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Seats and Restraint Systems ........................... 1-1 Front Seats ............................................... 1-2 Rear Seats .............................................. 1-10 Safety Belts ............................................. 1-29 Child Restraints ....................................... 1-50 Airbag System ......................................... 1-76 Restraint System Check ............................ 1-92 Features and Controls ..................................... 2-1 Keys ........................................................ 2-3 Doors and Locks ...................................... 2-10 Windows ................................................. 2-18 Theft-Deterrent Systems ............................ 2-20 Starting and Operating Your Vehicle ........... 2-24 Mirrors .................................................... 2-41 Object Detection Systems .......................... 2-48 OnStar ® System ...................................... 2-50 Universal Home Remote System ................ 2-53 Storage Areas ......................................... 2-60 Sunroof .................................................. 2-64 Instrument Panel ............................................. 3-1 Instrument Panel Overview .......................... 3-4 Climate Controls ...................................... 3-26 Warning Lights, Gages, and Indicators ........ 3-33 Driver Information Center (DIC) .................. 3-48 Audio System(s) ....................................... 3-70 Driving Your Vehicle ....................................... 4-1 Your Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle ..... 4-2 Towing ................................................... 4-41 Service and Appearance Care .......................... 5-1 Service ..................................................... 5-3 Fuel ......................................................... 5-5 Checking Things Under the Hood ............... 5-10 All-Wheel Drive ........................................ 5-45 Rear Axle ............................................... 5-46 Front Axle ............................................... 5-47 Headlamp Aiming ..................................... 5-48 Bulb Replacement .................................... 5-51 Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement ......... 5-54 Tires ...................................................... 5-56 Appearance Care ..................................... 5-98 Vehicle Identification ............................... 5-107 Electrical System .................................... 5-108 Capacities and Specifications ................... 5-115 Maintenance Schedule ..................................... 6-1 Maintenance Schedule ................................ 6-2 Customer Assistance Information .................... 7-1 Customer Assistance and Information ........... 7-2 Reporting Safety Defects ........................... 7-13 Vehicle Data Recording and Privacy ........... 7-15 Index ................................................................ 1 2008 Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV Owner Manual M

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  • Seats and Restraint Systems ........................... 1-1Front Seats ............................................... 1-2Rear Seats .............................................. 1-10Safety Belts ............................................. 1-29Child Restraints ....................................... 1-50Airbag System ......................................... 1-76Restraint System Check ............................ 1-92

    Features and Controls ..................................... 2-1Keys ........................................................ 2-3Doors and Locks ...................................... 2-10Windows ................................................. 2-18Theft-Deterrent Systems ............................ 2-20Starting and Operating Your Vehicle ........... 2-24Mirrors .................................................... 2-41Object Detection Systems .......................... 2-48OnStar® System ...................................... 2-50Universal Home Remote System ................ 2-53Storage Areas ......................................... 2-60Sunroof .................................................. 2-64

    Instrument Panel ............................................. 3-1Instrument Panel Overview .......................... 3-4Climate Controls ...................................... 3-26Warning Lights, Gages, and Indicators ........ 3-33Driver Information Center (DIC) .................. 3-48Audio System(s) ....................................... 3-70

    Driving Your Vehicle ....................................... 4-1Your Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle ..... 4-2Towing ................................................... 4-41

    Service and Appearance Care .......................... 5-1Service ..................................................... 5-3Fuel ......................................................... 5-5Checking Things Under the Hood ............... 5-10All-Wheel Drive ........................................ 5-45Rear Axle ............................................... 5-46Front Axle ............................................... 5-47Headlamp Aiming ..................................... 5-48Bulb Replacement .................................... 5-51Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement ......... 5-54Tires ...................................................... 5-56Appearance Care ..................................... 5-98Vehicle Identification ............................... 5-107Electrical System .................................... 5-108Capacities and Specifications ................... 5-115

    Maintenance Schedule ..................................... 6-1Maintenance Schedule ................................ 6-2

    Customer Assistance Information .................... 7-1Customer Assistance and Information ........... 7-2Reporting Safety Defects ........................... 7-13Vehicle Data Recording and Privacy ........... 7-15

    Index ................................................................ 1

    2008 Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV Owner Manual M

  • GENERAL MOTORS, GM, the GM Emblem, CADILLAC,the CADILLAC Crest & Wreath, and the namesESCALADE and ESV are registered trademarks ofGeneral Motors Corporation.This manual includes the latest information at the time itwas printed. We reserve the right to make changesafter that time without notice. For vehicles first sold inCanada, substitute the name “General Motors of CanadaLimited” for Cadillac Motor Car Division whenever itappears in this manual.This manual describes features that may be available inthis model, but your vehicle may not have all of them.For example, more than one entertainment system maybe offered or your vehicle may have been orderedwithout a front passenger or rear seats.Keep this manual in the vehicle for quick reference.

    Canadian OwnersA French language copy of this manual can be obtainedfrom your dealer/retailer or from:

    Helm, IncorporatedP.O. Box 07130Detroit, MI 48207

    1-800-551-4123www.helminc.com

    Propriétaires CanadiensOn peut obtenir un exemplaire de ce guide en françaisauprès de concessionnaire ou à l’adresse suivante:

    Helm IncorporatedP.O. Box 07130Detroit, MI 48207

    1-800-551-4123www.helminc.com

    Litho in U.S.A.Part No. 15854808 A First Printing ©2007 General Motors Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

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  • Using this ManualMany people read the owner manual from beginning toend when they first receive their new vehicle to learnabout the vehicle’s features and controls. Picturesand words work together to explain things.

    IndexA good place to quickly locate information about thevehicle is the Index in the back of the manual. It is analphabetical list of what is in the manual and thepage number where it can be found.

    Safety Warnings and SymbolsThere are a number of safety cautions in this book. Abox with the word CAUTION is used to tell about thingsthat could hurt you or others if you were to ignore thewarning.

    {CAUTION:

    These mean there is something that could hurtyou or other people.

    We tell you what the hazard is and what to do to helpavoid or reduce the hazard. Please read these cautions.If you do not, you or others could be hurt.

    A circle with a slashthrough it is a safetysymbol which means “DoNot,” “Do Not do this”or “Do Not let this happen.”

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  • Vehicle Damage WarningsYou will also find notices in this manual.

    Notice: These mean there is something that coulddamage your vehicle.

    A notice tells about something that can damage thevehicle. Many times, this damage would not be coveredby your vehicle’s warranty, and it could be costly.The notice tells what to do to help avoid the damage.

    When you read other manuals, you might seeCAUTION and NOTICE warnings in different colorsor in different words.

    There are also warning labels on the vehicle which usethe same words, CAUTION or NOTICE.

    Vehicle SymbolsThe vehicle has components and labels that usesymbols instead of text. Symbols are shown along withthe text describing the operation or informationrelating to a specific component, control, message,gage, or indicator.

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  • Front Seats ......................................................1-2Power Seats ..................................................1-2Power Lumbar ...............................................1-3Heated Seats .................................................1-4Heated and Cooled Seats ................................1-5Memory Seat, Mirrors, and Pedals ....................1-6Power Reclining Seatbacks ..............................1-7Head Restraints .............................................1-9Center Seat .................................................1-10

    Rear Seats .....................................................1-10Heated Seats ...............................................1-1060/40 Split Bench Seat (Second Row) .............1-11Bucket Seats (Second Row) ...........................1-17Third Row Seat ............................................1-25

    Safety Belts ...................................................1-29Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone ................1-29How to Wear Safety Belts Properly .................1-34Lap-Shoulder Belt .........................................1-42Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy ..................1-48Lap Belt ......................................................1-48Safety Belt Extender .....................................1-49

    Child Restraints .............................................1-50Older Children ..............................................1-50Infants and Young Children ............................1-53Child Restraint Systems .................................1-57

    Where to Put the Restraint .............................1-60Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children

    (LATCH) ..................................................1-61Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Seat

    Position ...................................................1-69Securing a Child Restraint in the Center

    Front Seat Position ....................................1-71Securing a Child Restraint in the Right

    Front Seat Position ....................................1-72Airbag System ...............................................1-76

    Where Are the Airbags? ................................1-78When Should an Airbag Inflate? .....................1-81What Makes an Airbag Inflate? .......................1-83How Does an Airbag Restrain? .......................1-83What Will You See After an Airbag Inflates? .....1-84Passenger Sensing System ............................1-85Servicing Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle ...........1-90Adding Equipment to Your Airbag-Equipped

    Vehicle ....................................................1-90Restraint System Check ..................................1-92

    Checking the Restraint Systems ......................1-92Replacing Restraint System Parts

    After a Crash ............................................1-93

    Section 1 Seats and Restraint Systems

    1-1

  • Front Seats

    Power Seats

    The power seat controls are located on the outboardside of the front seats.

    • Move the seat forward or rearward by sliding thecontrol forward or rearward.

    • Raise or lower the front part of the seat cushion bymoving the front of the control up or down.

    • Raise or lower the rear part of the seat cushion bymoving the rear of the control up or down.

    • Raise or lower the entire seat by moving the entirecontrol up or down.

    The power reclining seatback control is located behindthe power seat control on the outboard side of theseats. See Power Reclining Seatbacks on page 1-7.

    Your vehicle has a memory function which allows seatsettings to be saved and recalled. See MemorySeat, Mirrors, and Pedals on page 1-6.

