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Mazda Protege (2003 year). Instruction - part 3

 

 

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Child Restraint

▼ If You Must Use the Front Seat 

for Children

If you cannot put all children in the rear 
seat, at least put the smallest in the rear 
and be sure the largest child up front uses 
the shoulder belt over the shoulder.
Do not put rear-facing child-restraint 
systems on the front passenger’s seat.
This seat is also not set up for tethered 
child-restraint systems, put them in one of 
the three rear seat positions set up with 
tether anchors.
Don’t allow anyone to sleep against the 
right front door if you have an optional 
side air bag, it could cause serious injuries 
to an out of position occupant. As 
children more often sleep in cars, it is 
better to put them in the rear seat. If 
installing the child-restraint system on the 
front seat is unavoidable, follow these 
instructions when using a front-facing 
child-restraint system in the front 
passenger’s seat.

NOTE

To check if your Mazda front seats 
have side air bags:
Every Mazda side air bag will have a 
"SRS-Air Bag" label on the outboard 
shoulder of the front seats.

Front Passenger’s Seat Position:
As your vehicle has front air bags and 
doubly so because your vehicle has 
side air bags, a front-facing child-
restraint system should be put on the 
front seat only when it is unavoidable.
Always move the seat as far back as 
possible, because the force of a 
deploying air bag could cause serious 
injury or death to the child.

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

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Child Restraint

▼ Front Passenger’s Seat Child-

Restraint System Installation

1. Slide the seat as far back as possible.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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 automatic 
locking mode. If the belt does not lock 
the seat down tight, repeat this step.

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.

WARNING

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Child Restraint

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.

• Follow the child-restraint system 

manufacturer’s instruction carefully.
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

Your Mazda is equipped with LATCH lower anchors for attachment of specially designed 
LATCH child-restraint systems in the rear seat. Both anchors must be used, otherwise the 
seat will bounce around and put the child in danger. Some LATCH child-restraint systems 
must also be used in conjunction with a tether to be effective. If they have a tether you must 
use it to better assure your child’s safety.

LATCH Child-Restraint Systems

Manufacturer’s Instructions for Child-Restraint System:
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.

Attaching Two Child-Restraint Systems to the Same LATCH Lower Anchor:
Attaching two child-restraint systems to the same LATCH lower anchor is dangerous. 
In a collision, one anchor may not be strong enough to hold two child-restraint system 
attachments and may break, causing serious injury or death. If you use the seat 
position for another child-restraint system when an outboard LATCH position is 
occupied, use the center seat belts instead, and the tether if tether-equipped.

Unsecured Child-Restraint System:
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. Follow the 
child-restraint system manufacturer’s instructions on belt routing to secure the seat 
just as you would with a child in it so that nobody is tempted to put a child in an 
improperly secured seat later on. 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.

LATCH Child-Restraint Systems:
Not following the child-restraint system manufacturer’s instructions when installing 
the child-restraint system is dangerous. If seat belts or a foreign object prevent the 
child-restraint system from being securely attached to the LATCH lower anchors and 
the child-restraint system is installed improperly, the child-restraint system could 
move in a sudden stop or collision causing serious injury or death to the child or other 
occupants. When installing the child-restraint system, make sure there are no seat 
belts or foreign objects near or around the LATCH lower anchors. Always follow the 
child-restraint system manufacturer’s instructions.

WARNING

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Child Restraint

▼ Child-Restraint System 

Installation Procedure (Rear 
Outboard Seats)

1. Expand the area between the seat 

bottom and the seatback slightly to 
verify the locations of the LATCH 
lower anchors.

2. Secure the child-restraint system using 

BOTH LATCH lower anchors, 
following the child-restraint system 
manufacturer’s instruction.

3. If your child-restraint system came 

equipped with a tether, that probably 
means it is very important to properly 
secure the tether for child safety, please 
carefully follow the child-restraint 
system manufacturer’s instructions 
when installing tethers.

