor anchor. 2. Push down on the front of the seat cush- ion to secure the two front floor latches. 3. Lift up the recliner lever and raise the

seatback.

4. Rock the seat back and forth to be sure

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c Do not sit in seats that have been removed from the vehicle. They may tip over and you could be injured.

1. Lift the recliner lever. 2. Fold the seatback fully forward.

receive neck or other serious inju- ries. You could also slide under the lap belt and receive serious internal injuries.

c For 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. See ‘‘Precautions on Seat Belt Usage’’ later in this section. c When adjusting or moving any of the seats in your vehicle, do not use any of the seat belt buckles, tongues, or webbing to carry or move the seats. Lifting the seats by any of the seat belts could damage them. Damaged seat belts should be replaced at your NISSAN dealer. Failure to follow these instructions could increase the chance and/or severity of injury in an accident.

CAUTION

c The seats are heavy. Two people

should remove or install them.

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Removing second row bucket seats

WARNING

c Do not remove or install seats while

the vehicle is moving.

c After adjustment, gently rock in the is securely

to make sure it

seat locked.

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 acci- dent you could be thrown into it and

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3. Unlock the seat legs at the two front floor

latch levers.

4. Lift

the front of

the seat and slide it

rearward off the rear anchor positions.

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4. Rock the seat back and forth to be sure it

is securely latched.

The second row bucket seats are not interchangeable. If you are having diffi- culty installing the seats, you may have them in the wrong location.

Installing the bucket seats Clean the area around the seat leg floor anchors before installing the seat. 1. With the seatback fully folded, place the seat behind the floor anchors and slide seat leg hooks so they catch into each floor anchor.

2. Push down on the front of the seat to

secure the two front floor latches.

3. Lift the recliner lever and raise the seat-

back.

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Second row passenger side bucket seat The bucket seat near the sliding door can be moved forward to allow easier entry and exit for third seat passengers. There are also levers behind the bucket seat which allow third seat passengers to move the bucket seat forward without help from an- other passenger.

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c For 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. See ‘‘Precautions on Seat Belt Usage’’ later in this section. c After adjustment, gently rock in the seat to be sure both sides are se- curely locked.

SLIDING THREE-PASSENGER SEAT Reclining To recline the three-passenger seat, lift up on the lever and lean back until the desired position is reached. To bring the seatback forward, pull the lever up and lean your body forward. Some three-passenger seats do not have the recline feature.

WARNING

c Do not recline the seatback while the

vehicle is moving.

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 acci- dent you could be thrown into it and receive neck or other serious inju- ries. You could also slide under the lap belt and receive serious internal injuries.

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1. Lift the seat cushion release lever. 2. Lift the seat cushion up into the locked

position.

3. Lift the slide release lever and grasp the

bar under the seat in the center.

4. Slide the seat until locked at a passenger seating position or a storage position. After the seat starts moving, release the slide lever. The seat latches at the next latching position. Continue to lift and release the slide lever until the desired position is obtained. To lower the cushion, the seat must be locked at a passenger seating position. Lift the seat cushion release lever and lower the cushion until locked. The seat cushion cannot be lowered in a storage position. This prevents a pas- senger from using a seat or seat belt that is out of a seating position.

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Sliding the three-passenger seat Before sliding the seat, fasten the center belt tongue to the center buckle and remove the appropriate floor mats.

put into motion in order to prevent unintended movement of the seat and passenger injuries.

c Do not attempt

to use the seats placed into a storage position for passengers because in this position the seat belts will not protect the occupants. Be sure to use the proper seat belts for each seat location. Improper seat belt usage will in- crease the risk of severe injury in an accident.

c When the vehicle is being used to carry cargo, properly secure all cargo to help prevent it from sliding or shift- ing. Do not place cargo higher than the seatbacks. In a sudden stop or collision, unsecured cargo could cause personal injury.

c Be careful not to damage the seat belt. Never allow anyone to ride in the cargo area or on a seat that is in a storage position. It is not designed for passengers. They could be in- jured in sudden braking or a collision. luggage or packages from sliding forward during braking,

c To prevent

do not stack anything in the cargo area higher than the seatbacks.

