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Insert the latch plate into the buckle,
then tug on the belt to make sure the
belt is securely latched. Also check
that the belt is not twisted, because a
twisted belt can cause serious
injuries in a crash.

Properly adjusted head restraints
will help protect occupants from
whiplash and other crash injuries.

See page

for how to adjust the

head restraints.

Before driving, make sure everyone
with an adjustable head restraint has
properly positioned the head
restraint. The restraint should be
positioned so the back of the
occupant’s head rests against the
center of the restraint. A taller
person should adjust the restraint as
high as possible.

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Fasten and Position the Seat
Belts

Adjust the Head Restraints

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4

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Improperly positioning head
restraints reduces their
effectiveness and you can be
seriously injured in a crash.

Make sure head restraints are
in place and positioned properly
before driving.

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See page

for additional

information about your seat belt
system and how to take care of your
belts.

If a seat belt does not seem to work
as it should, it may not protect the
occupant in a crash.

Anyone using a seat belt that is

not working properly can be
seriously injured or killed. Have your
Acura dealer check the belt as soon
as possible.

This could cause

very serious injuries in a crash.

If necessary, pull up on the belt again
to remove any slack from the
shoulder part, then check that the
belt rests across the center of your
chest and over your shoulder. This
spreads the forces of a crash over
the strongest bones in your upper
body.

Position the lap part of the belt as
low as possible across your hips,
then pull up on the shoulder part of
the belt so the lap part fits snugly.
This lets your strong pelvic bones
take the force of a crash and reduces
the chance of internal injuries.

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No one should

sit in a seat with an inoperative seat
belt.

Never place the shoulder portion of a
lap/shoulder belt under your arm or
behind your back.

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Improperly positioning the seat
belts can cause serious injury
or death in a crash.

Make sure all seat belts are
properly positioned before
driving.

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Adjust the steering wheel, if needed,
so that the wheel points toward your
chest, not toward your face.

See page

for how to adjust the

steering wheel.

Pointing the steering wheel toward
your chest provides optimal
protection from the airbag.

After all occupants have adjusted
their seats and put on seat belts, it is
very important that they continue to
sit upright, well back in their seats,
with their feet on the floor, until the
car is parked and the engine is off.

Sitting improperly can increase the
chance of injury during a crash. For
example, if an occupant slouches,
lies down, turns sideways, sits
forward, leans forward or sideways,
or puts one or both feet up, the
chance of injury during a crash is
greatly increased.

In addition, an occupant who is out of
position in the front seat can be
seriously or fatally injured by
striking interior parts of the car, or
by being struck by an inflating front
airbag. Being struck by an inflating
side airbag can result in possibly
serious injuries.

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Adjust the Steering Wheel

Maintain a Proper Sitting
Position

6.

7.

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Sitting improperly or out of
position can result in serious
injury or death in a crash.

Always sit upright, well back in
the seat, with your feet on the
floor.

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Because protecting the mother is the
best way to protect her unborn child,
a pregnant woman should always
wear a seat belt whenever she drives
or rides in a car.

Pregnant women should also sit
upright and as far back as possible
from the steering wheel or
dashboard. This will reduce the risk
of injuries to both the mother and
her unborn child that can be caused
by a crash or an inflating airbag.

Each time you have a check-up, ask
your doctor if it’s okay for you to
drive.

Remember to keep the lap portion of
the belt as low as possible across
your hips.

Remember, to get the best
protection from your car’s airbags
and other safety features, you must
sit properly and wear your seat belt
properly.

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If they do, they

could be very seriously injured in a
crash.

Carrying hard or sharp

objects on your lap, or driving with
a pipe or other sharp object in
your mouth, can result in injuries
if your front airbag inflates.

If your

hands or arms are close to the
airbag cover in the center of the
steering wheel or on top of the
dashboard, they could be injured if
the front airbag inflates.