    Driver’s Seat with Power Seat Control, PowerRecline, and Power Lumbar shown

    1-2

  • Power Lumbar

    The controls used to operate the power lumbar featureare located on the outboard side of the seats.

    • To increase lumbar support, press and hold thefront of the control.

    • To decrease lumbar support, press and hold therear of the control.

    • To raise the height of the support, press and holdthe top of the control.

    • To lower the height of the support, press and holdthe bottom of the control.

    Let go of the control when the lower seatback reachesthe desired level of support.

    Your vehicle has a memory function which allows seatsettings to be saved and recalled. See MemorySeat, Mirrors, and Pedals on page 1-6 for moreinformation.

    Keep in mind that as your seating position changes, asit may during long trips, so should the position ofyour lumbar support. Adjust the seat as needed.

    1-3

  • Heated Seats

    If the front seats have theheated seat feature, thebuttons used to control thisfeature are located onthe climate control panel.

    + (Heated Seatback): To heat only the seatback,press the top button with the heated seatback symbol.

    This symbol will appear on the climate control display toindicate that the feature is on. Press the button to cyclethrough the temperature settings of high, medium, andlow and to turn the heated seatback off. Indicator barsnext to the symbol designate the level of heat selected:three for high, two for medium, and one for low.

    z (Heated Seat and Seatback): To heat the entireseat, press the bottom button with the heated seat andseatback symbol.

    This symbol will appear on the climate control display toindicate that the feature is on. Press the button to cyclethrough the temperature settings of high, medium, andlow and to turn the heated seat off. Indicator bars next tothe symbol designate the level of heat selected: three forhigh, two for medium, and one for low.

    The heated seats will be canceled ten seconds after theignition is turned off. If you want to use the heatedseat feature after you restart the vehicle, you will needto press the appropriate heated seat button again.

    If your vehicle has heated and cooled seats, see Heatedand Cooled Seats on page 1-5.

    1-4

  • Heated and Cooled Seats

    If the front seats have theheated and cooled seatfeature, the buttonsused to control this featureare located on theclimate control panel.

    { (Cooled Seat): To cool the entire seat, press thebutton with the cooled seat symbol.

    This symbol will appear on the climate control display toindicate that the feature is on. Press the button to cyclethrough the temperature settings of high, medium, andlow and to turn the cooled seat off. Indicator bars nextto the symbol designate the level of cooling selected:three for high, two for medium, and one for low.

    + (Heated Seatback): To heat only the seatback,press the button with the heated seatback symbol.

    This symbol will appear on the climate control display toindicate that the feature is on. Press the button to cyclethrough the temperature settings of high, medium, andlow and to turn the heated seatback off. Indicator barsnext to the symbol designate the level of heat selected:three for high, two for medium, and one for low.

    z (Heated Seat and Seatback): To heat the entireseat, press the button with the heated seat and seatbacksymbol.

    This symbol will appear on the climate control display toindicate that the feature is on. Press the button to cyclethrough the temperature settings of high, medium, andlow and to turn the heated seat off. Indicator bars next tothe symbol designate the level of heat selected: three forhigh, two for medium, and one for low.

    The heated and cooled seats will be canceled after theignition is turned off. If you want to use the heatedand cooled seat feature after you restart your vehicle,you will need to press the appropriate seat button again.

    1-5

  • Memory Seat, Mirrors, and PedalsYour vehicle has the memory package.

    The controls for this featureare located on the driver’sdoor, and are used toprogram and recall memorysettings for the driver’sseat, outside mirrors, andthe adjustable throttle andbrake pedal feature, if yourvehicle has it.

    To save your positions in memory, do the following:

    1. Adjust the driver’s seat, including the seatbackrecliner and lumbar, both outside mirrors, and thethrottle and brake pedals to a comfortable position.See Outside Power Foldaway Mirrors on page 2-45and Adjustable Throttle and Brake Pedal onpage 2-28 for more information.Not all mirrors will have the ability to save andrecall the mirror positions.

    2. Press and hold button 1 until two beeps let youknow that the position has been stored.

    A second seating, mirror, and throttle and brake pedalposition can be programmed by repeating the abovesteps and pressing button 2.

    To recall the memory positions, the vehicle must be inPARK (P). Press and release either button 1 or button 2corresponding to the desired driving position. Theseat, outside mirrors, and adjustable throttle and brakepedals will move to the position previously stored.You will hear a single beep.

    If you use the remote keyless entry transmitter to enteryour vehicle and the remote recall memory featureis on, automatic seat, mirror, and adjustable pedalmovement will occur. See “MEMORY SEAT RECALL”under DIC Vehicle Customization on page 3-61 for moreinformation.

    To stop recall movement of the memory feature at anytime, press one of the power seat controls, memorybuttons, power mirror buttons, or adjustable pedalswitch.

    If something has blocked the driver’s seat and/or theadjustable pedals while recalling a memory position, thedriver’s seat and/or the adjustable pedals recall maystop working. If this happens, remove the obstructionand press the appropriate function control for twoseconds. Then try recalling the memory position againby pressing the appropriate memory button. If thememory position is still not recalling, see your dealer forservice.

    1-6

  • Easy Exit SeatThe control for this feature is located on the driver’sdoor between buttons 1 and 2.

    With the vehicle in PARK (P), the exit position can berecalled by pressing the exit button. You will heara single beep. The driver’s seat will move back.

    If the easy exit seat feature is on in the DriverInformation Center (DIC), automatic seat movement willoccur when the key is removed from the ignition.See “EASY EXIT SEAT” under DIC VehicleCustomization on page 3-61 for more information.

    Further programming for the memory seat feature canbe done using the DIC. You can select the automaticeasy exit seat feature or the remote memory seat recallfeature.

    For programming information, see DIC VehicleCustomization on page 3-61.

    Power Reclining Seatbacks

    The controls for the power reclining seatback arelocated on the outboard side of the front seats behindthe power seat control.

    • To recline the seatback, tilt the top of the controlrearward.

    • To bring the seatback forward, tilt the top of thecontrol forward.

    Driver’s Seat with Power Seat Control, PowerRecline, and Power Lumbar shown

    1-7

  • {CAUTION:

    Sitting in a reclined position when your vehicleis in motion can be dangerous. Even if youbuckle up, your safety belts cannot do theirjob when you are reclined like this.

    The shoulder belt cannot do its job. In a crash,you could go into it, receiving neck or otherinjuries.

    The lap belt cannot do its job either. In a crashthe belt could go up over your abdomen. Thebelt forces would be there, not at your pelvicbones. This could cause serious internalinjuries.

    For proper protection when the vehicle is inmotion, have the seatback upright. Then sitwell back in the seat and wear your safety beltproperly.

    Do not have a seatback reclined if your vehicle is moving.

    Your vehicle has a memory function which allows seatsettings to be saved and recalled. See MemorySeat, Mirrors, and Pedals on page 1-6.

    1-8

  • Head Restraints

    Adjust the head restraint so that the top of the restraintis at the same height as the top of the occupant’shead. This position reduces the chance of a neck injuryin a crash.

    Pull the head restraint upto raise it. To lower thehead restraint, pressthe release button (A),located on the top ofthe seatback, whileyou push the headrestraint down.

    The front seats may have head restraints that also tiltforward and rearward.

    To tilt the head restraint, grasp the top of the restraintwhile pressing the button (B), located on the inboardside of the head restraint, and move it forward orrearward until the desired locking position is reached.Try to move the head restraint after the button isreleased to make sure that it is locked in place.

    The second row seats may have head rests that can beadjusted up and down, but they do not tilt.

    1-9

  • Center SeatYour vehicle may have a front center seat. The seatbackdoubles as an armrest and cupholder/storage area forthe driver and passenger when the center seat isnot used. Do not use it as a seating position when theseatback is folded down.

    Rear Seats

    Heated Seats

    The rear seats have theheated seat feature, thebuttons used to control thisfeature are located onthe Rear Seat Audio (RSA)panel.

    M (Heated Seat): To heat the seat cushion, press thebutton with the heated seat symbol.

    A heated seat symbol will be shown in the RSA displayto indicate that the feature is on. Press the button tocycle through the temperature settings of high, medium,and low, and to turn it off. Indicator bars next to thesymbol will designate the level of heat selected: three forhigh, two for medium, and one for low.

    The heated seats will be canceled ten seconds after theignition is turned off. If the vehicle is restarted, theheated seat button will need to be pressed again torestart the feature.

    Driver’s Side RSAHeated Seat Button

    Only shown

    1-10

  • 60/40 Split Bench Seat(Second Row)If your vehicle has a 60/40 split bench, the seat(s) canbe folded for additional cargo space or folded andtumbled for easy entry and exit to the third row seats, ifyour vehicle has them. These seats will have eitherthe manual fold and tumble feature or the automatic seatrelease fold and tumble feature.

    Manual Fold and Tumble FeatureFolding and Tumbling the Seat(s)To fold and tumble the seat, do the following:

    1. Make sure that there is nothing under, in front of, oron the seat.

    Notice: Folding a rear seat with the safety beltsstill fastened may cause damage to the seat or thesafety belts. Always unbuckle the safety beltsand return them to their normal stowed positionbefore folding a rear seat.

