Mazda Protege (2003 year). Instruction - part 1

 

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Mazda Protege (2003 year). Instruction - part 1

 

 

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Your Vehicle at a Glance

Dashboard Overview

Ashtray 

Tilt wheel release lever

Climate control system

Lighter 

Glove box 

Audio system

Passenger-side air bag

Hazard warning flasher switch

Fog light switch

Power window switches

Power window lock switch

Light control / Turn signals

Instrument cluster

Wiper and washer lever

Driver-side air bag 

Cruise control switches

Ignition switch 

Center console 

Hood release handle

Cup holder

Shift lever 

Parking brake handle

Rear window defroster switch

(page 5-38)

(page 2-36)

(page 5-23)

(page 5-36)

(page 5-37)

(page 3-18)

(page 3-23)

(page 5-2)

(page 5-19)

(page 6-38)

(page 5-41)

(page 6-11)

(page 2-36)

(page 6-39)

(page 6-39)

(page 6-37)

(page 5-40)

(page 6-2)

(page 3-14)

(page 3-16)

(page 5-5)

(page 5-8)

(page 6-38)

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Your Vehicle at a Glance

Interior Overview

Vanity mirror

Rearview mirror

Seat belts

Interior light

Sunvisors

Front seats

Side air bags

Rear seat

(page 6-35)

(page 2-11)

(page 2-5)

(page 2-36)

(page 2-2)

(page 6-35)

(page 3-24)

(page 6-35)

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Your Vehicle at a Glance

Exterior Overview

Door and keys

Outside mirrors

Side-marker lights

Headlights 

Fuel-filler lid

Child safety lock 

Tires 

Reverse lights

Windshield wiper blades

Washer fluid

Hood

Front turn signal lights /
Parking lights

Fog lights 

Rear turn signal lights 

Brake lights / Taillights 

Power windows

Antenna 

Rear window defroster

Trunk lid 

High-mount brake light

License plate
lights 

Sunroof 

Side-turn signal lights

(page 5-40)

(page 8-36)

(page 3-11)

(page 8-36)

(page 8-20)

(page 8-18)

(page 3-18)

(page 8-34)

(page 3-8)

(page 8-24)

(page 8-36)

(page 3-19)

(page 3-14)

(page 3-2)

(page 3-23)

(page 8-34)

(page 8-31)

(page 3-16)

(page 8-36)

(page 6-10)

(page 8-36)

(page 8-34)

(page 8-34)

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Your Vehicle at a Glance

Exterior Overview

Door and keys

Outside mirrors

Side-marker lights

Headlights

Fuel-filler lid

Child safety lock

Tires 

Reverse lights

Windshield wiper blades

Rear windshield
wiper blade

Liftgate

Washer fluid 

Hood 

Front turn signal lights/
Parking lights 

Fog lights 

Rear turn signal lights

Brake lights / Taillights 

Power windows 

Antenna

Rear window defroster

License plate
lights

Sunroof 

Side-turn signal lights

(page 5-40)

(page 3-8)

(page 8-22)

(page 3-9)

(page 8-36)

(page 8-36)

(page 3-19)

(page 8-20)

(page 8-18)

(page 8-34)

(page 8-34)

(page 3-23)

(page 8-24)

(page 8-36)

(page 3-14)

(page 6-10)

(page 3-2)

(page 8-34)

(page 8-31)

(page 3-16)

(page 8-36)

(page 3-18)

(page 8-34)

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Use of safety equipment, including seats, seat belt system, SRS air bags and 
child-restraint systems.

Seats ................................................................................................ 2-2

Front Seats  ................................................................................. 2-2
Rear Seat .................................................................................... 2-5

Seat Belt Systems ......................................................................... 2-11

Seat Belt Precautions ............................................................... 2-11
3-Point Type Seat Belt ............................................................. 2-14
Front Seat Belt Pretensioner and Load Limiting Systems  ...... 2-16
Rear Center Position Seat Belt  ................................................ 2-18
Seat Belt Extender  ................................................................... 2-20
Seat Belt Warning Light  .......................................................... 2-21
Seat Belt Warning Beep ........................................................... 2-21

Child Restraint  ............................................................................ 2-22

Child Restraint Precautions  ..................................................... 2-22
Installing Child-Restraint Systems .......................................... 2-25
LATCH Child-Restraint Systems  ............................................ 2-31

SRS Air Bags  ............................................................................... 2-36

Supplemental Restraint Systems (SRS) Precautions ............... 2-36
Air Bag System Description .................................................... 2-40

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Seats

▼ Seat Slide

To move a seat forward or backward, raise 
the lever and slide the seat to the desired 
position and release the lever.

Make sure the lever returns to its original 
position and the seat is locked in place by 
attempting to push it forward and 
backward. 

Front Seats

Securing the Seats:
Adjustable seats and seatbacks that 
are not securely locked are 
dangerous. In a sudden stop or 
collision, the seat or seatback could 
move, causing injury. Make sure the 
adjustable components of the seat are 
locked in place by attempting to slide 
the seat forward and backward and 
rocking the seatback.

