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After confirming that the belt is
locked, grab the shoulder part of
the belt near the buckle and pull
up to remove any slack from the
lap part of the belt. Remember, if
the lap part of the belt is not tight,
the child seat will not be secure.
To remove slack, it may help to
put weight on the child seat, or
push on the back of the seat, while
pulling up on the belt.

Push and pull the child seat
forward and from side to side to
verify that it is secure enough to
stay upright during normal driving
maneuvers. If the child seat is not
secure, unlatch the belt, allow it to
retract fully, then repeat these
steps.

To deactivate the locking
mechanism and remove a child seat,
unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat
belt, and let the belt fully retract.

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In either case, we recommend that
you place the child seat directly
behind the front passenger seat,
move the front seat as far forward as
needed, and leave it unoccupied. Or
you may wish to get a smaller child
seat that allows you to safely carry a
front passenger.

When properly installed, a rear-
facing child seat may prevent the
driver or a front-seat passenger from
moving the seat as far back as
recommended (see page

). Or it

may prevent them from locking the
seat-back in the desired upright
position (see page

).

To achieve the desired reclining
angle, it may help to put a rolled up
towel under the toe of the child seat,
as shown.

For proper protection, an infant must
ride in a reclined, or semi-reclined
position. To determine the proper
reclining angle, check with the baby’s
doctor or follow the seat maker’s
recommendations.

A child at least one year old who can
sit up without support, and who fits
within the child seat maker’s weight
and height limits, should be
restrained in a forward-facing,
upright child seat.

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If it is necessary to put a forward-
facing child seat in the front, move
the vehicle seat as far to the rear as
possible, be sure the child seat is
firmly secured to the car, and the
child is properly strapped in the seat.

Of the different seats available, we
recommend those that have a five-
point harness system as shown.

We also recommend that a small
child stay in the child seat as long as
possible, until the child reaches the
weight or height limit for the seat.

In this car, the best place to install a
forward-facing child seat is in one of
the seating positions in the back seat.

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 cause
very serious or fatal injuries. If a
small child must be closely watched,
we recommend that another adult sit
in the back seat with the child.

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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.

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Improperly placing a forward-
facing child seat in the front
seat can result in serious injury
or death if the front airbags
inflate.

If you must place a forward-
facing child seat in front, move
the vehicle seat as far back as
possible and properly restrain
the child.

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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
and front passenger seating positions
have a locking mechanism that must
be activated to secure a child seat.

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

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

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

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After confirming that the belt is
locked, grab the shoulder part of
the belt near the buckle and pull
up to remove any slack from the
lap part of the belt. Remember, if
the lap part of the belt is not tight,
the child seat will not be secure. It
may help to put weight on the
child seat, or push on the back of
the seat, while pulling up on the
belt.

Push and pull the child seat
forward and from side to side to
verify that it is secure enough to
stay upright during normal driving
maneuvers. If the child seat is not
secure, unlatch the belt, allow it to
retract fully, then repeat these
steps.

To deactivate the locking
mechanism in order to remove a
child restraint system, unlatch the
buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let
the belt fully retract.

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When a child reaches the
recommended weight or height limit
for a forward-facing child seat, the
child should sit in the back seat on a
booster and wear a lap/shoulder belt.

We recommend that the child use a
booster seat until the child is tall
enough to use the seat belt without a
booster.

The following pages give
instructions on how to check proper
seat belt fit, what kind of booster
seat to use if one is needed, and
important precautions for a child
who must sit in the front seat.

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Allowing a larger child to sit
improperly in the front seat can
result in injury or death if the
passenger’s front airbag inflates.

If a larger child must sit in front,
make sure the child moves the
seat as far back as possible,
uses a booster if needed, and
wears the seat belt properly.

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Devices intended to improve

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

If they do, they could

be very seriously injured in a crash.

To determine if a lap/shoulder belt
properly fits a child, have the child
sit in the rear seat, all the way back
against the seat and put on the seat
belt. Follow the instructions on page

. Then check how the belt fits.

If the shoulder part of the belt rests
over the child’s collarbone and
against the center of the chest, and
the lap belt rests over the child’s
hipbones and touches the tops of the

thighs as shown, the child is
probably big enough to wear the seat
belt.

