Jeep 2008 Compass User Manual

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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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STARTING AND OPERATING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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CONTENTS

 

 

 

 

 

m Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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m Warnings And Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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m Rollover Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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m Vehicle Identification Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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m How To Use This Manual . . . . . . . . .

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m Vehicle Modifications/Alterations . . . . . . . . . . . .

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4 INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

This manual has been prepared with the assistance of service and engineering specialists to acquaint you with the operation and maintenance of your new vehicle. It is supplemented by a Warranty Information Booklet and various customer oriented documents. You are urged to read these publications carefully. Following the instructions and recommendations in this manual will help assure safe and enjoyable operation of your vehicle.

NOTE: After you read the manual, it should be stored in the vehicle for convenient reference and remain with the vehicle when sold, so that the new owner will be aware of all safety warnings.

When it comes to service, remember that your dealer knows your vehicle best, has the factory-trained technicians and genuine Mopart parts, and is interested in your satisfaction.

ROLLOVER WARNING

Utility vehicles have a significantly higher rollover rate than other types of vehicles. This vehicle has a higher ground clearance, and a higher center of gravity than many passenger cars. It is capable of performing better in a wide variety of off-road applications. Driven in an unsafe manner, all vehicles can be caused to go out of control. Because of the higher center of gravity, if this vehicle is out of control it may rollover when some other vehicles may not.

Do not attempt sharp turns or abrupt maneuvers or other unsafe driving actions that can cause loss of vehicle control. Failure to operate this vehicle safely may result in an accident, rollover of the vehicle, and severe or fatal injury. Drive carefully.

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Failure to use driver and passenger seat belts provided

is a major cause of severe or fatal injury. In fact, the U.S. 1 government notes that the universal use of existing seat belts could cut the highway death toll by 10,000 or more each year, and could reduce disabling injuries by 2 million annually. In a rollover crash, an unbelted person

is significantly more likely to die than a person wearing a seat belt. Always buckle up.

HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL

Consult the table of contents to determine which section contains the information you desire.

Rollover Warning Label

The detailed index, at the rear of this manual, contains a

 

 

complete listing of all subjects.

 

Consult the following table for a description of the

 

symbols that may be used on your vehicle or throughout

 

this owner's manual:

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WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS

This manual contains WARNINGS against operating procedures, which could result in an accident or bodily injury. It also contains CAUTIONS against procedures, which could result in damage to your vehicle. If you do not read this entire manual, you may miss important information. Observe all Warnings and Cautions.

VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is found on the left front corner of the instrument panel, visible through the windshield. This number also appears on the vehicle registration or title.

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Vehicle Identification Number

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VEHICLE MODIFICATIONS/ALTERATIONS

WARNING!

Any modifications or alterations to this vehicle could seriously affect its roadworthiness and safety and may lead to an accident resulting in serious injury or death.

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CONTENTS

m A Word About Your Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Ignition Key Removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Locking Doors With The Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Key-In-Ignition Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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m Steering Wheel Lock Ð Manual Transmission

 

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N To Manually Lock The Steering Wheel . . . . . . .

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N To Release The Steering Wheel Lock . . . . . . . . .

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m Sentry Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Replacement Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Customer Key Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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m Security Alarm System Ð If Equipped . . . . . . . . .

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N To Set The Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N To Disarm The System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Security System Manual Override . . . . . . . . . . .

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m Remote Keyless Entry Ð If Equipped . . . . . . . . .

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N To Unlock The Doors And Liftgate . . . . . . . . . .

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N To Lock The Doors And Liftgate . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Using The Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N To Turn Off ªFlash Lights With Lockº . . . . . . . .

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N Programming Additional Transmitters . . . . . . . .

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N General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Battery Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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m Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Manual Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Power Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N ªChild-Protectionº Door Lock System

 

(Rear Doors) Ð If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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m Power WindowsÐ If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Power Window Switches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Auto Down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Window Lockout Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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m Liftgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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m Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Adjustable Upper Shoulder Belt Anchorage . . . .

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N Second Row Center Lap/Shoulder Belt

 

Operating Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Seat Belt Pretensioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Enhanced Driver Seat Belt Reminder System

 

(BeltAlert) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Seat Belt Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Seat Belts And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Driver And Front Passenger Supplemental

 

Restraint System (SRS) - Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Event Data Recorder (EDR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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m Engine Break-In Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . .

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m Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Exhaust Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Safety Checks You Should Make Inside The

 

 

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N Periodic Safety Checks You Should Make

 

 

Outside The Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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A WORD ABOUT YOUR KEYS

The dealer that sold you your new vehicle has the key code numbers for your vehicle locks. These numbers can be used to order duplicate keys from your dealer. Ask your dealer for these numbers and keep them in a safe place.

Ignition Key Removal

Manual Transaxle

Turn the ignition switch to the ACC position, push the key and cylinder inward, rotate the key to the LOCK position, and remove the key.

Automatic Transaxle Ð If Equipped

Place the shift lever in PARK. Turn the ignition switch to the ACC position, push the key and cylinder inward, rotate the key to the LOCK position, and remove the key.

