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When securing an add-on child

restraint, refer to the instructions that come with the restraint which may be on the restraint itself or in a booklet,

or both, and to this manual. The child restraint instructions are important,

so if they are not available, obtain a replacement copy from the


Keep in mind that an unsecured child restraint can move around in a

collision or sudden stop and injure people in the vehicle. Be sure to

properly secure any child restraint in the vehicle even when no child is

in it.

In some areas of the United States

and Canada, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs) are

available to inspect and demonstrate how to correctly use and install child restraints. In the U.S., refer to the

National Highway Traffic Safety

Administration (NHTSA) website to locate the nearest child safety seat

inspection station. For CPST

availability in Canada, check with

Transport Canada or the Provincial Ministry of Transportation office.



Securing the Child Within the Child Restraint


{ Warning

A child can be seriously injured or killed in a crash if the child is not properly secured in the child

restraint. Secure the child properly following the instructions that

came with that child restraint.

Where to Put the Restraint

According to accident statistics,

children and infants are safer when

properly restrained in an appropriate child restraint secured in a rear

seating position.

Whenever possible, children aged

12 and under should be secured in a rear seating position.

Never put a rear-facing child restraint in the front. This is because the risk

to the rear-facing child is so great if the airbag deploys.


{ Warning

A child in a rear-facing child

restraint can be seriously injured or killed if the front passenger airbag

inflates. This is because the back of the rear-facing child restraint would be very close to the inflating airbag.

A child in a forward-facing child

restraint can be seriously injured or killed if the front passenger airbag

inflates and the passenger seat is in a forward position.

Even if the passenger sensing

system has turned off the front

passenger frontal airbag, no system is fail-safe. No one can guarantee

that an airbag will not deploy under some unusual circumstance, even

though it is turned off.

Secure rear-facing child restraints in a rear seat, even if the airbag is off. If you secure a forward-facing child restraint in the front seat,

always move the front passenger