The front outboard and rear safety restraints in the vehicle are combination lap and shoulder belts.
A web guide is included on the outboard side of the front seats. Depending on occupant size and seating position, you may need to route the belt through the guide for a proper fit. If the seatbelt does not route across the middle of the shoulder, route the belt through the web guide.
- Insert the belt tongue into the proper buckle (the buckle closest to the direction the tongue is coming from) until you hear a snap and feel it latch. Make sure you securely fasten the tongue in the buckle.
- To unfasten, press the release button and remove the tongue from the buckle.
Using Seatbelts During Pregnancy
Always ride and drive with your seatback upright and the seatbelt properly fastened. The lap portion of the seatbelt should fit snug and be positioned low across the hips. The shoulder portion of the seatbelt should be positioned across the chest. Pregnant women should also follow this practice. See the following figure.
Pregnant women should always wear their seatbelt. The lap belt portion of a combination lap and shoulder belt should be positioned low across the hips below the belly and worn as tight as comfort will allow. The shoulder belt should be positioned to cross the middle of the shoulder and the center of the chest.
Seatbelt Locking Modes
After any vehicle crash, the seatbelt system at all passenger seating positions must be checked by an authorized dealer to verify that the automatic locking retractor feature for child seats is still functioning properly. In addition, all seatbelts should be checked for proper function.
The belt and retractor assembly must be replaced if the seatbelt assembly automatic locking retractor feature or any other seatbelt function is not operating properly when checked by an authorized dealer. Failure to replace the belt and retractor assembly could increase the risk of injury in crashes.
All safety restraints in the vehicle are combination lap and shoulder belts and have vehicle sensitive locking mode. In addition, the front outboard passenger and rear seat seatbelts have the automatic locking mode.
Vehicle Sensitive Mode
This is the normal retractor mode, which allows free shoulder belt length adjustment to your movements and locking in response to vehicle movement. For example, if the driver brakes suddenly or turns a corner sharply, or the vehicle receives an impact of about
5 mph (8 km/h) or more, the combination seatbelts will lock to help reduce forward movement of the driver and passengers.
In addition, the retractor is designed to lock if the webbing is pulled out too quickly. If this occurs, let the belt retract slightly and pull webbing out again in a slow and controlled manner.
Automatic Locking Mode
In this mode, the shoulder belt is automatically pre-locked. The belt will still retract to remove any slack in the shoulder belt. The automatic locking mode is not available on the driver seatbelt.
When to Use the Automatic Locking Mode
This mode should be used any time a child safety seat, except a booster, is installed in passenger front or rear seating positions. Children 12 years old and under should be properly restrained in a rear seating position whenever possible. See
How to Disengage the Automatic Locking Mode
Unbuckle the combination lap and shoulder belt and allow it to retract completely to disengage the automatic locking mode and activate the vehicle sensitive (emergency) locking mode.
Seatbelt Extension Assembly
Do not use extensions to change the fit of the shoulder belt across the torso.
Do not use extensions with an inflatable seatbelt.
If the seatbelt is too short when fully extended, a seatbelt extension assembly can be obtained from an authorized dealer.
Use only extensions manufactured by the same supplier as the seatbelt. Manufacturer identification is on a label located either at the end of the webbing or on the retractor behind the trim. Also, use the seatbelt extension only if the seatbelt is too short for you when fully extended.