NOTE

The markings above the LATCH lower 
anchors indicate the locations of 
LATCH lower anchors for the 
attachment of a child-restraint system.

For rear
right seat

For rear left seat

LATCH 
lower anchor

Marking

Sedan

For rear right seat

For rear left seat

Cover

Open

Tether strap

Sedan

Anchor
bracket

Hatchback
(Outboard position)

 For rear left seat

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Child Restraint

▼ Child-Restraint System 

Installation Procedure (Rear 
Center Seat)

The LATCH lower anchors at the center 
of the rear seat are much further apart than 
the sets of LATCH lower anchors for 
child-restraint system installation at other 
seating positions. Child-restraint systems 
with rigid LATCH attachments cannot be 
installed on the center seating position. 
Some LATCH equipped child-restraint 
systems can be placed in the center 
position and will reach the nearest 
LATCH lower anchors which are 400 mm 
(15.75 in) apart. LATCH compatible 
child-restraint systems (with attachments 
on belt webbing) can be used at this 
seating position only if the child-restraint 
system instructions state that the child-
restraint system can be installed to 
LATCH lower anchors that are 400 mm 
(15.75 in) apart. Do not attach two child-
restraint systems to the same LATCH 
lower anchor. If any child-restraint system 
has a tether, it must be used also for your 
child’s optimum safety.

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.

Anchor
bracket

Hatchback
(Outboard position)

WARNING

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Child Restraint

1. Expand the area between the seat 

bottom and the seatback slightly to 
verify the locations of the LATCH 
lower anchors.

2. Secure the child-restraint system using 

BOTH LATCH lower anchors, 
following the child-restraint system 
manufacturer’s instructions.

3. If your child-restraint system came 

equipped with a tether, that probably 
means it is very important to properly 
secure the tether for child safety, please 
carefully follow the child-restraint 
system manufacturer’s instructions 
when installing tethers.

NOTE

The markings above the LATCH lower 
anchors indicate the locations of 
LATCH lower anchors for the 
attachment of a child-restraint system.

For rear center seat

LATCH 
lower anchor

Marking

Sedan

For rear center seat

Cover

Open

Tether strap

Sedan

Anchor
bracket

Hatchback
(Center position)

For rear center seat

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Child Restraint

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.

Anchor
bracket

Hatchback
(Center position)

WARNING

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SRS Air Bags

Read this owner’s manual carefully to verify what air bags (driver-side air bag, passenger-
side air bag, side air bags) are equipped in your vehicle.

The front and side supplemental restraint systems (SRS) include 4 air bags (verify "SRS 
AIR BAG" location indicator marks).
They are located in:

• The steering wheel hub
• The passenger side dashboard
• The outboard sides of the front seatbacks

These systems operate independently depending on the type of accident encountered; if 
you have side air bags, the side air bags are not likely to deploy on both sides in the same 
accident because a vehicle is not often hit from both sides. The side air bags work together 
but they and the frontal air bag system will not normally deploy during the same type of 
accident unless a combination of frontal and side impacts occur.

The air bag supplemental restraint systems are designed to provide only supplemental 
protection only in the front seats in a few modes, so seat belts become important in the 
following ways:

Without seat belt usage, the air bags cannot provide adequate protection during an accident. 
Seat belt usage is necessary to:
• Keep the passenger away from an inflating air bag.
• Reduce the possibility of injuries during an accident that is not designed for air bag 

inflation, such as roll-over or rear impact.

• Reduce the possibility of injuries in frontal or side collisions that are not severe enough 

to activate the air bags.

• Reduce the possibility of being thrown from your vehicle.
• Reduce the possibility of injuries to lower body and legs during an accident because the 

air bags provide no protection to these parts.

• Hold the driver in a position which allows better control of the vehicle.

