Acura ILX Hybrid (2015 year). Instruction — page 3

uuSeat BeltsuFastening a Seat Belt
3. Position the lap part of the belt as low as
1Fastening a Seat Belt
possible across your hips, then pull up on
the shoulder part of the belt so the lap part
Lap belt
fits snugly. This lets your strong pelvic
Improperly positioning the seat belts can
as low as
bones take the force of a crash and reduces
cause serious injury or death in a crash.
the chance of internal injuries.
4. If necessary, pull up on the belt again to
Make sure all seat belts are properly
remove any slack, then check that the belt
positioned before driving.
rests across the center of your chest and
over your shoulder. This spreads the forces
To release the belt, push the red PRESS button then
of a crash over the strongest bones in your
guide the belt by hand until it has retracted
upper body.
When exiting the vehicle, be sure the belt is out of
the way and will not get caught by closing the door.
Adjusting the Shoulder Anchor
1Adjusting the Shoulder Anchor
The front seats have adjustable shoulder anchors to accommodate taller and shorter
The shoulder anchor height can be adjusted to four
levels. If the belt contacts your neck, lower the height
one level at a time.
1. Move the anchor up and down while
holding the release button.
After an adjustment, make sure that the shoulder
2. Position the anchor so that the belt rests
anchor position is secure.
across the center of your chest and over
your shoulder.

uuSeat Belts uFastening a Seat Belt
1Advice for Pregnant Women
Advice for Pregnant Women
Each time you have a checkup, ask your doctor if it is
If you are pregnant, the best way to protect yourself and your unborn child when
okay for you to drive.
driving or riding in a vehicle is to always wear a seat belt and keep the lap part of the
belt as low as possible across the hips.
To reduce the risk of injuries to both you and your
unborn child that can be caused by an inflating front
Wear the shoulder belt
across the chest avoiding
When driving, sit upright and adjust the seat as far
the abdomen.
back as possible while allowing full control of the
When sitting in the front passenger’s seat, adjust
the seat as far back as possible.
Wear the lap part of the
belt as low as possible
across the hips.

uuSeat BeltsuSeat Belt Inspection
Seat Belt Inspection
Regularly check the condition of your seat belts as follows:
1Seat Belt Inspection
• Pull each belt out fully, and look for frays, cuts, burns, and wear.
• Check that the latches work smoothly and the belts retract easily.
u If a belt does not retract easily, cleaning the belt may correct the problem. Only
Not checking or maintaining seat belts can
use a mild soap and warm water. Do not use bleach or cleaning solvents. Make
result in serious injury or death if the seat
sure the belt is completely dry before allowing it to retract.
belts do not work properly when needed.
Any belt that is not in good condition or working properly will not provide proper
Check your seat belts regularly and have
protection and should be replaced as soon as possible.
any problem corrected as soon as possible.
A belt that has been worn during a crash may not provide the same level of
protection in a subsequent crash. Have your seat belts inspected by a dealer after
any collision.

Airbag System Components
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uuAirbagsuAirbag System Components
The front, front side, and side curtain
d An electronic control unit that continually
hImpact sensors that can detect a
airbags are deployed according to the
monitors and can record information
moderate to severe front or side impact.
direction and severity of impact. The airbag
about the sensors, the airbag activators,
system includes:
the seat belt tensioners, and driver and
i An indicator on the dashboard that alerts
front passenger seat belt use when the
you that the front passenger’s front
a Two SRS (Supplemental Restraint System)
power mode is in ON.
airbag has been turned off.
front airbags. The driver’s airbag is stored
in the center of the steering wheel; the
e Automatic front seat belt tensioners. The
j Sensors that can detect if a child or small
front passenger’s airbag is stored in the
driver’s and front passenger’s seat belts
statured adult is in the deployment path
dashboard. Both are marked SRS
incorporate sensors that detect whether
of the front passenger’s side airbag.
or not they are fastened.
k An indicator on the instrument panel that
b Two side airbags, one for the driver and
f A driver’s seat position sensor. If the seat
alerts you to a possible problem with your
one for a front passenger. The airbags are
is too far forward, the airbag will inflate
airbag system or seat belt tensioners.
stored in the outer edges of the seat-
with less force.
backs. Both are marked SIDE AIRBAG.
l An indicator on the instrument panel that
g Weight sensors in the front passenger’s
alerts you that the front passenger’s side
c Two side curtain airbags, one for each
seat. The front passenger’s airbag will be
airbag has been turned off.
side of the vehicle. The airbags are stored
turned off if the weight on the seat is 65
in the ceiling, above the side windows.
lbs (29 kg) or less (the weight of an infant
The front and rear pillars are marked
or small child).

