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Crash statistics show that children are safest when properly secured in a child restraint system. The child restraint system should be appropriate for the age and weight of the child, and secured in a rear seating position. Failure to use an appropriate child restraint system greatly increases the risk of death or serious injury in the event of an accident.


Seat belts, or suitable child restraints, should be used by all vehicle occupants, for every trip, no matter how short. Failure to do so greatly increases the risk of death or serious injury in the event of an accident.


Even with advanced air bags, children can be killed or seriously injured. Never place a child in any type of child restraint or booster seat in the front passenger seat. Children under the age of 13 should always travel in a rear seat.


The rear seats may not be able to cater for the fitment of three child seats at the same time.

When using a seat belt to secure a non-LATCH rearward-facing, convertible or forward-facing type of child seat, make sure the seat belt's locking mechanism is used. See SEAT BELT LOCKING MECHANISM. Also see CHILD RESTRAINT CHECK LIST.

The front seat should be moved fully forward and upward when fitting a rearward-facing child seat in the rear. Care must be taken not to load any part of the child seat when re-positioning the front seat. The space available for a front seat passenger is reduced by fitting a rearward-facing child seat.

If a head restraint has been removed to fit a child seat, make sure the head restraint is refitted before the seat is used by a passenger. See REAR HEAD RESTRAINTS.


Always store a removed head restraint securely. In the event of an accident, an unsecured object could cause serious injury or death.