Vehicle Key

Ignition Key Positions

NOTE: If you try to remove the key before you place the lever in PARK, the key may become trapped temporarily in the ignition cylinder. If this occurs, rotate the key to the right slightly, then remove the key as described. If a malfunction occurs, the system will trap the key in the ignition cylinder to warn you that this safety feature is

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inoperable. The engine can be started and stopped but the key cannot be removed until you obtain service.

WARNING! 2

Never leave children alone in a vehicle. Leaving children in a vehicle unattended is dangerous for a number of reasons. A child or others could be seriously or fatally injured. Don't leave the keys in the ignition. A child could operate power windows, other controls, or move the vehicle.

CAUTION!

An unlocked car is an invitation to thieves. Always remove key from the ignition and lock all doors when leaving the vehicle unattended.

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Locking Doors With The Key

You can insert the key with either side up. To lock the door, turn the key rearward, to unlock the door, turn the key forward. See Section 7 of this manual for door lock lubrication.

Key-In-Ignition Reminder

Opening the driver's door when the key is in the ignition, sounds a signal to remind you to remove the key.

NOTE: With the driver's door open, and the key in the ignition, both the power door locks and Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) will not function.

STEERING WHEEL LOCK Ð MANUAL TRANSMISSION ONLY

Your manual transmission vehicle is equipped with a passive steering wheel lock. This lock prevents steering the vehicle without the ignition key. If the steering wheel

is moved no more than 1/2 turn in either direction and the key is not in the ignition switch, the steering wheel will lock.

To Manually Lock the Steering Wheel

With the engine running, turn the steering wheel upside down, turn off the engine and remove the key. Turn the steering wheel slightly in either direction until the lock engages.

To Release the Steering Wheel Lock

Insert the key in the ignition switch and start the engine. If the key is difficult to turn, move the wheel slightly to the right or left to disengage the lock.

NOTE: If you turned the wheel to the right to engage the lock, you must turn the wheel slightly to the right to disengage it. If you turned the wheel to the left to engage the lock, turn the wheel slightly to the left to disengage it.

SENTRY KEY

The Sentry Key Immobilizer System prevents unauthorized vehicle operation by disabling the engine. The system does not need to be armed or activated. Operation is automatic, regardless of whether the vehicle is locked or unlocked.

The system uses ignition keys, which have an embedded electronic chip (transponder), to prevent unauthorized vehicle operation. Therefore, only keys that are programmed to the vehicle can be used to start and operate the vehicle. The system will shut the engine off in two (2) seconds if someone uses an invalid key to start the engine.

NOTE: A key, which has not been programmed, is also considered an invalid key even if it is cut to fit the ignition switch lock cylinder for that vehicle.

During normal operation, after turning on the ignition switch, the Vehicle Security Alarm Indicator Light will

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turn on for three (3) seconds for a bulb check. If the light remains on after the bulb check, it indicates that there is a problem with the electronics. In addition, if the light

begins to flash after the bulb check, it indicates that 2 someone used an invalid key to start the engine. Either of these conditions will result in the engine being shut off after two (2) seconds.

If the Vehicle Security Alarm Indicator Light turns on during normal vehicle operation (vehicle running for longer than 10 seconds), it indicates that there is a fault in the electronics. Should this occur, have the vehicle serviced as soon as possible.

NOTE:

²The Sentry Key Immobilizer System is not compatible with some after-market remote starting systems. Use of these systems may result in vehicle starting problems and loss of security protection.

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²Exxon/Mobil Speed Pass,™ additional Sentry Keys, or any other transponder-equipped components on the same key chain will not cause a key-related (transponder) fault unless the additional part is physically held against the ignition key being used when starting the vehicle. Cell phones, pagers, or other RF electronics will not cause interference with this system.

All of the keys provided with your new vehicle have been programmed to the vehicle electronics.

Replacement Keys

NOTE: Only keys that are programmed to the vehicle electronics can be used to start and operate the vehicle. Once a Sentry Key is programmed to a vehicle, it cannot be programmed to any other vehicle.

CAUTION!

Always remove Sentry Keys from the vehicle and lock all doors when leaving the vehicle unattended.

At the time of purchase, the original owner is provided with a four-digit PIN number. Keep the PIN in a secure location. This number is required for dealer replacement of keys. Duplication of keys may be performed at an authorized dealer or by using the Customer Key Programming procedure. This procedure consists of programming a blank key to the vehicle electronics. A blank key is one, which has never been programmed.

NOTE: When having the Sentry Key Immobilizer System serviced, bring all vehicle keys with you to the dealer.

Customer Key Programming

If you have two valid sentry keys, you can program new sentry keys to the system by performing the following procedure:

1.Cut the additional Sentry Key Transponder blank(s) to match the ignition switch lock cylinder key code.

2.Insert the first valid key into the ignition switch. Turn the ignition switch to the ªONº position for at least 3 seconds, but no longer than 15-seconds. Then, turn the ignition switch to the ªLOCKº position and remove the first key.

3.Insert the second valid key into the ignition switch. Turn the ignition switch to the ªONº position within 15 seconds. After ten seconds, a chime will sound. In addition, the Vehicle Security Alarm Indicator Light will begin to flash. Turn the ignition switch to the ªLOCKº position and remove the second key.

