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This manual manhal the latest information at the time it was printed. We reserve the right to make changes after that time without further notice. Safety Warnings and Symbols You will find a number of safety cautions in this book. These mean there something that could hurt you or other people.

Vehicle Damage Warnings Also, in this book you will find these notices: These mean there is something that could damage your vehicle. A notice will tell you about something that can damage your vehicle.

Many times, this damage would not be covered by your warranty, and it could be costly. These are some examples of vehicle symbols you may find on your vehicle: To adjust the power seat, do the following: Move the seat forward or rearward by pushing the control toward the front or back of the vehicle.

Reclining Seatbacks To adjust the mannual, lift the lever located on the outboard side of the seat and move the seatback to where you want it. Release the lever to lock the seatback. Pull up on the lever without pushing on the seatback, and 2003 seatback will go to an upright position. Sitting in a reclined position when your vehicle is in motion can be dangerous.

To fold down the rear seatback, do the following: The left tether will open the larger side of the seatback. Safety Belts Safety Belts: They re for Everyone part of the manual tells you how to use safety This belts properly.

It also tells you some things you should not do with safety belts. In most states and in all Canadian provinces, the law says to wear safety belts.

Manjal 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. Lap-Shoulder Belt The driver has a lap-shoulder belt. Close and lock the door. Adjust the seat so you can sit up straight.

If the belt stops before it reaches the buckle, tilt the latch malibi and keep pulling until you can buckle the belt, Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure.

The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just touching the thighs. In a crash, this applies force to the strong pelvic bones. If you slid under it, the belt would apply force at your abdomen. Shoulder Belt Height Adjuster Before you begin to drive, move the shoulder belt adjuster to the height that is righ,t mwnual you. You can move the adjuster up just by pushing on the shoulder belt guide.


The shoulder belt is too loose. You can be seriously hurt if your shoulder belt is too loose. In a crash, you would move forward too much, which could increase injury. The shoulder belt should fit against your body. The belt is 2003 in the wrong place. In a crash, the belt would go up over your abdomen.

The belt forces would be manuxl, not at the pelvic bones. What’s wrong with this? The shoulder belt is worn under the arm. The belt is twisted across the body.

If a belt twisted, make it straight so it can work properly, or ask your dealer to fix it. To unlatch the belt, just push the button on the buckle. The belt should go back out of the way. If you slam the door both the belt and your vehicle. The best way to protect the fetus is to protect the mother.

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For pregnant women, as for anyone, the key to making safety belts effective is wearing them properly. Lap-Shoulder Belt The positions next to the windows have lap-shoulder belts. Pick up the latch plate and pull the belt across you. The shoulder belt may lock if you pull the belt across you very quickly.

To make the lap part tight, pull down on the buckle The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on end of the belt as you pull up on the shoulder part.

Center Rear Passenger Position Lap Belt When you sit in the center seating position, you have a lap safety belt, which has no retractor. To make the belt longer, tilt the latch plate and pull along the belt. To make the belt shorter, pull its free end as shown until the belt is snug.

Buckle, position and release it the same way as the lap part of a lap-shoulder belt. Make sure the release button on the buckle is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to. Rear shoulder belt comfort guides will provide added safety belt comfort for older children who have outgrown booster seats and for small adults.

Buckle, position and release the safety belt as described in Rear Seat Passengers Make sure that the shoulder belt crosses the shoulder. I f you have the choice, a child should sit next to a window so the chiiu can wear a iap-shouider belt and get the additional restraint a shoulder belt can provide. Jo Here two children are wearing the same belt. In a crash, the two children can be crushed together and seriously injured. A belt must be used by only one person at a time.

Here a child is sitting in seat that has a lap-shoulder belt, but the shoulder part is behind the child. If the child wears the belt in this way, in a crash the child might slide under the belt. Infants and Young Children Everyone in a vehicle needs protection!

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This includes infants and all other children. Neither the distance traveled nor the age and size of the traveler changes the need, for everyone, to use safety restraints. In fact, the law in every state in the United States and in every Canadian province says children up to some age must be restrained while in a vehicle.


What are the different types of add-on child restraints? A rear-facing infant seat Manuql provides restraint with the seating, surface against the back of the infant.

The harness system holds the mnual in place and, in a crash, acts to keep the infant positioned the restraint. A booster seat can also help a child to see out the window.

When choosing a child restraint, be sure the child restraint is designed to be used in a vehicle. If it is, it will have a label saying that it meets federal motor vehicle safety standards.

Then follow the instructions for the restraint. You may find these instructions on the restraint itself or in a booklet, or both. You may secure a forward-facing child restraint in the right front seat, but before you do, always move the front passenger seat as far manua, as it will go. It’s better to secure the child restraint in a rear seat.

Wherever you install it, be sure to secure the child restraint properly. In Canada, the law requires that forward-facing child restraints have a top strap, and that the strap be anchored. In the United States, some child restraints also have a top strap. If your child restraint has a top strap, it should be anchored.

Anchor the top strap to one of the following anchor points. You’ll find anchors A in the rear outside seat positions. To assist you in locating the lower anchors for this child restraint system, each seating position with the LATCH system will have a label applied to the seatback at each anchor position. In a crash, the child could be seriously injured or killed. Find the anchors for the seating position you want to use, where the bottom of the seatback meets the back of the seat cushion.

Put the child restraint on the seat. Tilt the latch plate to adjust the belt if needed. Make sure the release button is positioned mxnual you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to. To tighten the belt, pull up on the shoulder belt while you push down on the child restraint.

Be sure to follow the instructions that came with the child restraint. Secure the child in the child restraint when and as the instructions say. To tighten the belt, pull its free end while you push down malibuu the child restraint.

Never put a rear-facing child restraint in this seat. To tighten the belt, feed the shoulder belt back into the retractor while you jalibu down on the child restraint. You may find it helpful to use your knee to push down on the child restraint as you tighten the belt.