c It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area inside of a vehicle. In a collision, people riding in these ar- eas are more likely to be seriously injured or killed.

c Do not allow people to ride in any area of your vehicle that is not equipped with seats and seat belts. c Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and using a seat belt prop- erly.

c Be sure to replace and reposition floor mats as discussed in ‘‘Floor mat positioning’’ in this section.

c The three-passenger sliding bench seat is not intended to be removed from the vehicle by consumers. However, if it must be removed, have a qualified person remove it. That person should refer to the instruc- tions in the Service Manual. When seat the attaching bolts must be tightened to the appro- priate torque specifications. Failure

is reinstalled,

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The seating system allows great flexibility. Proper usage is important to your safety.

WARNING

c Do not slide the seat while the ve-

hicle is moving.

c After adjustment, gently rock in the seat to be sure it is securely locked. c After sliding the seat, check that both sides of the seat are locked securely by attempting to move each side of the seat forward and backward. This must be done before the vehicle is

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to follow these instructions could increase the chance and/or severity of injury in an accident.

Cleaning the seat tracks The seat tracks for the three-passenger sliding bench seat should be cleaned peri- odically with a high-powered vacuum cleaner. Dirty seat tracks may reduce the sliding ability of the seat. A wet cleansing agent may be used if necessary, but the seat tracks must be thoroughly dried. Use a cloth wrapped around a screwdriver (or similar object) to clean the seat tracks. Do not use your fingers to clean debris from the tracks. Do not apply any type of lubricant to the seat tracks.

CAUTION

Never insert fingers into the seat track rails. The rails may be sharp and could cause injury.

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SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM (supplemental air bag system) This Supplemental Restraint System de- scription contains important information concerning the special driver and passen- ger supplemental air bag. The Supplemen- tal Restraint System Air Bag can help re- duce impact force to the driver and to the front passenger in certain frontal collisions. The supplemental air bags are designed to supplement the crash protection provided by the seat belts and are not a substitute for the seat belts. The seat belts should always be correctly worn and the driver and front passenger seated a suitable distance from the steering wheel and instrument panel. (See ‘‘Seat belts’’ for instructions and precautions on seat belt usage later in this section.) The supplemental air bags operate only when the ignition switch is in the ON or START position.

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WARNING

c The supplemental air bag ordinarily will not inflate in the event of a side impact, rear impact, roll over, or lower severity frontal collision. Always wear your seat belts to help reduce the risk or severity of injury in various kinds of accidents.

c The seat belts and the supplemental air bag are most effective when you are sitting back and upright in the seat. Supplemental air bags inflate with great force. If you are unrestrained, leaning forward, sitting sideways, you

are at greater risk of injury or death in a crash and may also receive serious or fatal injuries from the supplemental air bag if you are up against it when it inflates.

c Always sit back against the seatback and as far away as practical from the steering wheel or instrument panel. Always use the seatbelts.

c Keep hands on the outside of

the steering wheel. Placing them inside the steering wheel rim could increase the risk that they are injured when the supplemental air bag inflates.

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WARNING

c Never let children ride unrestrained. Do not attempt to hold them in your lap or arms. Some examples of dan- gerous riding positions are shown in the previous illustrations.

c Children may be severly injured or killed when the supplemental air bag inflates if they are not properly re- strained.

c Also, never install a rear-facing child restraint in the front seat. An inflat- ing supplemental air bag could seri- ously injure or kill your child. See ‘‘Child restraints’’ later in this sec- tion for details.

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SUPPLEMENTAL AIR BAG SYSTEM

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the steering wheel;

The driver supplemental air bag is located in the center of the front passenger supplemental air bag is mounted in the dashboard above the glove box. These systems are designed to meet optional certification requirements under U.S. regula- tions. They are also permitted in Canada. The optional certification allows air bags to be designed to inflate somewhat less forcefully than previously. However, all of the infor- mation, cautions and warnings in this manual still apply and must be followed. The supplemental air bag system is designed to inflate in higher severity frontal collisions,

although it may inflate if the forces in another 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 supplemental air bag operation. When the supplemental 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, but care should be taken not to unintentionally inhale it, as it may cause irritation and choking. Those with a history of a breathing condition should get fresh air promptly.

