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SEAT BELT SAFETY

WARNING

A seat belt should be replaced if the webbing becomes frayed, contaminated, or damaged. Damage to the seat belt can greatly reduce its effectiveness in reducing the risk of serious injury or death in the event of an accident.

WARNING

Even if damage is not obvious, it is essential to replace the entire seat belt assembly after it has been worn in a severe impact. Damage to the seat belt can greatly reduce its effectiveness in reducing the risk of serious injury or death in the event of an accident.

WARNING

Take the vehicle to a retailer/authorised repairer immediately if any seat belt damage, wear, cuts, or impaired operation is noticed. Do not use the vehicle if the seat belts cannot be operated correctly. In an impact, the seat belts cannot be relied upon and may present an increased risk of serious injury or death.

WARNING

Seat belts should be inspected or replaced by qualified personnel only. All replacement parts should be, at least, the same specification as the vehicle's original equipment. Replacement parts not of the same specification cannot be relied upon and present an increased risk of serious injury or death in a severe impact. If in doubt, contact a retailer/authorised repairer.

WARNING

Do not attempt to service, repair, replace, modify, or tamper with any part of the vehicle's seat belts. Doing so may render the seat belts ineffective and increase the risk of serious injury or death in a severe impact.

WARNING

Care must be taken to avoid contamination of the webbing with polishes, oils and chemicals, and particularly battery acid. Cleaning may safely be carried out using mild soap and water. Contaminated seat belts may not operate correctly in an impact and cannot be relied upon.

WARNING

If using seat belts to restrain items other than occupants, make sure the belts are not damaged or exposed to sharp edges. Damage to the seat belt can greatly reduce its effectiveness in reducing the risk of serious injury or death in the event of an accident.

WARNING

Hard, fragile, or sharp items should not be placed between the occupant and the seat belt. In an impact, pressure on such items can cause them to break, which in turn may cause death or serious injury.

Each seat in the vehicle has a dedicated seat belt. Each seat belt is designed for an individual seat occupant, aged older than 12 years or with a body mass greater than 36 kg. Occupants with a lower age, or a lower body mass, should use an appropriate child restraint. See CHILD SEAT POSITIONING.

The front row seat belts and outboard rear seat belts are equipped with a load limiter. The load limiter helps to regulate the over-tension of a seat belt in a severe impact. This helps to reduce the possibility of injury to the occupant in the event of an accident.