Jeep 2009 Commander User Manual

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VEHICLES SOLD IN CANADA

With respect to any Vehicles Sold in Canada, the name Chrysler LLC shall be deemed to be deleted and the name Chrysler Canada Inc. used in substitution therefor.

DRIVING AND ALCOHOL

Drunken driving is one of the most frequent causes of accidents.

Your driving ability can be seriously impaired with blood alcohol levels far below the legal minimum. If you are drinking, don’t drive. Ride with a designated non-drinking driver, call a cab, a friend, or use public transportation.

WARNING!

Driving after drinking can lead to an accident. Your perceptions are less sharp, your reflexes are slower, and your judgment is impaired when you have been drinking. Never drink and then drive.

This manual illustrates and describes the operation of features and equipment that are either standard or optional on this vehicle. This manual may also include a description of features and equipment that are no longer available or were not ordered on this vehicle. Please disregard any features and equipment described in this manual that are not on this vehicle.

Chrysler LLC reserves the right to make changes in design and specifications, and/or make additions to or improvements to its products without imposing any obligation upon itself to install them on products previously manufactured.

Copyright © 2008 Chrysler LLC

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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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

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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Rollover Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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

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

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INTRODUCTION

This is a specialized utility vehicle designed for both on-road and off-road use. It can go places and perform tasks for which conventional two-wheel drive enclosed vehicles were not intended. It handles and maneuvers differently from many passenger cars both on-road and off-road, so take time to become familiar with your vehicle.

The two-wheel drive utility vehicle was designed for on-road use only. It is not intended for off-road driving or use in other severe conditions suited for a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Before you start to drive this vehicle, read the Owner’s Manual. Be sure you are familiar with all vehicle controls, particularly those used for braking, steering, transmission, and transfer case shifting. Learn how your vehicle handles on different road surfaces. Your driving skills will improve with experience. When driving off-road or

working the vehicle, don’t overload the vehicle or expect the vehicle to overcome the natural laws of physics. Always observe federal, state, provincial and local laws wherever you drive.

As with other vehicles of this type, failure to operate this vehicle correctly may result in loss of control or an accident. Refer to “On-Road/Off-Road Driving Tips” in Section 5 of this manual.

This manual has been prepared with the assistance of service and engineering specialists to acquaint you with the operation and maintenance of your 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 authorized dealer knows your vehicle best, has the factory-trained technicians and genuine MOPAR 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 go out of control. Because of the higher center of gravity, if this vehicle is out of control it may roll over when some other vehicles may not.

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Do not attempt sharp turns, abrupt maneuvers, or other unsafe driving actions that can cause loss of vehicle 1 control. Failure to operate this vehicle safely may result

in an accident, rollover of the vehicle, and severe or fatal injury. Drive carefully.

Rollover Warning Label

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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. 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 two 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.

The detailed index at the back of this Owner’s 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 Owner’s Manual contains WARNINGS against op-

 

erating procedures that could result in an accident or

 

bodily injury. It also contains CAUTIONS against proce-

 

dures that 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

 

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is found on a

 

label located on the left front corner of the instrument

 

panel pad, visible from outside of the vehicle through the

 

windshield. This number also appears on the Automobile

VIN Location

Information Disclosure Label affixed to a window on

NOTE: It is illegal to remove the VIN label.

your vehicle. Save this label for a convenient record of

 

your vehicle identification number and optional equip-

 

ment.

 

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

A Word About Your Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Wireless Ignition Node (WIN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Integrated Ignition Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Ignition Key Removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Key-In-Ignition Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Sentry Key Immobilizer System . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Replacement Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Customer Key Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Vehicle Security Alarm System . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Rearming The System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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

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Illuminated Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Remote Keyless Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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To Unlock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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To Lock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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To Release The Liftgate Flipper Glass . . . . . . .

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Express Down Window Feature — If

 

Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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Programming Additional RKE Transmitters . . .

