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Fastening a Seat Belt

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Fastening a Seat Belt

After adjusting a front seat to the proper position, and while sitting upright and well 
back in the seat:

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1.

Pull the seat belt out slowly.

2.

Insert the latch plate into the buckle, then 
tug on the belt to make sure the buckle is 
secure.

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Make sure that the belt is not twisted or 
caught on anything.

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No one should sit in a seat with an inoperative seat 
belt or one that does not appear to be working 
correctly. Using a seat belt that is not working 
properly may not protect the occupant in a crash. 
Have a dealer check the belt as soon as possible.

Never insert any foreign objects into the buckle or 
retractor mechanism.

If the seat belt appears to be locked in a fully 
retracted position, firmly pull out on the shoulder belt 
once, then push it back in.
Then, smoothly pull it out of the retractor and fasten. 
If you are unable to release the seat belt from a fully 
retracted position, do not allow anyone to sit in the 
seat, and take your vehicle to a dealer for repair.

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About Your Seat Belts

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Seat Belt Inspection

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Pull out slowly.

Correct 
Seated 
Posture.

Latch 
Plate

Buckle

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3.

Position the lap part of the belt as low as 
possible across your hips, then pull up on 
the shoulder part of the belt so the lap part 
fits snugly. This lets your strong pelvic 
bones take the force of a crash and reduces 
the chance of internal injuries.

4.

If necessary, pull up on the belt again to 
remove any slack, then check that the belt 
rests across the center of your chest and 
over your shoulder. This spreads the forces 
of a crash over the strongest bones in your 
upper body.

The front seats have adjustable shoulder anchors to accommodate taller and shorter 
occupants.

1.

Move the anchor up and down while 
holding the release button.

2.

Position the anchor so that the belt rests 
across the center of your chest and over 
your shoulder.

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Fastening a Seat Belt

To release the belt, push the red 

PRESS

 button and 

then guide the belt by hand until it has retracted 
completely.
When exiting the vehicle, be sure the belt is properly 
stowed so that it will not get caught in the closing door.

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WARNING

Improperly positioning the seat belts can 
cause serious injury or death in a crash.

Make sure all seat belts are properly 
positioned before driving.

Lap belt 
as low as 
possible

Adjusting the Shoulder Anchor

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Adjusting the Shoulder Anchor

After an adjustment, make sure that the shoulder 
anchor position is secure.

The shoulder anchor height can be adjusted to four 
levels. If the belt contacts your neck, lower the height 
one level at a time.

Push

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If you are pregnant, the best way to protect yourself and your unborn child when 
driving or riding in a vehicle is to always wear a seat belt and keep the lap part of the 
belt as low as possible across the hips.

Advice for Pregnant Women

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Advice for Pregnant Women

Each time you have a checkup, ask your doctor if it is 
okay for you to drive.

To reduce the risk of injuries to both you and your 
unborn child that can be caused by an inflating front 
airbag:

When driving, sit upright and adjust the seat as far 
back as possible while allowing full control of the 
vehicle.

When sitting in the front passenger's seat, adjust 
the seat as far back as possible.

Wear the shoulder belt 
across the chest avoiding 
the abdomen.

Wear the lap part of the 
belt as low as possible 
across the hips.

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Seat Belt Inspection

Regularly check the condition of your seat belts as follows:

Pull each belt out fully, and look for frays, cuts, burns, and wear.

Check that the latch plates and buckles work smoothly and the belts retract 
easily.

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If a belt does not retract easily, cleaning the belt may correct the problem. Only 
use a mild soap and warm water. Do not use bleach or cleaning solvents. Make 
sure the belt is completely dry before allowing it to retract.

Any belt that is not in good condition or working properly will not provide proper 
protection and should be replaced as soon as possible.
A belt that has been worn during a crash may not provide the same level of 
protection in a subsequent crash. Have your seat belts inspected by a dealer after 
any collision.

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Seat Belt Inspection

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WARNING

Not checking or maintaining seat belts can 
result in serious injury or death if the seat 
belts do not work properly when needed.

Check your seat belts regularly and have 
any problem corrected as soon as possible.

