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Safe Driving

For Safe Driving

The following pages explain your vehicle’s safety features and how to use them 
properly. The safety precautions below are ones that we consider to be among the 
most important.

Important Safety Precautions

Always wear your seat belt

A seat belt is your best protection in all types of collisions. Airbags are designed to 
supplement seat belts, not replace them. So even though your vehicle is equipped 
with airbags, make sure you and your passengers always wear your seat belts, and 
wear them properly.

Restrain all children

Children ages 12 and under should ride properly restrained in a back seat, not the 
front seat. Infants and small children should be restrained in a child seat. Larger 
children should use a booster seat and a lap/shoulder seat belt until they can use the 
belt properly without a booster seat.

Be aware of airbag hazards

While airbags can save lives, they can cause serious or fatal injuries to occupants 
who sit too close to them, or are not properly restrained. Infants, young children, 
and short adults are at the greatest risk. Be sure to follow all instructions and 
warnings in this manual.

Don’t drink and drive

Alcohol and driving don’t mix. Even one drink can reduce your ability to respond to 
changing conditions, and your reaction time gets worse with every additional drink. 
So don’t drink and drive, and don’t let your friends drink and drive, either.

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Important Safety Precautions

Some states, provinces and territories prohibit the use 
of cell phones other than hands-free devices by the 
driver while driving.

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Important Safety Precautions

Safe Driving

Pay appropriate attention to the task of driving safely

Engaging in cell phone conversation or other activities that keep you from paying 
close attention to the road, other vehicles, and pedestrians could lead to a crash. 
Remember, situations can change quickly, and only you can decide when it is safe to 
divert some attention away from driving.

Control your speed

Excessive speed is a major factor in crash injuries and deaths. Generally, the higher 
the speed, the greater the risk, but serious injuries can also occur at lower speeds. 
Never drive faster than is safe for current conditions, regardless of the maximum 
speed posted.

Keep your vehicle in safe condition

Having a tire blowout or a mechanical failure can be extremely hazardous.
To reduce the possibility of such problems, check your tire pressures and condition 
frequently, and perform all regularly scheduled maintenance.

Do not leave children unattended in the vehicle

Children left unattended in the vehicle may be injured if they activate one or more 
of the vehicle controls. They may also cause the vehicle to move, resulting in a crash 
in which the children and/or another person(s) can be injured or killed. Also, 
depending on the ambient temperature, the temperature of the interior may reach 
extreme levels, which can result in injury or death.
Even if the climate control system is on, never leave children in the vehicle 
unattended as the climate control system can shut off at any time.

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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features

Safe Driving

Your Vehicle’s Safety Features

The following checklist will help you take an active role in protecting yourself and 
your passengers.

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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features

Your vehicle is equipped with many features that 
work together help to protect you and your 
passengers during a crash.

Some features do not require any action on your part. 
These include a strong steel framework that forms a 
safety cage around the passenger compartment, 
front and rear crush zones, a collapsible steering 
column, and tensioners that tighten the front seat 
belts in a sufficient crash.

However, you and your passengers cannot take full 
advantage of these features unless you remain seated 
in the correct position and always wear your seat 
belts. In fact, some safety features can contribute to 
injuries if they are not used properly.

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Safety Cage
Crush Zones
Seats and Seat-Backs
Head Restraints
Collapsible Steering Column
Seat Belts
Front Airbags

Side Curtain Airbags

Seat Belt Tensioners

Side Airbags

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Door Locks

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Safety Checklist

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Safety Checklist

For the safety of you and your passengers, make a habit of checking these items 
each time before you drive.
• After everyone has entered the vehicle, be sure all doors and the tailgate are 

closed and locked. Locking the doors and the tailgate helps prevent an occupant 
from being ejected and an outsider from unexpectedly opening a door or the 
tailgate.

Locking/Unlocking the Doors from the Inside P. 135

• Adjust your seat to a position suitable for driving. Be sure the front seats are 

adjusted as far to the rear as possible while allowing the driver to control the 
vehicle. Sitting too close to a front airbag can result in serious or fatal injury in a 
crash.

Adjusting the Seats P. 175

• Adjust head restraints to the proper position. Head restraints are most effective 

when the center of the head restraint aligns with the center of your head. Taller 
persons should adjust their head restraint to the highest position.

Adjusting the front head restraint positions P. 182

• Always wear your seat belt, and make sure you wear it properly. Confirm that any 

passengers are properly belted as well.