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RKE Transmitter Battery Service . . . . . . . . . . .

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General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Remote Starting System — If Equipped . . . . . . .

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How To Use Remote Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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

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Passive Entry System — If Equipped . . . . . . . .

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To Place An RKE Transmitter In The Vehicle For Safekeeping – Vehicles Equipped With

Keyless Go Only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Child Protection Door Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Power Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Wind Buffeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Liftgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Liftgate Flipper Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Power Liftgate — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Lap/Shoulder Belt Operating Instructions . . . . 44

Adjustable Upper Shoulder Belt Anchorage . . . 48

Automatic Locking Mode — If Equipped . . . . . 49

Energy Management Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Seat Belt Pretensioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Enhanced Seat Belt Use Reminder System

(BeltAlert ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Seat Belts And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Seat Belt Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Driver And Front Passenger Supplemental

Restraint Systems (SRS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

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Child Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Safety Checks You Should Make Inside The

 

 

Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Safety Checks You Should Make Outside The

 

 

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A WORD ABOUT YOUR KEYS

released from the START position, the switch automati-

Your vehicle uses a keyless ignition system. This system

cally returns to the detented ON position.

consists of a Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter

 

with integrated ignition key and a Wireless Ignition

 

Node (WIN) with integral ignition switch. You can insert

 

the double-sided key into the ignition switch with either

 

side up.

 

Keyless Go Feature

 

This vehicle may be equipped with the Keyless Go

 

feature, for more information, refer to “Keyless Go — If

 

Equipped” under “Starting Procedure” in Section 5 of

 

this manual.

 

Wireless Ignition Node (WIN)

 

The Wireless Ignition Node (WIN) operates similar to an

Wireless Ignition Node (WIN)

ignition switch. It has four operating positions, three of

1 — LOCK

which are detented and one spring-loaded. The detented

2 — ACC (ACCESSORY)

positions are LOCK, ACC, and ON. The START position

3 — ON

4 — START

is a spring-loaded momentary contact position. When

 

Integrated Ignition Key

The integrated ignition key operates the ignition switch. It also contains the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter and a valet key, which stores in the rear of the RKE transmitter.

The valet key allows for entry into the vehicle should the battery in the vehicle or the RKE transmitter go dead. The valet key is also for locking the glove box. You can keep the valet key with you when valet parking.

To remove the valet key from the RKE transmitter, slide the mechanical latch at the top of the RKE transmitter sideways with your thumb and then pull the key out with your other hand.

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2

Three-Button FOBIK (FOB with Integrated Key)

NOTE: You can insert the double-sided valet key into the lock cylinders with either side up.

Ignition Key Removal

Place the shift lever in PARK. Turn the ignition key to the LOCK position, and remove the key.

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NOTE:

If you try to remove the key before you place the shift lever in PARK, it may become trapped temporarily in the ignition switch. 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 switch to warn you that this safety feature is inoperable. The engine can be started and stopped, but the key cannot be removed until you obtain service.

For vehicles equipped with the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), the power window switches, radio, power sunroof (if equipped), and power outlets will remain active for up to 60 minutes after the ignition switch is turned to the LOCK position. Opening either front door will cancel this feature. The time for this feature is programmable. For details, refer to “Key Off Power Delay,” under “Personal

Settings (Customer-Programmable Features)” under “Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)” in Section 4 of this manual.

WARNING!

Never leave children alone in a vehicle. Leaving unattended children in a vehicle is dangerous for a number of reasons. A child or others could be seriously or fatally injured. Do not leave the key 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.

Key-In-Ignition Reminder

If you open the driver’s door with the integrated ignition key in the ignition, a chime will sound to remind you to remove the key.

NOTE: The Key-In-Ignition reminder only sounds when the integrated ignition key is placed in the LOCK or ACC position.

