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Seat Belt Systems

▼ Pregnant Women and Persons with Serious Medical Conditions

Pregnant women should wear seat belts. Ask your doctor for specific recommendations.
The lap belt should be worn SNUGLY AND AS LOW AS POSSIBLE OVER THE HIPS.
The shoulder belt should be worn across your shoulder properly, but never across the 
stomach area.
Persons with serious medical conditions also should wear seat belts. Check with your 
doctor for any special instructions regarding specific medical conditions.

One Belt, One Passenger:
Using one seat belt for more than one person at a time is dangerous. A seat belt used 
in this way can’t spread the impact forces properly and the two passengers could be 
crushed together and seriously injured or even killed. Never use one belt for more 
than one person at a time.

Belt retraction may become difficult if the belts and rings are soiled, so try to keep them 
clean.

WARNING

CAUTION

Ring

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Seat Belt Systems

▼ Emergency Locking Mode

If the belt has fully retracted, it will always be in the emergency locking mode until you 
move it into automatic locking mode by pulling the belt all the way out to its full length. In 
the emergency locking mode, the belt remains comfortable on the occupant and the 
retractor will lock in position during a collision.
If the belt feels tight and hinders comfortable movement while the vehicle is stopped or in 
motion, you may be in the automatic locking mode because you have pulled the belt too far 
out. To return to the more comfortable emergency locking mode, wait until you can stop 
the vehicle in a safe area, retract the belt fully to convert it back to emergency locking 
mode and then again extend it around you.

▼ Automatic Locking Mode

Always use the automatic locking mode to keep the child-restraint system from shifting to 
an unsafe position in the event of an accident. To get the seat belt into the automatic 
locking mode, pull it all the way out and connect it as instructed on the child-restraint 
system. It will retract down to the child-restraint system and stay locked on it. See the 
section on child restraint (page 2-22).

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Seat Belt Systems

▼ Fastening the Seat Belts

1. Grasp the buckle and tongue.

2. Slowly pull out the lap/shoulder belt.

3. Insert the tongue into the buckle until 

you hear a click.

4. Make sure the shoulder belt is snugly 

fitted against your body.

3-Point Type Seat Belt

NOTE

When using the rear center seat belt, 
refer to "Rear Center Position Seat 
Belt" (page 2-18).

Belt

Tongue

Tongue

Buckle

Positioning the Shoulder Portion of 
the Seat Belt:
Improper positioning of the shoulder 
portion of the seat belt is dangerous. 
An improperly positioned belt will 
provide little or no protection in a 
collision. Always make sure the 
shoulder portion of the seat belt is 
positioned across your shoulder and 
near your neck, but never under your 
arm, on your neck, or on your upper 
arm.

Positioning the Lap Portion of the 
Seat Belt:
The lap portion of the seat belt worn 
too high is dangerous. In a collision, 
this would concentrate the impact 
force directly on the abdominal area, 
causing serious injury. Wear the lap 
portion of the belt snugly and as low 
as possible.

WARNING

Keep low on
hip bone

Take up slack 

Too high

WARNING

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Seat Belt Systems

▼ Unfastening the Seat Belts

Depress the button on the buckle.

▼ Shoulder Belt Adjuster

Adjust the height of the shoulder belt if 
the seat belt touches your neck, or if it 
crosses your arm instead of your shoulder. 
To raise the shoulder belt adjuster, push 
the adjuster up. To lower the shoulder belt 
adjuster, push the button and slide it 
down. Make sure the adjuster is locked.

NOTE

If a belt does not fully retract, inspect it 
for kinks and twists.

Positioning the Shoulder Portion of 
the Seat Belt:
Improper positioning of the shoulder 
portion of the seat belt is dangerous. 
An improperly positioned belt will 
provide little or no protection in a 
collision. Always make sure the 
shoulder portion of the seat belt is 
positioned across your shoulder and 
near your neck, but never under your 
arm, on your neck, or on your upper 
arm.

Button

Shoulder belt
adjuster

WARNING

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Seat Belt Systems

For optimum protection, the driver and 
front passenger seat belts are equipped 
with pretensioner and load limiting 
systems.
In moderate or greater frontal or near-
frontal accidents, the front air bag and 
pretensioner systems deploy 
simultaneously. The pretensioners take up 
slack in the front seat belts as the air bags 
are expanding. The load limiting system 
releases belt webbing in a controlled 
manner to reduce belt force on the 
occupant’s chest.

Front Seat Belt 
Pretensioner and Load 
Limiting Systems

Incorrect Positioning of the Driver 
and Front Passenger Seat Belts:
Incorrect positioning of the driver 
and passenger seat belts is dangerous. 
Without proper positioning, the 
pretensioner and load limiting 
systems cannot provide adequate 
protection in an accident and this 
could result in serious injury. Wear 
seat belts only as recommended in 
this owner’s manual.