Any object

attached to or placed on the covers
marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’ in the
center of the steering wheel and
on top of the dashboard could
interfere with the proper operation
of the airbags. Or, if the airbags
inflate, the objects could be
propelled inside the car and hurt
someone.

Devices intended to improve

occupant comfort or reposition the
shoulder part of a seat belt can
severely compromise the
protective capability of the seat
belt and increase the chance of
serious injury in a crash.

If a side airbag

inflates, a cup holder or other hard
object attached on or near the
door could be propelled inside the
car and hurt someone.

Additional Saf ety Precautions

Two people should never use the
same seat belt.

Do not place hard or sharp objects
between yourself and a f ront
airbag.

Keep your hands and arms away
f rom the airbag covers.

Do not attach or place objects on
the f ront airbag covers.

Do not put any accessories on seat
belts.

Do not attach hard objects on or
near a door.

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Children depend on adults to protect
them. However, despite their best
intentions, many parents and other
adults may not know how to
protect young passengers.

(See page

.)

To reduce the number of child
deaths and injuries, every state and
Canadian province requires that
infants and children be restrained
whenever they ride in a vehicle.

Each year, many children are injured
or killed in vehicle crashes because
they are either unrestrained or not
properly restrained. In fact, vehicle
accidents are the number one cause
of death of children ages 12 and
under.

So if you have children, or if you ever
need to drive with a grandchild or
other children in your car, be sure to
read this section.

(See page

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All Children Must Be Restrained

Any child who is too small to wear a
seat belt should be properly
restrained in a child seat.

A larger child should always be
restrained with a seat belt and use a
booster, if needed.

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Children who are unrestrained
or improperly restrained can be
seriously injured or killed in a
crash.

Any child too small for a seat
belt should be properly
restrained in a child seat. A
larger child should be properly
restrained with a seat belt.

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During a

crash, the belt could press deep
into the child and cause very
serious injuries.

According to accident statistics,
children of all ages and sizes are
safer when they are restrained in the
back seat, not the front seat. The
National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and Transport
Canada recommend that all children
ages 12 and under be properly
restrained in the back seat.

In the back seat, children are less
likely to be injured by striking hard
interior parts during a collision or
hard braking. Also, children cannot
be injured by an inflating airbag
when they ride in the back.

If you are not wearing a

seat belt in a crash, you could be
thrown forward into the
dashboard and crush the child.

If you are wearing a seat belt, the
child can be torn from your arms
during a crash. For example, if
your vehicle crashes into a parked
vehicle at 30 mph (48 km/h), a
20-lb (9 kg) infant will become a
600-lb (275 kg) force, and you will
not be able to hold on.

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Additional Precautions to Parents

Never put a seat belt over yourself
and an inf ant or child.

Never hold an inf ant or child on
your lap.

Children Should Sit in the Back
Seat

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Front airbags have been designed to
help protect adults in a moderate to
severe frontal collision. To do this,
the passenger’s front airbag is quite
large, and it inflates with tremendous
speed.

If

the airbag inflates, it can hit the back
of the child seat with enough force
to kill or very seriously injure an
infant.

If the vehicle seat is

too far forward, or the child’s head is
thrown forward during a collision, an
inflating front airbag can strike the
child with enough force to kill or
very seriously injure a small child.

Whenever possible,

larger children should sit in the back
seat, in a booster seat if needed, and
be properly restrained with a seat
belt.

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The Passenger’s Front Airbag
Poses Serious Risks to Children

Never put a rear-f acing child seat in
the f ront seat of a vehicle equipped
with a passenger’s f ront airbag.

Inf ants

Small Children
Placing a f orward-f acing child seat in
the f ront seat of a vehicle equipped
with a passenger’s f ront airbag can
be hazardous.

Larger Children
Children who have outgrown child
seats are also at risk of being injured
or killed by an inf lating passenger’s
f ront airbag.

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To remind you of the passenger’s
front airbag hazards, and that
children must be properly restrained
in the back seat, your car has
warning labels on the dashboard and
on the driver’s and front passenger’s
visors. Please read and follow the
instructions on these labels.