SENTRY KEY IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM

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 the factory-mated Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter with integrated key and Wireless Ignition Node (WIN) to prevent unauthorized vehicle operation. Therefore, only RKE transmitters that are programmed to the vehicle can be used to start and operate

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the vehicle. The system will shut the engine off in two seconds if an invalid RKE transmitter is used to start the engine.

After turning the ignition switch to the ON position, the 2 Vehicle Security Light will turn on for three 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 someone used an invalid RKE transmitter to start the engine. Either of these conditions will result in the engine being shut off after two seconds.

If the Vehicle Security 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.

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NOTE:

The Sentry Key Immobilizer system is not compatible with aftermarket remote starting systems. Use of these systems may result in vehicle starting problems and loss of security protection.

Exxon/Mobil Speedpass™, additional RKE transmitters, or any other transponder-equipped components on the same key chain will not cause a fault unless the additional part is physically held against the RKE transmitter being used to start the vehicle. Cell phones, pagers, or other RF electronics will not cause interference with this system.

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

Replacement Keys

NOTE: Only RKE transmitters that are programmed to the vehicle electronics can be used to start and operate

the vehicle. Once an RKE transmitter is programmed to a vehicle, it cannot be programmed to any other vehicle.

CAUTION!

Always remove the 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 Personal Identification Number (PIN). Keep the PIN in a secure location. This number is required for authorized dealer replacement of RKE transmitters. Duplication of RKE transmitters may be performed at an authorized dealer or by using the Customer Key Programming procedure. This procedure consists of programming a blank transmitter to the vehicle electronics. A blank transmitter is one that has never been programmed.

NOTE: When having the Sentry Key Immobilizer system serviced, bring all vehicle RKE transmitters with you to the authorized dealer.

Customer Key Programming

If you have two valid RKE transmitters with integrated keys, you can program new transmitters to the system by performing the following procedure:

1.Insert the first valid integrated key into the ignition switch and turn the ignition switch to the ON position for at least three seconds, but no longer than 15 seconds. Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position and remove the first key.

2.Insert the second valid integrated key and turn the ignition switch to the ON position within 15 seconds. After 10 seconds, a chime will sound and the Vehicle Security Light will begin to flash. Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position and remove the second key.

3.Insert a blank integrated key into the ignition switch and turn the ignition switch to the ON position within

60seconds. After 10 seconds, a single chime will sound

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and the Vehicle Security Light will stop flashing, turn on again for three seconds, and then turn off.

The new integrated key is programmed. The RKE trans- 2 mitter will also be programmed during this procedure.

Repeat this procedure to program up to eight keys. If you do not have a programmed RKE transmitter with integrated key, contact your authorized dealer for details.

NOTE: If a programmed key is lost, see your authorized dealer to have all remaining keys erased from the system’s 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 an authorized 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:

This device may not cause harmful interference.

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

VEHICLE SECURITY ALARM SYSTEM

This Vehicle Security Alarm system monitors the vehicle doors, liftgate, liftgate flipper glass, and ignition for unauthorized operation. When the alarm is activated, the system provides both audible and visible signals. The horn, headlights, and tail lights will sound/flash repeatedly for three minutes. If disturbance is still present (driver’s door, passenger door, other doors, ignition) after three minutes, the headlights and tail lights will flash for an additional 15 minutes.

NOTE: The Panic and Security alarms are quite different. Please take a moment to activate the Panic and the Security modes to hear the differences in the horn. In case one should go off in the future, you will need to know which mode has been activated in order to deactivate it.

Rearming The System:

If something triggers the alarm, and no action is taken to disarm it, the system will turn off the horn after three minutes, turn off all of the visual signals after 15 minutes, and then the system will rearm itself.

To Set the Alarm

The alarm will set when you use the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter to lock the doors and liftgate, or when you use the power door lock switch while the door is open. After all the doors are locked and closed, the Vehicle Security Light (located in the instrument cluster) will flash rapidly for about 16 seconds to signal that the system is arming. During this 16 second arming period,

opening any door or the liftgate will cancel the arming. If the system successfully arms, the Vehicle Security Light will flash at a slower rate to indicate the alarm is set.