    2. Lift the lever, located on the outboard side of theseat, to release the seatback.

    1-11

  • The seatback will fold forward automatically.Leaving the seatback in this position creates a flatload floor.If the seatback cannot fold flat, try moving the frontseat forward and/or put the front seatback in theupright position.

    3. Lift the same leveragain to release therear of the seatfrom the floor. The seatwill tumble forward.

    1-12

  • Returning the Seat(s) to the SittingPositionTo return the seat to the sitting position, do the following:

    1. Pull the seat down until it latches to the floor. Theseatback cannot be raised if the seat is not latchedto the floor.

    {CAUTION:

    If the seatback is not locked, it could moveforward in a sudden stop or crash. That couldcause injury to the person sitting there. Alwayspush and pull on the seatback to be sure it islocked.

    2. Lift the seatback and push it rearward. Push andpull on the seatback to make sure it is locked.

    {CAUTION:

    A safety belt that is improperly routed, notproperly attached, or twisted will not providethe protection needed in a crash. The personwearing the belt could be seriously injured.After raising the rear seatback, always checkto be sure that the safety belts are properlyrouted and attached, and are not twisted.

    3. Make sure the safety belt in the center seatingposition is not caught between the two seatsand is not twisted.

    1-13

  • Folding and Tumbling the Seat(s) from theThird Row Seats

    {CAUTION:

    Using the third row seating position while thesecond row is folded, or folded and tumbled,could cause injury in a sudden stop or crash.Be sure to return the seat to the passengerseating position. Push and pull on the seat tomake sure it is locked into place.

    To fold and tumble the seat from the third rows, if yourvehicle has them, do the following:

    1. Make sure that there is nothing under, in front of, oron the seat.

    Notice: Folding a rear seat with the safety beltsstill fastened may cause damage to the seat or thesafety belts. Always unbuckle the safety beltsand return them to their normal stowed positionbefore folding a rear seat.

    2. Lift the lever(s), located on the bottom rear of thesecond row seat(s) on the inboard side, to releasethe seatback. The seatback will fold forward.

    3. Lift the same lever again to release the rear of theseat from the floor. The seat will tumble forwardautomatically.

    1-14

  • Automatic Release Fold and TumbleFeatureThe transmission must be in PARK (P) for this featureto work.

    Folding and Tumbling the Seat(s)

    {CAUTION:

    Automatically folding and tumbling the seatwhen someone is sitting in the seat, couldcause injury to the person sitting there. Alwaysmake sure there is no one sitting in the seatbefore pressing the automatic seat releasebutton.

    To fold and tumble the seat, do the following:

    1. Make sure that there is nothing under, in front of, oron the seat.

    Notice: Folding a rear seat with the safety beltsstill fastened may cause damage to the seat or thesafety belts. Always unbuckle the safety beltsand return them to their normal stowed positionbefore folding a rear seat.

    2. From the front seats,press one of theautomatic seat releasebuttons located onthe overhead console.

    When accessing the third row seats, if your vehiclehas them, from the outside of the vehicle, pressthe button on the panel behind either rear door.One press of the button automatically foldsthe seatback flat and tumbles the seat forward.There will be a slight delay between the folding ofthe seatback and the tumbling of the seat.

    Overhead ConsoleButtons shown, Panel

    Button similar

    1-15

  • Returning the Seat(s) to the SittingPositionTo return the seat to the sitting position, do the following:

    1. Pull the seat down until it latches to the floor. Theseatback cannot be raised if the seat is not latchedto the floor.

    {CAUTION:

    If the seatback is not locked, it could moveforward in a sudden stop or crash. That couldcause injury to the person sitting there. Alwayspush and pull on the seatback to be sure it islocked.

    2. Lift the seatback and push it rearward. Push andpull on the seatback to make sure it is locked.

    {CAUTION:

    A safety belt that is improperly routed, notproperly attached, or twisted will not providethe protection needed in a crash. The personwearing the belt could be seriously injured.After raising the rear seatback, always checkto be sure that the safety belts are properlyrouted and attached, and are not twisted.

    3. Make sure that the safety belt in the center seatingposition is not caught between the two seats and isnot twisted.

    1-16

  • Folding and Tumbling the Second RowSeat(s) from the Third Row Seats orOutside

    {CAUTION:

    Using the third row seating position while thesecond row is folded, or folded and tumbled,could cause injury in a sudden stop or crash.Be sure to return the seat to the passengerseating position. Push and pull on the seat tomake sure it is locked into place.

    To fold and tumble the seat from the third row seats, ifyour vehicle has them, do the following:

    1. Make sure that there is nothing under, in front of, oron the seat.

    Notice: Folding a rear seat with the safety beltsstill fastened may cause damage to the seat or thesafety belts. Always unbuckle the safety beltsand return them to their normal stowed positionbefore folding a rear seat.

    2. Press the automaticseat release buttonlocated on thepanel behind therear doors.

    One press of the button automatically folds theseatback flat and tumbles the seat forward. Therewill be a slight delay between the folding of theseatback and the tumbling of the seat.

    Bucket Seats (Second Row)If your vehicle has bucket seats, the seatbacks can bereclined, the seats can be folded for additional cargospace, or folded and tumbled for easy entry and exit tothe third row seats, if your vehicle has them. Theseseats will have either the manual fold and tumble featureor the automatic seat release fold and tumble feature.

    Driver’s Side Rear PanelButton shown

    1-17

  • Reclining SeatbacksTo recline the seatback, do the following:

    1. Lift the lever located on the outboard side ofthe seat.

    2. Move the seatback to the desired position, thenrelease the lever to lock the seatback in place.

    3. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it islocked.

    To return the seatback to an upright position, do thefollowing:

    1. Lift the lever fully without applying pressure to theseatback and the seatback will return to the uprightposition.

    {CAUTION:

    If the seatback is not locked, it could moveforward in a sudden stop or crash. That couldcause injury to the person sitting there. Alwayspush and pull on the seatback to be sure it islocked.

    2. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it islocked.

    1-18

  • Manual Fold and Tumble FeatureFolding and Tumbling the Seat(s)To fold and tumble the seat, do the following:1. Make sure that there is nothing under, in front of, or

    on the seat.Notice: Folding a rear seat with the safety beltsstill fastened may cause damage to the seat or thesafety belts. Always unbuckle the safety beltsand return them to their normal stowed positionbefore folding a rear seat.

    2. Lift the lever, located on the outboard side of theseat, to release the seatback.

    The seatback will fold forward. Leaving the seatbackin this position creates a flat load floor.If the seatback cannot fold flat, try moving the frontseat forward and/or put the front seatback in theupright position.

    1-19

  • 3. Lift the lever again torelease the rear of theseat from the floor.The seat will tumbleforward.

    Returning the Seat(s) to the SittingPositionTo return the seat to the sitting position, do the following:

    1. Pull the seat down until it latches to the floor. Theseatback cannot be raised if the seat is not latchedto the floor.

    {CAUTION:

    If the seatback is not locked, it could moveforward in a sudden stop or crash. That couldcause injury to the person sitting there. Alwayspush and pull on the seatback to be sure it islocked.

    2. Lift the seatback and push it rearward. Push andpull on the seatback to make sure it is locked.

    1-20

  • Folding and Tumbling the Seat(s) from theThird Row Seats

    {CAUTION:

    Using the third row seating position while thesecond row is folded, or folded and tumbled,could cause injury in a sudden stop or crash.Be sure to return the seat to the passengerseating position. Push and pull on the seat tomake sure it is locked into place.

    To fold and tumble the seat from the third row seats, ifyour vehicle has them, do the following:

    1. Make sure that there is nothing under, in front of, oron the seat.

    Notice: Folding a rear seat with the safety beltsstill fastened may cause damage to the seat or thesafety belts. Always unbuckle the safety beltsand return them to their normal stowed positionbefore folding a rear seat.

    2. Lift the lever, locatedon the bottom rear ofthe second row seat onthe inboard side, torelease the seatback.The seatback willfold forward.

    3. Lift the lever again to release the rear of the seatfrom the floor. The seat will tumble forward.

    1-21

  • Automatic Release Fold and TumbleFeatureThe transmission must be in PARK (P) for this featureto work.

    Folding and Tumbling the Seat(s)

    {CAUTION:

    Automatically folding and tumbling the seatwhen someone is sitting in the seat, couldcause injury to the person sitting there. Alwaysmake sure there is no one sitting in the seatbefore pressing the automatic seat releasebutton.

    To fold and tumble the seat, do the following:

    1. Make sure that there is nothing under, in front of, oron the seat.

    Notice: Folding a rear seat with the safety beltsstill fastened may cause damage to the seat or thesafety belts. Always unbuckle the safety beltsand return them to their normal stowed positionbefore folding a rear seat.

    2. From the front seats,press one of theautomatic seat releasebuttons located onthe overhead console.

    Overhead ConsoleButtons shown

    1-22

  • When accessing the third row seats, if your vehiclehas them, from the outside of the vehicle, pressthe button on the panel behind either rear door.One press of the button automatically foldsthe seatback flat and tumbles the seat forward.There will be a slight delay between the folding ofthe seatback and the tumbling of the seat.

    Returning the Seat(s) to the SittingPositionTo return the seat to the sitting position, do the following:

    1. Pull the seat down until it latches to the floor. Theseatback cannot be raised if the seat is not latchedto the floor.