WARNING

Expended Seat Belt Pretensioners:
Use of front seat belts with the 
pretensioner system expended is 
dangerous.
The seat belt pretensioners will only 
function once. After they are 
expended, they will not work again 
and must be replaced immediately, 
even if there was no front seat 
occupant seated at the time.
If the seat belt pretensioners are not 
replaced, the risk of injury in a 
collision will increase.
Always have an Authorized Mazda 
Dealer inspect and replace the seat 
belt pretensioners after a collision.

Modification or Testing of the 
Pretensioner System:
Modifying the components or wiring 
of the pretensioner system, including 
the use of electronic testing devices is 
dangerous. You could accidentally 
activate it or make it inoperable which 
would prevent it from activating in an 
accident. The occupants could be 
seriously injured. Never modify the 
components or wiring, or use 
electronic testing devices on the 
pretensioner system.

Pretensioner System Disposal:
Improper disposal of the pretensioner 
system or a vehicle with non-
deactivated pretensioners is 
dangerous. Unless all safety 
procedures are followed, injury could 
result. Ask an Authorized Mazda 
Dealer how to safely dispose of the 
pretensioner system or how to scrap a 
pretensioner-equipped vehicle.

WARNING

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Seat Belt Systems

▼ Air Bag/Front Seat Belt 

Pretensioner Systems Warning 
Light

If the air bag/front seat belt pretensioner 
system is OK, the warning light comes on 
when the ignition switch is turned to the 
ON position or after the engine is cranked. 
After about 6 seconds it goes out.

A system malfunction is indicated when 
the warning light constantly flashes, stays 
on or doesn’t come on at all. If any of 
these occur, consult an Authorized Mazda 
Dealer as soon as possible. The system 
may not work in an accident.

NOTE

• The pretensioner system will only 

activate in a moderate or greater 
frontal or near-frontal collision. It 
will not activate in side or rear 
impacts.

• Some smoke (non-toxic gas) will be 

released when the air bags and 
pretensioners deploy. This does not 
indicate a fire. This gas normally 
has no effect on occupants, 
however, those with sensitive skin 
may experience light skin irritation. 
If residue from the deployment of 
the air bags or the front pretensioner 
system gets on the skin or in the 
eyes, wash it off as soon as possible.

Self-Servicing the Air Bag/
Pretensioner Systems:
Self-servicing or tampering with the 
systems is dangerous. An air bag/
pretensioner could accidentally 
activate or become disabled. This 
could cause serious injuries. Never 
tamper with the systems and always 
have an Authorized Mazda Dealer 
perform all servicing and repairs.

WARNING

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Seat Belt Systems

Before using the rear-center lap/shoulder 
belt make sure tongue (A) and anchor 
buckle (B) are fastened.

▼ Fastening the Seat Belt

1. Grasp the buckle (D) and tongue (C).

2. Slowly pull out the lap/shoulder belt.

3. Insert the tongue (C) into the buckle 

(D) until you hear a click.

4. Make sure the shoulder belt is snugly 

fitted against your body.

Rear Center Position Seat 
Belt

Sedan

Hatchback

(A)

(B)

(A)

(B)

(C)

(D)

(A)

(B)

Fastening the Rear-Center Seat Belt 
with Only One Buckle:
Fastening the rear-center seat belt 
with only one buckle is dangerous. If 
only one pair of seat belt tongue and 
buckle, either tongue (A) and anchor 
buckle (B) or tongue (C) and anchor 
buckle (D), is fastened, the seat belt 
cannot provide full protection. In a 
sudden stop or collision, the user 
could slide under the belt and suffer 
serious injuries. Always make sure 
that both pairs of seat belt tongues 
and buckles as fastened properly.

Positioning the Shoulder Portion of 
the Seat Belt:
Improper positioning of the shoulder 
portion of the seat belt is dangerous. 
An improperly positioned belt will 
provide little or no protection in a 
collision. Always make sure the 
shoulder portion of the seat belt is 
positioned across your shoulder and 
near your neck, but never under your 
arm, on your neck, or on your upper 
arm.

WARNING

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Seat Belt Systems

▼ Unfastening the Seat Belt

Depress the button on the buckle.

▼ Unfastening the Lap Portion of 

the Seat Belt

Insert a small object in the anchor buckle 
(B) slot, such as a key.

▼ Fastening the Lap Portion of the 

Seat Belt

Grasp tongue (A) and insert it into the 
anchor buckle (B) until you hear a click. It 
is now secure for passenger use.

Positioning the Lap Portion of the 
Seat Belt:
The lap portion of the seat belt worn 
too high is dangerous. In a collision, 
this would concentrate the impact 
force directly on the abdominal area, 
causing serious injury. Wear the lap 
portion of the belt snugly and as low 
as possible.

WARNING

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.