To Disarm the System

To disarm the system, you will need to press the UNLOCK button on the RKE transmitter or turn the ignition key to the ON position. If something has triggered the system in your absence, the horn will sound three times when you unlock the doors. Check the vehicle for tampering.

The Vehicle Security Alarm system is designed to protect your vehicle; however, you can create conditions where the system will arm unexpectedly. If you remain in the vehicle and lock the doors with the RKE transmitter, once the system is armed (after 16 seconds), when you pull the door handle to exit, the alarm will sound. If this occurs, press the UNLOCK button on the RKE transmitter to disarm the system. You may also accidentally disarm the

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system by unlocking the driver’s door with the key and then locking it. The door will be locked but the Vehicle

Security Alarm will not arm.

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ILLUMINATED ENTRY

The interior lights come on when you open any door. They will remain on for about 30 seconds after all doors are closed then fade to off.

The lights also will fade to off if you turn on the ignition after you close all the doors.

REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY

This system allows you to lock or unlock the doors and liftgate, or activate the panic alarm, from distances up to about 66 ft (20 m) using a handheld RKE radio transmitter. The RKE transmitter does not need not be pointed at the vehicle to activate the system.

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NOTE: Inserting the Fob with Integrated Key (FOBIK) into the ignition switch disables all buttons on that transmitter; however, the buttons on the remaining transmitters will continue to work. Driving the vehicle over 5 mph disables all transmitter buttons, for all Fobs, until the ignition is turned back to Off Lock.

Three-Button FOBIK

To Unlock the Doors

Press and release the UNLOCK button on the RKE transmitter once to unlock the driver’s door, or twice to unlock all doors. The turn signal lights will flash to acknowledge the unlock signal. The illuminated entry system will also turn on.

Remote Key Unlock, Driver Door/All Doors First Press

This feature lets you program the system to unlock either the driver’s door, or all doors, on the first press of the UNLOCK button on the RKE transmitter. To change the current setting, proceed as follows:

For vehicles equipped with the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), refer to “Remote Key Unlock” under “Personal Settings (CustomerProgrammable Features)” under “Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)” in Section 4 of this manual.

Flash Lights with Remote Key Lock

This feature will cause the turn signal lights to flash when the doors are locked or unlocked with the RKE transmitter. This feature can be turned on or off. To change the current setting, proceed as follows:

For vehicles equipped with the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), refer to “Flash Lamps with Lock” under “Personal Settings (CustomerProgrammable Features)” under Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)” in Section 4 of this manual.

Turn Headlights On with Remote Key Unlock

This feature activates the headlights for up to 90 seconds when the doors are unlocked with the RKE transmitter. The time for this feature is programmable on vehicles equipped with the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC). For details, refer to “Headlamp Off Delay” under

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“Personal Settings (Customer-Programmable Features)” under “Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)” in Section 4 of this manual.

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To Lock the Doors

Press and release the LOCK button on the RKE transmitter to lock all doors. The turn signal lights will flash and the horn will chirp to acknowledge the signal.

Sound Horn with Remote Key Lock

This feature will cause the horn to chirp when the doors are locked with the RKE transmitter. This feature can be turned on or off. To change the current setting, proceed as follows:

For vehicles equipped with the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), refer to “Sound Horn with Lock,” under “Personal Settings (CustomerProgrammable Features)” under “Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)” in Section 4 of this manual.

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To Release the Liftgate Flipper Glass

Press the FLIPPER GLASS/TRUNK RELEASE button two times (the second press within 5 seconds of the first press) to open liftgate flipper glass

WARNING!

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

Express Down Window Feature — If Equipped

This feature allows you to remotely lower both front door windows at the same time. To use this feature, press and release the UNLOCK button on the RKE transmitter and then immediately press and hold the UNLOCK button until the windows lower to the level desired or until they lower completely.