    {CAUTION:

    If the seatback is not locked, it could moveforward in a sudden stop or crash. That couldcause injury to the person sitting there. Alwayspush and pull on the seatback to be sure it islocked.

    2. Lift the seatback and push it rearward. Push andpull on the seatback to make sure it is locked.

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  • Folding and Tumbling the Second RowSeat(s) from the Third Row Seats orOutside

    {CAUTION:

    Using the third row seating position while thesecond row is folded, or folded and tumbled,could cause injury in a sudden stop or crash.Be sure to return the seat to the passengerseating position. Push and pull on the seat tomake sure it is locked into place.

    To fold and tumble the seat from the third row seats, ifyour vehicle has them, do the following:

    1. Make sure that there is nothing under, in front of, oron the seat.

    Notice: Folding a rear seat with the safety beltsstill fastened may cause damage to the seat or thesafety belts. Always unbuckle the safety beltsand return them to their normal stowed positionbefore folding a rear seat.

    2. Press the automaticseat release buttonlocated on thepanel behind therear doors.

    One press of the button automatically folds theseatback flat and tumbles the seat forward. Therewill be a slight delay between the folding of theseatback and the tumbling of the seat.

    Driver’s Side Rear PanelButton shown

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  • Third Row SeatIf the vehicle has a third row seat, the seatback(s) canbe folded and the entire seat can be tumbled, orremoved from the vehicle.

    Folding the Seatback(s)To fold the seatback, do the following:

    1. Open the liftgate to access the controls for the seat.

    2. Remove all items on the seat cushion.

    Notice: Folding a rear seat with the safety beltsstill fastened may cause damage to the seat or thesafety belts. Always unbuckle the safety beltsand return them to their normal stowed positionbefore folding a rear seat.

    3. Lift the release lever,located on the bottom rearof the seatback on theoutboard side of the seat,and the seatback will foldforward.

    Unfolding the Seatback(s)To return the seatback to the upright position, do thefollowing:

    1. Open the liftgate to access the controls for the seat.

    2. Pull up on the seatback until it locks into theupright position.

    {CAUTION:

    If the seatback is not locked, it could moveforward in a sudden stop or crash. That couldcause injury to the person sitting there. Alwayspush and pull on the seatback to be sure it islocked.

    3. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it islocked.

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  • Tumbling the Third Row SeatThe seat can be tumbled forward for additional cargospace.

    To tumble the seat, do the following:

    1. Open the liftgate to access the controls for the seat.

    2. Make sure the head rests are completely lowered,there is nothing under, in front of, or on the seat,and all items are removed from the cupholderand storage bin, if the seat is a two-passenger seat.

    3. Fold the seatbacks forward using the instructionspreviously listed under “Folding the Seatbacks”.You will not be able to unlatch the seat fromthe floor unless the seatback is folded down.

    4. Unlatch the seat fromthe floor by lifting thelever located nextto the carrying handleon the rear of theseat near the bottom.

    5. Lift the rear of the seat up from the floor.

    6. Tilt the seat fully forward to lock it into place.

    7. Push and pull on the seat to make sure it is locked.

    Put the seat in this position only when necessary foradditional cargo space.

    Returning the Third Row Seat from aTumbled PositionTo return the seat to the normal seating position, do thefollowing:

    1. Open the liftgate to access the controls for the seat.

    2. Make sure there is nothing that could becometrapped under the seat.

    3. Release the seat from the tumbled position by liftingthe lever located next to the carrying handle at thebottom rear of the seat.

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  • 4. Pull the seat down until it latches to the floor. Theseatback cannot be raised if the seat is not latchedto the floor.

    5. Pull up on the seatback until it locks into the uprightposition.

    {CAUTION:

    If the seatback is not locked, it could moveforward in a sudden stop or crash. That couldcause injury to the person sitting there. Alwayspush and pull on the seatback to be sure it islocked.

    6. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it islocked.

    Removing the Third Row SeatTo remove the seat, do the following:

    1. Open the liftgate to access the controls for the seat.

    2. Fold the seatback forward using the instructionslisted under “Folding the Seatbacks” previously.The seat cannot be removed unless the seatback isfolded.

    3. Unlatch the seat fromthe floor by pulling thecarrying handle,located at the rear ofthe seat, rearward.

    4. Roll the seat out of the vehicle. There is a track inthe floor to guide the seat wheels out of the vehicle.

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  • Installing the Third Row SeatTo install the seat, do the following:

    1. Open the liftgate to access the rear of the vehicle.

    2. Slide the front outboard seat wheels into the track onthe floor and roll the seat forward. The front latchesshould lock into place. If the latches do not lock, trytilting the rear of the seat upward slightly.

    3. Lower the rear of the seat and push down on theseat to engage the rear floor latches.

    {CAUTION:

    A seat that is not locked into place properlycan move around in a collision or sudden stop.People in the vehicle could be injured. Be sureto lock the seat into place properly wheninstalling it.

    4. Push and pull on the seat to make sure it is lockedinto place. The seatback cannot be raised to theupright position unless the seat is secured tothe floor.

    5. Pull up on the seatback until it locks into the uprightposition.

    {CAUTION:

    If the seatback is not locked, it could moveforward in a sudden stop or crash. That couldcause injury to the person sitting there. Alwayspush and pull on the seatback to be sure it islocked.

    6. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it islocked.

    {CAUTION:

    A safety belt that is improperly routed, notproperly attached, or twisted will not providethe protection needed in a crash. The personwearing the belt could be seriously injured.After raising the rear seatback, always checkto be sure that the safety belts are properlyrouted and attached, and are not twisted.

    7. Make sure the safety belts are returned to theoriginal position over the seatbacks.

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  • Safety Belts

    Safety Belts: They Are for EveryoneThis part of the manual tells you how to use safetybelts properly. It also tells you some things you shouldnot do with safety belts.

    {CAUTION:

    Do not let anyone ride where he or she cannotwear a safety belt properly. If you are in acrash and you are not wearing a safety belt,your injuries can be much worse. You can hitthings inside the vehicle harder or be ejectedfrom it and be seriously injured or killed. In thesame crash, you might not be, if you arebuckled up. Always fasten your safety belt,and check that your passenger(s) arerestrained properly too.

    {CAUTION:

    It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargoarea, inside or outside of a vehicle. In acollision, people riding in these areas are morelikely to be seriously injured or killed. Do notallow people to ride in any area of your vehiclethat is not equipped with seats and safetybelts. Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in aseat and using a safety belt properly.

    Your vehicle has indicators as a reminder to buckle yoursafety belts. See Safety Belt Reminders on page 3-35.In most states and in all Canadian provinces, thelaw requires wearing safety belts. Here is why:You never know if you will be in a crash. If you do havea crash, you do not know if it will be a serious one.A few crashes are mild, and some crashes can be soserious that even buckled up, a person would notsurvive. But most crashes are in between. In many ofthem, people who buckle up can survive and sometimeswalk away. Without belts they could have been badlyhurt or killed.After more than 40 years of safety belts in vehicles, thefacts are clear. In most crashes buckling up doesmatter... a lot!

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  • Why Safety Belts WorkWhen you ride in or on anything, you go as fast asit goes.

    Take the simplest vehicle. Suppose it is just a seat onwheels.

    Put someone on it.

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  • Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. The riderdoes not stop.

    The person keeps going until stopped by something. Ina real vehicle, it could be the windshield...

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  • or the instrument panel... or the safety belts!

    With safety belts, you slow down as the vehicle does.You get more time to stop. You stop over more distance,and your strongest bones take the forces. That is whysafety belts make such good sense.

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  • Questions and Answers AboutSafety Belts

    Q: Will I be trapped in the vehicle after a crash if Iam wearing a safety belt?

    A: You could be — whether you are wearing a safetybelt or not. But your chance of being consciousduring and after an accident, so you can unbuckleand get out, is much greater if you are belted.And you can unbuckle a safety belt, even if you areupside down.

    Q: If my vehicle has airbags, why should I have towear safety belts?

    A: Airbags are supplemental systems only; so theywork with safety belts — not instead of them.Whether or not an airbag is provided, all occupantsstill have to buckle up to get the most protection.That is true not only in frontal collisions, butespecially in side and other collisions.

    Q: If I am a good driver, and I never drive far fromhome, why should I wear safety belts?

    A: You may be an excellent driver, but if you are in acrash — even one that is not your fault — you andyour passenger(s) can be hurt. Being a gooddriver does not protect you from things beyond yourcontrol, such as bad drivers.

    Most accidents occur within 25 miles (40 km) ofhome. And the greatest number of serious injuriesand deaths occur at speeds of less than 40 mph(65 km/h).

    Safety belts are for everyone.

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  • How to Wear Safety Belts ProperlyThis section is only for people of adult size.

    Be aware that there are special things to know aboutsafety belts and children. And there are differentrules for smaller children and babies. If a child will beriding in your vehicle, see Older Children on page 1-50or Infants and Young Children on page 1-53. Followthose rules for everyone’s protection.

    It is very important for all occupants to buckle up.Statistics show that unbelted people are hurt more oftenin crashes than those who are wearing safety belts.

    Occupants who are not buckled up can be thrown out ofthe vehicle in a crash. And they can strike others inthe vehicle who are wearing safety belts.