NOTE

After returning the rear-left seatback to 
its upright position, fasten the lap 
portion of the belt.

Sedan

Hatchback

(A)

(B)

(A)

(B)

CAUTION

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Seat Belt Systems

If your seat belt is not long enough, even 
when fully extended, a seat belt extender 
may be available to you at no charge from 
your Authorized Mazda Dealer.
This extender will be only for you and for 
the particular vehicle and seat. Even if it 
plugs into other seat belts, it may not hold 
in the critical moment of a crash.
When ordering an extender, only order 
one that provides the necessary additional 
length to fasten the seat belt properly. 
Please contact your Authorized Mazda 
Dealer for more information.

Seat Belt Extender

Unnecessary Use of an Extender:
Using a seat belt extender when not 
necessary is dangerous. The seat belt 
will be too long and not fit properly. 
In an accident, the seat belt will not 
provide adequate protection and you 
could be seriously injured. Only use 
the extender when it is required to 
fasten the seat belt properly.

Using an Improper Extender:
Using a seat belt extender that is for 
another person or a different vehicle 
or seat is dangerous. The seat belt will 
not provide adequate protection and 
the user could be seriously injured in 
an accident. Only use the extender 
provided for you and for the 
particular vehicle and seat. NEVER 
use the extender in a different vehicle 
or seat.

Using an Extender That is Too Long:
Using an extender that is too long is 
dangerous. The seat belt will not fit 
properly. In an accident, the seat belt 
will not provide adequate protection 
and you could be seriously injured. 
Don’t use the extender or choose one 
shorter in length if the distance 
between the extender’s buckle and the 
center of the user’s body is less than 
15cm (6 in).

WARNING

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Seat Belt Systems

If the driver’s seat belt is not fastened 
when the ignition switch is turned to the 
ON position, the seat belt warning light 
will remain on until the belt is fastened.
If the system does not operate correctly, 
consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer.

If the driver’s seat belt is not fastened 
when the ignition switch is turned to the 
ON position, a beep will sound for about 
6 seconds.

Seat Belt Warning Light

Seat Belt Warning Beep

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Child Restraint

Mazda strongly urges the use of child-restraint systems for children small enough to use 
them.

You are required by law to use a child-restraint system for children in the U.S. and Canada.
Check your local and state or provincial laws for specific requirements regarding the safety 
of children riding in your vehicle.

Whatever child-restraint system you consider, please pick the appropriate one for the age 
and size of the child, obey the law and follow the instructions that come with the individual 
child-restraint system.

A child who has outgrown child-restraint systems should sit in the rear and use seat belts, 
both lap and shoulder. If the shoulder belt crosses the neck or face, move the child closer to 
the center of the vehicle in the outboard seats, and towards the buckle on the right if the 
child is seated in the center seat.

Statistics confirm that the rear seat is the best place for all children up to 12 years of age-
the more so with a supplemental restraint system (air bags).

A rear-facing child-restraint system should NEVER be used in the front seat because it 
would be too close to the air bag. The front passenger’s seat is also the least preferred seat 
for other child-restraint systems.

Child Restraint Precautions

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Child Restraint

Proper Size of Child-Restraint System:
For effective protection in vehicle accidents and sudden stops, a child must be 
properly restrained using a seat belt or child-restraint system depending on age and 
size. If not, the child could be seriously injured or even killed in an accident.

Follow the Manufacturer’s Instructions and Always Keep the Child-Restraint System 
Buckled Down:
An unsecured child-restraint system is dangerous. In a sudden stop or a collision it 
could move causing serious injury or death to the child or other occupants. Make sure 
the child-restraint system is properly secured in place according to the child-restraint 
system manufacturer’s instructions. When not in use, remove it from the vehicle or 
fasten it with a seat belt, or latch it down to BOTH LATCH lower anchors.

Holding a Child While the Vehicle is Moving:
Holding a child in your arms while the vehicle is moving is extremely dangerous. No 
matter how strong the person may be, he or she cannot hold onto a child in a sudden 
stop or collision and it could result in serious injury or death to the child or other 
occupants. Even in a moderate accident, the child may be exposed to air bag forces 
that could result in serious injury or death to the child, or the child may be slammed 
into the adult, injuring the adult. Always secure a child in a proper child-restraint 
system.

Rear-Facing Child-Restraint System:
Rear-facing child-restraint systems on the front seat are particularly dangerous.
The child-restraint system can be hit by a deploying air bag and moved violently 
backward resulting in serious injury or death to the child. NEVER use a rear-facing 
child-restraint system in the front seat with an air bag that could deploy.