Using the Panic Alarm

To turn the Panic Alarm feature on or off, press and hold the PANIC button on the RKE 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 three minutes unless you turn it off by either pressing the PANIC button a second time, or drive the vehicle at a speed of 15 mph (24 km/h) or greater.

NOTE:

The interior lights will turn off if you turn the ignition switch to the ACC or ON position while the Panic Alarm is activated. However, the exterior lights and horn will remain on.

You may need to be less than 67 ft (20 m) from the vehicle when using the RKE transmitter to turn off the Panic Alarm due to the Radio Frequency (RF) noises emitted by the system.

Programming Additional RKE Transmitters

Refer to Sentry Key “Customer Key Programming.”

If you do not have a programmed RKE transmitter, contact your authorized dealer for details.

RKE Transmitter Battery Service

The recommended replacement battery is one CR2032 battery.

NOTE:

Perchlorate Material — special handling may apply. See www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate

Do not touch the battery terminals that are on the back housing or the printed circuit board.

1. Battery access is through a door located on the rear of the fob. Insert a small, flat blade screwdriver into the slot and gently pry open the access door.

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Battery Replacement

1— Battery Access Door

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 rubbing alcohol.

3.Reposition the access door panel over the battery opening and snap into place.

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If Equipped With Passive Entry

1.With the RKE transmitter buttons facing down, use a flat blade to pry the two halves of the RKE transmitter apart. Make sure not to damage the seal during removal.

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 rubbing alcohol.

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

General Information

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

This device may not cause harmful interference.

This device must accept any interference 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 Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter fails to operate from a normal distance, check for these two conditions.

1.A weak battery in the RKE transmitter. The expected life of the battery is a minimum of three years.

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

REMOTE STARTING SYSTEM — IF EQUIPPED

This system uses the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter to start the engine conveniently from outside the vehicle while still maintaining security. The system has a targeted range of 328 ft (100 m).

How to Use Remote Start

All of the following conditions must be met before the engine will remote start:

Shift lever in PARK

Doors closed

Hood closed

Liftgate closed

Hazard switch off

Brake switch inactive (brake pedal not pressed)

Ignition key removed from ignition switch

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Battery at an acceptable charge level, and

RKE PANIC button not pressed.

To Enter Remote Start Mode

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Press and release the REMOTE START button on the RKE transmitter twice, within five seconds. The parking lights will flash and the horn will honk twice (if programmed). Then, the

engine will start and the vehicle will remain in the Remote Start mode for a 15 minute cycle.

NOTE:

If an engine fault is present the vehicle will start and then shut down 10 seconds later.

The park lamps will turn on and remain on during Remote Start mode.

For security, power window and power sunroof operation (if so equipped) are disabled when the vehicle is in the Remote Start mode.

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The engine can be started two consecutive times (two 15 minute cycles) with the RKE transmitter. However, the ignition must be cycled by pushing the START/ STOP button twice (or the ignition switch must be cycled to the ON position) before you can repeat the start sequence for a third cycle.

To Exit Remote Start Mode Without Driving the Vehicle

Allow the engine to run for the entire 15 minute cycle.

To Exit Remote Start Mode and Drive the Vehicle

Before the end of 15 minute cycle, press and release the UNLOCK button on the RKE transmitter to unlock the doors and disarm the Vehicle Security Alarm (if equipped). Then, prior to the end of the 15 minute cycle, simply press and release the START/STOP button. If the START/STOP button is not present, insert the key into the ignition switch and turn the switch to the ON position.

NOTE:

For the vehicle not equipped with Keyless Go feature, the ignition switch must be in the ON position in order to drive the vehicle.

For the vehicle not equipped with Keyless Go feature, the message “Insert Key/Turn To On” will display in the EVIC until you insert the key. Once inserted, the message “Turn To On” will display in the EVIC until you turn the key to On. Refer to “Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)” in Section 4 of this manual.

