Jeep CHEROKEE 2004, 2004 Grand Cherokee Owner 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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N Roll Over 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

Thank you for selecting a Jeept Grand Cherokee and welcome to our worldwide family.

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 vehicles were not intended. However, on-road ride and handling will have a different feel from what drivers experience with other vehicles, 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 to a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Before you start to drive this vehicle, read this manual. Be sure you are familiar with all vehicle controls, particularly those used for braking, steering and 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 it or expect it to overcome the laws of nature. 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. Be sure to read ªOn-Road/Off-Road Driving Tipsº in Section 5 of this manual.

Roll Over Warning

Utility vehicles have a significantly higher roll over rate than other types of vehicles. This vehicle has a higher ground clearance, higher center of gravity, and narrower track 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

and the narrower track, if this vehicle is out of control it may roll over 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, roll over 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 roll over crash an unbelted person

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

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.

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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 Mopart parts, and is interested in your satisfaction.

WARNING!

Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. In addition, certain fluids contained in vehicles and certain products of component wear contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL

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

The detailed index, at the rear of the manual, contains a complete listing of all subjects.

 

 

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WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

The vehicle identification number (VIN) is found on a

 

 

 

stamped plate 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

NOTE: It is illegal to remove the VIN plate.

Automobile Information Disclosure Label affixed to a

 

 

 

window on your vehicle. Save this label for a convenient

 

 

 

record of your vehicle identification number and optional

 

 

 

equipment.

 

 

 

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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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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m Sentry Key Immobilizer System Ð If Equipped

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N Important Note About Service . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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m Door And Liftgate Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Liftgate Flipper Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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N Power Door Lock System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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

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N Programming Additional Transmitters . . .

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N Transmitter Battery Replacement . . . . . .

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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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m Power Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Auto Down Feature Ð If Equipped . . . .

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N Wind Buffeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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

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N Lap/Shoulder Belt Operating Instructions

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N Adjustable Upper Shoulder Belt Anchorage . . . .

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N Automatic Locking Mode Ð If Equipped

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N Energy Management Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Rear Center Lap Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Enhanced Driver Seat Belt Use Reminder

 

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

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

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

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N Driver And Front Passenger Supplemental

 

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

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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 Safety Checks You Should Make Outside The

 

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A WORD ABOUT YOUR KEYS

The keys for your new vehicle are enclosed in a plastic bag with the key code number on it. If you received your keys without the bag, ask your authorized dealer to give you the number. The key code can also be obtained by your authorized dealer from your vehicle invoice.

Ignition Key

Insert the key fully, then turn the switch to one of the four illustrated positions. The key can be inserted or withdrawn only in the LOCK position. The gearshift lever must be in the P (Park) position.

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To remove the ignition key, place the gearshift lever in P (Park), turn the ignition key to LOCK and remove the key.

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Key-In-Ignition Reminder

If the driver's door is opened when the key is in the ignition and not turned to the ON position, a chime will sound to remind you to remove the key.

CAUTION!

Always remove the key from the ignition, and lock all doors when leaving the vehicle unattended.

SENTRY KEY IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM Ð IF EQUIPPED

The Sentry Key Immobilizer System (SKIS) prevents unauthorized operation of the vehicle by disabling the engine. The system will shut the engine down after 2 seconds of running if an invalid key is used to start the vehicle. This system utilizes ignition keys which have an electronic chip (transponder) embedded into them. Only

keys that have been programmed to the vehicle can be used to start and operate the vehicle for longer than the 2 second validation time period.

The Sentry Key Immobilizer System does not need to be armed or activated. Operation of the system is automatic regardless of whether or not the vehicle is locked or unlocked. During normal operation, the SKIS indicator light will come on for 3 seconds immediately after the ignition switch is turned on for a bulb check. Afterwards, if the bulb remains on, this indicates a malfunction in the electronics. If the bulb begins to flash immediately after the ignition switch is turned on, this indicates that an invalid key is being used to start the vehicle. Both of these conditions will result in the engine being shut down after 2 seconds of running. Keep in mind that a key which has not been programmed is also considered an invalid key even if it is cut to fit the ignition for that vehicle.

If the SKIS indicator light comes on during normal vehicle operation (it has been running for longer than 10 seconds) a fault has been detected in the electronics and the vehicle should be serviced as soon as possible.

NOTE:

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

²Mobil Speedpass™, additional Sentry Keys, or any other transponder equipped components on the same keychain 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. Also, 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.