Supplemental Restraint Systems (SRS) Precautions

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SRS Air Bags

Small children, those under 18 kg (40 lb), should be protected by a child-restraint system 
(page 2-22).
Carefully consider which child-restraint system is necessary for your child and follow the 
installation directions in this Owner’s Manual as well as the child-restraint system 
manufacturer’s instructions.

Air Bags without Seat Belts:
Depending only on the air bags for protection during an accident is dangerous. 
Alone, air bags may not prevent serious injuries. The appropriate air bags can be 
expected to inflate only in collisions with frontal, near frontal or side forces that are at 
least moderate. Vehicle occupants should always wear seat belts.

Child in the Front Seat:
Placing a child, 12 years or under, in the front seat is dangerous. The child could be 
hit by a deploying air bag and be seriously injured or even killed. A sleeping child is 
more likely to lean against the door and be hit by the side air bag in a moderate, right-
side collision. Whenever possible, always secure a child 12 years and under on the 
rear seat with an appropriate child-restraint system for the child’s age and size.

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.

Seating Position with Front Air Bags:
Sitting too close to the air bag storage compartments or placing hands or feet on them 
is extremely dangerous. Front Air bags inflate with great force and speed. Serious 
injuries could occur if someone is too close. The driver should always hold onto only 
the rim of the steering wheel. The front seat passenger should keep both feet on the 
floor. Front seat occupants should adjust their seats as far back as possible and 
always sit upright against the seatbacks with seat belts worn properly.

WARNING

Deploying air bag

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SRS Air Bags

Seating Position with Side Air Bags:
Sitting too close to the side air bag storage compartments or placing hands on them is 
extremely dangerous. A side air bag inflates with great force and speed directly out of 
the outboard shoulder of the front seat and expands along the front door on the side 
the car is hit.
Serious injury could occur if someone is sitting too close to the door or leaning 
against a window in the front seats or if rear seat occupants grab the sides of the front 
seatbacks. Furthermore, sleeping up against the door or hanging out the driver’s-side 
window while driving could block the side air bag and eliminate the advantages of 
supplemental protection. Give the side airbags room to work by sitting in the center of 
the seat while the vehicle is moving with seat belts worn properly.

Front Air Bag Storage Areas:
Attaching an object to a front air bag storage area or placing something in front of it 
is dangerous. In an accident, the object could interfere with front air bag inflation 
and injure the occupants.
Always keep the front air bag storage areas free of objects.

Side Air Bag Storage Areas:
Attaching things to the front seat in such a way as to cover the outboard side of the 
seat in any way is dangerous. In an accident the object could interfere with the side 
air bag, which inflates from the outboard side of the front seats, impeding the added 
protection of the side air bag system or redirecting the air bag in a way that is 
dangerous. Furthermore, the bag could be cut open spewing exhaust.
Do not hang net bags, map pouches or back pads with side straps on the front seats. 
Never use seat covers on the front seats. Always keep the side air bag storage areas in 
your front seats free to deploy in the event of a side collision.

Hot Air Bag Inflators:
Hot air bag inflators are dangerous. Immediately after inflation, the inflators in the 
steering wheel, dashboard or the seatbacks are very hot. You could get burned. Don’t 
touch the internal components of the air bag storage areas after the bags have 
inflated.

WARNING

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SRS Air Bags

Installation of Front-End Equipment:
Installation of front-end equipment, such as frontal protection bar (kangaroo bar, 
bull bar, push bar, etc.), snowplow, or winches, is dangerous. The air bag crash sensor 
system could be affected. This could cause air bags to inflate unexpectedly, or it could 
prevent the air bags from inflating during an accident. Front occupants could be 
seriously injured. Never install any front-end equipment to your vehicle.

Suspension Adjustment:
Adjusting the vehicle suspension is dangerous. If the vehicle’s height or the 
suspension is changed, the vehicle will be unable to accurately detect a collision 
resulting in incorrect or unexpected air bag deployment and the possibility of serious 
injuries.