To remind you of the front airbag
hazards, your car has warning labels
on the driver’s and front passenger’s
visors. Please read and follow the
instructions on these labels.

U.S. Models

Canadian Models

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Many parents say they prefer to put
an infant or small child in the front
passenger seat so they can watch the
child, or because the child requires
attention.

Placing a child in the front seat
exposes the child to hazards from
the passenger’s front airbag, and
paying close attention to a child
distracts the driver from the
important tasks of driving, placing
both of you at risk.

If a child requires physical attention
or frequent visual contact, we
strongly recommend that another
adult ride with the child in the back
seat. The back seat is far safer for a
child than the front.

Place the largest child in the front
seat, provided the child is large
enough to wear a seat belt
properly (see page

).

Move the vehicle seat as far to the
rear as possible (see page

).

Have the child sit upright and well
back in the seat (see page

).

Make sure the seat belt is properly
positioned and secured (see page

).

Leaving children without

adult supervision is illegal in most
states and Canadian provinces,
and can be very hazardous. For
example, infants and small
children left in a vehicle on a hot
day can die from heatstroke. And
children left alone with the key in
the ignition can accidentally set
the vehicle in motion, possibly
injuring themselves or others.

Your car has two seating positions in
the back seat where children can be
properly restrained.

If you ever have to carry more than
two children in your car:

Children who play in cars can
accidentally get trapped inside the
trunk and be seriously injured or
could die. Teach your children not
to play in or around cars. Know
how to operate the emergency
trunk opener (US models only)
and decide if your children should
be shown how to use this feature
(see page

).

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If a Child Requires Close
Attention

If You Must Drive with Several
Children

Additional Saf ety Precautions

Do not leave children alone in your
vehicle.

Lock both doors and the trunk
when your car is not in use.

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Children up to about one

year old should be restrained in a
rear-facing, reclining child seat. Only
a rear-facing seat provides the
proper support to protect an infant’s
head, neck, and back. See page

for additional information on

protecting infants.

Even very young

children learn how to unlock
vehicle doors, turn on the ignition,
and open the trunk, which can
lead to accidental injury or death.

The following pages give general
guidelines for selecting and installing
child seats for infants and small
children.

To provide proper protection, a child
seat should meet three
requirements:

The child seat should

meet Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standard 213 (FMVSS 213)
or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213 (CMVSS 213). Look
for the manufacturer’s statement
of compliance on the box.

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The child seat should be of the
proper type and size to f it the child.

Inf ants:

Keep car keys and remote
transmitters out of the reach of
children.

Selecting a Child Seat

The child seat should meet saf ety
standards.

1.

2.

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Before purchasing a child seat, we
recommend that parents test the
child seat in the specific vehicle
seating position (or positions) where
they intend to use the seat. If a
previously purchased child seat does
not fit, you may need to buy a
different one that will fit.

Due to variations in the design of
child seats, vehicle seats, and seat
belts, all child seats will not fit all
vehicle seating positions.

A child who is too

large for a rear-facing child seat, and
who can sit up without support,
should be restrained in a forward-
facing child seat. See page

for

additional information on protecting
small children.

However, Acura is confident that one
or more child seat models can fit and
be properly installed in all
recommended seating positions in
your car.

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The child seat should f it the
vehicle seating position (or
positions) where it will be used.

Small Children:

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If a small child must ride in the
front, follow the instructions
provided in this section.

This page briefly summarizes Acura’s
recommendations on where to place
rear-facing and forward-facing child
seats in your car.

The passenger’s front airbag
inflates with enough force to kill
or seriously injure an infant in a
rear-facing child seat.

A small child in a forward-facing
child seat is also at risk. If the
vehicle seat is too far forward,
or the child’s head is thrown
forward during a collision, an
inflating front airbag can kill or
seriously injure the child.

Never in the front seat, due

to the front airbag hazard.