The supplemental air bags, along with the use of seat belts, help to cushion the impact force on the face and chest of the occupant. They can help save lives and reduce seri- ous injuries. However, an inflating supple- mental air bag may cause facial abrasions or other injuries. Supplemental 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 away as practical from the steering wheel or dashboard. Since the supplemental air bag inflates quickly in order to help protect the occupant, the force of the supplemental air bag inflating can increase the risk of injury if the occupant is too close to or is against the supplemental air bag module during inflation. The supplemental air bag deflates quickly after a collision. The supplemental air bags operate only when the ignition switch is in the ON or START position.

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When selling your vehicle, we request that you inform the buyer about the supplemental air bag system and guide the buyer to the appropriate sections in this Owner’s Manual.

WARNING

c Do not place any objects on the steering wheel pad or the instrument panel. Also, do not place any objects between any occupant and the steer- ing wheel or instrument panel. Such objects may become dangerous pro- jectiles and cause injury if the supplemental air bag inflates.

c Right after inflation, several supple- mental air bag system components will be hot. Do not touch them; you may severely 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 dam- age to the supplemental air bag sys- tem.

c Do not make unauthorized changes to your vehicles electrical system, suspension system or front end structure. This could affect proper operation of the supplemental air bag system.

c Tampering with the supplemental 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 additional trim material around the supplemental air bag system.

c Work around and on the supplemen- tal air bag system should be done by an authorized NISSAN dealer. Instal- lation of electrical equipment should also be done by an authorized NIS- SAN dealer. The yellow Supplemen- tal Restraint System (SRS) wiring should not be modified or discon- nected. Unauthorized electrical test equipment and probing devices should not be used on the supple- mental air bag system.

c The SRS wiring harnesses are cov- ered with yellow insulation either just before the harness connectors or over the complete harness for easy identification.

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WARNING LABELS

SUPPLEMENTAL AIR BAG WARNING LIGHT

Warning labels about the supplemental air bag system are placed in the vehicle.

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The supplemental air bag warning light, displaying AIR BAG in the instrument panel, monitors the circuits of the supplemental air bag. The circuits monitored by the supple- mental air bag light include the diagnosis sensor unit, supplemental air bag modules 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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If any of the following conditions occur, the supplemental air bag needs servicing and should be taken to your nearest authorized NISSAN dealer: 1. The supplemental air bag light does not come on and remain on for 7 seconds and then go off as described above.

2. The supplemental air bag light flashes

intermittently or remains on.

3. The supplemental air bag light does not

come on at all.

Under these conditions, the Supplemental Restraint System Air Bag may not operate properly. It must be checked and repaired. Take your vehicle to the nearest authorized NISSAN dealer.

WARNING

is on,

If the supplemental air bag warning light the supplemental air bag system will not operate in an accident.

it could mean that

c The supplemental air bag system should be inspected by an autho- rized NISSAN dealer if there is any damage to the front end portion of the vehicle.

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c If you need to dispose of a supple- mental air bag or scrap the vehicle, contact authorized NISSAN dealer. Correct supplemental air bag disposal procedures are set forth in the appropriate NISSAN Service Manual. Incorrect disposal proce- dures could cause personal injury.

As a reminder, unless it is damaged, the supplemental air bag light remains illumi- nated after inflation has occurred. Repair and replacement of the supplemental air bag system should be done only by an authorized NISSAN dealer. To ensure long-term functioning, the system must be inspected 10 years after the date of manufacture as noted on the certification label located on the driver side front pillar. When maintenance work is required on the vehicle, the supplemental air bag system and related parts should be pointed out to the person conducting the maintenance. The ignition key should always be in the LOCK position when working under the hood or inside the vehicle.