However, if the shoulder belt
touches or crosses the child’s neck,
or if the lap belt crosses the child’s
stomach, the child needs to use a
booster seat.

This could result in serious neck and
internal injuries during a crash.

This could cause

very serious injuries during a crash.
It also increases the chance that the
child will slide under the belt in a
crash and be injured.

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Do not put any accessories on a seat
belt.

Two children should never use the
same seat belt.

Checking Seat Belt Fit

Do not let a child wear a seat belt
across the neck or over the stomach.

Do not let a child put the shoulder
part of a seat belt behind the back or
under the arm.

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The back seat is the safest place for
a child of any age or size.

In addition, the passenger’s front
airbag poses serious risks to children.
If the seat is too far forward, or the
child’s head is thrown forward
during a collision, or the child is
unrestrained or out of position, an
inflating front airbag can kill or
seriously injure the child.

The side airbag also poses risks. If
any part of a larger child’s body is in
the path of a deploying airbag, the
child could receive possibly serious
injuries.

Whichever style you select, follow
the booster seat maker’s instructions.

The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and Transport
Canada recommend that all children
ages 12 and under be properly
restrained in the back seat.

If a child needs a booster seat, we
recommend choosing a high or low-
back style that allows the child to be
directly secured with the lap/
shoulder belt.

A child should continue using a
booster seat until the child exceeds
the booster seat manufacturer’s
requirements.

Even then, the child may still need to
use a booster seat. Note that some
states now require children to use
boosters until they reach a certain
age and/or weight. Be sure to check
current laws in the state or states
where you intend to drive.

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Of course, children vary widely. And
while age may be one indicator of
when a child can safely ride in the
front, there are other important
factors you should consider.

If you decide that a child can safely
ride up front, be sure to:

Carefully read the owner’s manual
and make sure you understand all
seat belt instructions and all safety
information.

Move the vehicle seat to the rear-
most position.

Have the child sit up straight, back
against the seat, and feet on or
near the floor.

Check that the child’s seat belt is
properly positioned and secured.

Physically, a child must be large
enough for the lap/shoulder belt to
properly fit over the hips, chest, and
shoulder (see pages

and

). If

the seat belt does not fit properly,
the child should not sit in the front.

To safely ride in front, a child must
be able to follow the rules, including
sitting properly and wearing the seat
belt properly throughout a ride.

Remind the child not to lean
toward the door.

Supervise the child. Even mature
children sometimes need to be
reminded to fasten the seat belts
or sit properly.

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Attach the attaching clip to the
tether anchorage point as shown in
the illustration, then tighten the
strap according to the child seat
maker’s instructions. Make sure the
strap is not twisted.

The tether anchor fittings are
located under plastic covers. Pivot
the cover backward to access the
anchor fitting.

Your car has two tether anchorage
points under the rear window for
securing a tether-style child seat to
the car.

Since a tether can provide additional
security, we recommend using a
tether whenever one is required or
available. (Tethers are required in
Canada.)

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Your car is equipped with LATCH
(Lower Anchors and Tethers for
Children) at the outer rear seats.
The lower anchors are located
between the seat-back and seat
bottom and are to be used only with
a child seat designed for use with
LATCH.

The exact location of each lower
anchorage is marked with a small
circle above the lower anchorage
point.

To install a LATCH-compatible child
seat:

Move the seat belt buckle or seat
belt tongue away from the lower
anchors.

Put the child seat in the rear left
or right vehicle seat and attach the
child seat to the lower anchors
according to the child seat maker’s
instructions.

Make sure there are no foreign
objects around the anchors.
Foreign objects could get in the
way of a secure connection
between the child seat and the
anchors.

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Follow the child seat maker’s
instructions for any additional
advice on adjusting or tightening
the fit.

Attach the attaching clip to the
tether anchor fitting and tighten
the strap according to the child
seat maker’s instructions. Make
sure the strap is not twisted.

Push and pull the child seat
forward and from side to side to
verify that it is secure enough to
stay upright during normal driving
maneuvers.

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This seat belt has a single belt that
goes over your shoulder, across your
chest and across your hips.