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4. Insert a blank Sentry Key into the ignition switch. Turn the ignition switch to the ªONº position within 60 seconds. After 10 seconds, a single chime will sound. In addition, the Vehicle Security Alarm Indicator Light will 2 stop flashing. To indicate that programming is complete, the indicator light will turn on again for 3 seconds and then turn off.

The new Sentry Key is programmed. The Keyless Entry

Transmitter will also be programmed during this procedure.

Repeat this procedure to program up to 8 keys. If you do not have a programmed sentry key, contact your dealer for details.

NOTE: If a programmed key is lost, see your dealer to have all remaining keys erased from the systems memory. This will prevent the lost key from starting your vehicle. The remaining keys must then be reprogrammed. All vehicle keys must be taken to the dealer at the time of service to be reprogrammed.

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General Information

The Sentry Key system complies with FCC rules part 15 and with RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the following conditions:

²This device may not cause harmful interference.

²This device must accept any interference that may be received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

SECURITY ALARM SYSTEM Ð IF EQUIPPED

The system monitors the doors, hood, liftgate, and ignition switch for unauthorized operation.

If something triggers the alarm, the system will signal with the horn for 30 seconds and the lights for 60 seconds. If the triggering device is not deactivated the horn will sound again after a 5 second delay for another 30 seconds. If the trigger remains present this cycle will repeat for up to 5 minutes.

To Set the Alarm

1.Remove the keys from the ignition switch and get out of the vehicle.

2.Lock the door using either the power door lock switch, or the Keyless Entry Transmitter and close all doors.

3.The indicator light in the instrument cluster will flash rapidly for 16 seconds. This shows that the system is arming. During this period, if a door is opened, the ignition switch is turned ON, or the power door locks are unlocked in any manner, the system will automatically disarm. After 16 seconds the indicator light will flash slowly. This shows that the system is fully armed.

To Disarm the System

1.Press UNLOCK on the Keyless Entry Transmitter.

2.Starting the vehicle with a valid Sentry key will disarm the system. A valid key is one that is programmed to that particular vehicle. A valid key will disarm the system, an invalid key will allow the engine to run for 2 seconds and stop.

Security System Manual Override

The system will not arm if you lock the doors using the manual door lock plunger.

REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY Ð IF EQUIPPED

This system allows you to lock or unlock the doors and liftgate or activate the panic alarm from distances a maximum of 66 feet (20 meters) using a hand held radio transmitter. The transmitter need not be pointed at the vehicle to activate the system.

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Three Button Transmitter

NOTE: The line of transmission must not be blocked with metal objects.

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To Unlock the Doors and Liftgate

Press and release the UNLOCK button on the key fob once to unlock only the driver's door or twice to unlock all the doors and liftgate. When the UNLOCK button is pressed, the illuminated entry will initiate, and the parking lights will flash on twice. The time for this feature is programmable on vehicles equipped with the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC). Refer to ªTurn Headlamps on with Remote Key Unlockº under ªPersonal Settingsº in the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) section of this manual for details.

NOTE: The system can also be programmed to unlock all doors on the first press of the UNLOCK button. On electronic vehicle information center (EVIC) equipped vehicles refer to ªRemote Unlock Driver's Door 1stº under ªPersonal Settingsº in the EVIC section of this manual. On non EVIC ± equipped vehicles perform the following steps:

The system can be programmed to unlock all the doors upon the first UNLOCK button press by using the following procedure:

1.Press and hold the LOCK button on a programmed key fob.

2.Continue to hold the LOCK button at least 4 seconds, but not longer than 10 seconds, then press and hold the UNLOCK button. A single chime will sound to indicate that this feature has changed.

3.Release both buttons at the same time.

4.Test the feature while outside of the vehicle, by pressing the LOCK/UNLOCK button on the keyfob.

NOTE: Pressing the LOCK button on the keyfob while you are inside the vehicle will activate the Security Alarm. Opening a door with the Security Alarm activated will cause the alarm to sound. Press the UNLOCK button to deactivate the Security Alarm.

5. If the desired programming was not achieved or to reactivate this feature, repeat the above steps.

To Lock the Doors and Liftgate

Press and release the LOCK button on the transmitter to lock all doors. The turn signal lights will flash and the horn will chip once to acknowledge the lock signal. If desired, the ªSound Horn On Lockº feature can be turned on or off. On electronic vehicle information center (EVIC) equipped vehicles refer to ªPersonal Settingsº in the ªElectronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)º section of this manual. On non EVIC ± equipped vehicles perform the following steps:

1. Press the LOCK button for 4 to 10 seconds.

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2. While the LOCK button is pressed (after 4 seconds), press the PANIC button. Release both buttons.

The ªSound Horn On Lockº and ªFlash Lamps With Lockº feature can be reactivated by repeating this proce- 2 dure.

Using The Panic Alarm

To turn the panic alarm feature ON or OFF, press and hold the PANIC button on the transmitter for at least one second and release. When the panic alarm is on, the headlights and park lights will flash, the horn will pulse on and off and the interior lights will turn on.