WARNING

c Once the supplemental air bag in- flates, the supplemental air bag module will not function again and should be replaced by an authorized NISSAN dealer. The supplemental air bag module cannot be repaired.

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SEAT BELTS

PRECAUTIONS ON SEAT BELT USAGE Your chances of being injured or killed in an accident and/or the severity of injury may be greatly reduced if you are wearing your seat belt and it is properly adjusted. NISSAN strongly encourages you and all of your passengers to buckle up every time you drive, even if your seating position includes a supplemental air bag. Most U.S. States and Canadian prov- inces or territories require 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 wear a seat belt at all times. Children should be prop- erly restrained and, if appropriate, in a child restraint.

c The belt should be adjusted 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 accident. Seri- ous injury or death can occur if the seat belt is not worn properly.

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 inter- nal injuries in an accident.

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c Be sure the seat belt tongue is se- curely fastened to the proper buckle. c Do not wear the 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 ve-

hicle than there are seat belts.

c If the seat belt warning light glows continuously while the ignition is turned ON with all doors closed and all seat belts fastened, it may indi- cate a malfunction in the system. Have the system checked by an au- thorized NISSAN dealer.

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c All seat belt assemblies,

including retractors and attaching hardware, should be inspected at an authorized NISSAN dealer after any collision. NISSAN recommends that all seat belt assemblies in use during a colli- sion be replaced unless 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 dam- age or improper operation is noted.

CHILD SAFETY Children need adults to help protect them. They need to be properly re- strained. The proper restraint depends on the child’s size. Generally, infants (up to about 1 year and less than 20 pounds) should be placed in rear facing child restraints. Forward facing child re- straints are available for children who outgrow rear facing child restraints.

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WARNING

Infants and children need special pro- tection. 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 fitting seat belt could cause serious or fatal injury. Always use appropriate child restraints.

All U.S. States and Canadian provinces require the use of approved child restraints for infants and small children. See ‘‘Child restraints’’ later in this section. In addition, there are many types of child restraints available for larger children which should be used for maximum protection. NISSAN recommends that all preteens and children be restrained in the rear seat if possible. According to accident statistics, children are safer when prop- erly 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 (For precautions, see ‘‘Supplemental restraint system’’ earlier in this section). Infants and small children NISSAN recommends that infants and small children be placed in a child restraint that complies with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Canadian Motor Ve- hicle Safety Standards. You should choose a child restraint that fits your vehicle and always follow the manufacturer’s instruc- tions for installation and use. Larger children Children who are too large for child re- straints should be seated and restrained by the seat belts which are provided. If the child’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 the shoulder belt is properly positioned 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 Motor Ve- hicle Safety Standards. Once the child has

grown enough 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 mov- ing. The child could be seriously in- jured or killed in an accident.

PREGNANT WOMEN NISSAN recommends that pregnant women use seat belts. Contact your doctor for spe- cific recommendations. The lap belt should be worn snug and positioned as low as possible around the hips, not the waist. INJURED PERSONS NISSAN recommends injured persons use seat belts, depending on the injury. Check with your doctor for specific recommenda- tions.

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THREE-POINT TYPE WITH RETRACTOR

WARNING

c Every person who drives or rides in this vehicle should wear 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 re- ceive neck or other serious injuries. You could also slide under the lap belt and receive serious internal injuries. c For 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.

Fastening the belts 1. Adjust the seat. 2. Slowly pull the seat belt out of the retrac- tor and insert the tongue into the buckle until it clicks.

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

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later in this section for

‘‘Child restraints’’ 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 activated. If it is activated, it may cause uncomfortable seat belt tension.

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3. Position the lap belt portion low and

snug on the hips as shown.

4. Pull the shoulder belt portion toward the

retractor to take up extra slack.

The front seat passenger side seat belt and rear three-point seat belts have a cinching mechanism for child restraint installation. It is referred to as the automatic locking mode. When the automatic locking mode is acti- vated, the seat belt cannot be withdrawn again until the seat belt tongue is detached from the buckle and fully retracted. Refer to

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Unfastening the belts To unfasten the belt, press the button on the buckle. The seat belt automatically retracts. Checking seat belt operation (Three-point type seat belt with retractor) Seat belt retractors are designed to lock seat belt movement: 1) when the belt is pulled quickly from the

retractor, and

2) when the vehicle slows down rapidly.

