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Side Curtain Airbags

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Side Curtain Airbags

The side curtain airbags help protect the heads of the driver and passengers in outer 
seating positions during a moderate-to-severe side impact. The side curtain airbags 
equipped in this vehicle are also designed to help reduce the likelihood of partial and 
complete ejection of vehicle occupants through side windows in crashes, particularly 
rollover crashes.

The side curtain airbags are located in the 
ceiling above the side windows on both sides 
of the vehicle.

The side curtain airbag is designed to deploy 
in a rollover or a moderate-to-severe side 
impact.

Housing Locations

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Side Curtain Airbags

If the SRS control unit senses that your vehicle is 
about to rollover, it immediately deploys both side 
curtain airbags and activates both front seat belt 
tensioners.

If the impact is on the passenger’s side, the 
passenger’s side curtain airbag will inflate even if 
there are no occupants on that side of the vehicle.

To get the best protection from the side curtain 
airbags, occupants should wear their seat belts 
properly and sit upright and well back in their seats.

Do not attach any objects to the side windows or roof 
pillars as they can interfere with the proper operation 
of the side curtain airbags.

Side Curtain Airbag Storage

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Deployed Side Curtain Airbag

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Airbag System Indicators

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When side curtain airbags deploy in a frontal collision

One or both side curtain airbags may inflate in a moderate-to-severe angled frontal 
collision.
In this case, the side curtain airbags will deploy slightly after the front airbags.

Airbag System Indicators

If a problem occurs in the airbag system, the SRS indicator will come on and a 
message appears on the i-MID.

When the power mode is set to ON

The indicator comes on for a few seconds, 
then goes off. This tells you the system is 
working properly.

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.

Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Indicator

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Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Indicator

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WARNING

Ignoring the SRS indicator can result in 
serious injury or death if the airbag systems 
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.

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Airbag System Indicators

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When the passenger airbag off 
indicator comes on

The indicator comes on to alert you that the 
passenger’s front airbag has been turned off.
This occurs when the front passenger’s weight 
sensors detect 65 lbs (29 kg) or less, the 
weight of an infant or small child, on the seat.

Infants and small children should always ride properly restrained in a back seat.

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Objects placed on the seat can also cause the indicator to come on.

If the front passenger seat is empty, the passenger’s front airbag will not deploy and 
the indicator will not come on.

Passenger Airbag Off Indicator

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Passenger Airbag Off Indicator

If the indicator comes on with no front passenger and 
no objects on the passenger’s seat, or with an adult 
riding there, something may be interfering with the 
weight sensors, such as:

An object hanging on the seat or in the seat-back 
pocket.

A child seat or other object pressing against the 
rear of the seat-back.

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.

An object placed under the front passenger’s seat.

If none of these conditions exist, have your vehicle 
checked by a dealer as soon as possible.

The passenger airbag off indicator may come on and 
goes off repeatedly if the total weight on the seat is 
near the airbag cutoff threshold.

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Airbag Care

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Airbag Care

You do not need to, and should not, perform any maintenance on or replace any 
airbag system components yourself. However, you should have your vehicle 
inspected by a dealer in the following situations:

When the airbags have deployed

If an airbag has inflated, the control unit and other related parts must be replaced. 
Similarly, once an automatic seat belt tensioner has been activated, it must be 
replaced.

When the vehicle has been in a moderate-to-severe collision

Even if the airbags did not inflate, have your dealer inspect the following: the driver’s 
seat position sensor, weight sensors in the passenger’s seat, front seat belt 
tensioners, and each seat belt that was worn during the crash.

Do not remove or modify a front seat without consulting a dealer

This would likely disable the driver’s seat position sensor or the weight sensors in the 
passenger’s seat. If it is necessary to remove or modify a front seat to accommodate 
a person with disabilities, contact a Honda dealer, or for U.S. vehicles, American 
Honda Automobile Customer Service at 800-999-1009 and for Canadian vehicles, 
Honda Canada Customer Relations at 888-9-HONDA-9.

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Airbag Care

We recommend against the use of salvaged airbag 
system components, including the airbag, tensioners, 
sensors, and control unit.

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Child Safety

Protecting Child Passengers

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, Canadian province 
and territory requires that infants and children be properly restrained when they ride 
in a vehicle.

Children should sit properly restrained in a rear seat. This is because:

• An inflating front or side airbag can injure 

or kill a child sitting in the front seat.

• A child in the front seat is more likely to 

interfere with the driver’s ability to safely 
control the vehicle.

• Statistics show that children of all sizes and 

ages are safer when they are properly 
restrained in a rear seat.

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Protecting Child Passengers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 
and Transport Canada recommend that all children 
ages 12 and under be properly restrained in a rear 
seat. Some states or provinces/territories have laws 
restricting where children may ride.

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WARNING

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, using a booster seat if necessary.

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Protecting Child Passengers

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• Any child who is too small to wear a seat belt correctly must be restrained in an 

approved child seat that is properly secured to the vehicle using either the lap belt 
portion of the lap/shoulder belt or the lower anchors of the LATCH system.