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Airbags

Airbag System Components

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The front, front knee, side, and side curtain 
airbags are deployed according to the 
direction and severity of impact. Both side 
curtain airbags are deployed in a rollover. 
The airbag system includes:

a

Two SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) 
front airbags. The driver’s airbag is stored 
in the center of the steering wheel; the 
front passenger’s airbag is stored in the 
dashboard. Both are marked 

SRS 

AIRBAG

.

b

Two knee airbags. The driver's knee 
airbag is stored under the steering 
column; the front passenger's knee 
airbag is stored under the glove box. 
Both are marked 

SRS AIRBAG

.

c

Four side airbags, one for the driver, one 
for the front passenger and one each for 
the rear outboard occupants. The front 
airbags are stored in the outer edges of 
the seat-backs and the rear airbags are 
stored next to the outer rear seating 
positions. All are marked 

SIDE AIRBAG

.

d

Two side curtain airbags, one for each 
side of the vehicle. The airbags are stored 
in the ceiling, above the side windows. 
The front and rear pillars are marked 

SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG

.

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An electronic control unit that, when the 
power mode is in ON, continually 
monitors information about the various 
impact sensors, seat and buckle sensors, 
rollover sensor, airbag activators, seat 
belt tensioners, and other vehicle 
information. During a crash event the 
unit can record such information.

f

Automatic seat belt tensioners for the 
front seats and outer rear seats. In 
addition, the driver’s and front 
passenger’s seat belt buckles incorporate 
sensors that detect whether or not the 
belts are fastened.

g

Driver’s seat position sensor. This sensor 
detects the driver’s seat slide position to 
help determine the optimal deployment 
of the driver’s airbag.

h

Weight sensors in the front passenger’s 
seat. The sensors are used for occupant 
classification to activate or deactivate the 
front passenger’s airbag.

i

Impact sensors that can detect a 
moderate-to-severe front or side impact.

j

An indicator on the center console that 
alerts you that the front passenger’s front 
airbag has been turned off.

k

An indicator on the instrument panel that 
alerts you to a possible problem with your 
airbag system or seat belt tensioners.

l

A rollover sensor that can detect if your 
vehicle is about to roll over and signal the 
control unit to deploy both side curtain 
airbags.

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Airbags can pose serious hazards. To do their job, airbags must inflate with 
tremendous force. So, while airbags help save lives, they can cause burns, bruises, 
and other minor injuries, sometimes even fatal ones if occupants are not wearing 
their seat belts properly and sitting correctly.

What you should do:

 Always wear your seat belt properly and sit upright and as 

far back from the steering wheel as possible while allowing full control of the 
vehicle. A front passenger should move their seat as far back from the dashboard as 
possible.

Remember, however, that no safety system can prevent all injuries or deaths that 
can occur in a severe crash, even when seat belts are properly worn and the airbags 
deploy.

Do not place hard or sharp objects between yourself and a front airbag.

 

Carrying hard or sharp objects on your lap, or driving with a pipe or other sharp 
object in your mouth, can result in injuries if your front airbag inflates.

Do not attach or place objects on the front and front knee airbag covers.

 

Objects on the covers marked 

SRS AIRBAG

 could interfere with the proper 

operation of the airbags or be propelled inside the vehicle and hurt someone if the 
airbags inflate.

Important Facts About Your Airbags

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Important Facts About Your Airbags

Do not attempt to deactivate your airbags. Together, 
airbags and seat belts provide the best protection.

When driving, keep hands and arms out of the 
deployment path of the front airbag by holding each 
side of the steering wheel. Do not cross an arm over 
the airbag cover.

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Types of Airbags

Your vehicle is equipped with four types of airbags:

Front airbags: 

Airbags in front of the driver’s and front passenger’s seats.

Knee airbags:

 Airbags under the steering column and under the glove box.

Side airbags: 

Airbags in the driver's and front passenger's outer seat-backs and 

next to the outer rear seating positions.

Side curtain airbags: 

Airbags above the side windows.

Each is discussed in the following pages.

Front Airbags (SRS)

The front SRS airbags inflate in a moderate-to-severe frontal collision to help protect 
the head and chest of the driver and/or front passenger.

SRS

 (Supplemental Restraint System) indicates that the airbags are designed to 

supplement seat belts, not replace them. Seat belts are the occupant's primary 
restraint system.

The front airbags are housed in the center of the steering wheel for the driver, and 
in the dashboard for the front passenger. Both airbags are marked 

SRS AIRBAG

.

