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Front Airbags (SRS)

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The airbags have advanced features to help reduce the likelihood of airbag related 
injuries to smaller occupants.

The driver’s advanced airbag system includes a 
seat position sensor.

Based on information from this sensor and the 
severity of the impact, the advanced airbag 
system determines the optimal deployment of 
the driver’s airbag.

The front passenger’s advanced airbag system 
has weight sensors.

We advise against allowing a child age 12 or 
under to ride in the front passenger’s seat. 
However, if you do allow a child age 12 or 
under to ride in the front passenger’s 
seat,
 note that the system will automatically 
turn off the front passenger’s airbag if the 
sensors detect that the child is approximately 
65 lbs (29 kg) or less.

Advanced Airbags

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Advanced Airbags

If there is a problem with the driver’s seat position 
sensor, the SRS indicator will come on, and in the 
event of a crash, the airbag will deploy (regardless of 
the driver’s seating position) with a force 
corresponding to the severity of the impact.

For the advanced airbags to work properly:

Do not spill any liquid on or under the seats.

Do not put any object under the passenger’s seat.

Make sure any objects are positioned properly on 
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 cover the passenger’s side dashboard with 
a cloth, towel, cover, etc.

Passenger Airbag Off Indicator P. 53

Make sure the floor mat behind the front passenger’s 
seat is hooked to the floor mat anchor. An improperly 
placed mat can interfere with the advanced airbag 
sensors.

Floor Mats P. 560

Driver’s 
Seat 
Position 
Sensor

Passenger’s 
Seat 
Weight 
Sensors

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Side Airbags

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Side Airbags

The side airbags help protect the torso and pelvis of the driver or a front passenger 
during a moderate-to-severe side impact.

The side airbags are housed in the outside 
edge of the driver’s and passenger’s seat-
backs.

Both are marked SIDE AIRBAG.

When the sensors detect a moderate-to-
severe side impact, the control unit signals the 
side airbag on the impact side to immediately 
inflate.

Housing Locations

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Side Airbags

Make sure you and your front seat passenger always 
sit upright. Leaning into the path of a side airbag can 
prevent the airbag from deploying properly and 
increases your risk of serious injury.

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.

Do not cover or replace the front seat-back covers 
without consulting a dealer.
Improperly replacing or covering front seat-back 
covers can prevent your side airbags from properly 
deploying during a side impact.

Housing 
Location

Operation

When 
inflated

Side 
Airbag

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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 
severe

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 toward 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.

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Side Curtain Airbags

The side curtain airbags help protect the heads of the driver and any passengers 
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 deploys 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

Operation

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 also inflate in a moderate-to-severe angled 
frontal collision.

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.

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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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 weight sensors detect 
65 lbs (29 kg) or less, the weight of an infant 
or small child, on the seat.

Children age 12 or under should always ride properly restrained in a back seat.

Child Safety P. 55

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 
go off repeatedly if the total weight on the seat is 
near the airbag cutoff threshold.

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Canada

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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 or affect the proper operation of 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 
1-800-999-1009 and for Canadian vehicles, Honda Canada Customer Relations at 
1-888-9-HONDA-9.

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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 crashes 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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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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• 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 seat 
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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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 warning came 
with a label on the dashboard (U.S. models) and has 
labels on the front visors. Please read and follow the 
instructions on these labels.

Safety Labels P. 71

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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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Allowing a child to play on the pickup bed 
can result in serious injury or death by 
opening or closing the tailgate.

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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. 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.

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. Make sure that there is no contact between the child seat 
and the seat in front of it.

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.

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

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

Do not allow a front seat to rest against a child seat 
installed in a rear seating position:
The weight sensor in the front seat may not correctly 
detect the actual weight of the occupant.

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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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If a child is at least one year old and has exceeded the weight and height limitations 
of a rearward facing child seat, the child should be properly restrained in a firmly 
secured forward facing child seat until they exceed the weight and height limitations 
for the 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 including recommended expiration dates 
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 any of the three rear seating 
position. A child seat is attached to the lower anchors with either the flexible or rigid 
type of connectors.

1. Locate the lower anchors under the marks.
2. Make sure there are no objects near the 

anchors that could prevent a secure 
connection between the child seat and the 
anchors.

3. Lower the head restraint to its lowest 

position.

4. Lift the upper guide cover, then route the 

tether strap around the upper guide.

5. Route the tether strap downward properly, 

then attach the strap hook to the center 
tether anchor.

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Making sure the strap is not twisted.

Installing a LATCH-Compatible Child Seat

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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.

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WARNING

Never attach two child seats to the same 
anchor. In a collision, one anchor may not 
be strong enough to hold two child seat 
attachments and may break, causing 
serious injury or death.

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Upper Guide

Center Tether Anchorage Point

Center position

Center position

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6. 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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Installing a LATCH-Compatible Child Seat

Installing a LATCH-compatible child seat in the 
rear center seat
Each outer rear seat is equipped with a pair of lower 
anchors which are used to secure a LATCH-compatible 
child seat. The rear center seat, however, is not 
equipped with anchors of any kind. The inner and 
outer anchors are spaced apart at a standard distance 
of 11 inches (280 mm). The distance between the two 
inner anchors is 21.7 inches (550 mm).
LATCH-compatible restraint systems that are fitted 
with rigid-type attachments cannot be installed in the 
rear center seat. However, a system fitted with 
flexible-type attachments can be installed in the 
center seat, provided that the manufacturer’s 
instructions for that system permit the use of the 
inner anchors with the stated spacing.
Before seating a child, make sure that the system is 
properly attached to both the lower anchors and 
tether anchors.

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WARNING

Do not use the lower inner anchors of the 
outer rear seats to secure a LATCH-
compatible child seat to the rear center 
seat, unless the manufacturer’s instructions 
for that system permit the use of inner 
anchors with the stated spacing.

Flexible Type

Lower Anchors

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7. Put the outer head restraint to it’s upper-

most position (or remove it), then route 
the tether strap over the seat-back and 
through the head restraint legs.

8. Lift the upper guide cover, then route the 

tether strap around the upper guide.

9. Route the tether strap downward 

properly, then attach the strap hook to the 
tether anchor under the seat. See the 
label.

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Making sure the strap is not twisted.

10. Tighten the tether strap as instructed by 

the child seat manufacturer.

11. Make sure the child seat is firmly secured 

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

12. 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.

Protecting Child Passengers P. 55

Upper Guide

Outer Tether Anchorage Points

Outer positions

Outer positions

Upper Guide

Outer Tether Anchorage Points

Outer positions

All positions

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A child seat can be installed with a lap/shoulder belt in any rear seat or, if absolutely 
necessary, the front passenger seat.

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 retract a few inches and 

check that the retractor has switched 
modes by pulling on the webbing. It should 
not pull out again until it is reset by 
removing the latch plate from the buckle.

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If you are able to pull the shoulder belt 
out, the lockable retractor is not 
activated. Slowly pull the seat belt all the 
way out, and repeat steps 3 – 4.

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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