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4 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.

Properly adjusted head restraints

will help protect occupants from
whiplash and other crash injuries.

See page

82

for how to adjust the

head restraints.

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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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5.Fasten and Position the Seat

Belts

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.

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.

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.

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

behind your back. This could cause

very serious injuries in a crash.

If a seat belt does not seem to work
as it should, it may not protect the
occupant in a crash. No one should

sit in a seat with an inoperative seat
belt.
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.

See page

42

for additional

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

6.Adjust the Steering Wheel

Adjust the steering wheel, if needed,

so that the wheel points toward your
chest, not toward your face.

Pointing the steering wheel toward

your chest provides optimal
protection from the airbag.

See page

66

for how to adjust the

steering wheel.

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7.Maintain a Proper Sitting

Position

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 airbag.

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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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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Advice for Pregnant Women

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 vehicle.

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

your hips.

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.

Additional Safety Precautions

Two people should never use the
same seat belt.
If they do, they

could be very seriously injured in a
crash.

Do not put any accessories on seat
belts.
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.

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Do not place hard or sharp objects

between yourself and an 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
airbags inflate.

Do not attach or place objects on

the airbag covers. 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.

Keep your hands and arms away
from the airbag covers.
If your

hands or arms are close to the
airbag covers in the center of the
steering wheel and on top of the

dashboard, they could be injured if

the airbags inflate.

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Protecting Children

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

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.

All Children Must Be Restrained

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.

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.

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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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Any child who is too small to wear a

seat belt should be properly

restrained in a child seat. (See page

26

.)

A larger child should always be

restrained with a seat belt. (See page

38

.)

Children Should Sit in the Back

Seat

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.

The Passenger’s Airbag Poses

Serious Risks to Children

Airbags have been designed to help

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

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Infants
Never put a rear-facing child seat in

the front seat of a vehicle equipped
with a passenger’s airbag.
If the

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

Small Children

Placing a forward-facing child seat in

the front seat of a vehicle equipped
with a passenger’s airbag can be

hazardous. If the vehicle seat is too

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

seriously injure a small child.

Larger Children

Children who have outgrown child

seats are also at risk of being injured
or killed by an inflating passenger’s

airbag. Whenever possible, larger

children should sit in the back seat,
properly restrained with a seat belt.

(See page

38

for important

information about protecting larger
children.)

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U.S. Models

To remind you of the passenger’s

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.

Canadian Models

To remind you of the 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.

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CAUTION

TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY:

FOR MAXIMUM SAFETY PROTECTION IN
ALL TYPES OF CRASHES, YOU MUST
ALWAYS WEAR YOUR SAFETY BELT.
DO NOT INSTALL REARWARD-FACING
CHILD SEATS IN ANY FRONT
PASSENGER SEAT POSITION.
DO NOT SIT OR LEAN UNNECESSARILY
CLOSE TO THE AIR BAG.
DO NOT PLACE ANY OBJECTS OVER THE
AIR BAG OR BETWEEN THE AIR BAG
AND YOURSELF.
SEE THE OWNER’S MANUAL FOR FURTHER
INFORMATION AND EXPLANATIONS.

PRECAUTION:
POUR EVITER DES BLESSURES GRAVES:

POUR PROFITER D’UNE PROTECTION
MAXIMALE LORS D’UNE COLLISION BOUCLEZ
TOUJOURS VOTRE CEINTURE DE SECURITE.
N’lNSTALLEZ JAMAIS UN SIEGE POUR
ENFANTS FAISANT FACE A L’ARRIERE SUR
LE SIEGE DU PASSAGER AVANT.
NE VOUS APPUYEZ PAS ET NE VOUS ASSEYEZ

PAS PRES DU COUSSIN GONFLABLE.
NE DEPOSEZ AUCUN OBJET SUR LE COUSSIN
GONFLABLE OU ENTRE LE COUSSIN

GONFLABLE ET VOUS.
LISEZ LE GUIDE UTILISATEUR POUR DE

PLUS AMPLES RENSEIGNEMENTS.

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If You Must Drive with Several

Children

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:

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

38

).

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

13

).

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

18

).

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

16

).

If a Child Requires Close

Attention

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 airbag, and paying close
attention to a child distracts the
driver from the important task 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.

Additional Safety Precautions

Do not leave children alone in your

vehicle. 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.

Lock both doors and the hatch

when your vehicle is not in use.

Children who play in cars can
accidentally get trapped inside the
car. Teach your children not to

play in or around cars.

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General Guidelines for Using

Child Seats

The following pages give general

guidelines for selecting and installing
child seats for infants and small
children.

Selecting a Child Seat

To provide proper protection, a child

seat should meet three
requirements:

1. The child seat should meet safety

standards. 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 and seat.

2. The child seat should be of the

proper type and size to fit the child.

Infants: 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

30

for additional information on

protecting infants.

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Small Children: 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

34

for

additional information on protecting
small children.

3. The child seat should fit the

vehicle seating position (or

positions) where it will be used.

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

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.

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.

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Placing a Child Seat

This page briefly summarizes Acura’s

recommendations on where to place
rear-facing and forward-facing child
seats in your car.

Front Passenger’s Seat
Infants:
Never in the front seat, due

to the passenger’s airbag hazard.

Small children: Not recommended,

due to the passenger’s 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

35

).

Back Seats
Infants:
Recommended positions.

Secure a rear-facing child seat

with the seat belt (see page

3 1

) .

Small children: Recommended

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

35

).

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Airbags Pose Serious

Risks to Children

The passenger’s 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 airbag can kill or

seriously injure the child.

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

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Installing a Child Seat

After selecting a proper child seat,

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

1. Secure the child seat to the car

with a seat belt. All child seats

must be secured to the car with
the lap part of a lap/shoulder belt.

A child whose seat is not properly

secured to the car can be
endangered in a crash. See pages

31

and

35

for instructions on how

to secure child seats in this car.

2. Make sure the child seat is firmly

secured. After installing a child

seat, push and pull the seat

forward and from side to side to
verify that it is secure.

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.

3. Secure the child in the child 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.

Storing a Child Seat

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.

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Child Seat Type

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.

Two types of seats may be used: a

seat designed exclusively for infants,
or a convertible seat used in the rear-

facing, reclining mode.

We recommend that an infant be
restrained in a rear-facing child seat
until the infant reaches the seat

maker’s weight or height limit and is
able to sit up without support.

Rear-Facing Child Seat Placement

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.

Never put a rear-facing child seat in

the front seat. If the passenger’s

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.

Do not put a rear-facing child seat in
a forward-facing position.
If placed

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

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Placing a rear-facing child seat
in the front seat can result in
serious injury or death if the

airbags inflate.

Always place a rear-facing child

seat in the back seat, not the
front.

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