Modification of the Supplemental Restraint System:
Modifying the components or wiring of the supplemental restraint system is 
dangerous. You could accidentally activate it or make it inoperable. Don’t make any 
modifications to the supplemental restraint system. This includes installing trim, 
badges, or anything else over the air bag storage areas. It also includes installing 
extra electric equipment on or near system components or wiring. An Authorized 
Mazda Dealer can provide the special care needed in the removal and installation of 
front seats. It is important to protect the side air bag wiring and connections to assure 
that the bags do not accidentally deploy and that the seats retain an undamaged air 
bag connection.

To prevent damage to the side air bag wiring, don’t place luggage or other objects under 
the front seats.

NOTE

• When an air bag deploys, a loud inflation noise can be heard and some smoke will be 

released. Neither is likely to cause injury, however, the texture of the air bags may 
cause light skin injuries on body parts not covered with clothing through friction.

• Should you sell your Mazda, we urge you to tell the new owner of its air bag systems 

and that familiarization with all instructions about them, from the Owner’s Manual, is 
important.

WARNING

CAUTION

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SRS Air Bags

The supplemental restraint systems (SRS) have two basic subsystems:
• The air bag system with inflators and air bags.
• The electric system with crash sensors and diagnostic module.
The air bags are mounted in the following locations: the center of the steering wheel, the 
passenger-side of the dashboard, and in the outboard sides of the front seatbacks. They are 
out of sight until activated.

▼ How the Air Bags Work

When air bag crash sensors detect a frontal or side impact of greater than moderate force, 
an electrical current is sent to the inflators.
Gases are produced to inflate the air bags and after the inflation, the air bags quickly 
deflate.
The air bags will function only once. After that, the air bags will not work again and 
must be replaced.
Only an Authorized Mazda Dealer can replace the systems.

Air Bag System Description

Inflators and air bags

Side crash sensor

Inflator and air bag

Side crash sensor

Inflator and air bag

Crash sensors and
diagnostic module
(SAS unit)

The side air bag will deploy only on the side 
the vehicle receives the force of the impact.

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SRS Air Bags

▼ Air Bag Activation/Deactivation

Front air bag activation

A greater than moderate impact will cause the front air bags to inflate in the following 
cases:

Hitting a solid wall straight on at greater 
than about 22 km/h (14 mph).

Frontal impact within about a 30 degree 
range from head-on to the vehicle.

Driving into a big hole or hitting the far 
side of a hole.

Hitting a curb, pavement edge or hard 
object.

Landing hard or the vehicle falling.

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SRS Air Bags

Limitations to front air bag activation

Depending on the severity of impact, the front air bags may not inflate in the following 
cases:

Non-activation of front air bags

Front air bags will not normally inflate in the following cases:

Impacts involving trees or poles cause severe 
cosmetic damage but may not have enough 
impact to activate the air bag.

Rear-ending or running under a truck's tail 
gate may not provide the stopping force 
necessary for air bag deployment.

Frontal offset impact to the vehicle may not 
provide the stopping force necessary for air 
bag deployment.

Collision from the rear.

Impact to the side, but it may deploy a side 
air bag.

Vehicle roll-over, may deploy the side air 
bag(s) but not the front air bags.

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SRS Air Bags

Side air bag activation

Greater than moderate impact to one side of the vehicle (driver or passenger side areas) will 
cause a side air bag to inflate, but it will not normally deploy the front air bags.

Limitations to side air bag activation

Depending on the severity of impact, a side air bag may not inflate in the following cases:

Side impacts involving trees or poles can 
cause severe cosmetic damage but may not 
have enough impact force to activate a side 
air bag.

Side impacts with two-wheeled vehicles 
may not provide enough force to deploy a 
side air bag.

Vehicle roll-over may not provide enough 
side force to deploy the side air bags.

Frontal offset impact may not provide 
enough side impact to deploy a side air bag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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