    First, before you or your passenger(s) wear a safetybelt, there is important information you should know.

    Sit up straight and always keep your feet on the floor infront of you. The lap part of the belt should be wornlow and snug on the hips, just touching the thighs. In acrash, this applies force to the strong pelvic bonesand you would be less likely to slide under the lap belt.If you slid under it, the belt would apply force onyour abdomen. This could cause serious or even fatalinjuries. The shoulder belt should go over the shoulderand across the chest. These parts of the body arebest able to take belt restraining forces.

    The shoulder belt locks if there is a sudden stop or crash.

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  • Q: What is wrong with this?

    A: The shoulder belt is too loose. It will not give asmuch protection this way.

    {CAUTION:

    You can be seriously hurt if your shoulder beltis too loose. In a crash, you would moveforward too much, which could increase injury.The shoulder belt should fit snugly againstyour body.

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  • Q: What is wrong with this?

    A: The lap belt is too loose. It will not give nearly asmuch protection this way.

    {CAUTION:

    You can be seriously hurt if your lap belt is tooloose. In a crash, you could slide under the lapbelt and apply force on your abdomen. Thiscould cause serious or even fatal injuries. Thelap belt should be worn low and snug on thehips, just touching the thighs.

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  • Q: What is wrong with this?

    A: The belt is buckled in the wrong place.

    {CAUTION:

    You can be seriously injured if your belt isbuckled in the wrong place like this. In a crash,the belt would go up over your abdomen. Thebelt forces would be there, not on the pelvicbones. This could cause serious internalinjuries. Always buckle your belt into thebuckle nearest you.

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  • Q: What is wrong with this?

    A: The belt is over an armrest.

    {CAUTION:

    You can be seriously injured if your belt goesover an armrest like this. The belt would bemuch too high. In a crash, you can slide underthe belt. The belt force would then be appliedon the abdomen, not on the pelvic bones, andthat could cause serious or fatal injuries. Besure the belt goes under the armrests.

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  • Q: What is wrong with this?

    A: The shoulder belt is worn under the arm. It shouldbe worn over the shoulder at all times.

    {CAUTION:

    You can be seriously injured if you wear theshoulder belt under your arm. In a crash, yourbody would move too far forward, which wouldincrease the chance of head and neck injury.Also, the belt would apply too much force tothe ribs, which are not as strong as shoulderbones. You could also severely injure internalorgans like your liver or spleen. The shoulderbelt should go over the shoulder and acrossthe chest.

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  • Q: What is wrong with this?

    A: The belt is behind the body.

    {CAUTION:

    You can be seriously injured by not wearingthe lap-shoulder belt properly. In a crash, youwould not be restrained by the shoulder belt.Your body could move too far forwardincreasing the chance of head and neck injury.You might also slide under the lap belt. Thebelt force would then be applied right on theabdomen. That could cause serious or fatalinjuries. The shoulder belt should go over theshoulder and across the chest.

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  • Q: What is wrong with this?

    A: The belt is twisted across the body.

    {CAUTION:

    You can be seriously injured by a twisted belt.In a crash, you would not have the full width ofthe belt to spread impact forces. If a belt istwisted, make it straight so it can workproperly, or ask your dealer/retailer to fix it.

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  • Lap-Shoulder BeltAll seating positions in your vehicle have a lap-shoulderexcept for the center front passenger position, if yourvehicle has one, which has a lap belt. See Lap Belt onpage 1-48 for more information.

    Here is how to wear a lap-shoulder belt properly.

    1. Adjust the seat, if the seat is adjustable, so you cansit up straight. To see how, see “Seats” in theIndex.

    2. Pick up the latch plate and pull the belt across you.Do not let it get twisted.The lap-shoulder belt may lock if you pull the beltacross you very quickly. If this happens, let the beltgo back slightly to unlock it. Then pull the beltacross you more slowly.If you ever pull the shoulder portion of a passengerbelt out all the way, you may engage the childrestraint locking feature. If this happens, just let thebelt go back all the way and start again.Engaging the child restraint locking feature mayaffect the passenger sensing system. SeePassenger Sensing System on page 1-85.

    3. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks. Ifyou find that the latch plate will not go fully into thebuckle, see if you are using the correct buckle.Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure.If the belt is not long enough, see Safety BeltExtender on page 1-49.Make sure the release button on the buckle ispositioned so you would be able to unbuckle thesafety belt quickly if necessary.

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  • 4. If equipped with a shoulder belt height adjuster,move it to the height that is right for you. Impropershoulder belt height adjustment could reducethe effectiveness of the safety belt in a crash. See“Shoulder Belt Height Adjustment” later in thissection.

    5. To make the lap part tight, pull up on theshoulder belt.It may be necessary to pull stitching on the safetybelt through the latch plate to fully tighten thelap belt on smaller occupants.

    To unlatch the belt, push the button on the buckle. Thebelt should go back out of the way.

    Before you close a door, be sure the belt is out of theway. If you slam the door on it, you can damageboth the belt and your vehicle.

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  • Shoulder Belt Height AdjusterYour vehicle has a shoulder belt height adjuster for thedriver and right front passenger position.

    Adjust the height so that the shoulder portion of the beltis centered on your shoulder. The belt should beaway from your face and neck, but not falling off yourshoulder. Improper shoulder belt height adjustmentcould reduce the effectiveness of the safety beltin a crash.

    To move it down, squeezethe buttons (A) on thesides of the height adjusterand move the heightadjuster to the desiredposition.

    You can move the adjuster up just by pushing up on theshoulder belt guide.

    After you move the adjuster to where you want it, try tomove it down without squeezing the buttons to makesure it has locked into position.

    Safety Belt PretensionersYour vehicle has safety belt pretensioners for frontoutboard occupants. Although you cannot see them,they are part of the safety belt assembly. They can helptighten the safety belts during the early stages of amoderate to severe frontal, near frontal, or rear crash ifthe threshold conditions for pretensioner activationare met. And, if your vehicle has side impact airbags,safety belt pretensioners can help tighten the safetybelts in a side crash or a rollover event.

    Pretensioners work only once. If they activate in acrash, you will need to get new ones, and probably othernew parts for your safety belt system. See ReplacingRestraint System Parts After a Crash on page 1-93.

    Rear Safety Belt Comfort GuidesRear shoulder belt comfort guides may provide addedsafety belt comfort for older children who have outgrownbooster seats and for some adults. When installed ona shoulder belt, the comfort guide positions the beltaway from the neck and head.

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  • There is one guide for each outside passenger positionin the second row seat and the third row, if yourvehicle has one. Here is how to install a comfort guideto the safety belt:

    1. For the second row, remove the guide from itsstorage clip on the interior body.

    If your vehicle has a third row, remove the guidefrom its storage pocket on the side of the seat.

    Second Row

    Third Row

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  • 2. Place the guide over the belt, and insert the twoedges of the belt into the slots of the guide.

    3. Be sure that the belt is not twisted and it lies flat.The elastic cord must be under the belt and theguide on top.

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  • {CAUTION:

    A safety belt that is not properly worn may notprovide the protection needed in a crash. Theperson wearing the belt could be seriouslyinjured. The shoulder belt should go over theshoulder and across the chest. These parts ofthe body are best able to take belt restrainingforces.

    4. Buckle, position, and release the safety belt asdescribed previously in this section. Make surethat the shoulder belt crosses the shoulder.

    To remove and store the comfort guide, squeeze thebelt edges together so that you can take them out of theguide. Slide the guide into its storage clip on theinterior body or storage pocket on the side of the seat.

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  • Safety Belt Use During PregnancySafety belts work for everyone, including pregnantwomen. Like all occupants, they are more likely to beseriously injured if they do not wear safety belts.

    A pregnant woman should wear a lap-shoulder belt, andthe lap portion should be worn as low as possible,below the rounding, throughout the pregnancy.

    The best way to protect the fetus is to protect themother. When a safety belt is worn properly, it is morelikely that the fetus will not be hurt in a crash. Forpregnant women, as for anyone, the key to makingsafety belts effective is wearing them properly.

    Lap BeltThis part is only for the lap belt. To learn how to wear alap-shoulder belt, see Lap-Shoulder Belt on page 1-42.

    You vehicle may have a center seating position.When you sit in the center front seating position, youhave a lap safety belt, which has no retractor.

    To make the belt longer, tilt the latch plate and pull italong the belt.

    Buckle, position and release it the same way as the lappart of a lap-shoulder belt.

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  • To make the belt shorter, pull its free end as shownuntil the belt is snug.

    If the belt is not long enough, see Safety Belt Extenderon page 1-49.

    Make sure the release button on the buckle is positionedso you would be able to unbuckle the safety beltquickly if necessary.

    If you find that the latch plate will not go fully into thebuckle, see if you are using the correct buckle. Be surethat the latch plate clicks when inserted into thebuckle.

    Safety Belt ExtenderIf the vehicle’s safety belt will fasten around you, youshould use it.

    But if a safety belt is not long enough, yourdealer/retailer will order you an extender. When you goin to order it, take the heaviest coat you will wear,so the extender will be long enough for you. To helpavoid personal injury, do not let someone else useit, and use it only for the seat it is made to fit. Theextender has been designed for adults. Never use it forsecuring child seats. To wear it, attach it to theregular safety belt. For more information, see theinstruction sheet that comes with the extender.