• Never hold a child on your lap because it is impossible to protect them in the 

event of a collision.

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

likely press deep into the child and cause serious or fatal injuries.

• Never let two children use the same seat belt. Both children could be very 

seriously injured in a crash.

• Do not allow children to operate the doors, windows or seat adjustments.

• Do not leave children in the vehicle unattended, especially in hot weather when 

the inside of the vehicle can get hot enough to kill them. They could also activate 
vehicle controls causing it to move unexpectedly.

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Protecting Child Passengers

To deactivate a lockable retractor, release the buckle 
and allow the seat belt to wind up all the way.

To remind you of the passenger’s front airbag 
hazards and child safety, your vehicle has warning 
labels on the dashboard (U.S. models) and on the 
front visors. Please read and follow the instructions 
on these labels.

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WARNING

Allowing a child to play with a seat belt or 
wrap one around their neck can result in 
serious injury or death.

Instruct children not to play with any seat 
belt and make sure any unused seat belt a 
child can reach is buckled, fully retracted, 
and locked.

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Safety of Infants and Small Children

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Safety of Infants and Small Children

An infant must be properly restrained in a rear-facing, reclining child seat until the 
infant reaches the seat manufacturer’s weight or height limit for the seat, and the 
infant is at least one year old.

Positioning a rear-facing child seat

Child seats must be placed and secured in a 
rear seating position.

When properly installed, a rear-facing child seat may prevent the driver or a front 
passenger from moving their seat all the way back, or from locking their seat-back 
in the desired position.

It can also interfere with proper operation of the passenger’s advanced front airbag 
system.

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If this occurs, we recommend that you install the child seat directly behind the front 
passenger’s seat, move the seat as far forward as needed, and leave it unoccupied. 
Or, you may wish to get a smaller rear-facing child seat.

Protecting Infants

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Protecting Infants

Rear-facing child seats should never be installed in a 
forward facing position.

Always refer to the child seat manufacturer’s 
instructions before installation.

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WARNING

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

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

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Safety of Infants and Small Children

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If a child is at least one year old and within the weight range indicated by the child 
seat manufacturer, the child should be properly restrained in a firmly secured 
forward-facing child seat.

Forward-facing child seat placement

We strongly recommend placing a forward-
facing child seat in a rear seating position.

Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat can be hazardous, even with 
advanced front airbags that automatically turn the passenger’s front airbag off. A 
rear seat is the safest place for a child.

Protecting Smaller Children

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Protecting Smaller Children

Educate yourself about the laws and regulations 
regarding child seat use where you are driving, and 
follow the child seat manufacturer’s instructions.

Many experts recommend use of a rear-facing seat 
for a child up to two years old if the child’s height and 
weight are appropriate for a rear-facing seat.

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WARNING

Placing a forward-facing child seat in the 
front seat can result in serious injury or 
death if the front airbag inflates.

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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Most child seats are LATCH-compatible (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren). 
Some have a rigid-type connector while others have a flexible-type connector. Both 
are equally easy to use. Some existing and previously owned child seats can only be 
installed using the seat belt. Whichever type you choose, follow the child seat 
manufacturer’s use and care instructions as well as the instructions in this manual. 
Proper installation is key to maximizing your child’s safety.

In seating positions and vehicles not equipped with LATCH, a LATCH-compatible 
child seat can be installed using the seat belt and a top tether for added security. 
This is because all child seats are required to be designed so that they can be secured 
with a lap belt or the lap part of a lap/shoulder belt. In addition, the child seat 
manufacturer may advise that a seat belt be used to attach a LATCH-compatible seat 
once a child reaches a specified weight. Please read the child seat owner’s manual 
for proper installation instructions.

Important consideration when selecting a child seat

Make sure the child seat meets the following three requirements:
• The child seat is the correct type and size for the child.
• The child seat is the correct type for the seating position.
• The child seat is compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 or 

Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.

Selecting a Child Seat

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Selecting a Child Seat

Installation of a LATCH-compatible child seat is 
simple.

LATCH-compatible child seats have been developed 
to simplify the installation process and reduce the 
likelihood of injuries caused by incorrect installation.

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A LATCH-compatible child seat can be installed in either of the two outer rear seats. 
A child seat is attached to the lower anchors with either the rigid or flexible type of 
connectors.

1. Locate the lower anchors under the marks.

2. Place the child seat on the vehicle seat then 

attach the child seat to the lower anchors 
according to the instructions that came 
with the child seat.

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When installing the child seat, make sure 
that the lower anchors are not 
obstructed by the seat belt or any other 
object.

Installing a LATCH-Compatible Child Seat

Marks

Rigid Type

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3. Open the tether anchor cover behind the 

head restraint.

4. Raise the head restraint to its highest 

position, then route the tether strap 
between the head restraint legs, and secure 
the tether strap hook onto the anchor.

5. Tighten the tether strap as instructed by the 

child seat manufacturer’s.

6. Make sure the child seat is firmly secured by 

rocking it forward and back and side to 
side; little movement should be felt.