uuAirbagsuAirbag System Components
1Important Facts About Your Airbags
Important Facts About Your Airbags
Do not attempt to deactivate your airbags. Together,
Airbags can pose serious hazards. To do their job, airbags must inflate with
airbags and seat belts provide the best protection.
tremendous force. So, while airbags help save lives, they can cause burns, bruises,
and other minor injuries, and sometimes even fatal ones if occupants are not
When driving, keep hands and arms out of the
wearing their seat belts properly and sitting correctly.
deployment path of the front airbag by holding each
side of the steering wheel. Do not cross an arm over
the airbag cover.
What you should do: Always wear your seat belt properly, and sit upright and as
far back from the steering wheel as possible while allowing full control of the
vehicle. A front passenger should move their seat as far back from the dashboard as
Remember, however, that no safety system can prevent all injuries or deaths that
can occur in a severe crash, even when seat belts are properly worn and the airbags
Do not place hard or sharp objects between yourself and a front airbag.
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.
Do not attach or place objects on the front airbag covers. Objects on the
covers marked SRS AIRBAG could interfere with the proper operation of the airbags
or be propelled inside the vehicle and hurt someone if the airbags inflate.

uuAirbagsuTypes of Airbags
Types of Airbags
Your vehicle is equipped with three types of airbags:
1Types of Airbags
Front airbags: Airbags in front of the driver’s and front passenger’s seats.
The airbags can inflate whenever the power mode is
Side airbags: Airbags in the driver’s and front passenger’s seat-backs.
in ON.
Side curtain airbags: Airbags above the side windows.
After an airbag inflates in a crash, you may see a
Each is discussed in the following pages.
small amount of smoke. This is from the combustion
process of the inflator material and is not harmful.
People with respiratory problems may experience
some temporary discomfort. If this occurs, get out of
the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so.
Front Airbags (SRS)
1Front Airbags (SRS)
The front SRS airbags inflate in a moderate-to-severe frontal collision to help protect
Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags
the head and chest of the driver and/or front passenger.
Your vehicle is equipped with dual-stage, multiple-
threshold front airbags (SRS).
SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) indicates that the airbags are designed to
During a frontal crash severe enough to cause one or
supplement seat belts, not replace them. Seat belts are the occupant’s primary
both front airbags to deploy, the airbags can inflate
restraint system.
at different rates, depending on the severity of the
crash, whether or not the seat belts are latched, and/
or other factors. Frontal airbags are designed to
Housing Locations
supplement the seat belts to help reduce the
The front airbags are housed in the center of the steering wheel for the driver, and
likelihood of head and chest injuries in frontal
in the dashboard for the front passenger. Both airbags are marked SRS AIRBAG.

uuAirbagsuFront Airbags (SRS)
Front airbags are designed to inflate during moderate-to-severe frontal collisions.
When the vehicle decelerates suddenly, the sensors send information to the control
unit which signals one or both front airbags to inflate.
A frontal collision can be either head-on or angled between two vehicles, or when a
vehicle crashes into a stationary object, such as a concrete wall.
1How the Front Airbags Work
How the Front Airbags Work
Although the driver’s and front passenger’s airbags
While your seat belt restrains your torso, the
normally inflate within a split second of each other, it
front airbag provides supplemental protection
is possible for only one airbag to deploy. This can
for your head and chest.
happen if the severity of a collision is at the margin,
or threshold, that determines whether or not the
The front airbags deflate immediately so that
airbags will deploy. In such cases, the seat belt will
they won’t interfere with the driver’s visibility
provide sufficient protection, and the supplemental
protection offered by the airbag would be minimal.
or the ability to steer or operate other
The total time for inflation and deflation is so fast that most occupants are not
aware that the airbags deployed until they see them lying in front of them.