For the vehicle equipped with Keyless Go feature, the message “Push Button/Insert Key” will display in the EVIC until you push the START Button.

To Turn Off the Engine While in Remote Start Mode

Press and release the REMOTE START button one time.

NOTE: To avoid inadvertent shutdowns, the system will disable the one time press of the REMOTE START button for two seconds after receiving a valid Remote Start request.

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 key is not inside the vehicle before closing the door.

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WARNING!

For personal security and safety in the event of an accident, lock the vehicle doors when you drive, as 2 well as when you park and leave the vehicle.

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

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Power Door Locks

The power door lock switch is located on each front door panel. Press the switch to lock or unlock the doors.

Power Door Lock Switch

If the plunger is down when the door is closed, the door will lock. Therefore, make sure the key is not inside the vehicle before closing the door.

If you press the door lock switch while the keys are in the ignition switch, and the driver’s door is open, the doors will not lock.

The rear doors cannot be opened from inside the vehicle until you pull up the lock plungers.

Automatic Door Locks

If this feature is selected, your door locks will lock automatically when the vehicle speed is above 15 mph (24 km/h) and all doors are closed. It will reset whenever a door is opened.

This feature is selectable and can be turned on or off. Refer to “Auto Door Locks” under “CustomerProgrammable Features” under “Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)” in Section 4 of this manual or see your authorized dealer.

Automatic Unlock on Exit Feature — Only Available if Auto Lock is Enabled

This feature will unlock all the doors when the driver’s door is opened if the vehicle is stopped and in PARK or NEUTRAL. Refer to “Auto Unlock on Exit” under “Customer-Programmable Features” in the “Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC),” in Section 4 of this manual or see your authorized dealer.

Passive Entry System — If Equipped

The Passive Entry system allows you to unlock the vehicle’s door(s) without using the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter unlock button, or the unlock button located on the vehicle’s interior door panel. To use this feature you must have a valid RKE transmitter within 5 ft (1.5 m) of the door handle you desire to use, and it must be located outside of the vehicle.

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To Unlock the Vehicle’s Doors

To unlock the vehicle’s door(s), grasp the door handle and the door(s) will unlock.

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NOTE:

If the vehicle has not been used for 72 hours or it has been raining for 24 hours, you may have to pull a door handle to reactivate this feature.

If the vehicle’s door locks are programmed to “Unlock Driver’s Door 1st Press,” only the driver’s door will unlock when the driver’s door handle is grasped. If the vehicle’s door locks are programmed to “Unlock All Doors 1st Press”, all doors will unlock if any door handle is grasped. Refer to “Remote Key Unlock” under “Personal Settings (Customer-Programmable Features)” in the “Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)” in Section 4 of this manual.

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If you accidentally lock your RKE transmitter in the vehicle using the door panel switch, ALL doors will unlock and the horn will chirp three times after all doors are closed. If you do this three times, the system will not chirp and the doors will remain locked on the third attempt. To re-enable the system the vehicle must be unlocked with another valid RKE transmitter.

To Lock the Vehicle’s Doors

The vehicle doors can be locked by using the RKE transmitter lock button or the lock button located on the vehicle’s interior door panel.

To Place an RKE Transmitter in the Vehicle for Safekeeping – Vehicles Equipped with Keyless Go only

If you want to lock an RKE transmitter in your vehicle by using the door panel switch perform the following procedure:

1. With the desired RKE transmitter in the vehicle, press the door lock switch located on the door panel. All doors

will lock. When all doors are closed you will hear three chirps of the horn and the doors will unlock. This is the same lock/unlock and chirping sound that you would experience if you accidentally locked your RKE transmitter in the vehicle.

2. Open the door and repeat Step 1 two more times (three times total). The doors will remain locked; no audible warnings will occur.