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To increase your confidence in the seat belts, check their operation as follows: c Grasp the shoulder belt and pull quickly forward. The retractor should lock and restrict further belt movement. the retractor does not

If lock during this check or if you have any questions about belt operation, see an authorized NISSAN dealer.

WARNING

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

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

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Shoulder belt height adjustment The shoulder belt anchor height should be adjusted to the position best for you (See ‘‘Precautions on Seat Belt Usage’’ earlier in this section.). To adjust, press the release button and move the shoulder belt anchor to the desired position 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 button to lock the shoulder belt anchor into posi- tion.

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THREE-POINT TYPE SEAT BELT WITH RETRACTOR FOR SECOND ROW BUCKET SEATS

WARNING

c Every person who drives or rides in this vehicle should wear 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 acci- dent you could be thrown into it and

receive neck or other serious inju- ries. You could also slide under the lap belt and receive serious internal injuries.

c For 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.

Fastening the belts 1. Adjust the seat. 2. Slowly pull the seat belt out of the retrac- tor and insert the tongue into the buckle until it clicks.

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

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3. Position the lap belt portion low on the

hips as shown.

4. Pull the shoulder belt portion toward the

retractor to take up extra slack.

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WARNING

c It is very important that you follow the instructions in this section be- fore anyone rides in this seating po- sition of the two-passenger bench seat.

c Failure to do so may result in im- proper positioning of seat belt which could lead to increased likelihood or severity of injury in a sudden stop or collision.

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The two-passenger bench seat in the sec- ond row has a seat belt system made up of two buckles and two tongues. There are two body attaching points (one upper and one lower) that attach each end of the seat belt webbing.

One of the seat belt tongues has two ‘‘win- dows’’ (or holes) and the other has only one ‘‘window’’. The seat belt tongue with one window attaches to the auxiliary buckle mounted to the side of the seat. The seat belt tongue with two windows should be

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positioned properly and fastened to the buckle mounted in the middle of the seat. When the two buckle seat belt system is not in use, the webbing can be secured with the seat belt clip. The seat belt clip should not be used with a child seat or during seat belt usage. The seat belt clip opening should face the front of the vehicle.

the three-passenger bench seat

When the two-passenger bench seat is re- moved from the vehicle, you must detach the single window tongue from the auxiliary buckle. If is moved up to the second row position, the outside passenger (near the sliding door) only needs to use the double win- dow tongue and the standard buckle. Because the third row seat is so much wider and is closer to the sliding door, the single window tongue and the auxil- iary buckle are not necessary.

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A twisted belt may prevent the retractor from working properly. If the two buckle seat belt system is twisted, disengage the single window tongue from the auxiliary buckle on the side of the seat, remove the twist and reinstall the tongue into the auxiliary buckle until you hear a snap and feel the latch engage. Both tongues must be attached to their appropriate buckles whenever someone is riding in that seating position. If the tongue is released to allow a third row passenger to enter or exit, the tongue must be reattached.

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Checking seat belt operation (Three-point type seat belt with retractor) Seat belt retractors are designed to lock seat belt movement: 1) when the belt is pulled quickly from the

retractor, and

2) when the vehicle slows down rapidly. To increase your confidence in the seat belts, check their operation as follows: c Grasp the shoulder belt and pull quickly forward. The retractor should lock and restrict further belt movement. the retractor does not

If lock during this check or if you have any questions about belt operation, see an authorized NISSAN dealer.

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THREE-PASSENGER BENCH SEAT Fastening the seat belts 1. Adjust the seat.

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CAUTION

Third row passengers must be very careful when exiting because of the auxiliary seat belt. It is important to step over the seat belt guide and belt webbing to avoid tripping.

Unfastening the belts To unfasten the belt, press the button on the buckle. The seat belt automatically retracts.

