Acura Integra (2001 year). Instruction — page 3

Protecting Children

Rear-Facing Child Seat Installation

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.

1. 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.

2. 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).

3. 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.

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4. 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.

5. 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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Rear-Facing Child Seat Installation

Tips

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.

To achieve the desired reclining

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

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

13

). Or it

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

14

).

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.

Additional Precautions for Infants

Never hold an infant on your lap.

If you are not wearing a seat belt
in a crash, you could be thrown
forward into the dashboard and
crush the infant.

If you are wearing a seat belt, the
infant can be torn from your arms
during a crash. For example, if

your car 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.

Never put a seat belt over yourself
and an infant.
During a crash, the

belt could press deep into the
infant and cause very serious
injuries.

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Protecting Small Children

Child Seat Type

A child 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.

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.

Child Seat Placement

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

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 passenger’s 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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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.

Child Seat Installation

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.

1. 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.

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Improperly placing a forward-

facing child seat in the front
seat can result in serious injury

or death if the 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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2. 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).

3. 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.

4. 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.

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5. 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 seat, unlatch the buckle,
unroute the seat belt, and let the belt

fully retract.

Additional Precautions for Small

Children

Never hold a small child on your
lap.
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 car crashes into a parked
vehicle at 30 mph (48 km/h), a

30-lb (14 kg) child will become a
900-lb (410 kg) force, and you will
not be able to hold on.

Never put a seat belt over yourself
and a child.
During a crash, the

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

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Protecting Larger Children

When a child reaches the

recommended weight or height limit
for a forward-facing child seat, the
child should sit in one of the back

seats and wear a lap/shoulder belt.

If a child is too short for the shoulder
part of the belt to properly fit, 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.

Checking Seat Belt Fit

To determine if a lap/shoulder belt

properly fits a child, have the child
put on the seat belt. Follow the
instructions on page

16

. Then check

how the belt fits.

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Allowing a larger child to sit

improperly in the front seat can
result in injury or death if the

airbags inflate.

If a larger child must sit in front,
make sure the child moves the

seat as far back as possible
and wears the seat belt properly.

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If the shoulder part of the belt rests
over the child’s collarbone and
against the center of the chest, as
shown, the child is large enough to
wear the seat belt.

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

Do not let a child wear a seat belt
across the neck.
This could result in
serious neck injuries during a crash.

Do not let a child put the shoulder

part of a seat belt behind the back or

under the arm. 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.

Do not put any accessories on a seat

belt. 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.

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

be very seriously injured in a crash.

Using a Booster Seat

If a child needs a booster seat, we
recommend choosing a style that
allows the child to use the lap/
shoulder belt directly, without a
shield, as shown.

Whichever style you select, follow

the booster seat maker’s instructions.

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A child may continue using a booster

seat until the tops of the ears are
even with the top of the seat-back. A
child of this height should be tall
enough to use the lap/shoulder belt

without a booster.

When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front

The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and Transport

Canada recommend that all children
ages 12 and under be properly

restrained in a back seat.

The back seat is the safest place for

a child of any age or size.

In addition, the passenger’s 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 airbag
can kill or seriously injure the child.

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.

Physical Size

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

16

and

38

). If

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

Maturity

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.

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.

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

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Using Child Seats with Tethers

Your Acura has two tether

anchorages on the rear panel 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.

Attach the tether strap hook to the

tether anchorage point as shown in
the illustration, then tighten the
strap according to the child seat
maker’s instructions.

When you reinstall the tether
hardware after replacing the tail/

stoplight or back-up light bulb, make
sure the toothed washer is on the
bottom of the bolt, Tighten the bolt

to:

16 lbf.ft (22 N.m,2.2 kgf.m)

If a torque wrench was not used, see

your Acura dealer as soon as
possible to verify proper
reinstallation.

If you are not sure how to reinstall
the tether hardware, contact your

Acura dealer.

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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts

Seat Belt System Components

Your seat belt system includes lap/

shoulder belts in all four seating
positions.

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.

Lap/Shoulder Belt

This seat belt has a single belt that

goes over your shoulder, across your
chest and across your hips.

To fasten the belt, insert the latch

plate into the buckle, then tug on the
belt to make sure the buckle is
latched.

To unlock the belt, push the red

PRESS button on the buckle.

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.

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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts

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

31

and

35

for instructions on

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

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

16

for instructions on how

to wear the lap/shoulder belt
properly.

Seat Belt Maintenance

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.

U.S. Models

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 Acura

Warranty Information booklet for

details.

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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts

If a seat belt is worn during a crash,
you should have your dealer inspect
the belt, and replace it if necessary.

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.

For information on how to clean your

seat belts, see page

221

.

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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
corrected as soon as possible.

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Additional Information About Your SRS

SRS Components

Your Supplemental Restraint System

(SRS) includes:

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.

A sophisticated electronic system

that continually monitors
information about the sensors, the
control unit, and the airbag
activators when the ignition is ON

(II).

An indicator light on the

instrument panel that alerts you to
a possible problem with the

system (see page

47

).

Emergency backup power in case

your car’s electrical system is

disconnected in a crash.

How Your Airbags Work

If you ever have a moderate to
severe frontal collision, the sensors
will detect rapid deceleration and
signal the control unit to instantly
inflate the airbags.

During a crash, your seat belt helps
restrain your lower body and torso.

Your airbag provides a cushion to
help restrain and protect your head

and chest.

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Additional Information About Your SRS

Since both airbags use the same
sensors, both airbags normally
inflate at the same time. However, it
is possible for only one airbag to
inflate.

This can occur when the severity of

a collision is at the margin, or
threshold, that determines whether
or not the airbags will deploy. In
such cases, the seat belt will provide

sufficient protection, and the
supplemental protection offered by

the airbag would be minimal.

After inflating, the airbags

immediately deflate, so they won’t
interfere with the driver’s visibility,
or the ability to steer or operate
other controls.

The total time for inflation and

deflation is approximately one-tenth
of a second, so fast that most
occupants are not aware that the
airbags deployed until they see them

lying in their laps.

After a crash, you may see what
looks like smoke. This is actually
powder from the airbag’s surface.
Although the powder is not harmful,

people with respiratory problems
may experience some temporary
discomfort. If this occurs, get out of
the car as soon as it is safe to do so.

U.S. Owners

For additional information on how
your airbags work, see the booklet
titled SRS: What You Need to Know
About Airbags that
came with your
owner’s manual.

Canadian Owners

For additional information on how
your airbags work, ask your dealer
for a copy of the booklet titled SRS:

What You Need to Know About Airbags.

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