NOTE: Any RKE transmitter that is locked in the vehicle either by a passive lock, another RKE lock, or the door panel lock switch will be disabled from Keyless Go. The disabled RKE transmitter(s) will be re-enabled after a passive unlock or RKE unlock.

Child Protection Door Lock

The rear doors of your vehicle are equipped with Child Protection Door Locks. If you push up on the lever on the open edge of the door it cannot be opened from the inside of the vehicle. Push the lever down to disengage the Child Protection Door Locks.

WARNING!

Avoid trapping anyone in the vehicle in a collision. Remember that the rear doors can only be opened from the outside when the Child Protection Door Locks are engaged.

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WINDOWS

Power Windows

The power window controls are located on the driver’s door trim panel. There is a single switch on the front passenger door/rear doors which operate the front passenger/rear passenger door windows. The window controls will operate only when the ignition switch is in the ON or ACC position.

Power Window Switches

The power window switches remain active for up to 10 minutes after the ignition switch has been turned OFF. Opening a vehicle front door will cancel this feature.

Auto Down

Both the driver and front passenger window switch have an Auto Down feature. Press 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.

To stop the window from going all the way down during the Auto Down operation, pull up on the switch briefly.

To open the window part way, press to the first detent and release it when you want the window to stop.

The power window switches remain active for 10 minutes after the ignition has been turned off. Opening either front door will cancel this feature.

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Auto Up Feature with Anti-Pinch Protection

 

(Driver’s and Front Passenger Door Only)

 

Lift the window switch to the second detent, release, and

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the window will go up automatically.

To stop the window from going all the way up during the Auto Up operation, push down on the switch briefly.

To close the window part way, lift the window switch to the first detent and release when you want the window to stop.

NOTE: If the window runs into any obstacle during the auto-closure, it will reverse direction and then stop. Remove the obstacle and use the window switch again to close the window. Any impact due to rough road conditions may trigger the auto reverse function unexpectedly during auto closure. If this happens, pull the switch lightly to the first detent and hold to close the window manually.

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WARNING!

There is no anti-pinch protection when the window is almost closed. Be sure to clear all objects from the window before closing.

Resetting the Auto Up Feature

Should the Auto Up feature stop working, the window probably needs to be reset. To reset Auto Up, pull the window switch up and close the window completely, then pull and hold the switch for one second.

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 Lockout button. To enable the window controls, press the Window Lockout button again.

Window Lockout Switch

Wind Buffeting

Wind buffeting can be described as the perception of pressure on the ears or a helicopter type sound in the ears. Your vehicle may exhibit wind buffeting with the windows down, or the sunroof (if equipped) in certain open or partially open positions. This is a normal occurrence and can be minimized. If the buffeting occurs with the sunroof open, adjust the sunroof opening to minimize the buffeting.

LIFTGATE

To open the liftgate, pull up (squeeze) on the handle and lift. Manually unlocking the vehicle doors with the plunger or a key in the lock cylinder will not unlock the liftgate.

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Liftgate Release

WARNING!

Driving 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.

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Liftgate Flipper Glass

The liftgate flipper glass is also unlocked when the liftgate is unlocked. To open the flipper glass, push up on the window switch located on the liftgate.

Liftgate Glass Release

WARNING!

To avoid injury, stand back when opening. Glass will automatically rise.

Once the liftgate flipper glass has been opened, connection to the rear window wiper is interrupted, preventing activation of the rear wiper blade while the flipper glass is open.

WARNING!

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

Power Liftgate — If Equipped

The power liftgate may be opened manually or by pressing the LIFTGATE button on the Fob with Integrated Key (FOBIK). Press the LIFTGATE button on the Fob with Integrated Key (FOBIK) twice within five seconds, to open the power liftgate. Once the liftgate is fully open, pressing the button twice within five seconds a second time will close the liftgate.

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Power Liftgate Button

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Also, the power liftgate may be closed by pressing the Liftgate switch located on the left rear trim, near the liftgate opening. Pressing once will close the liftgate only. This button cannot be used to open the liftgate.