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WARNING

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 acci- dent you could be thrown into it and receive neck or other serious inju- ries. You could also slide under the lap belt and receive serious internal injuries.

c For 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.

Use of the second row three-point seat belts by third row passengers could increase the chance or severity of in- jury in a sudden stop or an accident.

2. Slowly pull the seat belt out of the retrac- tor and insert the tongue into the buckle until it snaps.

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

Third row passengers should be aware that their shoulder belts are located slightly be- hind the third row seating position. Never try to use the seat belts for the second row passengers which are in front of the three- passenger bench seat.

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3. Position the lap belt portion low on the

hips as shown.

4. Pull the shoulder belt portion toward the

retractor to take up extra slack.

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TWO-POINT TYPE WITHOUT RETRACTOR (Center of three- passenger bench seat)

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Selecting correct set of belts The seat belt tongues must be fastened into the seat belt buckles as illustrated above.

Fastening the belts 1. Insert the tongue into the buckle until it

clicks.

WARNING

Any rear seat belt tongue will connect to any seat belt buckle; therefore, it is important to follow the illustration above. Failure to do so could increase the chance and/or severity of injury in an accident.

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2. Tighten the belt by pulling the free end of the belt away from the tongue, then pull the belt clip to take up the slack.

3. Position the lap belt low on the hips as

shown.

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

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as buckles, tongues, retractors, flexible wires and anchors work properly. If loose parts, deterioration, cuts or other dam- age on the webbing is found, the entire seat belt assembly should be replaced.

tance if the extender is required.

WARNING

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

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

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Unfastening the belts To unfasten the belt, press the button on the buckle. SEAT BELT EXTENDERS If, because of body size or driving position, it is not possible to properly fit the front seat lap belts and fasten them, an extender is available which is compatible with the in- stalled seat belts. The extender adds ap- proximately 8 inches (200 mm) of length and may be used for either lap belt for the driver or front passenger seating position. See an authorized NISSAN dealer for assis- 1-38 Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems

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

c Periodically check to see that the seat belt and the metal components such

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CHILD RESTRAINTS

WARNING

c Infants and small children should always be placed in an appropriate child restraint system while riding in the vehicle. Failure to use a child restraint can result in serious injury or death.

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 acci- dent. 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.

c Never install a rear-facing child re- straint in the front seat. An inflating air bag could seriously injure or kill your child. A rear-facing child restraint must only be used in the rear seat.

c NISSAN recommends that the child restraint be installed in a rear seat. According to accident statistics, children are safer when properly re- strained in a rear seat than in a front seat.

c An improperly installed child re- straint could lead to serious injury in an accident.

c In general, child restraint systems are designed to be installed with a lap belt or the lap portion of a three- point type seat belt.

compatible with your child. Always follow all recommended procedures.

All U.S. states and some provinces or territories of Canada require that infants and small children be restrained in ap- proved child restraints at all times while the vehicle is being operated.

Child restraints for infants and children of various sizes are offered by several manu- facturers. When selecting any child re- straint, keep the following points in mind: 1) Choose only a restraint with a label cer- tifying that it complies with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 or Cana- dian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213. 2) Check the child restraint in your vehicle to be sure it is compatible with the vehi- cle’s seat and seat belt system. Choose a child restraint that meets the guidelines of the Society of Automotive Engineers recommended practice J1819 for child seat installation.

3) If the child restraint is compatible with your vehicle, place your child in the child restraint and check the various adjust- ments to be sure the child restraint is

WARNING

c Improper use of a child restraint can result in increased injuries for both the infant or child and other occu- pants in the vehicle.

c Follow all of

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

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

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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.

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

c After attaching the child restraint, test it before you place the child in it. Tilt it from 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.

c For a front facing child restraint, if the seat position where it is installed has a three-point type lap/shoulder belt, check to make sure the shoul- der belt does not go in front of the child’s face or neck. If it does, put the shoulder belt behind the child restraint. If you must install a front facing child restraint in the front seat, see ‘‘Installation on front pas- senger seat’’ later in this section.