7. Make sure any unused seat belt that a child 

can reach is buckled, the lockable retractor 
is activated, and the belt is fully retracted 
and locked.

Flexible Type

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Installing a LATCH-Compatible Child Seat

For your child’s safety, when using a child seat 
installed using the LATCH system, make sure that the 
child seat is properly secured to the vehicle. A child 
seat that is not properly secured will not adequately 
protect a child in a crash and may cause injury to the 
child or other vehicle occupants.

Tether 
Strap 
Hook

Anchor

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Safety of Infants and Small Children

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1. Place the child seat on the vehicle seat.
2. Route the seat belt through the child seat 

according to the seat manufacturer’s 
instructions, and insert the latch plate into 
the buckle.

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Insert the latch plate fully until it clicks.

3. Slowly pull the shoulder part of the belt all 

the way out until it stops. This activates the 
lockable retractor.

4. Let the seat belt completely wind up into 

the retractor, then try to pull it out to make 
sure the retractor is locked.

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If you are able to pull the shoulder belt 
out, the lockable retractor is not 
activated. Pull the seat belt all the way 
out, and repeat steps 2 – 4.

5. Grab the shoulder part of the seat belt near 

the buckle, and pull up to remove any slack 
from the lap part of the belt.

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When doing this, place your weight on 
the child seat and push it into the vehicle 
seat.

Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/Shoulder Seat Belt

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Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/Shoulder Seat Belt

A child seat that is not properly secured will not 
adequately protect a child in a crash and may cause 
injury to the child or other vehicle occupants.

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6. Make sure the child seat is firmly secured by 

rocking it forward and back and side to 
side; little movement should be felt.

7. Make sure any unused seat belt that a child 

can reach is buckled, the lockable retractor 
is activated, and the belt is fully retracted 
and locked.

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Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/Shoulder Seat Belt

To deactivate a lockable retractor, release the buckle 
and allow the seat belt to wind up all the way.

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Safety of Infants and Small Children

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A tether anchorage point is provided behind 
each rear seating position. A child seat that is 
installed with a seat belt and comes with a 
tether can use the tether for additional 
security.

1. Locate the appropriate tether anchorage 

point and lift the cover.

2. Raise the head restraint to its highest 

position, then route the tether strap 
through the head restraint legs. Make sure 
the strap is not twisted.

3. Secure the tether strap hook onto the 

anchor.

4. Tighten the tether strap as instructed by the 

child seat manufacturer.

Adding Security with a Tether

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Adding Security with a Tether

Since a tether can provide additional security to the 
lap/shoulder seat belt installation, we recommend 
using a tether whenever one is available.

Tether Anchorage Points

Cover

Anchor

Outer Position

Tether 
Strap 
Hook

Anchor

Center Position

Tether 
Strap 
Hook

Anchor

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Safety of Larger Children

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Safety of Larger Children

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 front.

When a child is too big for a child seat, secure the child in a rear seat using the lap/
shoulder seat belt. Have the child sit upright and all the way back, then answer the 
following questions.

Checklist

• Do the child’s knees bend comfortably over 

the edge of the seat?

• Does the shoulder belt cross between the 

child’s neck and arm?

• Is the lap part of the seat belt as low as 

possible, touching the child’s thighs?

• Will the child be able to stay seated like this 

for the whole trip?

If you answer yes to all these questions, the child is ready to wear the lap/shoulder 
seat belt correctly. If you answer no to any question, the child needs to ride on a 
booster seat until the seat belt fits properly without a booster seat.

Protecting Larger Children

Checking Seat Belt Fit

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Safety of Larger Children

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WARNING

Allowing a child age 12 or under to sit in 
front can result in injury or death if the 
passenger’s front airbag inflates.

If a larger child must ride in front, move the 
vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible, 
have the child sit up properly and wear the 
seat belt properly, using a booster seat if 
needed.

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If a lap/shoulder seat belt cannot be used 
properly, position the child in a booster seat in 
a rear seating position. For the child’s safety, 
check that the child meets the booster seat 
manufacturer’s recommendations.

Your vehicle has a rear seat where children can be properly restrained. If you ever 
have to carry a group of children, and a child must ride in front:
• Make sure you read and fully understand the instructions and safety information 

in this manual.

• Move the front passenger seat as far back as possible.
• Have the child sit upright and well back in the seat.
• Check that the seat belt is properly positioned so that the child is secure in the 

seat.

Monitoring child passengers

We strongly recommend that you keep an eye on child passengers. Even older, more 
mature children sometimes need to be reminded to fasten their seat belts and sit up 
properly.

Booster Seats

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Booster Seats

When installing a booster seat, make sure to read the 
instructions that came with it, and install the seat 
accordingly.
There are high- and low-type booster seats. Choose a 
booster seat that allows the child to wear the seat 
belt correctly.

Some U.S. states, and Canadian provinces and 
territories require children to use a booster seat until 
they reach a given age or weight (e.g. 6 years or 60 
lbs). Be sure to check current laws in the state or 
province, or territory where you intend to drive.

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