Rear Liftgate Switch

When the LIFTGATE button on the Fob with Integrated Key (FOBIK) is pressed two times and the “Lamp Flash”

feature is enabled, the turn signals will flash twice to signal that the liftgate is opening or closing.

NOTE:

In the event of a power malfunction to the liftgate, an emergency liftgate latch release can be used to open the liftgate. The emergency liftgate latch release can be accessed through a snap-in cover located on the liftgate trim panel.

WARNING!

During power operation, personal injury or cargo damage may occur. Ensure the liftgate travel path is clear. Make sure the liftgate is closed and latched before driving away.

A beeping signal will sound two seconds before the liftgate starts to open or close.

NOTE:

If anything obstructs the power liftgate while it is closing or opening, the liftgate will automatically reverse to the closed or open position, provided it meets sufficient resistance.

There are also pinch sensors attached to the side of the liftgate. Light pressure anywhere along these strips will cause the liftgate to return to the open position.

The power liftgate must be in the full open position for any of the buttons to operate. If the liftgate is not fully open, press the Liftgate button on the Fob with Integrated Key (FOBIK) to fully open the liftgate, and then press it again to close.

If the liftgate handle is pulled while the power liftgate is closing, the liftgate will reverse to the full open position.

If the liftgate handle is pulled while the power liftgate is opening, the liftgate motor will disengage to allow manual operation.

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The power liftgate buttons will not operate if the vehicle is in gear or the vehicle speed is above 0 mph (0 km/h).

The power liftgate will not operate in temperatures 2 below 22°F ( 30°C) or temperatures above 150°F (65°C). Be sure to remove any buildup of snow or ice from the liftgate before pressing any of the power liftgate switches.

If the power liftgate encounters multiple obstructions within the same cycle, the system will automatically stop and must be opened or closed manually.

If your liftgate is power closing and you put the vehicle in gear, the liftgate will continue to power close. However, vehicle movement may result in a detection of an obstruction.

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WARNING!

Driving 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.

If 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.

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 right front passenger, and, window bags for the driver and passengers seated next to a window. If you will be carrying children too small for adult-size belts, your seat belts also can be used to hold infant and child restraint systems.

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

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 injuries, including fatalities, 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 which includes you. This can happen far away from home or on your own street.

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WARNING! (Continued)

Research has shown that seat belts save lives, and they can reduce the seriousness of injuries in a 2 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 to reduce or prevent injuries.

Lap/Shoulder Belts

All seating positions in your vehicle have combination 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 you striking the inside of the vehicle or being thrown out.

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WARNING!

Wearing 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. Wearing 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.

Two 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 a 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 your seat. Grasp the latch plate and pull out the belt. Slide the latch plate up the webbing as far as necessary to make the belt go around your lap.

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

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Latch Plate

Latch Plate to Buckle

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WARNING!

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

A 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.

A 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 are not as strong as shoulder bones. Wear the belt over your shoulder so that your strongest bones will take the force in a collision.

WARNING! (Continued)

A shoulder belt placed behind 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.

4.Position the lap belt across your thighs, below your abdomen. To remove slack in the lap portion, pull up a bit 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.

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WARNING!

A lap belt worn too high can increase the risk of 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 part of your seat belt as low as possible and keep it snug.

A twisted belt cannot do its job as well. In a collision it could even cut into you. Be sure the belt is straight. If you cannot straighten a belt in your vehicle, take it to your authorized 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.

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Removing Slack from Belt

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

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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 an accident if they have been damaged (i.e., bent retractor, torn webbing, etc.).

Adjustable Upper Shoulder Belt Anchorage

In the front seating positions, the shoulder belt can be adjusted upward or downward to position the belt away from your neck. Press the RELEASE button to release the anchorage, and then move it up or down to the position that serves you best.

Adjusting Upper Shoulder Belt

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.

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