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Important Note About Service

A four digit PIN number is needed to service the Sentry Key Immobilizer System. This number can be obtained from your authorized dealer. However, this number can 2 also be found on your customer invoice that you were given upon receipt of your vehicle.

Replacement Keys

NOTE: Only keys that have been programmed to the vehicle electronics can be used to start the vehicle. Once a Sentry Key has been programmed to a vehicle, it cannot be programmed to any other vehicle.

At the time of purchase, the original owner is provided with a four digit PIN number. 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

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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 System serviced, bring all vehicle keys to the dealer.

Customer Key Programming

You can program new keys to the system if you have two valid keys by doing the following:

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 and turn the ignition switch ON for at least 3 seconds but no longer than 15 seconds. Turn the ignition switch OFF and remove the first key.

3.Insert the second valid key and turn the ignition switch ON within 15 seconds. After ten seconds, a chime

will sound and the SKIS indicator light will begin to flash. Turn the ignition switch OFF and remove the second key.

4. Insert a blank Sentry Key into the ignition switch and turn the ignition switch ON within 60 seconds. After 10 seconds, a single chime will sound. The SKIS indicator light will stop flashing, turn on for 3 seconds; then turn off.

The new Sentry Key has been programmed. Repeat this process to program up to a total of 8 keys.

General Information

The Sentry Key Immobilizer System complies with FCC rules part 15 and with RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the following two 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.

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.

DOOR AND LIFTGATE LOCKS

NOTE: The master key that is used to start the vehicle is used to lock or unlock the driver's door. To unlock the driver's door insert the key into the lock and turn.

To open the liftgate, pull out on the handle and lift.

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WARNING!

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

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. 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.

NOTE: If a power malfunction to the power liftgate latch should occur, an emergency liftgate latch release

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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!

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.

Door Locks

All doors are equipped with a slide-type interior door lock. To manually lock a door, slide the lever rearward (toward the rear of the vehicle) to the ªLockº position.

Once locked, the rear doors cannot be opened from the inside until the lock lever has been released. However, the front doors can be opened using the inside door handle.

To manually unlock a door, slide the lever forward (toward the front of the vehicle) to the ªUnlockº position.

WARNING!

For personal security reasons and safety in a collision, lock the vehicle doors when you drive and when you park and leave the vehicle.

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WARNING!

When leaving the vehicle always remove the key from the ignition lock, and lock your vehicle. Do not 2 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.

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Child Protection Locks

The rear doors of your vehicle are equipped with child protection 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 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 locks are engaged.

Power Door Lock System

The power door locks are on a paddle-type switch. Pressing the switch toward the rear of the vehicle will ªLockº all doors. Pressing the switch toward the front of the vehicle will ªUnlockº all doors. The driver's and passenger's switch locks and unlocks all doors and the liftgate.

As a safety feature, the power door lock switch will not lock when the door is open and the key is in the ignition.

Once locked, the rear doors cannot be opened from the inside until the lock lever has been released. However, both front doors can be opened using the inside door handle.

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Automatic Door Locks

If this feature is selected your door locks will lock automatically if the vehicle speed is above 15 mph (24 km/h) and all doors are closed. It will reset whenever a 2 door is opened.

This feature is selectable and can be turned on or off. Refer to ªOverhead Console Ð Customer Programmable Featuresº in Section 3 of this manual or see your authorized dealer.

Automatic Unlock on Exit Feature Ð 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 P (Park) or N (Neutral). Refer to ªOverhead Console Ð Customer Programmable Featuresº in Section 3 of this manual or see your authorized dealer.

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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 23 feet (7 meters) using a hand held radio transmitter. The transmitter need not be pointed at the vehicle to activate the system.

To Unlock the Doors and Liftgate

Press and release the ªUnlockº button on the key fob once to unlock the driver's door, or twice (within 5 seconds) to unlock all doors and liftgate. The illuminated entry system will also come on.

NOTE: The system can be programmed to do the following:

²unlock all the doors on the first button press

²flash the turn signals with unlock

²On vehicles equipped with an overhead console these functions can be selected at the overhead console using the ªCustomer Programmable Features.º Refer to ªOverhead Console Ð Customer Programmable Featuresº in this section, otherwise see your authorized dealer.

To Lock the Doors and Liftgate

Press and release the ªLockº button on the key fob to lock all doors and liftgate. If you wish, the horn can be programmed to chirp once and/or the turn signals can be programmed to flash once to show the system is activated. For customer programmable features, refer to ªOverhead Consoleº in this section for programming details, otherwise see your authorized dealer.