Not recommended,

due to the front airbag hazard. If a
small child must ride in front,
move the vehicle seat to the rear-
most position and secure a front-
facing child seat with the seat belt
(see page

).

Recommended positions.

Secure a rear-facing child seat
with the seat belt (see page

).

Recommended

positions. Secure a front-facing
child seat with the seat belt (see
page

).

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Front Passenger’s Seat
Inf ants:

Small children:

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Inf ants:

Small children:

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After selecting a proper child seat,
and a good position to install the seat,
there are three main steps in
installing the seat:

Make sure the child is properly
strapped in the child seat
according to the child seat maker’s
instructions. A child who is not
properly secured in a child seat
can be thrown out of the seat in a
crash and be seriously injured.

To provide security during normal
driving maneuvers as well as during
a collision, we recommend that
parents secure a child seat as firmly
as possible.

However, a child seat does not need
to be ‘‘rock solid.’’ In some vehicles
or seating positions, it may be
difficult to install a child seat so that
it does not move at all. Some side-to-
side or back-and-forth movement can
be expected and should not reduce
the child seat’s effectiveness.

If the child seat is not secure, try
installing it in a different seating
position, or use a different style of
child seat that can be firmly secured
in the desired seating position.

When you are not using a child seat,
either remove it and store it in a safe
place, or make sure it is properly
secured. An unsecured child seat can
be thrown around the car during a
crash or sudden stop and injure
someone.

All child seats are

designed to be secured to the car
with the lap part of a lap/shoulder
belt. Some child seats can be
secured to the vehicle’s LATCH
anchorage system instead. A child
whose seat is not properly secured
to the car can be endangered in a
crash. See pages

,

and

for

instructions on how to properly
secure child seats in this car.

After installing a child

seat, push and pull the seat
forward and from side to side to
verify that it is secure.

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Installing a Child Seat

Secure the child in the child seat.

Storing a Child Seat

Properly secure the child seat to
the car.

Make sure the child seat is f irmly
secured.

1.

2.

3.

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Only a rear-facing child seat provides
proper support for a baby’s head,
neck, and back. Infants up to about
one year of age must be restrained in
a rear-facing child seat.

In this car, a rear-facing child seat
can be placed in any seating position
in the back seat, but not in the front
seat.

Two types of seats may be used: a
seat designed exclusively for infants,
or a convertible seat used in the rear-
facing, reclining mode.

If the passenger’s

front airbag inflates, it can hit the
back of the child seat with enough
force to kill or seriously injure an
infant. If an infant must be closely
watched, we recommend that
another adult sit in the back seat
with the baby.

If placed

facing forward, an infant could be
very seriously injured during a
frontal collision.

We recommend that an infant be
restrained in a rear-facing child seat
until the infant is at least one year
old, reaches the seat maker’s weight
or height limit, and is able to sit up
without support.

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Child Seat Type

Rear-Facing Child Seat Placement

Never put a rear-f acing child seat in
the f ront seat.

Do not put a rear-f acing child seat in
a f orward-f acing position.

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Placing a rear-facing child seat
in the front seat can result in
serious injury or death if the
passenger’s front airbag inflates.

Always place a rear-facing child
seat in the back seat, not the
front.

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With the child seat in the desired
back seating position, route the
belt through the child seat
according to the seat maker’s
instructions, then insert the latch
plate into the buckle.

To activate the lockable retractor,
slowly pull the shoulder part of the
belt all the way out until it stops,
then let the belt feed back into the
retractor (you might hear a
clicking noise as the belt retracts).

After the belt has retracted, tug on
it. If the belt is locked, you will not
be able to pull it out. If you can pull
the belt out, it is not locked and
you will need to repeat these steps.

The lap/shoulder belts in the back
seats have a locking mechanism that
must be activated to secure a child
seat.

The following pages provide
instructions and tips on how to
secure a rear-facing child seat with
this type of seat belt.

If you have a child seat designed to
attach to the vehicle’s LATCH
anchorage system, follow the
instructions on page

.

1.

2.

3.

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