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

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FRONT FACING INSTALLATION AT THREE-PASSENGER BENCH SEAT CENTER POSITION When you install a child restraint in a rear center seat, follow these steps: 1. Position the child restraint on the seat as illustrated. Always follow the restraint manufacturer’s instructions.

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

3. Remove all slack in the lap belt for a very tight fit by pulling forcefully on the lap belt adjustment.

4. Before placing the child in the child re- straint, use force to tilt the child restraint from side to side, and tug it forward to make sure it is securely in place.

5. If it is not secure, try to tighten the belt again, or put the restraint in another seat. 6. Check to make sure the child restraint is

properly secured prior to each use.

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REAR FACING INSTALLATION AT THREE-PASSENGER BENCH SEAT CENTER POSITION When you install a child restraint in a rear center seat, follow these steps: 1. Position the child restraint on the seat as illustrated. Always follow the restraint manufacturer’s instructions.

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

3. Remove all slack in the lap belt for a very tight fit by pulling forcefully on the lap belt adjustment.

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FRONT FACING INSTALLATION AT SECOND AND THIRD ROW OUTBOARD POSITIONS The following instructions apply to second row bucket seats, the second row bench seat and the outboard positions of the three- passenger bench seat.

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When installing a child restraint in the two-passenger bench seat, is placed in the seating position next to the sliding door, be sure both the aux- iliary buckle and main buckle are prop- erly fastened. Failure to do so could increase the chance and/or severity of injury in an accident.

WARNING

c The three-point belt in your vehicle is equipped with a locking mode re- tractor which must be used when installing a child restraint.

c Failure to use the retractor’s locking mode will result in the child restraint not being properly secured. The seat could tip over or otherwise be unse- cured and cause injury to the child in a sudden stop or collision.

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4. Before placing the child in the child re- straint, use force to tilt the child restraint from side to side, and tug it forward to make sure it is securely in place.

5. If it is not secure, try to tighten the belt again, or put the restraint in another seat. 6. Check to make sure the child restraint is

properly secured prior to each use.

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When you install a child restraint in a rear outboard seat, follow these steps: 1. Position the child restraint on the seat. Always follow the restraint manufactur- er’s instructions.

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

3. Pull on the shoulder belt until all of the belt is fully extended. At this time, the belt retractor is in the automatic locking mode (child restraint mode). It reverts back to emergency locking mode when the belt is fully retracted.

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After the child restraint is removed and the seat belt is allowed to wind back into the retractor (for the passenger side of the two-passenger bench seat, the auxilliary buckle must also be released), the auto- matic locking mode (child restraint mode) is canceled. The seat belt may be used as normal and will only lock during a sudden stop or impact.

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

5. Before placing the child in the child re- straint, use force to tilt the child restraint from side to side, and tug it forward to make sure it is securely held in place.

6. Check that the retractor is in the auto- matic locking mode by trying to pull more belt out of the retractor. If you cannot pull any more belt webbing out of the retrac- tor, the belt is in the automatic locking mode.

7. Check to make sure the child restraint is properly secured prior to each use. If the belt is not locked, repeat steps 3 through 6.

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REAR FACING INSTALLATION AT SECOND AND THIRD ROW OUTBOARD POSITIONS The following instructions apply to second row bucket seats, the second row bench seat and the outboard positions of the three- passenger bench seat.

WARNING

c Failure to use the retractor’s locking mode will result in the child restraint not being properly secured. The seat could tip over or otherwise be unse- cured and cause injury to the child in a sudden stop or collision.

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When installing a child restraint in the two-passenger bench seat, is placed in the seating position next to the sliding door, be sure both the aux- iliary buckle and main buckle are prop- erly fastened. Failure to do so could increase the chance and/or severity of injury in an accident.

WARNING

c The three-point belt in your vehicle is equipped with a locking mode re- tractor which must be used when installing a child restraint.

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When you install a child restraint in a rear outboard seat, follow these steps: 1. Position the child restraint on the seat. Always follow the restraint manufactur- er’s instructions.

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