Fastening a Seat Belt P. 40

• Protect children by using seat belts or child seats according to a child’s age, height 

and weight.

Child Safety P. 60

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Safety Checklist

If the door and tailgate open indicator is on, a door and/
or the tailgate is not completely closed. Close all doors 
and the tailgate tightly until the indicator goes off.

Door and Tailgate Open Indicator

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 P. 82

If the door and/or tailgate open message appears on 
the multi-information display (MID), a door and/or 
the tailgate is not completely closed. Close all doors 
and the tailgate tightly until the message disappears.

Multi-Information Display Warning and 

Information Messages

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 P. 92

Models without multi-information display

Models with multi-information display

* Not available on all models

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Seat Belts

About Your Seat Belts

Seat belts are the single most effective safety device because they keep you 
connected to the vehicle so that you can take advantage of many built-in safety 
features. They also help keep you from being thrown against the inside of the 
vehicle, against any passengers, or out of the vehicle. When worn properly, seat 
belts also keep your body properly positioned in a crash so that you can take full 
advantage of the additional protection provided by the airbags.

In addition, seat belts help protect you in almost every type of crash, including:
- frontal impacts
- side impacts
- rear impacts
- rollovers

Lap/shoulder seat belts

All five seating positions are equipped with lap/shoulder seat belts with emergency 
locking retractors. In normal driving the retractor lets you move freely while keeping 
some tension on the belt. During a collision or sudden stop the retractor locks to 
restrain your body. The front passenger’s and rear seat belts also have a lockable 
retractor for use with child seats.

Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/Shoulder Seat Belt P. 67

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About Your Seat Belts

If a rear seat passenger moves around and extends 
the seat belt, the lockable retractor may activate. If 
this happens, release the retractor by unfastening the 
seat belt and allow the belt to retract completely. 
Then refasten the belt.

If you extend the seat belt too quickly, it will lock in 
place. If this happens, slightly retract the seat belt, 
then extend it slowly.

Seat belts cannot completely protect you in every 
crash. But in most cases, seat belts can reduce your 
risk of serious injury.

Most states and all Canadian provinces and territories 
require you to wear seat belts.

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WARNING

Not wearing a seat belt properly increases 
the chance of serious injury or death in a 
crash, even though your vehicle has 
airbags.

Be sure you and your passengers always 
wear seat belts and wear them properly.

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About Your Seat Belts

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Proper use of seat belts

Follow these guidelines for proper use:
• All occupants should sit upright, well back in the seat, and remain in that position 

for the duration of the trip. Slouching and leaning reduce the effectiveness of the 
belt and can increase the chance of serious injury in a crash.

• Never place the shoulder part of a lap/shoulder seat belt under your arm or 

behind your back. This could cause very serious injuries in a crash.

• 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 the seat belts. Devices intended to improve comfort 

or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can reduce the protective capability 
and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash.

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About Your Seat Belts

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Safe Driving

The seat belt system includes an indicator on 
the instrument panel to remind the driver or a 
front passenger or both to fasten their seat 
belts.
If the ignition switch is turned to ON 

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a seat belt is not fastened, a beeper will sound 
and the indicator will blink. After a few 
seconds, the beeper will stop and the 
indicator will come on and remain illuminated 
until the seat belt is fastened.

The beeper will periodically sound and the 
indicator will blink while the vehicle is moving 
until the seat belt is fastened.

*1 : Models with the smart entry system have an ENGINE START/STOP button instead of an ignition switch.

Seat Belt Reminder

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Seat Belt Reminder

The indicator will also come on if a front passenger 
does not fasten their seat belt within six seconds after 
the ignition switch is turned to ON 

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When no one is sitting in the front passenger’s seat, 
the indicator will not come on and the beeper will not 
sound.

The indicator also may not come on and the beeper 
may not sound when the occupant is not heavy 
enough to trigger the weight sensor. Such occupants 
(e.g., infants and smaller children) should be moved 
to a rear seat as a deploying front airbag likely will 
injure or kill them.

Protecting Child Passengers P. 60

Models without multi-information 
display

Models with multi-information display

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About Your Seat Belts

Safe Driving

The front seats are equipped with automatic seat belt tensioners to enhance safety.

The tensioners automatically tighten the front seat belts during a moderate-to-
severe frontal collision, sometimes even if the collision is not severe enough to 
inflate the front airbags.

Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners

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Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners

The seat belt tensioners can only operate once.
If a tensioner is activated, the SRS indicator will come 
on. Have a dealer replace the tensioner and 
thoroughly inspect the seat belt system as it may not 
offer protection in a subsequent crash.

During a moderate-to-severe side impact, the 
tensioner on that side of the vehicle also activates.

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Fastening a Seat Belt

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Fastening a Seat Belt

After adjusting a front seat to the proper position, and while sitting upright and well 
back in the seat:

Adjusting the Seats P. 175

1. Pull the seat belt out slowly.

2. Insert the latch plate into the buckle, then 

tug on the belt to make sure the buckle is 
secure.

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Make sure that the belt is not twisted or 
caught on anything.

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Fastening a Seat Belt

No one should sit in a seat with an inoperative seat 
belt or one that does not appear to be working 
correctly. Using a seat belt that is not working 
properly may not protect the occupant in a crash. 
Have a dealer check the belt as soon as possible.

Pull out slowly.

Correct 
Seated 
Posture.

Latch 
Plate

Buckle

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Fastening a Seat Belt

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3. 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.

4. If necessary, pull up on the belt again to 

remove any slack, 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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Fastening a Seat Belt

To release the belt, push the red PRESS button and 
then guide the belt by hand until it has retracted 
completely.
When exiting the vehicle, be sure the belt is properly 
stowed so that it will not get caught in the closing 
door.

Never insert any foreign objects into the buckle or 
retractor mechanism.

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WARNING

Improperly positioning the seat belts can 
cause serious injury or death in a crash.

Make sure all seat belts are properly 
positioned before driving.

Lap belt 
as low as 
possible

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Safe Driving

The front seats have adjustable shoulder anchors to accommodate taller and shorter 
occupants.

1. Move the anchor up and down while 

pulling the release outward.

2. Position the anchor so that the belt rests 

across the center of your chest and over 
your shoulder.

Adjusting the Shoulder Anchor

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Adjusting the Shoulder Anchor

The shoulder anchor height can be adjusted to four 
levels. If the belt contacts your neck, lower the height 
one level at a time.

After an adjustment, make sure that the shoulder 
anchor position is secure.

Pull outward

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Fastening a Seat Belt

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1. Pull out the seat belt’s small latch plate and 

the latch plate from each holding slot in the 
ceiling.

2. Line up the triangle marks on the small 

latch plate and anchor buckle.
Make sure the seat belt is not twisted. 
Attach the belt to the anchor buckle.

3. Insert the latch plate into the buckle. 

Properly fasten the seat belt the same way 
you fasten the lap/shoulder seat belt.

Seat Belt with Detachable Anchor

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Seat Belt with Detachable Anchor

To unlatch the detachable anchor, insert the latch 
plate into the slot on the side of the anchor buckle.

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WARNING

Using the seat belt with the detachable 
anchor unlatched increases the chance of 
serious injury or death in a crash.

Before using the seat belt, make sure the 
detachable anchor is correctly latched.

Anchor 
Buckle

Latch Plate

Small Latch 
Plate

Latch Plate

Anchor 
Buckle

Latch Plate

Buckle

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If you are pregnant, the best way to protect yourself and your unborn child when 
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.

Advice for Pregnant Women

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Advice for Pregnant Women

Each time you have a checkup, ask your doctor if it is 
okay for you to drive.

To reduce the risk of injuries to both you and your 
unborn child that can be caused by an inflating front 
airbag:

When driving, sit upright and adjust the seat as far 
back as possible while allowing full control of the 
vehicle.

When sitting in the front passenger’s seat, adjust 
the seat as far back as possible.

Wear the shoulder belt 
across the chest avoiding 
the abdomen.

Wear the lap part of the 
belt as low as possible 
across the hips.

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Seat Belt Inspection

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Seat Belt Inspection

Regularly check the condition of your seat belts as follows:

• Pull each belt out fully, and look for frays, cuts, burns, and wear.
• Check that the latch plates and buckles work smoothly and the belts retract 

easily.

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If a belt does not retract easily, cleaning the belt may correct the problem. Only 
use a mild soap and warm water. Do not use bleach or cleaning solvents. Make 
sure the belt is completely dry before allowing it to retract.

Any belt that is not in good condition or working properly will not provide proper 
protection and should be replaced 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.

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WARNING

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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Airbags

Airbag System Components

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