The panic alarm will stay on for 3 minutes unless you turn it off by pressing the PANIC button a second time or if the vehicle speed is 5 mph (8 km/h) or greater.

NOTE: When you turn off the panic alarm by pressing the PANIC button a second time, you may have to be closer to the vehicle due to the radio frequency noises of the system.

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To Turn Off ªFlash Lights With Lockº

NOTE: The Flash Lights With Lock feature can be turned on or off. On electronic vehicle information center (EVIC) equipped vehicles refer to 9Personal Settings9 in the EVIC section of this manual. On non EVIC - equipped vehicles perform the following steps:

1.Press the UNLOCK button for 4 to 10 seconds.

2.While the UNLOCK button is pressed, (after 4 seconds) press the LOCK button. Release both buttons.

3.Test the flash lamps with LOCK feature while outside of the vehicle, by pressing the LOCK button on the key fob with the ignition in the LOCK position, and the key removed.

NOTE: Pressing the LOCK button on the key fob, while you are in the vehicle, will activate the Security Alarm.

Opening a door with the Security Alarm activated will cause the alarm to sound. Press the UNLOCK button to deactivate the Security Alarm.

The ªFlash Lights On Lock/Unlockº feature can be reactivated by repeating this procedure.

Programming Additional Transmitters

Vehicles will be shipped from the assembly plants with two key fob transmitters programmed only for that vehicle. A total of eight fobs can be programmed for your vehicle. Additional fobs can be programmed to your vehicle through the use of a currently programmed fob.

NOTE: When entering program mode using that fob, all other programmed fobs will be erased and you will have to reprogram them for your vehicle.

Use the Following procedure to program additional key fobs if the vehicle is not equipped with Sentry Key:

1.Enter your vehicle and close all doors.

2.Fasten your seat belt (Fastening the seatbelt will cancel any chiming that may confuse you during this programming procedure).

3.Place the key into the ignition.

4.Turn the ignition to the ON position ( Do not start the engine ).

5.Press and hold the UNLOCK button on the key fob.

6.After holding the UNLOCK button for four seconds, also press the PANIC button within 6 seconds.

7.When a single chime is heard release both buttons. The chime is an indication that you have successfully entered program mode. All fobs that are to be programmed must be done so within 60 seconds of when the chime was heard.

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8. Using the fob to be programmed, press and release both the LOCK and UNLOCK buttons, simultaneously.

9. A single chime will be heard.

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10.Within four seconds of hearing the chime, press and release the UNLOCK button on the fob.

11.A single chime will be heard.

12.Repeat steps 8 through 10 to program up to six additional fobs.

13.Turn the ignition to the OFF position.

14.Your vehicle will remain in program mode up to 60 seconds from when the original chime was heard. After

60seconds, all programmed fobs function normally.

NOTE: If you do not have a programmed transmitter, contact your dealer for details.

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General Information

This device complies with part 15 of FCC rules and with RS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the following conditions:

1.This device may not cause harmful interference.

2.This device must accept any interference that may be received including interference that may cause undesired operation.

NOTE: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.

If your Remote Lock Control fails to operate from a normal distance, check for these two conditions.

1. Weak batteries in transmitter. The expected life of batteries is five years.

2. Closeness to a radio transmitter such as a radio station tower, airport transmitter, military base, and some mobile or CB radios.

Battery Replacement

The recommended replacement battery is CR2032.

NOTE: Perchlorate Material ± special handling may apply, See www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate.º

1. If the key fob is equipped with a screw, remove the screw. With the transmitter buttons facing down, use a flat blade to pry the two halves of the transmitter apart. Make sure not to damage the elastomer seal during removal.

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2. Remove and replace the batteries. Avoid touching the

 

new batteries with your fingers. Skin oils may cause

 

battery deterioration. If you touch a battery, clean it with

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rubbing alcohol.

3. To assemble the transmitter case, snap the two halves together.

NOTE: If the key fob is equipped with a screw, reinstall and tighten the screw until snug.

Separating Transmitter Halves

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DOOR LOCKS

Manual Door Locks

Use the manual door lock plunger to lock the doors from inside the vehicle. If the plunger is down when the door is closed, the door will lock. Therefore, make sure the keys are not inside the vehicle before closing the door.

WARNING!

For personal security, and safety in the event of an accident, lock the vehicle doors as you drive as well as when you park and leave the vehicle.

WARNING!

When leaving the vehicle always remove the key from the ignition lock, and lock your vehicle. Do not leave children unattended in the vehicle, or with access to an unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised use of vehicle equipment may cause severe personal injuries and death.

Manual Door Lock Plunger

CAUTION!

An unlocked vehicle is an invitation to thieves. Always remove the key from the ignition and lock all of the doors when leaving the vehicle unattended.

Power Door Locks

A door lock switch is located on the driver door panel. Press this switch to lock or unlock the doors.

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Power Door Lock Switches

Automatic Door LocksÐIf Equipped

The doors will lock automatically on vehicles with power door locks if all of the following conditions are met:

1.The Auto Lock feature is enabled.