Housing Locations

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Types of Airbags

The airbags can inflate whenever the power mode is 
in ON.

After an airbag inflates in a crash, you may see a 
small amount of smoke. This is from the combustion 
process of the inflator material and is not harmful. 
People with respiratory problems may experience 
some temporary discomfort. If this occurs, get out of 
the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so.

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Front Airbags (SRS)

During a frontal crash severe enough to cause one or 
both front airbags to deploy, the airbags can inflate 
at different rates, depending on the severity of the 
crash, whether or not the seat belts are latched, and/
or other factors. Frontal airbags are designed to 
supplement the seat belts to help reduce the 
likelihood of head and chest injuries in frontal 
crashes.

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Front airbags are designed to inflate during moderate-to-severe frontal collisions. 
When the vehicle decelerates suddenly, the sensors send information to the control 
unit which signals one or both front airbags to inflate.

A frontal collision can be either head-on or angled between two vehicles, or when a 
vehicle crashes into a stationary object, such as a concrete wall.

While your seat belt restrains your torso, the 
front airbag provides supplemental protection 
for your head and chest.

The front airbags deflate immediately so that 
they won't interfere with the driver's visibility 
or the ability to steer or operate other 
controls.

The total time for inflation and deflation is so fast that most occupants are not 
aware that the airbags deployed until they see them lying in front of them.

Operation

How the Front Airbags Work

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How the Front Airbags Work

Although the driver's and front passenger's airbags 
normally inflate within a split second of each other, it 
is possible for only one airbag to deploy. This can 
happen if the severity of a collision is at the margin, 
or threshold, that determines whether or not the 
airbags will deploy. In such cases, the seat belt will 
provide sufficient protection, and the supplemental 
protection offered by the airbag would be minimal.

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When front airbags should not deploy

Minor frontal crashes: 

Front airbags were designed to supplement seat belts and 

help save lives, not to prevent minor scrapes, or even broken bones that might occur 
during a less than moderate-to-severe frontal crash.

Side impacts: 

Front airbags can provide protection when a sudden deceleration 

causes a driver or front passenger to move toward the front of the vehicle. Side 
airbags and side curtain airbags have been specifically designed to help reduce the 
severity of injuries that can occur during a moderate-to-severe side impact which 
can cause the driver or passenger to move toward the side of the vehicle.

Rear impacts: 

Head restraints and seat belts are your best protection during a rear 

impact. Front airbags cannot provide any significant protection and are not designed 
to deploy in such collisions.

Rollovers: 

In a rollover, your best form of protection is a seat belt or, if your vehicle 

is equipped with a rollover sensor, both a seat belt and a side curtain airbag. Front 
airbags, however, are not designed to deploy in a rollover as they would provide 
little if any protection.

When front airbags deploy with little or no visible damage

Because the airbag system senses sudden deceleration, a strong impact to the 
vehicle framework or suspension might cause one or more of the airbags to deploy. 
Examples include running into a curb, the edge of a hole, or other low fixed object 
that causes a sudden deceleration in the vehicle chassis. Since the impact is 
underneath the vehicle, damage may not be readily apparent.

When front airbags may not deploy, even though exterior damage 
appears severe

Since crushable body parts absorb crash energy during an impact, the amount of 
visible damage does not always indicate proper airbag operation. In fact, some 
collisions can result in severe damage but no airbag deployment because the airbags 
would not have been needed or would not have provided protection even if they 
had deployed.

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Front Airbags (SRS)

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The airbags have advanced features to help reduce the likelihood of airbag related 
injuries to smaller occupants.

The driver’s advanced airbag system includes a 
seat position sensor.

Based on information from this sensor and the 
severity of the impact, the advanced airbag 
system determines the optimal deployment of 
the driver’s airbag.

The front passenger’s advanced airbag system 
has weight sensors. The sensors are used for 
occupant classification to activate or 
deactivate the front passenger’s airbag.

For adult size occupants, the system will 
automatically activate the front passenger’s 
airbag. If a small adult sits in the front 
passenger seat and the system does not 
recognize him/her as an adult, see 

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Advanced Airbags

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Advanced Airbags

If there is a problem with the driver’s seat position 
sensor or the passenger’s seat weight sensors, the 
SRS indicator will come on, and in the event of a 
crash, the airbag will deploy (regardless of the driver’s 
seating position or passenger’s occupant 
classification) with a force corresponding to the 
severity of the impact.