WARNING

Deploying air bag

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Child Restraint

Children and Seating Position with Side Air Bag:
Allowing anyone to lean over or against the front door is dangerous. If the vehicle is 
equipped with side air bags, the impact of an inflating side air bag could cause serious 
injury or death to the person. Children are more likely to sleep in the vehicle; when 
they do, they are more at risk in the front passenger’s seat that has a side air bag 
because they may slump over into the path of the seatback-mounted air bag. 
Furthermore, leaning over or against the doors could block the side air bag and 
eliminate the advantages of supplemental protection. With the front air bag and the 
additional side air bag that comes out of the front seat, the rear seat is always a better 
location for children who are prone to sleeping. If a child can’t be seated in the rear, 
do not allow the child to lean over or against the front door, even if the child is seated 
in a child-restraint system.

One Belt, One Passenger:
Using one seat belt for more than one person at a time is dangerous. A seat belt used 
in this way can’t spread the impact forces properly and the two passengers could be 
crushed together and seriously injured or even killed. Never use one belt for more 
than one person at a time.

A seat belt or child-restraint system can become very hot in a closed vehicle during 
warm weather. To avoid burning yourself or a child, check them before you or your child 
touches them.

NOTE

Your Mazda is equipped with LATCH lower anchors for attachment of specially 
designed LATCH child-restraint systems in the rear seats. When using these anchors to 
secure a child-restraint system, refer to "LATCH Child-Restraint Systems" (page 2-31).

WARNING

CAUTION

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Child Restraint

Accident statistics reveal that a child is 
safer in the rear seat. The front 
passenger’s seat is clearly the worst 
choice for any child under 12, and with 
rear-facing child-restraint systems it is 
clearly unsafe due to air bags.

Some child-restraint systems now come 
with tethers and therefore must be 
installed on the seats that take tethers to 
be effective. In your Mazda, tethered 
child-restraint systems can only be 
accommodated in the three positions on 
the rear seat.

Some child-restraint systems also employ 
specially designed LATCH attachments; 
refer to "LATCH Child-Restraint 
Systems" (page 2-31).

▼ Rear Seat Child-Restraint 

System Installation

Follow these instructions when using a 
child-restraint system, unless you are 
attaching a LATCH-equipped child-
restraint system to the rear LATCH lower 
anchors. Refer to "LATCH Child-
Restraint Systems" (page 2-31).

1. Secure the child-restraint system with 

the lap portion of the lap/shoulder belt. 
See the instructions on the child-
restraint system for belt routing 
instructions.

2. To get the retractor into the automatic 

locking mode, pull the shoulder belt 
portion of the seat belt until the entire 
length of the belt is out of the retractor.

Installing Child-Restraint 
Systems

Tethered Child-Restraint Systems 
Work Only on Rear Seat:
Installation of a tether equipped 
child-restraint system in the front 
passenger’s seat defeats the safety 
design of the system and will result in 
an increased chance of serious injury 
if the child-restraint system goes 
forward without benefit of being 
tethered.
Place tether equipped child-restraint 
systems where there are tether 
anchors.

WARNING

NOTE

Follow the child-restraint system 
manufacturer’s instructions carefully. 
If you are not sure whether you have a 
LATCH system or tether, check in the 
child-restraint system manufacturer’s 
instructions and follow them 
accordingly. Depending on the type of 
child-restraint system, it may not 
employ seat belts which are in 
automatic locking mode.

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Child Restraint

3. Push the child-restraint system firmly 

into the vehicle seat. Be sure the belt 
retracts as snugly as possible. Clicking 
from the retractor will be heard during 
retraction if the system is in the 
automatic locking mode. If the belt 
does not lock the seat down tight, 
repeat this step.

4. If your child-restraint system requires 

the use of a tether strap, hook and 
tighten the tether strap by following the 
manufacturer’s instructions.

NOTE

Inspect this function before each use of 
the child-restraint system. You should 
not be able to pull the shoulder belt out 
of the retractor while the system is in 
the automatic locking mode. When 
you remove the child-restraint system, 
be sure the belt fully retracts to return 
the system to emergency locking mode 
before occupants use the seat belts.

Sedan

For rear right seat

For rear left seat

For rear center seat

Cover

Open

Sedan

Tether strap

Anchor
bracket

Hatchback
(Outboard position)

 For rear left seat

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Child Restraint

Anchor
bracket

Hatchback
(Outboard position)

Hatchback
(Center position)

For rear center seat

Anchor
bracket

Hatchback
(Center position)

Child-Restraint Tether Usage:
Using the tether to secure anything 
but a child-restraint system is 
dangerous. This could weaken or 
damage the tether or tether anchor 
and result in injury. Use the tether 
and tether anchor only for a child-
restraint system.

Incorrect Positioning of the Tether 
Strap (Hatchback):
Positioning the tether strap on top of 
the head restraint is dangerous. In a 
collision, the head restraint could 
bend or break. This will cause the 
strap to loosen. The child-restraint 
system could move and injure the 
child or someone else. Always 
position the tether strap between the 
head restraint and the seatback.

WARNING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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