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  • Child Restraints

    Older Children

    Older children who have outgrown booster seats shouldwear the vehicle’s safety belts.

    The manufacturer’s instructions that come with thebooster seat, state the weight and height limitations forthat booster. Use a booster seat with a lap-shoulderbelt until the child passes the below fit test:

    • Sit all the way back on the seat. Do the knees bendat the seat edge? If yes, continue. If no, return tothe booster seat.

    • Buckle the lap-shoulder belt. Does the shoulder beltrest on the shoulder? If yes, continue. If no, tryusing the rear safety belt comfort guide. See “RearSafety Belt Comfort Guides” under Lap-ShoulderBelt on page 1-42 for more information. If theshoulder belt still does not rest on the shoulder,then return to the booster seat.

    • Does the lap belt fit low and snug on the hips,touching the thighs? If yes, continue. If no, return tothe booster seat.

    • Can proper safety belt fit be maintained for length oftrip? If yes, continue. If no, return to the booster seat.

    If you have the choice, a child should sit in a positionwith a lap-shoulder belt and get the additional restraint ashoulder belt can provide.

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  • Q: What is the proper way to wear safety belts?A: An older child should wear a lap-shoulder belt and

    get the additional restraint a shoulder belt canprovide. The shoulder belt should not cross the faceor neck. The lap belt should fit snugly below thehips, just touching the top of the thighs. This appliesbelt force to the child’s pelvic bones in a crash. Itshould never be worn over the abdomen, whichcould cause severe or even fatal internal injuries ina crash.

    Also see “Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides” underLap-Shoulder Belt on page 1-42.

    According to accident statistics, children and infants aresafer when properly restrained in the rear seatingpositions than in the front seating positions.

    In a crash, children who are not buckled up can strikeother people who are buckled up, or can be thrownout of the vehicle. Older children need to use safetybelts properly.

    {CAUTION:

    Never do this.

    Here two children are wearing the same belt.The belt cannot properly spread the impactforces. In a crash, the two children can becrushed together and seriously injured. A beltmust be used by only one person at a time.

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  • {CAUTION:

    Never do this.

    Here a child is sitting in a seat that has alap-shoulder belt, but the shoulder part isbehind the child. In a crash, the child wouldnot be restrained by the shoulder belt. Thechild might slide under the lap belt. The beltforce would then be applied right on theabdomen. That could cause serious or fatalinjuries. The child could also move too farforward increasing the chance of head andneck injury. The shoulder belt should go overthe shoulder and across the chest.

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  • Infants and Young ChildrenEveryone in a vehicle needs protection! This includesinfants and all other children. Neither the distancetraveled nor the age and size of the traveler changesthe need, for everyone, to use safety restraints. In fact,the law in every state in the United States and inevery Canadian province says children up to some agemust be restrained while in a vehicle.

    {CAUTION:

    Children can be seriously injured or strangled ifa shoulder belt is wrapped around their neckand the safety belt continues to tighten. Neverleave children unattended in a vehicle and neverallow children to play with the safety belts.

    Every time infants and young children ride in vehicles,they should have the protection provided by appropriaterestraints. Children who are not restrained properlycan strike other people, or can be thrown out ofthe vehicle. In addition, young children should not usethe vehicle’s adult safety belts alone; they need to use achild restraint.

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  • {CAUTION:

    People should never hold an infant in theirarms while riding in a vehicle. An infant doesnot weigh much — until a crash. During acrash an infant will become so heavy it is notpossible to hold it. For example, in a crash atonly 25 mph (40 km/h), a 12 lb (5.5 kg) infantwill suddenly become a 240 lb (110 kg) forceon a person’s arms. An infant should besecured in an appropriate restraint.

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  • {CAUTION:

    Children who are up against, or very close to,any airbag when it inflates can be seriouslyinjured or killed. Airbags plus lap-shoulderbelts offer protection for adults and olderchildren, but not for young children andinfants. Neither the vehicle’s safety belt systemnor its airbag system is designed for them.Young children and infants need the protectionthat a child restraint system can provide.

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  • Q: What are the different types of add-on childrestraints?

    A: Add-on child restraints, which are purchased by thevehicle’s owner, are available in four basic types.Selection of a particular restraint should takeinto consideration not only the child’s weight, height,and age but also whether or not the restraint willbe compatible with the motor vehicle in which it willbe used.

    For most basic types of child restraints, there aremany different models available. When purchasing achild restraint, be sure it is designed to be usedin a motor vehicle. If it is, the restraint will have alabel saying that it meets federal motor vehiclesafety standards.

    The restraint manufacturer’s instructions that comewith the restraint state the weight and heightlimitations for a particular child restraint. In addition,there are many kinds of restraints available forchildren with special needs.

    {CAUTION:

    Newborn infants need complete support,including support for the head and neck. Thisis necessary because a newborn infant’s neckis weak and its head weighs so muchcompared with the rest of its body. In a crash,an infant in a rear-facing seat settles into therestraint, so the crash forces can bedistributed across the strongest part of aninfant’s body, the back and shoulders. Infantsshould always be secured in appropriate infantrestraints.

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  • {CAUTION:

    The body structure of a young child is quiteunlike that of an adult or older child, for whomthe safety belts are designed. A young child’ship bones are still so small that the vehicle’sregular safety belt may not remain low on thehip bones, as it should. Instead, it may settleup around the child’s abdomen. In a crash, thebelt would apply force on a body area that isunprotected by any bony structure. This alonecould cause serious or fatal injuries. Youngchildren should always be secured inappropriate child restraints.

    Child Restraint Systems

    A rear-facing infantseat (A) provides restraintwith the seating surfaceagainst the back ofthe infant.

    The harness system holds the infant in place and, in acrash, acts to keep the infant positioned in the restraint.

    A forward-facing childseat (B) provides restraintfor the child’s bodywith the harness.

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  • A booster seat (C-D) is a child restraint designed toimprove the fit of the vehicle’s safety belt system.A booster seat can also help a child to see out thewindow.

    Securing an Add-On Child Restraint inthe Vehicle

    {CAUTION:

    A child can be seriously injured or killed in acrash if the child restraint is not properlysecured in the vehicle. Make sure the childrestraint is properly installed in the vehicleusing the vehicle’s safety belt or LATCHsystem, following the instructions that camewith that restraint, and also the instructions inthis manual.

    To help reduce the chance of injury, the child restraintmust be secured in the vehicle. Child restraint systemsmust be secured in vehicle seats by lap belts or thelap belt portion of a lap-shoulder belt, or by the LATCHsystem. See Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children(LATCH) on page 1-61 for more information. A child canbe endangered in a crash if the child restraint is notproperly secured in the vehicle.

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  • When securing an add-on child restraint, refer to theinstructions that come with the restraint which may be onthe restraint itself or in a booklet, or both, and to thismanual. The child restraint instructions are important, soif they are not available, obtain a replacement copyfrom the manufacturer.

    Keep in mind that an unsecured child restraint canmove around in a collision or sudden stop and injurepeople in the vehicle. Be sure to properly secureany child restraint in your vehicle — even when no childis in it.

    Securing the Child Within the ChildRestraint

    {CAUTION:

    A child can be seriously injured or killed in acrash if the child is not properly secured in thechild restraint. Because there are differentsystems, it is important to refer to theinstructions that come with the restraint. Makesure the child is properly secured, followingthe instructions that came with that restraint.

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  • Where to Put the RestraintAccident statistics show that children are safer if theyare restrained in the rear rather than the front seat.

    We recommend that children and child restraintsbe secured in a rear seat, including: an infant or a childriding in a rear-facing child restraint; a child riding ina forward-facing child seat; an older child riding ina booster seat; and children, who are large enough,using safety belts.

    A label on your sun visor says, “Never put a rear-facingchild seat in the front.” This is because the risk to therear-facing child is so great, if the airbag deploys.

    {CAUTION:

    A child in a rear-facing child restraint can beseriously injured or killed if the right frontpassenger’s airbag inflates. This is becausethe back of the rear-facing child restraintwould be very close to the inflating airbag.

    Even though the passenger sensing system isdesigned to turn off the right front passenger’sfrontal airbag if the system detects arear-facing child restraint, no system isfail-safe, and no one can guarantee that anairbag will not deploy under some unusualcircumstance, even though it is turned off. Werecommend that rear-facing child restraints besecured in a rear seat, even if the airbag is off.

    If you secure a forward-facing child restraint inthe right front seat, always move the frontpassenger seat as far back as it will go. It isbetter to secure the child restraint in a rear seat.

    See Passenger Sensing System on page 1-85for additional information.

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  • {CAUTION:

    A child in a child restraint in the center frontseat can be badly injured or killed by thefrontal airbags if they inflate. Never secure achild restraint in the center front seat. It isalways better to secure a child restraint in arear seat.

    Do not use child restraints in the center front seatposition.

    When securing a child restraint in a rear seatingposition, study the instructions that came with your childrestraint to make sure it is compatible with this vehicle.

    Wherever you install a child restraint, be sure tosecure the child restraint properly.

    Keep in mind that an unsecured child restraint canmove around in a collision or sudden stop and injurepeople in the vehicle. Be sure to properly secureany child restraint in your vehicle — even when no childis in it.