2.The transmission is in gear.

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3.All doors are closed.

4.The throttle is pressed.

5.The vehicle speed is above 15 mph (24 km/h).

6.The doors were not previously locked using the power door lock switch or remote keyless entry transmitter.

The Automatic Door Lock feature can be enabled or disabled. Refer to ªPersonal Settingsº (Customer Programmable Features) in the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) Ð if equipped section of this manual for details.

For vehicles not equipped with the EVIC the Automatic Door Locks can be enabled or disabled by performing the following procedure:

1.Close all doors and place the key in the ignition.

2.Cycle the ignition switch between LOCK and ON and back to LOCK 4 times ending up in the LOCK position.

Ignition Key Position

3.Depress the power door lock switch to lock the doors.

4.Verify reprogramming by driving the vehicle.

Auto Unlock

The doors will unlock automatically on vehicles with power door locks if:

1.The Auto Unlock feature is enabled.

2.The transmission was in gear and the vehicle speed returned to 0 mph (0 km/h).

3.The transmission is in NEUTRAL or PARK.

4.The driver door is opened.

5.The doors were not previously unlocked.

6.The vehicle speed is 0 mph (0 km/h).

The Auto Unlock feature can be enabled or disabled. Refer to ªPersonal Settingsº (Customer Programmable Features) in the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) Ð if equipped section of this manual.

For vehicles not equipped with the EVIC the Auto Unlock Feature can be enabled or disabled by performing the following procedure:

1. Close all doors and place the key in the ignition.

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2. Cycle the ignition switch between LOCK and ON and back to LOCK 4 times ending up in the LOCK position.

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Ignition Key Position

3.Depress the power door unlock switch to unlock the doors.

4.A single chime will indicate the completion of the programming.

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NOTE: Use the Auto Door Locks and Auto Unlock features in accordance with local laws.

ªChild-Protectionº Door Lock System (Rear Doors) Ð If Equipped

Insert the tip of the ignition key into the lock and rotate to the lock or unlock position.

Inserting Ignition Key

WARNING!

Avoid trapping anyone in a vehicle in a collision. Remember that the rear doors can only be opened from the outside when the child protection locks are

engaged.

Child Protection Door Lock Location

NOTE: For emergency exit with the system engaged, move the lock plunger up (unlocked position), roll down window and open the door with the outside door handle.

POWER WINDOWSÐ IF EQUIPPED

Power Window Switches

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The control on the left front door has up-down switches that give you finger tip control of all four power windows. There is a single opening and closing switch on the passenger doors for passenger window control. The 2 windows will operate only when the ignition switch is turned to the ON position, ACC position, and for up to 10 minutes after the ignition is turned OFF or the driver's door is opened. Refer to ªDelay Power Off to Accessories Until Exitº under the ªUnderstanding your Instrument Panelº section.

Auto Down

The driver's window switch has an Auto Down feature. Push the window switch past the first detent, release, and the window will go down automatically. To cancel the Auto Down movement, operate the switch in either the up or down direction and release the switch.

Power Window Switch Location

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Window Lockout Switch

The window lockout switch on the driver's door allows you to disable the window control on the other doors. To disable the window controls on the other doors, press the window lock button. To enable the window controls, press the window control button again.

LIFTGATE

NOTE: The key that is used to start the vehicle is also used to lock or unlock the doors and open the liftgate.

To unlock the liftgate, insert the key into the lock and turn to the right (manual lock models only). The liftgate can also be unlocked using the remote keyless entry or by activating the power door lock switches located on the front doors. The central locking/unlocking feature (if equipped) can also be activated from the liftgate key cylinder.

Once unlocked, the liftgate can be opened or closed without using the key. To open the liftgate, squeeze the liftgate release and pull the liftgate open with one fluid motion.

Lock Out Switch

Liftgate Latch Location

NOTE: In the event of a power malfunction, or the remote transmitter is inoperative, insert the key into the liftgate lock cylinder and turn to the right (manual lock models only). Using the liftgate handle, pull the liftgate open with one fluid motion.

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NOTE: Although the liftgate has no inside release

 

mechanism, the liftgate trim panel includes an opening

 

with a snap-in cap that provides access to release the

2

latch in the event of an electrical system malfunction.

WARNING!

²Driving with the liftgate open can allow poisonous exhaust gases into your vehicle. You and your passengers could be injured by these fumes. Keep the liftgate closed when you are operating the vehicle.

²If you are required to drive with the liftgate open, make sure that all windows are closed, and the climate control blower switch is set at high speed. DO NOT use the recirculation mode.

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Gas props support the liftgate in the open position. However, because the gas pressure drops with temperature, it may be necessary to assist the props when opening the liftgate in cold weather.

OCCUPANT RESTRAINTS

Some of the most important safety features in your vehicle are the restraint systems. These include the front and rear seat belts for the driver and all passengers, front airbags for both the driver and front passenger and if equipped, side airbags for both the driver and front passenger. If you will be carrying children too small for adult-size seat belts, your seat belts or the LATCH feature also, can be used to hold infant and child restraint systems.

Please pay close attention to the information in this section. It tells you how to use your restraint system properly to keep you and your passengers as safe as possible.