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Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) 
Indicator

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For the advanced front airbags to work properly, 
confirm that:

The occupant is sitting in an upright position, 
wearing the seat belt properly and the seat back is 
not excessively reclined.

The occupant is not leaning against the door or 
center console.

The occupant’s feet are placed on the floor in front 
of them.

There are no objects hanging from the front 
passenger’s seat. 

Only small, lightweight objects are in the seat back 
pocket.

The steering wheel and passenger’s side dashboard 
are not obstructed by any object.

No liquid has been spilled on or under the seat.

Driver’s 
Seat 
Position 
Sensor

Passenger’s 
Seat 
Weight 
Sensors

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We advise against allowing a child age 12 or under to ride in the front passenger’s 
seat. However, if you do allow a small child or infant to ride in the front passenger’s 
seat, the system is designed to automatically deactivate the front passenger’s airbag. 
Do not let a small child or infant ride in the front passenger’s seat if the airbag does 
not automatically deactivate.

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Advanced Airbags

There is no child seat or other object pressing 
against the rear of the seat or seat back.

There is no rear passenger pushing or pulling on 
the back of the front passenger’s seat.

There are no objects placed under or beside the 
front passenger’s seat. Improperly positioned 
objects can interfere with the advanced airbag 
sensors.

The head restraint is not contacting the roof. 

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Passenger Airbag Off Indicator

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The floor mat behind the front passenger’s seat is 
set in the correct position evenly on the floor. An 
improperly placed mat can interfere with the 
advanced airbag sensors.

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Floor Mats

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Knee Airbags

The knee SRS airbags inflate in a moderate-to-severe frontal collision to help keep 
the driver and/or front passenger in the proper position and to help maximize the 
benefit provided by the vehicle’s other safety features.

SRS

 (Supplemental Restraint System) indicates that the airbag is designed to 

supplement seat belts, not replace them. Seat belts are the occupant’s primary 
restraint system.

The knee airbag for the driver and the one for 
the front passenger are housed under the 
steering column and the glove box 
respectively.

Both are marked 

SRS AIRBAG

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Housing Locations

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Knee Airbags

Do not attach accessories on or near a knee airbag as 
they can interfere with the proper operation of the 
airbag, or even hurt someone if the airbag inflates.

The driver and front passenger should not store any 
items under the seat or behind their feet. The items 
can interfere with proper airbag deployment in the 
event of a moderate to severe frontal collision and 
may result in inadequate protection.

Housing 
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Housing 
Location

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Knee Airbags

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The driver’s and front passenger’s knee airbag 
deploy at the same time as the driver’s and 
front passenger’s airbag respectively.

Operation

When 
inflated

Knee 
Airbag

When 
inflated

Knee Airbag

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Knee Airbags

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When knee airbag deploys with little or no visible damage

Because the airbag system senses sudden deceleration, a strong impact to the 
vehicle framework or suspension might cause one or more of the airbags to deploy.
Examples include running into a curb, the edge of a hole, or other low fixed object 
that causes a sudden deceleration in the vehicle chassis. Since the impact is 
underneath the vehicle, damage may not be readily apparent.

When knee airbag may not deploy, even though exterior damage appears 
severe

Since crushable body parts absorb crash energy during an impact, the amount of 
visible damage does not always indicate proper airbag operation. In fact, some 
collisions can result in severe damage but no airbag deployment because the airbags 
would not have been needed or would not have provided protection even if they 
had deployed.

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Side Airbags

The side airbags help protect the torso and pelvis of the driver, front passenger, or 
an outer rear seat occupant during a moderate-to-severe side impact.

The side airbags are housed in the outside 
edge of the driver’s and passenger’s seat-
backs and next to the outer rear seating 
positions.

Each are marked 

SIDE AIRBAG

.

Housing Locations

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Side Airbags

Make sure you and your front seat passenger always 
sit upright. Leaning into the path of a side airbag can 
prevent the airbag from deploying properly and 
increases your risk of serious injury.

Do not attach accessories on or near the side airbags. 
They can interfere with the proper operation of the 
airbags, or hurt someone if an airbag inflates.

Do not cover or replace the front seat-back covers 
without consulting a dealer.
Improperly replacing or covering front seat-back 
covers can prevent your side airbags from properly 
deploying during a side impact.

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