    Lower Anchors and Tethers forChildren (LATCH)The LATCH system holds a child restraint during drivingor in a crash. This system is designed to makeinstallation of a child restraint easier. The LATCHsystem uses anchors in the vehicle and attachments onthe child restraint that are made for use with theLATCH system.

    Make sure that a LATCH-compatible child restraint isproperly installed using the anchors, or use the vehicle’ssafety belts to secure the restraint, following theinstructions that came with that restraint, and also theinstructions in this manual. When installing a childrestraint with a top tether, you must also use either thelower anchors or the safety belts to properly securethe child restraint. A child restraint must never beattached using only the top tether and anchor.

    In order to use the LATCH system in your vehicle, youneed a child restraint that has LATCH attachments.The child restraint manufacturer will provide youwith instructions on how to use the child restraint and itsattachments. The following explains how to attach achild restraint with these attachments in your vehicle.

    Not all vehicle seating positions or child restraints havelower anchors and attachments or top tether anchorsand attachments.

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  • Lower Anchors

    Lower anchors (A) are metal bars built into the vehicle.There are two lower anchors for each LATCH seatingposition that will accommodate a child restraint withlower attachments (B).

    Top Tether Anchor

    A top tether (A, C) anchors the top of the child restraintto the vehicle. A top tether anchor is built into thevehicle. The top tether attachment (B) on the childrestraint connects to the top tether anchor in the vehiclein order to reduce the forward movement and rotationof the child restraint during driving or in a crash.

    Your child restraint may have a single tether (A) or adual tether (C). Either will have a single attachment (B)to secure the top tether to the anchor.

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  • Some child restraints with top tethers are designed foruse with or without the top tether being attached. Othersrequire the top tether always to be attached. InCanada, the law requires that forward-facing childrestraints have a top tether, and that the tether beattached. Be sure to read and follow the instructions foryour child restraint.

    If the child restraint does not have a top tether, one canbe obtained, in kit form, for many child restraints. Askthe child restraint manufacturer whether or not a kitis available.

    Lower Anchor and Top Tether AnchorLocations

    j (Lower Anchor):Seating positions with twolower anchors.

    i (Top Tether Anchor):Seating positions withtop tether anchors.

    j (Lower Anchor):Seating positions with twolower anchors.

    i (Top Tether Anchor):Seating positions withtop tether anchors.

    i (Top Tether Anchor):Seating positions with toptether anchors.

    Second Row — 60/40

    Second Row — Bucket

    Third Row — TwoPassenger

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  • i (Top Tether Anchor):Seating positions with toptether anchors.

    For models with a three passenger third row seat, seethe information following for installing a child restraintwith a top tether in the third row, if your vehicle has one.Never install two top tethers using the same toptether anchor.

    For models with 60/40 second row seating, the rearright side passenger and center seating positions haveexposed metal anchors located in the crease betweenthe seatback and the seat cushion.

    For models with second row bucket seats, both rearseating positions have exposed metal anchors locatedin the crease between the seatback and the seatcushion.

    For models with bucket second row seating, the toptether anchors are located at the bottom rear of the seatcushion for each seating position in the second row.Be sure to use an anchor located on the same side ofthe vehicle as the seating position where the childrestraint will be placed.

    Third Row — ThreePassenger

    Second Row Seat — Bucket

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  • For models with 60/40 second row seating, the toptether anchors are located at the bottom rear of the seatcushion for each seating position in the second row.Be sure to use an anchor located on the same side ofthe vehicle as the seating position where the childrestraint will be placed.

    For vehicles with a two passenger third row seat, thereis one top tether anchor located at the bottom rearof the seat cushion that can be used for the rear driverside seating position in the third row. Never installtwo top tethers using the same top tether anchor.

    For vehicles with a three passenger third row seat, thereis one top tether anchor located at the bottom rear ofthe seat cushion that can be used for either the third rowcenter or driver side seating position. Never installtwo top tethers using the same top tether anchor.

    Second Row Seat — 60/40 Third Row Seat — Two or Three Passenger

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  • Do not secure a child restraint in a position without atop tether anchor if a national or local law requires thatthe top tether be attached, or if the instructions thatcome with the child restraint say that the top tether mustbe attached.

    Accident statistics show that children are safer if theyare restrained in the rear rather than the front seat. SeeWhere to Put the Restraint on page 1-60 for additionalinformation.

    Securing a Child Restraint Designed forthe LATCH System

    {CAUTION:

    If a LATCH-type child restraint is not attachedto anchors, the restraint will not be able toprotect the child correctly. In a crash, the childcould be seriously injured or killed. Make surethat a LATCH-type child restraint is properlyinstalled using the anchors, or use thevehicle’s safety belts to secure the restraint,following the instructions that came with thatrestraint, and also the instructions in thismanual.

    {CAUTION:

    Each top tether anchor and lower anchor in thevehicle is designed to hold only one childrestraint. Attaching more than one childrestraint to a single anchor could cause theanchor or attachment to come loose or evenbreak during a crash. A child or others couldbe injured if this happens. To help preventinjury to people and damage to your vehicle,attach only one child restraint per anchor.

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  • {CAUTION:

    Children can be seriously injured or strangledif a shoulder belt is wrapped around their neckand the safety belt continues to tighten.Secure any unused safety belts behind thechild restraint so children cannot reach them.Pull the shoulder belt all the way out of theretractor to set the lock, if your vehicle hasone, after the child restraint has been installed.Be sure to follow the instructions of the childrestraint manufacturer.

    Notice: Contact between the child restraint LATCHattachment parts and the vehicle’s safety beltassembly may cause damage to these parts. Makesure when securing unused safety belts behindthe child restraint that there is no contact betweenthe child restraint LATCH attachment parts andthe vehicle’s safety belt assembly.

    Folding an empty rear seat with the safety beltssecured may cause damage to the safety belt or theseat. When removing the child restraint, alwaysremember to return the safety belts to their normal,stowed position before folding the rear seat.

    1. Attach and tighten the lower attachments to thelower anchors. If the child restraint does not havelower attachments or the desired seating positiondoes not have lower anchors, secure the childrestraint with the top tether and the safety belts.Refer to your child restraint manufacturerinstructions and the instructions in this manual.

    1.1. Find the lower anchors for the desiredseating position.

    1.2. Put the child restraint on the seat.1.3. Attach and tighten the lower attachments on

    the child restraint to the lower anchors.

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  • 2. If the child restraint manufacturer recommends thatthe top tether be attached, attach and tighten thetop tether to the top tether anchor, if the vehicle hasone. Refer to the child restraint instructions andthe following steps:

    2.1. Find the top tether anchor.2.2. Route, attach and tighten the top tether

    according to your child restraint instructionsand the following instructions:

    If the position you areusing does not have aheadrest or head restraintand you are using asingle tether, route thetether over the seatback.

    If the position you areusing does not have aheadrest or head restraintand you are using adual tether, route the tetherover the seatback.

    If the position you areusing has an adjustableheadrest or head restraintand you are using adual tether, route the tetheraround the headrest orhead restraint.

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  • If the position you areusing has an adjustableheadrest or head restraintand you are using asingle tether, raise theheadrest or head restraintand route the tetherunder the headrest or headrestraint and in betweenthe headrest or headrestraint posts.

    3. Push and pull the child restraint in differentdirections to be sure it is secure.

    Securing a Child Restraint in a RearSeat PositionWhen securing a child restraint in a rear seatingposition, study the instructions that came with your childrestraint to make sure it is compatible with this vehicle.

    If your child restraint has the LATCH system, see LowerAnchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) onpage 1-61 for how to install your child restraint usingLATCH. If you secure a child restraint using a safety beltand it uses a top tether, see Lower Anchors andTethers for Children (LATCH) on page 1-61 for toptether anchor locations.

    Do not secure a child restraint in a position without atop tether anchor if a national or local law requires thatthe top tether be anchored, or if the instructions thatcome with the child restraint say that the top strap mustbe anchored.

    In Canada, the law requires that forward-facing childrestraints have a top tether, and that the tether beattached.

    If your child restraint does not have the LATCH system,you will be using the safety belt to secure the childrestraint in this position. Be sure to follow theinstructions that came with the child restraint. Securethe child in the child restraint when and as theinstructions say.

    If you need to install more than one child restraint in therear seat, be sure to read Where to Put the Restrainton page 1-60.

    1. Put the child restraint on the seat.

    2. Pick up the latch plate, and run the lap and shoulderportions of the vehicle’s safety belt through oraround the restraint. The child restraint instructionswill show you how.

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  • 3. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks.Make sure the release button is positioned so youwould be able to unbuckle the safety belt quicklyif necessary.

    4. Pull the rest of the shoulder belt all the way out ofthe retractor to set the lock.

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  • 5. To tighten the belt, push down on the child restraint,pull the shoulder portion of the belt to tighten thelap portion of the belt, and feed the shoulderbelt back into the retractor. If you are using aforward-facing child restraint, you may find it helpfulto use your knee to push down on the childrestraint as you tighten the belt.

    6. If your child restraint has a top tether, follow thechild restraint manufacturer’s instructions regardingthe use of the top tether. See Lower Anchorsand Tethers for Children (LATCH) on page 1-61 formore information.

    7. Push and pull the child restraint in differentdirections to be sure it is secure.

    To remove the child restraint, unbuckle the vehicle’ssafety belt and let it go back all the way. If the top tetheris attached to a top tether anchor, disconnect it.