WARNING!

In a collision, you and your passengers can suffer much greater injuries if you are not properly buckled up. You can strike the interior of your vehicle or other passengers, or you can be thrown out of the vehicle. Always be sure you and others in your vehicle are buckled up properly.

Buckle up even though you are an excellent driver, even on short trips. Someone on the road may be a poor driver and cause a collision that includes you. This can happen far away from home or on your own street.

Research has shown that seat belts save lives, and they can reduce the seriousness of injuries in a collision. Some of the worst injuries happen when people are thrown from the vehicle. Seat belts reduce the possibility of

ejection and the risk of injury caused by striking the inside of the vehicle. Everyone in a motor vehicle should be belted at all times.

Lap/Shoulder Belts

All the seats in your vehicle are equipped with Lap/ Shoulder Belts.

The belt webbing retractor is designed to lock during very sudden stops or collisions. This feature allows the shoulder part of the belt to move freely with you under normal conditions. But in a collision, the belt will lock and reduce the risk of your striking the inside of the vehicle or being thrown out.

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WARNING!

² It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area, inside or outside of a vehicle. In a collision, people 2 riding in these areas are more likely to be seriously injured or killed.

²Do not allow people to ride in any area of your vehicle that is not equipped with seats and seat belts.

²Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and using a seat belt properly.

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WARNING!

²Wearing a seat belt incorrectly is dangerous. Seat belts are designed to go around the large bones of your body. These are the strongest parts of your body and can take the forces of a collision the best.

²Wearing your belt in the wrong place could make your injuries in a collision much worse. You might suffer internal injuries, or you could even slide out of part of the belt. Follow these instructions to wear your seat belt safely and to keep your passengers safe, too.

²Two people should never be belted into a single seat belt. People belted together can crash into one another in an accident, hurting one another badly. Never use a lap/shoulder belt or lap belt for more than one person, no matter what their size.

Lap/Shoulder Belt Operating Instructions

1.Enter the vehicle and close the door. Sit back and adjust the seat.

2.The seat belt latch plate is above the back of the front seat, next to your arm. Grasp the latch plate and pull out the belt. Slide the latch plate up the webbing as far as necessary to allow the belt to go around your lap.

Pulling Out The Latch Plate

3. When the belt is long enough to fit, insert the latch plate into the buckle until you hear a ªclick.º

Inserting Latch Plate Into Buckle

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WARNING!

² A belt that is buckled into the wrong buckle will not protect you properly. The lap portion could ride too high 2 on your body, possibly causing internal injuries. Always buckle your belt into the buckle nearest you.

²A belt that is too loose will not protect you as well. In a sudden stop you could move too far forward, increasing the possibility of injury. Wear your seat belt snugly.

²A belt that is worn under your arm is very dangerous. Your body could strike the inside surfaces of the vehicle in a collision, increasing head and neck injury. A belt worn under the arm can cause internal injuries. Ribs aren't as strong as shoulder bones. Wear the belt over your shoulder so that your strongest bones will take the force in a collision.

²A shoulder belt placed behind you will not protect you from injury during a collision. You are more likely to hit your head in a collision if you do not wear your shoulder belt. The lap and shoulder belt are meant to be used together.

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4. Position the lap belt across your thighs, below your abdomen. To remove slack in the lap belt portion, pull up on the shoulder belt. To loosen the lap belt if it is too tight, tilt the latch plate and pull on the lap belt. A snug belt reduces the risk of sliding under the belt in a collision.

Positioning Lap Belt

WARNING!

²A lap belt worn too high can increase the risk of internal injury in a collision. The belt forces won't be at the strong hip and pelvic bones, but across your abdomen. Always wear the lap belt as low as possible and keep it snug.

²A twisted belt can't do its job as well. In a collision it could even cut into you. Be sure the belt is straight. If you can't straighten a belt in your vehicle, take it to your dealer and have it fixed.

5.Position the shoulder belt on your chest so that it is comfortable and not resting on your neck. The retractor will withdraw any slack in the belt.

6. To release the belt, push the red button on the buckle. The belt will automatically retract to its stowed position. If necessary, slide the latch plate down the webbing to allow the belt to retract fully.

WARNING!

A frayed or torn belt could rip apart in a collision and leave you with no protection. Inspect the belt system periodically, checking for cuts, frays, or loose parts. Damaged parts must be replaced immediately. Do not disassemble or modify the system. Seat belt assemblies must be replaced after a collision if they have been damaged (bent retractor, torn webbing, etc.).

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Adjustable Upper Shoulder Belt Anchorage

In the front seat, the shoulder belt can be adjusted upward or downward to position the belt away from your neck. Push anchorage button to release the anchor- 2 age, and move it up or down to the position that serves you best.

Adjustable Anchorage

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As a guide, if you are shorter than average, you will prefer a lower position, and if you are taller than average, you'll prefer a higher position. When you release the anchorage, try to move it up or down to make sure that it is locked in position.