Driver’s Seat Adjustment:
Adjusting the driver’s seat while the 
vehicle is moving is dangerous. The 
driver could lose control of the vehicle 
and have an accident. Adjust the 
driver’s seat only when the vehicle is 
stopped.

WARNING

WARNING

Lever

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Seats

▼ Seat Recline

To change the seatback angle, lean 
forward slightly while raising the lever. 
Then lean back to the desired position and 
release the lever.

Make sure the lever returns to its original 
position and the seatback is locked in 
place by attempting to push it forward and 
backward.

Reclining:
Sitting in a reclined position while the 
vehicle is moving is dangerous 
because you don’t get the full 
protection from seat belts. During 
sudden braking or a collision, you 
can slide under the lap belt and suffer 
serious internal injuries. For 
maximum protection, sit well back 
and upright.

Unlocked Seatback:
A seatback plays an important role in 
your protection in a vehicle. Leaving 
the seatback unlocked is dangerous as 
it can allow passengers to be ejected 
or thrown around and baggage to 
strike occupants in a sudden stop or 
collision, resulting in severe injury. 
After adjusting the seatback at any 
time, even when there are no other 
passengers, rock the seatback to make 
sure it is locked in place.

WARNING

When returning a rear-reclined 
seatback to its upright position, make 
sure you support the seatback while 
operating the seatback lever. If the 
seatback is not supported, it will flip 
forward suddenly and could cause 
injury.

Lever

CAUTION

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Seats

▼ Seat Tilt (Driver’s Seat)

The seat-bottom angle can be adjusted by 
rotating the dial.

▼ Head Restraint

Height adjustment

To raise a head restraint, pull it up to the 
desired position.
To lower the head restraint, press the stop-
catch release, then push the head restraint 
down.

Adjust the head restraint so that the top is 
parallel with the top of the passenger’s 
ears, never the passenger’s neck.

Up

Down

Dial

Front of seat bottom

Up

Down

Dial

Rear of seat bottom

Head Restraints Adjustment:
Driving with the head restraints 
adjusted too low or removed is 
dangerous. With no support behind 
your head, your neck could be 
seriously injured in a collision. 
Always drive with the head restraints 
inserted when seats are being used 
and make sure they are properly 
adjusted.

WARNING

Stop-catch release

2-5

Seats

Rear Seat

Stacking Cargo:
Stacking luggage or other cargo 
higher than the seatbacks, and 
putting things on the rear package 
tray or on the luggage compartment 
cover is dangerous. During sudden 
braking or a collision, objects can 
become projectiles that may hit and 
injure passengers. Don’t stack things 
higher than the seatbacks or put 
things on the rear package tray or on 
the luggage compartment cover.

Securing Seats:
Adjustable seats and seatbacks that 
are not securely locked are 
dangerous. In a sudden stop or 
collision, the seat or seatback could 
move, causing injury. Make sure the 
adjustable components of the seat are 
locked in place by attempting to slide 
the seat forward and backward and 
rocking the seatback.

Unlocked Seatback:
A seatback plays an important role in 
your protection in a vehicle. Leaving 
the seatback unlocked is dangerous as 
it can allow passengers to be ejected 
or thrown around and baggage to 
strike occupants in a sudden stop or 
collision, resulting in severe injury. 
After adjusting the seatback at any 
time, even when there are no other 
passengers, rock the seatback to make 
sure it is locked in place.

WARNING

Passenger on the Folded Seatback:
Driving with a passenger on the 
folded seatback is dangerous. 
Allowing a child to sit up on the 
folded seatback while the vehicle is 
moving is particularly dangerous. In 
a sudden stop or even a minor 
collision, a child not in a proper seat 
or child-restraint system and seat belt 
could be thrown forward, back or 
even out of the car resulting in 
serious injuries or death. The child or 
other objects in the baggage area 
could be thrown into other occupants 
and cause serious injury. Never allow 
a passenger to sit or stand on the 
folded seatback while the vehicle is 
moving.

Children and the Folding Rear Seats:
Playing with the folding rear seats is 
dangerous. Once the seats are back 
up, a child in the trunk would not be 
able to get out the way they had 
entered. If you have small children, 
keep the seatbacks locked (sedan). Do 
not give the car keys to children and 
do not allow them to play in the 
vehicle.

NOTE

When returning a rear seat to its 
original position, also replace the seat 
belt to its normal position. Verify that 
the seat belt pulls and retracts.

WARNING

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Seats

▼ Split-Folding Rear Seatback

To provide more space in the luggage 
compartment.

1. Unfasten the lap portion of the rear-

center seat belt (page 2-19).

2. Pull the lock release up and fold the 

seatback forward.

To return the seatback to its original 
position, reverse the procedure.

▼ Rear Seatback Lock (Sedan)

To lock or unlock a seatback, move the 
lever.

▼ Folding the Rear Seats Flat 

(Hatchback)

The seatbacks can be folded after setting 
up the seat bottoms.

1. Unfasten the lap portion of the rear-

center seat belt (page 2-19).