    Securing a Child Restraint in theCenter Front Seat Position

    {CAUTION:

    A child in a child restraint in the center frontseat can be badly injured or killed by thefrontal airbags if they inflate. Never secure achild restraint in the center front seat. It isalways better to secure a child restraint in arear seat.

    Do not use child restraints in the center front seatposition.

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  • Securing a Child Restraint in theRight Front Seat PositionYour vehicle has airbags. A rear seat is a safer place tosecure a forward-facing child restraint. See Where toPut the Restraint on page 1-60.

    In addition, your vehicle has a passenger sensingsystem which is designed to turn off the right frontpassenger’s frontal airbag under certain conditions. SeePassenger Sensing System on page 1-85 andPassenger Airbag Status Indicator on page 3-37 formore information on this, including important safetyinformation.

    A label on your sun visor says, “Never put a rear-facingchild seat in the front.” This is because the risk to therear-facing child is so great, if the airbag deploys.

    {CAUTION:

    A child in a rear-facing child restraint can beseriously injured or killed if the right frontpassenger’s airbag inflates. This is becausethe back of the rear-facing child restraintwould be very close to the inflating airbag.

    Even though the passenger sensing system isdesigned to turn off the right front passenger’sfrontal airbag if the system detects arear-facing child restraint, no system isfail-safe, and no one can guarantee that anairbag will not deploy under some unusualcircumstance, even though it is turned off. Werecommend that rear-facing child restraints besecured in a rear seat, even if the airbag is off.

    If you secure a forward-facing child restraint inthe right front seat, always move the frontpassenger seat as far back as it will go. It isbetter to secure the child restraint in a rear seat.

    See Passenger Sensing System on page 1-85for additional information.

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  • If your child restraint has the LATCH system, see LowerAnchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) onpage 1-61 for how to install your child restraint usingLATCH. If you secure a child restraint using a safety beltand it uses a top tether, see Lower Anchors andTethers for Children (LATCH) on page 1-61 for toptether anchor locations.

    Do not secure a child seat in a position without a toptether anchor if a national or local law requires that thetop tether be anchored, or if the instructions thatcome with the child restraint say that the top strap mustbe anchored.

    In Canada, the law requires that forward-facing childrestraints have a top tether, and that the tether beattached.

    You will be using the lap-shoulder belt to secure thechild restraint in this position. Follow the instructions thatcame with the child restraint.

    1. Move the seat as far back as it will go beforesecuring the forward-facing child restraint.When the passenger sensing system has turned offthe right front passenger’s frontal airbag, the offindicator on the passenger airbag status indicatorshould light and stay lit when you start thevehicle. See Passenger Airbag Status Indicator onpage 3-37.

    2. Put the child restraint on the seat.

    3. Pick up the latch plate, and run the lap and shoulderportions of the vehicle’s safety belt through oraround the restraint. The child restraint instructionswill show you how.

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  • 4. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks.Make sure the release button is positioned so youwould be able to unbuckle the safety belt quicklyif necessary.

    5. Pull the rest of the shoulder belt all the way out ofthe retractor to set the lock.

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  • 6. To tighten the belt, push down on the child restraint,pull the shoulder portion of the belt to tighten thelap portion of the belt and feed the shoulderbelt back into the retractor. If you are using aforward-facing child restraint, you may find it helpfulto use your knee to push down on the childrestraint as you tighten the belt.

    7. Push and pull the child restraint in differentdirections to be sure it is secure.

    If the airbag is off, the off indicator in the passengerairbag status indicator will come on and stay on whenthe vehicle is started.

    If a child restraint has been installed and the onindicator is lit, turn the vehicle off. Remove the childrestraint from the vehicle and reinstall the child restraint.

    If, after reinstalling the child restraint and restartingthe vehicle, the on indicator is still lit, check to makesure that the vehicle’s seatback is not pressing the childrestraint into the seat cushion. If this happens, slightlyrecline the vehicle’s seatback and adjust the seatcushion if possible. Also make sure the child restraint isnot trapped under the vehicle head restraint. If thishappens, adjust the head restraint.

    Remove any additional material from the seat such asblankets, cushions, seat covers, seat heaters orseat massagers before reinstalling or securing the childrestraint.

    If the on indicator is still lit, secure the child in the childrestraint in a rear seat position in the vehicle andcheck with your dealer/retailer.

    To remove the child restraint, unbuckle the vehicle’ssafety belt and let it go back all the way.

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  • Airbag SystemYour vehicle has the following airbags:

    • A frontal airbag for the driver.• A frontal airbag for the right front passenger.• A roof-rail airbag for the driver and the passenger

    seated directly behind the driver.

    • A roof-rail airbag for the right front passenger andthe passenger seated directly behind the rightfront passenger.

    Your vehicle may have the following airbags:

    • If your vehicle has a third row seat, it will have thirdrow roof-rail airbags.

    All of the airbags in your vehicle will have the wordAIRBAG embossed in the trim or on an attached labelnear the deployment opening.

    For frontal airbags, the word AIRBAG will appear on themiddle part of the steering wheel for the driver andon the instrument panel for the right front passenger.

    With roof-rail airbags, the word AIRBAG will appearalong the headliner or trim.

    Airbags are designed to supplement the protectionprovided by safety belts. Even though today’s airbagsare also designed to help reduce the risk of injuryfrom the force of an inflating bag, all airbags must inflatevery quickly to do their job.

    Here are the most important things to know about theairbag system:

    {CAUTION:

    You can be severely injured or killed in a crashif you are not wearing your safety belt — evenif you have airbags. Wearing your safety beltduring a crash helps reduce your chance ofhitting things inside the vehicle or beingejected from it. Airbags are “supplementalrestraints” to the safety belts. All airbags aredesigned to work with safety belts, but do notreplace them.

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  • {CAUTION:

    Frontal airbags are designed to deploy inmoderate to severe frontal and near frontalcrashes. They are not designed to inflate inrollover, rear crashes, or in many side crashes.

    Rollover capable roof-rail airbags are designedto inflate in moderate to severe crashes wheresomething hits the side of your vehicle, duringa vehicle rollover, or in a severe frontal impact.They are not designed to inflate in rearcrashes.

    Everyone in your vehicle should wear a safetybelt properly — whether or not there is anairbag for that person.

    {CAUTION:

    Airbags inflate with great force, faster than theblink of an eye. Anyone who is up against, orvery close to, any airbag when it inflates canbe seriously injured or killed. Do not situnnecessarily close to the airbag, as youwould be if you were sitting on the edge ofyour seat or leaning forward. Safety belts helpkeep you in position before and during acrash. Always wear your safety belt, even withairbags. The driver should sit as far back aspossible while still maintaining control of thevehicle.

    Occupants should not lean on or sleep againstthe door or side windows in seating positionswith roof-rail airbags.

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  • {CAUTION:

    Airbags plus lap-shoulder belts offer the bestprotection for adults, but not for youngchildren and infants. Neither the vehicle’ssafety belt system nor its airbag system isdesigned for them. Young children and infantsneed the protection that a child restraintsystem can provide. Always secure childrenproperly in your vehicle. To read how, seeOlder Children on page 1-50 or Infants andYoung Children on page 1-53.

    There is an airbagreadiness light on theinstrument panel cluster,which shows the airbagsymbol.

    The system checks the airbag electrical system formalfunctions. The light tells you if there is an electricalproblem. See Airbag Readiness Light on page 3-36for more information.

    Where Are the Airbags?

    The driver’s frontal airbag is in the middle of thesteering wheel.

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  • The right front passenger’s frontal airbag is in theinstrument panel on the passenger’s side. The roof-rail airbags for the driver, right front passenger,

    and second row outboard passengers are in theceiling above the side windows.

    Driver Side shown, Passenger Side similar

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  • If your vehicle has roof-rail airbags and a third rowpassenger seat, the airbags are located in the ceilingabove the rear windows for the outboard passengerpositions in the third row.

    {CAUTION:

    If something is between an occupant and anairbag, the airbag might not inflate properly orit might force the object into that personcausing severe injury or even death. The pathof an inflating airbag must be kept clear. Donot put anything between an occupant and anairbag, and do not attach or put anything onthe steering wheel hub or on or near any otherairbag covering.

    If your vehicle has roof-rail airbags, neversecure anything to the roof of your vehicle byrouting the rope or tie down through any dooror window opening. If you do, the path of aninflating roof-rail airbag will be blocked.

    Driver Side shown, Passenger Side similar

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  • When Should an Airbag Inflate?Frontal airbags are designed to inflate in moderate tosevere frontal or near-frontal crashes to help reduce thepotential for severe injuries mainly to the driver’s orright front passenger’s head and chest. However, theyare only designed to inflate if the impact exceeds apredetermined deployment threshold. Deploymentthresholds are used to predict how severe a crash islikely to be in time for the airbags to inflate andhelp restrain the occupants.

    Whether your frontal airbags will or should deploy is notbased on how fast your vehicle is traveling. It dependslargely on what you hit, the direction of the impact,and how quickly your vehicle slows down.

    Frontal airbags may inflate at different crash speeds.For example:

    • If the vehicle hits a stationary object, the airbagscould inflate at a different crash speed than if thevehicle