Second Row Center Lap/Shoulder Belt Operating Instructions

The second row center lap/shoulder belt features a three point seat belt with a mini latch and buckle, which allows the shoulder belt to detach from the lower anchor when the seat is folded. The mini buckle and shoulder belt can then be stored out of the way in the right side trim panel for added convenience.

1. Remove the mini latch and regular latch from its stowed position in the right rear side trim panel.

Mini Latch Stowage

2. Grasp the mini latch plate and pull the belt over the seat.

3. Route the shoulder belt to the inside of the right head restraint.

Routing The Rear Center Shoulder Belt

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Routing The Rear Center Shoulder Belt

4.When the belt is long enough to fit, insert the mini latch plate into the mini buckle until you hear a ªclick.º

5.Sit back in seat. Slide the regular latch plate up the webbing as far as necessary to allow the belt to go around your lap.

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6. When the belt is long enough to fit, insert the latch plate into the buckle until you hear a ªclick.º

Connecting Mini Latch to Buckle

7. Position the lap belt across your thighs, below your abdomen. To remove slack in the lap belt portion, pull up on the shoulder belt. To loosen the lap belt if it is too tight, pull on the lap belt. A snug belt reduces the risk of sliding under the belt in a collision.

Rear Center Seat Belt Buckled

8.Position the shoulder belt on your chest so that it is comfortable and not resting on your neck. The retractor will withdraw any slack in the belt.

9.To release the belt, push the red button on the buckle.

Detaching Mini Latch and Buckle

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10. To disengage the mini latch from the mini buckle for storage, insert the regular latch plate into the black button on the top of the mini buckle. The belt will automatically retract to its stowed position. If necessary, 2 slide the latch plate down the webbing to allow the belt

to retract fully. Insert the mini latch plate into the slot provided in the trim panel.

Seat Belt Pretensioners

The seat belts for both front seating positions are equipped with pretensioning devices that are designed to remove any slack from the seat belts in the event of a collision. These devices improve the performance of the seat belt system by assuring that the belt is tight about the occupant in a collision. Pretensioners work for all size occupants, including those in child restraints.

NOTE: These devices are not a substitute for proper seat belt placement by the occupant. The seat belt still must be worn snugly and positioned properly.

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The pretensioners are triggered by the Airbag Control Module (refer to information on Airbags in this section). Like the front airbags, the pretensioners are single use items. After a collision that is severe enough to deploy the airbags and pretensioners, both must be replaced.

Enhanced Driver Seat Belt Reminder System (BeltAlert)

If the driver's seat belt has not been buckled within 60 seconds of starting the vehicle and if the vehicle speed is greater than 5 mph (8 km/h), the Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert) will alert the driver to buckle their seat belt. The driver should also instruct all other occupants to buckle their seat belts. Once the warning is triggered, the Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert) will continue to chime and flash the Seat Belt Warning Light for 96 seconds or until the driver's seat belt is buckled. The Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert) will be reactivated if the driver's seat belt is unbuckled for more than 10 seconds and the vehicle speed is greater than 5 mph (8 km/h).

The Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert) can be enabled or disabled by your authorized dealer or by following these steps:

NOTE: The following steps must occur within the first 60 seconds of the ignition switch being turned to the ON or START position. DaimlerChrysler Corporation does not recommend deactivating the Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert).

1.Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position and buckle the driver or front passenger seat belt.

2.Turn the ignition switch to the ON position and wait for the Seat Belt Warning Light to turn off.

3.Within 60 seconds of turning the ignition switch to the ON position, unbuckle and then re-buckle the driver or front passenger seat belt at least three times within 10 seconds, ending with the seat belt buckled.

NOTE: Watch for the Seat Belt Warning Light to turn on while unbuckling and off while re-buckling the seat belt. It may be necessary to retract the seat belt.

4. Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position. A single chime will sound to signify that you have successfully completed the programming.

The Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert) can be reactivated by repeating this procedure.

NOTE: Although the Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert) has been deactivated, the Seat Belt Warning Light will continue to illuminate while the driver or front passenger seat belt remains unbuckled.

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Seat Belt Extender

If a seat belt is too short, even when fully extended, and when the adjustable upper shoulder belt anchorage (if so equipped) is in its lowest position, your dealer can 2 provide you with a seat belt extender. This extender should be used only if the existing belt is not long enough. When it is not required, remove the extender, and store it.

WARNING!

Using a seat belt extender when not needed can increase the risk of injury in a collision. Only use when the seat belt is not long enough when it is worn low and snug, and in the recommended seating positions. Remove and store the extender when not needed.

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Seat Belts And Pregnant Women

We recommend that pregnant women use the seat belts throughout their pregnancy. Keeping the mother safe is the best way to keep the baby safe.

Pregnant women should wear the lap part of the belt across the thighs and as snug across the hips as possible. Keep the belt low so that it does not come across the abdomen. That way the strong bones of the hips will take the force if there is a collision.

Driver and Front Passenger Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) - Airbag

This vehicle has front airbags for both the driver and front passenger as a supplement to the seat belt restraint systems. The driver's airbag is mounted in the center of the steering wheel. The passenger's front airbag is mounted in the instrument panel, above the glove compartment. The words SRS AIRBAG are embossed on the airbag covers.

