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CHILD SEATS

WARNING

According to crash statistics children are safer when properly restrained in the rear seats than in the front seat. The air bags alone will not prevent children from being seriously injured or killed. Never place a child in any type of child restraint or booster seat in the front passenger seat. Children under 13 years of age should always travel in a rear seat.

WARNING

Make sure the child seat fits the child properly. Always check the seat manufacturer's instructions and labels for height and weight limits. For more specific guidance, consult a pediatrician.

WARNING

Do not allow a baby or infant to be held or carried on the lap. The force of a crash can increase effective body weight by as much as thirty times, making it impossible to hold onto the child. At all times, children should be restrained in age and size appropriate child seats to reduce the risk of death or serious injury in a crash.

WARNING

Children could be endangered in a crash if the child restraints are not properly secured in the vehicle. Always follow the instructions that accompany the child seat carefully.

Child restraint systems are designed to be secured to the vehicle's seats by use of the lap belts or the lap belt portion of a lap-shoulder belt. Children could be endangered in a crash if the child restraints are not properly secured.

The seat belts fitted to the vehicle are designed for adults and larger children. For safety purposes, it is very important to restrain all infants and children under 12 years of age in a suitable child safety seat. The child safety seat should be appropriate to the age and size of the infant or child.

A child should only travel in the front passenger seat if it is essential and national or state legislation permits it. If this is the case, it is recommended that the following preparations are made before fitting the child restraint:

  • Adjust the seatback to an upright position to support the child restraint.

  • Adjust the front passenger seat fully rearward.

  • Adjust the lumbar support to its minimum support position.

  • Adjust the seat cushion to its highest position. If cushion front tilt adjustment is possible, adjust it to its lowest position.

  • Adjust any cushion extenders to the retracted position.

The above label is affixed to the end of the dashboard on the passenger's side. The label warns against the use of a rearward-facing child seat on the front passenger's seat, when a front passenger air bag is fitted and operational.

WARNING

Extreme hazard! Never place a rearward-facing child restraint on the front passenger seat. The infant could be seriously injured or killed if the air bag deploys.

The above label is affixed to the passenger side sun visor. The label warns against the use of a rearward-facing child seat in the front passenger seat, when a front passenger air bag is fitted and operational.

The above label is affixed to the passenger side B pillar. The label warns against a child sitting too close to the front seat side air bag.

WARNING

Never let a child's head rest near to a front seat side air bag, as an inflating air bag can cause serious or fatal injury.