uuAirbagsuFront Airbags (SRS)
When front airbags should not deploy
Minor frontal crashes: Front airbags were designed to supplement seat belts and
help save lives, not to prevent minor scrapes, or even broken bones that might occur
during a less than moderate-to-severe frontal crash.
Side impacts: Front airbags can provide protection when a sudden deceleration
causes a driver or front passenger to move towards the front of the vehicle. Side
airbags and side curtain airbags have been specifically designed to help reduce the
severity of injuries that can occur during a moderate-to-severe side impact which
can cause the driver or passenger to move towards the side of the vehicle.
Rear impacts: Head restraints and seat belts are your best protection during a rear
impact. Front airbags cannot provide any significant protection and are not designed
to deploy in such collisions.
Rollovers: Seat belts and, in vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor, side airbags
and side curtain airbags offer the best protection in a rollover. Because front airbags
could provide little if any protection, they are not designed to deploy during a
When front airbags deploy with little or no visible damage
Because the airbag system senses sudden deceleration, a strong impact to the
vehicle framework or suspension might cause one or more of the airbags to deploy.
Examples include running into a curb, the edge of a hole, or other low fixed object
that causes a sudden deceleration in the vehicle chassis. Since the impact is
underneath the vehicle, damage may not be readily apparent.
When front airbags may not deploy, even though exterior damage
appears severe
Since crushable body parts absorb crash energy during an impact, the amount of
visible damage does not always indicate proper airbag operation. In fact, some
collisions can result in severe damage but no airbag deployment because the airbags
would not have been needed or would not have provided protection even if they
had deployed.

uuAirbagsuFront Airbags (SRS)
1Advanced Airbags
Advanced Airbags
If there is a problem with the driver’s seat position
Your front airbags have advanced features to help reduce the likelihood of airbag
sensor, the SRS indicator will come on and the airbag
related injuries to smaller occupants.
will inflate with full (normal) force, regardless of the
The driver’s advanced front airbag system
driver’s seating position.
includes a seat position sensor.
For both advanced front airbags to work properly:
Do not spill any liquid on or under the seats.
If the seat is too far forward, the airbag
Do not put any object under the passenger’s seat.
inflates with less force, regardless of the
Make sure any objects are positioned properly on
severity of the impact.
the floor. Improperly positioned objects can
interfere with the advanced airbag sensors.
All occupants should sit upright and wear their seat
belts properly.
Do not place any cover over the passenger side
The passenger’s advanced front airbag system
has weight sensors.
Make sure the floor mat behind the front passenger’s
Although we recommend against carrying an
seat is hooked to the floor mat anchor. An improperly
infant or small child in front, if the sensors
placed mat can interfere with the advanced airbag
detect the weight of a child (up to about 65
lbs or 29 kg), the system will automatically
2 Floor Mats P. 307
turn off the passenger’s front airbag.

uuAirbagsuSide Airbags
Side Airbags
The side airbags help protect the upper torso of the driver or a front passenger
1Side Airbags
during a moderate-to-severe side impact.
Do not attach accessories on or near the side airbags.
They can interfere with the proper operation of the
airbags, or hurt someone if an airbag inflates.
Housing Locations
The side airbags are housed in the outside
If the impact is on the passenger side, the airbag
edge of the driver’s and passenger’s seat-
deploys even if there is no passenger’s in the
passenger seat.
Do not cover or replace the front seat-back covers
Both are marked SIDE AIRBAG.
without consulting a dealer.
Improperly replacing or covering front seat-back
covers can prevent your side airbags from properly
deploying during a side impact.
When the sensors detect a moderate-to-
severe side impact, the control unit signals the
side airbag on the impact side to immediately
Side Airbag

uuAirbags uSide Airbags
When a side airbag deploys with little or no visible damage
Because the airbag system senses sudden acceleration, a strong impact to the side
of the vehicle’s framework can cause a side airbag to deploy. In such cases, there
may be little or no damage, but the side impact sensors detected a severe enough
impact to deploy the airbag.
When a side airbag may not deploy, even though visible damage appears
It is possible for a side airbag to not deploy during an impact that results in
apparently severe damage. This can occur when the point of impact was towards
the far front or rear of the vehicle, or when the vehicle’s crushable body parts
absorbed most of the crash energy. In either case, the side airbag would not have
been needed nor provided protection even if it had deployed.