Front Airbags and Knee Bolsters

NOTE: The front airbags are certified to the Federal regulations that allow less forceful deployment.

The front airbags have a multistage inflator design. This may allow the airbag to have different rates of inflation that are based on collision severity.

This vehicle may also be equipped with side curtain airbags to protect the driver and passengers sitting next

to a window. If the vehicle is equipped with side curtain airbags, they are located above the side windows. Their covers are also labeled SRS AIRBAG.

Side Curtain Airbag Location

NOTE: Airbag covers may not be obvious in the interior trim; but they will open to allow airbag deployment.

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WARNING!

 

 

 

 

 

² Do not put anything on or around the front airbag covers or

 

 

 

2

attempt to manually open them. You may damage the

 

airbags and you could be injured because the airbags are no

 

 

longer functional. These protective covers for the airbag

 

 

cushions are designed to open only when the airbags are

 

 

inflating.

 

 

²If your vehicle is equipped with side curtain airbags, do not stack luggage or other cargo up high enough to block the location of the side curtain airbag. The area where the side curtain airbag is located should remain free from any obstructions.

²If your vehicle is equipped with side curtain airbags, do not have any accessory items installed which will alter the roof, including adding a sunroof to your vehicle. Do not add roof racks that require permanent attachments (bolts or screws) for installation on the vehicle roof. Do not drill into the roof of the vehicle for any reason.

²Do not drill, cut or tamper with the knee bolster in any way.

²Do not mount any accessories to the knee bolster such as alarm lights, stereos, citizens band radios etc.

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NOTE: Do not use a clothing bar mounted to the coat hooks in this vehicle. A clothing bar will impede the proper performance of the curtain airbags.

Along with the seat belts, front airbags work with the instrument panel knee bolsters to provide improved protection for the driver and front passenger. Side Curtain Airbags also work with seat belts to improve occupant protection.

The seat belts are designed to protect you in many types of collisions. The front airbags deploy in moderate to severe frontal collisions.

If your vehicle is so equipped, the Side Curtain Airbag on the crash side of the vehicle is triggered in moderate to severe side collisions. However, even in collisions where the airbags deploy, you need the seat belts to keep you in the correct position for the airbags to protect you properly.

Here are some simple steps you can take to minimize the risk of harm from a deploying airbag.

1.Children 12 years old and under should ride buckled up in the rear seat.

2.Infants in rear-facing child restraints should NEVER ride in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger front airbag. An airbag deployment could cause severe injury or death to infants in that position.

3.Children that are not big enough to wear the vehicle seat belt properly (refer to information on Child Restraint in this section) should be secured in the rear seat in child restraints or belt-positioning booster seats.

4.Older children who do not use child restraints or belt-positioning booster seats should ride properly buckled up in the rear seat. Never allow children to slide the shoulder belt behind them or under their arm.

5.If a child from 1 to 12 years old must ride in the front passenger seat because the vehicle is crowded, move the seat as far back as possible, and use the proper child restraint (refer to information on Child Restraint in this section).

6.You should read the instructions provided with your child restraint to make sure that you are using it properly.

7.All occupants should use their seat belts properly.

8.The driver and front passenger seats should be moved back as far as practical to allow the airbags time to inflate.

9.If your vehicle has side curtain airbags do not lean against the door, airbags will inflate forcefully into the space between you and the door.

10.If the airbag system in this vehicle needs to be modified to accommodate a disabled person, contact the Customer Center. Phone numbers are provided in the 9If You Need Customer Assistance9 section in this manual.

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WARNING!

² Relying on the airbags alone could lead to more severe injuries in a collision. The airbags work 2 with your seat belt to restrain you properly. In some collisions, the airbags won't deploy at all. Always wear your seat belts even though you have airbags.

²Being too close to the steering wheel or instrument panel during airbag deployment could cause serious injury. Airbags need room to inflate. Sit back, comfortably extending your arms to reach the steering wheel or instrument panel.

²If the vehicle has side curtain airbags, they also need room to inflate. Do not lean against the door or window. Sit upright in the center of the seat.

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Air Bag System Components

The airbag system consists of the following:

²Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC)

²Side Remote Acceleration Sensors (If Equipped)

²Airbag Warning Light

²Driver Airbag

²Front Passenger Airbag

²Supplemental Side Curtain Airbags above Side Windows (If Equipped)

²Steering Wheel and Column

²Instrument Panel

²Interconnecting Wiring

²Seatbelt Reminder Light

²Knee Impact Bolsters

²Front Acceleration Sensors

²Driver and Front Passenger Seat Belt Pretensioners

How The Airbag System Works

²The Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC) determines if a frontal collision is severe enough to require the airbags to inflate. The front airbag inflators are designed to provide different rates of airbag inflation from direction provided by the ORC. This ORC will detect roll over.

²The ORC also monitors the readiness of the electronic parts of the system whenever the ignition switch is in the START or ON positions. These include all of the items listed above except the knee bolster, the instrument panel, and the steering wheel and column. If the key is in the LOCK position, in the ACC position, or not in the ignition, the airbags are not on and will not inflate.

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