Using the Panic Alarm

To turn on the panic alarm feature, press and release the PANIC button with the ignition off. When the panic alarm is on the headlights and marker 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 by starting the vehicle and accelerating to 15 mph (24 km/h).

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General Information

This device complies with FCC rules part 15 and with RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause 2 harmful interference and (2) This device must accept any interference that may be received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

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

1.Weak batteries in transmitter. The expected life of batteries is from one to two years.

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

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Programming Additional Transmitters

Up to four transmitters can be programmed. See your authorized dealer.

Transmitter Battery Replacement

The recommended replacement battery is a Panasonic CR2016 or equivalent.

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

1. With the transmitter buttons facing down, use a thin coin to pry the two halves of the transmitter apart. Make sure not to damage the rubber gasket 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 reassemble the transmitter case snap two halves together. Make sure there is an even ªgapº between the two halves.

4. Reset the transmitter by pressing the ªUnlockº button six times. Test the transmitter operation.

SECURITY ALARM SYSTEM Ð IF EQUIPPED

This 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 visual signals. The horn will sound repeatedly for three minutes and the headlights and taillights will flash for an additional 15 minutes.

To Set the Alarm

The alarm will set when you use the remote keyless entry 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, a red light on top of the instrument panel will flash rapidly for about 16 seconds to signal that the system is arming. During this 16 second pre-arm period, opening any door or the

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liftgate will cancel the arming. If the system successfully arms, the red light will flash at a slower rate to indicate the alarm is set.

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To Disarm the System

To disarm the system, use the remote keyless entry transmitter or the key to unlock the driver's door. 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 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 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 ªUnlockº button on the remote keyless entry

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transmitter to disarm the system. You may also accidentally disarm the system by unlocking the driver's door with the key and then locking it. The door will be locked but the Security Alarm will not arm.

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 which operates the passenger door window.

The window lock switch located next to the power door lock switch allows you to disable the rear passenger window switches that are located on the rear door trim panels.

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Auto Down Feature Ð If Equipped

 

The driver's door window switch has an ªAuto Downº

 

feature. Press the window switch past the detent, release,

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and the window will go down automatically.

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

The power window switches remain active for up to 45 seconds after the ignition switch has been turned off. Opening a vehicle front door will cancel this feature.

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

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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.

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, if equipped, 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 multi stage 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.

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 to reduce or prevent injuries.

Lap/Shoulder Belts

The outboard front and rear seats of 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!

² Wearing a seat belt incorrectly is dangerous. Seat belts are designed to go around the large bones of 2 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.

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 a lap belt for more than one person, no matter what their size.

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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.

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

WARNING!

²A 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.

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 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 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 2 belt reduces the risk of sliding under the belt in a collision.

WARNING!

²A 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.

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 authorized dealer and have it fixed.

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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 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.

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 (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.

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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Automatic Locking Mode Ð If Equipped

 

In this mode, the shoulder belt is automatically pre-

 

locked. The belt will still retract to remove any slack in

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the shoulder belt.

When To Use The Automatic Locking Mode

Anytime a child safety seat is installed in a passenger front seating position. Children 12 years old and under should be properly restrained in the rear seat whenever possible.

How To Use The Automatic Locking Mode

1.Buckle the combination lap and shoulder belt.

2.Grasp the shoulder portion and pull downward until the entire belt is extracted.

3.Allow the belt to retract. As the belt retracts, you will hear a clicking sound. This indicates the safety belt is now in the automatic locking mode.

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How to Disengage The Automatic Locking Mode

Disconnect the combination lap/shoulder belt and allow it to retract completely to disengage the automatic locking mode and activate the vehicle sensitive (emergency) locking mode.

Energy Management Feature

This vehicle has a safety belt system with an energy management feature in the front seating positions to help further reduce the risk of injury in the event of a head-on collision.

This safety belt system has a retractor assembly that is designed to release webbing in a controlled manner. This feature is designed to help reduce the belt force acting on the occupant's chest.

WARNING!

²After a vehicle collision, the front passenger outboard seat belt system must be checked by a qualified technician to verify that the ªautomatic locking retractorº feature for child seats is still functioning properly. In addition, all seat belts should be checked for proper function.

²The belt and retractor assembly must be replaced if the seat belt assembly ªautomatic locking retractorº feature or any other seat belt function is not working properly when checked according to the procedures in the Service Manual.

²Failure to replace the belt and retractor assembly could increase the risk of injury in collisions.

Rear Center Lap Belt

The rear center seating position has a lap belt only. To fasten the lap belt, slide the latch plate into the buckle until you hear a ªclick.º

To lengthen the lap belt, tilt the latch plate and pull. To remove slack, pull the loose end of the webbing. Wear the belt snug against the hips. Sit back and erect in the seat, then adjust the belt as tightly as is comfortable.

