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Protecting Child Passengers

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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.

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.

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 has warning 
labels on the dashboard (U.S. models) and on the 
front visors. Please read and follow the instructions 
on these labels.

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WARNING

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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WARNING

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 child seat until the infant 
reaches the seat manufacturer’s weight or height limit for the 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.

Protecting Infants

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Protecting Infants

Experts recommend use of a rear-facing seat for a 
child so long as the child’s height and weight are 
appropriate for a rear-facing seat.

Infants should never be seated 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 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.

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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 
positions. A child seat is attached to the lower anchors with either the rigid or 
flexible 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.

Marks

Upper Guide

Center Tether Anchor Point

Center position

Center position

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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.

Rigid Type

Lower Anchors

All positions

Flexible Type

Lower Anchors

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7.

Put the outer head restraint to its 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.

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Upper Guide

Outer Tether Anchor Points

Outer positions

Outer positions

Upper Guide

Outer Tether Anchor 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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Grab the shoulder part of the seat belt near 
the buckle, and pull up to remove any slack 
from the lap part of the belt.

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When doing this, place your weight on 
the child seat and push it into the vehicle 
seat.

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Make sure the child seat is firmly secured by 
rocking it forward and back and side to 
side; less than one inch of movement 
should occur near the seat belt.

7.

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.

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Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/Shoulder Seat Belt

To deactivate a lockable retractor, release the buckle 
and allow the seat belt to wind up all the way.

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A tether anchor point is provided at each 
outside of the seat bottom and between the 
lower anchors of the rear center seat. If you 
have a child seat that comes with a tether but 
can be installed with a seat belt, the tether 
may be used for additional security.

Adding Security with a Tether

Covers

Outer Tether 
Anchor Points

Upper Guides

Center Tether Anchor Point

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Adding Security with a Tether

Always use a tether for forward-facing child seats 
whether using the seat belt or lower anchors.

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Using an outer anchor

1.

Put the outer head restraint to its upper-
most position, then route the tether strap 
between the head restraint legs.

2.

Lift the cover, then hook the tether strap 
through the upper guide as shown.

3.

Route the tether strap downward properly, 
making sure the strap is not twisted.

4.

Attach the tether strap hook to the outer 
tether anchor on the outside of the seat 
bottom.

5.

Tighten the tether strap as instructed by the 
child seat manufacturer.

Outer Tether Anchor Points

Upper Guide

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Using the center anchor

1.

Lower the head restraint to its lowest 
position.

2.

Route the tether strap over the seat-back, 
lift the cover, then hook the tether strap 
through the upper guide as shown.

3.

Route the tether strap downward properly 
along the seat-back, making sure the strap 
is not twisted.

4.

Attach the tether strap hook to the center 
tether anchor between the lower anchors 
for the LATCH-compatible child seat.

5.

Tighten the tether strap as instructed by the 
child seat manufacturer.

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Using the center anchor

Make sure to attach the tether strap hook to the 
anchor before installing the child seat, because the 
tether anchor is positioned behind the child seat.

Upper Guide

Center Tether Anchor Point

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Safety of Larger Children

The following pages give instructions on how to check proper seat belt fit, what kind 
of booster seat to use if one is needed, and important precautions for a child who 
must sit in front.

When a child is too big for a child seat, secure the child in a rear seat using the lap/
shoulder seat belt. Have the child sit upright and all the way back, then answer the 
following questions.

Checklist

Do the child’s knees bend comfortably over 
the edge of the seat?

Does the shoulder belt cross between the 
child’s neck and arm?

Is the lap part of the seat belt as low as 
possible, touching the child’s thighs?

Will the child be able to stay seated like this 
for the whole trip?

If you answer yes to all these questions, the child is ready to wear the lap/shoulder 
seat belt correctly. If you answer no to any question, the child needs to ride on a 
booster seat until the seat belt fits properly without a booster seat.

Protecting Larger Children

Checking Seat Belt Fit

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Safety of Larger Children

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WARNING

Allowing a child age 12 or under to sit in 
front can result in injury or death if the 
passenger’s front airbag inflates.

If a larger child must ride in front, move the 
vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible, 
have the child sit up properly and wear the 
seat belt properly, using a booster seat if 
needed.

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If a lap/shoulder seat belt cannot be used 
properly, position the child in a booster seat in 
the rear seat. For the child’s safety, check that 
the child meets the booster seat 
manufacturer’s recommendations.

Your vehicle has a rear seat where children can be properly restrained. If you ever 
have to carry a group of children, and a child must ride in front:

Make sure you read and fully understand the instructions and safety information 
in this manual.

Move the front passenger seat as far back as possible.

Have the child sit upright and well back in the seat.

Check that the seat belt is properly positioned so that the child is secure in the 
seat.

Monitoring child passengers

We strongly recommend that you keep an eye on child passengers. Even older, more 
mature children sometimes need to be reminded to fasten their seat belts and sit up 
properly.

Booster Seats

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Booster Seats

When installing a booster seat, make sure to read the 
instructions that came with it, and install the seat 
accordingly.
There are high- and low-type booster seats. Choose a 
booster seat that allows the child to wear the seat 
belt correctly.

Some U.S. states and Canadian provinces and 
territories require children to use a booster seat until 
they reach a given age or weight (e.g. 6 years or 60 
lbs). Be sure to check current laws in the state or 
province, or territory where you intend to drive.

Protecting Larger Children - Final Checks

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Exhaust Gas Hazard

Carbon Monoxide Gas

The engine exhaust from this vehicle contains carbon monoxide, a colorless, 
odorless, and highly toxic gas. As long as you properly maintain your vehicle, carbon 
monoxide gas will not get into the interior.

Have the exhaust system inspected for leaks whenever

The exhaust system is making an unusual noise.

The exhaust system may have been damaged.

The vehicle is raised for an oil change.

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Carbon Monoxide Gas

An enclosed area such as a garage can quickly fill up 
with carbon monoxide gas.
Do not run the engine with the garage door closed. 
Even when the garage door is open, drive out of the 
garage immediately after starting the engine.

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WARNING

Carbon monoxide gas is toxic.

Breathing it can cause unconsciousness and 
even kill you.

Avoid any enclosed areas or activities that 
expose you to carbon monoxide.

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Safety Labels

Label Locations

These labels are in the locations shown. They warn you of potential hazards that can cause serious injury or death. Read these labels 
carefully.

If a label comes off or becomes hard to read (except for the U.S. dashboard label which may be removed by the owner), contact a dealer 
for a replacement.

Sun Visor

U.S. models

Canadian models

Radiator Cap

U.S. models

U.S. models only

Dashboard

Canadian models

Air Conditioner System

Sun Visor

U.S. models only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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