Always unfasten the lap portion of the 
belt before folding the rear-left 
seatback. Leaving the lap portion of 
the belt fastened could cause damage 
to the seat belt, buckle and seatback.

CAUTION

Lock release

NOTE

The seatback locks are part of the 
trunk security system (page 3-11).

Always unfasten the lap portion of the 
belt before folding the rear-left 
seatback. Leaving the lap portion of 
the belt fastened could cause damage 
to the seat belt, buckle and seatback.

Lock

Unlock

CAUTION

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Seats

2. Remove the head restraints (page 2-9).

3. Pull the strap and lift the end of each 

seat bottom up and forward.

4. Lift the rear of the seat bottoms 

forward.

5. Pull the lock release up and fold each 

seatback forward.

To return the rear seat to its original 
position, reverse the procedure.

NOTE

When raising the seat bottom, hold the 
seat belt and clear it from the seat 
bottom’s housing space.

Stop-catch release

Strap

Lock release

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Seats

▼ Removing the Seat Bottoms 

(Hatchback)

When flat folding the rear seats, the seat 
bottoms can be removed for more room.

To remove

1. Pull the strap and lift the end of each 

seat bottom up and forward.

2. Lift the rear of the seat bottoms 

forward.

3. Pull the retaining clip to release the 

lever. Remove the seat bottom.

• Putting your fingers between the 

seat bottom and floor is dangerous. 
You could injure your fingers. 
When replacing the seat bottom, be 
careful not to catch your fingers 
between the seat bottom and floor.

• After replacing the seat bottom to 

its original position, make sure all 
seat belt buckles are on top of the 
seat bottom and the seat belts are 
not twisted. Twisting or placing the 
seat belts under the seat bottom 
could damage the seat belts.

CAUTION

Strap

NOTE

When raising the seat bottom, hold the 
seat belt and clear it from the seat 
bottom’s housing space.

Retaining clip

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Seats

To install

1. Insert the ends of the seat bottom lever 

into the holders.

2. Return the seat bottom to its original 

position.

▼ Head Restraint

Riding in Area with Rear Seat Bottom 
Removed:
Riding in the area where a rear seat 
bottom has been removed is 
dangerous. Sudden braking or a 
collision could cause serious injury. 
Do not sit or lie in the area where a  
rear seat bottom has been removed 
while the vehicle is moving. Never 
ride in a vehicle where you can’t sit in 
the seat and wear the seat belt.

WARNING

• Putting your fingers between the 

seat bottom and floor is dangerous. 
You could injure your fingers. 
When replacing the seat bottom, be 
careful not to catch your fingers 
between the seat bottom and floor.

• After replacing the seat bottom to 

its original position, make sure all 
seat belt buckles are on top of the 
seat bottom and the seat belts are 
not twisted. Twisting or placing the 
seat belts under the seat bottom 
could damage the seat belts.

Head Restraints Adjustment:
Driving with the head restraints 
adjusted too low or removed is 
dangerous. With no support behind 
your head, your neck could be 
seriously injured in a collision. 
Always drive with the head restraints 
inserted when seats are being used 
and make sure they are properly 
adjusted.

CAUTION

WARNING

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Seats

Height adjustment

To raise a head restraint, pull it up to the 
desired position.
To lower the head restraint, press the stop-
catch release, then push the head restraint 
down.

Adjust the head restraint so that the top is 
parallel with the top of the passenger’s 
ears, never the passenger’s neck.

Removal

To remove the head restraint, press the 
stop-catch release, then pull up on the 
head restraint.

Stop-catch release

Stop-catch release

2-11

Seat Belt Systems

Seat belts help to decrease the possibility of severe injury during accidents and sudden 
stops. Mazda recommends that the driver and all passengers always wear seat belts.

All of the seat belt retractors are designed to keep the lap/shoulder belts out of the way 
when not in use.

The driver’s seat belt has no provisions for child-restraint systems and has only an 
emergency locking mode. The driver may wear it comfortably, and it will lock during a 
collision.

However, the front passenger’s seat and rear lap/shoulder belt retractors operate in two 
modes: emergency locking mode, and for child-restraint systems, automatic locking mode.

Seat Belt Precautions

Not Wearing Seat Belts:
Not wearing a seat belt is extremely dangerous. During a collision, occupants not 
wearing seat belts could hit someone or things inside the vehicle or even be thrown 
out of the vehicle. They could be seriously injured or even killed. In the same 
collision, occupants wearing seat belts would be much safer. Always wear your seat 
belt and make sure all occupants are properly restrained.

Seat Belt Damaged During an Accident:
Using a damaged seat belt is dangerous. An accident could damage the belt webbing 
of the seat belt in use. A damaged seat belt cannot provide adequate protection in a 
collision. Have an Authorized Mazda Dealer inspect all seat belt systems in use during 
an accident before they are used again.

Twisted Seat Belts:
Twisted seat belts are dangerous. In a collision, the full width of the belt isn’t 
available to absorb the impact. This puts more force on the bones beneath the belt, 
which could break them or cause other serious injury or death. Don’t wear twisted 
seat belts.

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