To unlock the belt, push the red
PRESS button on the buckle.

To fasten the belt, insert the latch
plate into the buckle, then tug on the
belt to make sure the buckle is
latched.

The seat belt system also
includes a light on the

instrument panel to remind you and
your passengers to fasten your belts.
If the driver’s seat belt is not
fastened before the ignition is turned
ON (II), the light will come on and a
beeper will also sound. The beeper
will stop after a few seconds, but the
light will stay on until the driver’s
seat belt is fastened.

Your seat belt system includes lap/
shoulder belts in all four seating
positions. The front seat belts are
also equipped with automatic seat
belt tensioners.

Guide the belt across your body to
the door pillar. After exiting the car,
be sure the belt is out of the way and
will not get closed in the door.

All seat belts have an emergency
locking retractor. In normal driving,
the retractor lets you move freely in
your seat while it keeps some
tension on the belt. During a collision
or sudden stop, the retractor
automatically locks the belt to help
restrain your body.

The seat belts in all seating positions
except the driver’s have an additional
locking mechanism that must be
activated to secure a child seat. (See
pages

and

for instructions on

how to secure child seats with this
type of seat belt.)

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If the shoulder part of the belt is
pulled all the way out, the locking
mechanism will activate. The belt
will retract, but it will not allow the
passenger to move freely.

To deactivate the locking
mechanism, unlatch the buckle and
let the seat belt fully retract. To
refasten the belt, pull it out only as
far as needed.

See page

for instructions on how

to wear the lap/shoulder belt
properly.

For added protection, the front seat
belts are equipped with automatic
seat belt tensioners. When activated,
the tensioners immediately tighten
the belts to help hold the driver and
a front passenger in place.

The tensioners are designed to
activate primarily in frontal collisions.
The tensioners are independent of
the airbag system, so they can be
activated during a collision that

might not cause the airbags to
deploy. In this case, the airbags
would not be needed but the
additional seat belt tension can be
helpful.

The tensioners will be activated in a
collision severe enough to cause the
front airbags to inflate.

The SRS indicator light will
come on if there is a

problem with your automatic seat
belt tensioners (see page

).

When the tensioners are activated,
the seat belts will remain tight until
they are unbuckled in the normal
way.

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For safety, you should check the
condition of your seat belts regularly.

Pull each belt out fully and look for
frays, cuts, burns, and wear. Check
that the latches work smoothly and
that the lap/shoulder belts retract
easily. Any belt not in good condition
or not working properly will not
provide good protection and should
be replaced as soon as possible.

If a seat belt is worn during a crash,
it must be replaced by the dealer. A
belt that has been worn during a
crash may not provide the same level
of protection in a subsequent crash.
The dealer should also inspect the
anchors for damage and replace
them if needed.

Acura provides a lifetime warranty
on seat belts. Acura will repair or
replace any seat belt component
that fails to function properly
during normal use. Please see
your
booklet for details.

Automatic seat belt tensioners that
deployed during a crash must be
replaced.

For information on how to clean your
seat belts, see page

.

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Not checking or maintaining
seat belts can result in serious
injury or death if the seat belts
do not work properly when
needed.

Check your seat belts regularly
and have any problem
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Your Supplemental Restraint System
(SRS) includes:

An indicator light on the
instrument panel that alerts you to
a possible problem with the
system (see page

).

Two front airbags. The driver’s
airbag is stored in the center of
the steering wheel; the front
passenger’s airbag is stored in the
dashboard. Both are marked ‘‘SRS
AIRBAG.’’

Sensors that can detect a
moderate to severe frontal
collision.

Automatic seat belt tensioners
(see page

).

Emergency backup power in case
your car’s electrical system is
disconnected in a crash.

A sophisticated electronic system
that continually monitors and
records information about the
sensors, the control unit, the
airbag activators, and driver and
passenger seat belt use when the
ignition is ON (II).

If you ever have a moderate to
severe frontal collision, the sensors
will detect the vehicle’s rapid
deceleration. If the rate of
deceleration is high enough, the
control unit will instantly inflate the
front airbags.

Your vehicle is equipped with dual-
stage, dual-threshold airbags to help
reduce the chance of airbag-caused
injuries.

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