uuAirbagsuSide Airbags
1Side Airbag Cutoff System
Side Airbag Cutoff System
To reduce the likelihood that a front passenger may be injured by an inflating side
Sensor that
airbag, the passenger side airbag is automatically turned off when:
monitors the
passenger’s height.
• The height sensors detect a child or short-statured adult is seated in the front
passenger seat.
• The position sensor detects that the front passenger is leaning into the
deployment path of the side airbag.
When the side airbag cutoff system is activated, the side airbag off indicator comes
Sensor that monitors the
passenger’s position.
2 Side Airbag Off Indicator P. 52
The sensors that monitor the front passenger’s height
Side Airbag Off Indicator
and body position may not work if:
The seat-back is wet
If the side airbag off indicator comes on, have the passenger sit upright. A few
The passenger is touching a metal or other
seconds after the passenger is sitting properly, the side airbag will automatically be
electrical conductive object
turned on, and the indicator will go off.
A seat cushion is on the seat
The passenger is wearing excessively thick clothing
If the front passenger is a child, stop when it is safe to do so, and have the child sit
properly restrained in a rear seat.

uuAirbagsuSide Curtain Airbags
Side Curtain Airbags
The side curtain airbags help protect the heads of the driver and passengers in outer
1Side Curtain Airbags
seating positions during a moderate-to-severe side impact.
The side curtain airbags are most effective when an
occupant is wearing their seat belt properly and
sitting upright, well back in their seat.
Housing Locations
The side curtain airbags are located in the
Do not attach any objects to the side windows or roof
ceiling above the side windows on both sides
pillars as they can interfere with the proper operation
of the vehicle.
of the side curtain airbags.
Side Curtain Airbag Storage
The side curtain airbag is designed to deploy
in a moderate-to-severe side impact.
Deployed Side Curtain Airbag
When side curtain airbags deploy in a frontal collision
One or both side curtain airbags may inflate in a moderate-to-severe angled frontal
In this case, the side curtain airbags will deploy slightly after the front airbags.

uuAirbagsuAirbag System Indicators
Airbag System Indicators
If a problem occurs in the airbag system, the SRS indicator will come on and a
message appears on the multi-information display.
SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) Indicator
1SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) Indicator
When the power mode is set to ON
The indicator comes on for a few seconds,
Ignoring the SRS indicator can result in
then goes off. This tells you the system is
serious injury or death if the airbag systems
working properly.
or tensioners do not work properly.
Have your vehicle checked by a dealer as
soon as possible if the SRS indicator alerts
you to a possible problem.
If the indicator comes on at any other time, or does not come on at all, have the
system checked by a dealer as soon as possible. If you don’t, your airbags and seat
belt tensioners may not work properly when they are needed.

uuAirbagsuAirbag System Indicators
1Passenger Airbag Off Indicator
Passenger Airbag Off Indicator
If the indicator comes on with no front passenger and
When the passenger airbag off
no objects on the passenger’s seat, or with an adult
indicator comes on
riding there, something may be interfering with the
The indicator comes on to alert you that the
weight sensors. Such as:
passenger’s front airbag has been turned off.
An object hanging on the seat or in the seat-back
This occurs when the front passenger’s weight
A child seat or other object pressing against the
sensors detect 65 lbs (29 kg) or less, the
rear of the seat-back.
weight of an infant or small child, on the seat.
A rear passenger pushing or pulling on the back of
the front passenger’s seat.
The front seat or seat-back is forced back against
an object on the seat or floor behind it.
Infants and small children should always ride properly restrained in a back seat.
An object placed under the front passenger’s seat.
2 Child Safety P. 54
If none of these conditions exist, have your vehicle
checked by a dealer as soon as possible.
Objects placed on the seat can also cause the indicator to come on.
The passenger airbag off indicator may come on and
If the front passenger seat is empty, the passenger’s front airbag will not deploy and
goes off repeatedly if the total weight on the seat is
the indicator will not come on.
near the airbag cutoff threshold.

uuAirbagsuAirbag System Indicators
1Side Airbag Off Indicator
Side Airbag Off Indicator
When you set the power mode to ON, the indicator
When the side airbag off indicator comes on
should come on for a few seconds and then go out.
If it doesn’t come on, stays on, or comes on while
driving without a passenger in the front seat, have
the system checked by a dealer as soon as possible.
This indicator comes on if the passenger’s side airbag has been turned off because
the passenger is too small to be sitting in the front seat, is slouching or not sitting
upright, or has leaned into the airbag’s deployment path.
Unless the passenger is a smaller statured adult or a child, the indicator should go
off when the passenger returns to a proper upright sitting position.
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