WARNING!

²A lap belt worn too loose or too high is dangerous.

²A belt worn too loose can allow you to slip down and under the belt in a collision.

²A belt that is too high will apply crash forces to the abdomen, not to the stronger hip bones. In either case, the risk of internal injuries is greater. Wear a lap belt low and snug.

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Enhanced Driver Seat Belt Use 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 2 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:

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

1.Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position, and fasten the driver's seat belt.

2.Start the engine, and wait for the Seat Belt Warning Light to turn off.

3.Within 60 seconds of starting the vehicle, unbuckle and then re-buckle the driver's seat belt at least three times, ending with the seat belt buckled.

4.Turn off the engine. 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's seat belt remains unfastened.

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.

Seat Belt Extender

If a seat belt is too short, even when fully extended and when the adjustable upper shoulder belt anchorage (if equipped) is in its lowest position, your authorized dealer can 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 lap 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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Driver And Front Passenger Supplemental

Restraint Systems (SRS)

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This vehicle has airbags for both the driver and right front passenger as a supplement to the seat belt restraint systems. The driver's front airbag is mounted in the steering wheel. The passenger side airbag is mounted in

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the instrument panel, above the glove compartment. The words SRS/AIRBAG are embossed on the airbag covers.

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

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

This vehicle may also be equipped with window bags to protect the driver, front, and rear passengers sitting next to a window. If the vehicle is equipped with window bags, they are located above the side windows. Their covers are also labeled SRS/AIRBAG.

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

WARNING!

²Do not put anything on or around the front airbag covers or attempt to manually open them. You may damage the airbags and you could be injured because the airbags are not there to protect you. These protective covers for the airbag cushions are designed to open only when the airbags are inflating.

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

²If your vehicle is equipped with window bags, 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 cover or place items on the airbag covers. These items may cause serious injury during inflation.

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The front airbags have a multi stage inflator design. This allows the airbag to have different rates of inflation that are based on collision severity. Along with the seat belts, front airbags work with the instrument panel knee bol- 2 sters to provide improved protection for the driver and front passenger. Window bags 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 window bag on the crash side of the vehicle is triggered in moderate to severe side collisions. In certain types of collisions, both the front and side airbags may be triggered. But even in collisions where the airbags work, you need the seat belts to keep you in the right 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.

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1. Children 12 years and under should always ride buckled up in a rear seat.

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

Children that are not big enough to properly wear the vehicle seat belt should be secured in the rear seat, in a child restraint or belt-positioning booster seat. Older children who do not use child restraints or beltpositioning 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.

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. See ªChild Restraintº in this section.

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

2.All occupants should use their lap and shoulder belts properly.

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

4.If your vehicle has window bags, do not lean against the door or window, airbags will inflate forcefully into the space between you and the door.

WARNING!

²Relying on the airbags alone could lead to more severe injuries in a collision. The airbags work 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 window bags, 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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Airbag System Components

 

The airbag system consists of the following:

 

² Airbag Control Module (ACM)

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²Airbag Warning Light

²Driver Airbag

²Passenger Airbag

²Window Bags above Side Windows (If Equipped)

²Side Impact Sensors (If Equipped)

²Steering Wheel and Column

²Instrument Panel

²Crash Sensor

²Interconnecting Wiring

²Knee Impact Bolsters

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How The Airbag System Works

²The Airbag Control Module (ACM) determines if a frontal collision is severe enough to require the airbags to inflate. Based on the level of collision severity, the front control module determines the proper rate of inflation. The front airbag inflators are designed to provide different rates of airbag inflation.

²The ACM, along with the remote side impact sensors detects side impact.

²The ACM will not detect roll over, or rear impacts.

²The ACM 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 steering wheel and column and the knee bolsters. If the key is in the OFF position, in the ACC position, or not in the ignition, the airbags are not on and will not inflate.

Also, the ACM turns on the AIRBAG warning light in the instrument panel for 6 to 8 seconds when the ignition is first turned on, then turns the light off. If it detects a malfunction in any part of the system, it turns on the light either momentarily or continuously.

WARNING!

Ignoring the AIRBAG warning light in your instrument panel could mean you won't have the airbags to protect you in a collision. If the light does not come on, stays on after you start the vehicle, or if it comes on as you drive, have the airbag system checked right away.

²The Driver and Passenger Airbag/Inflator Units are located in the center of the steering wheel and the right side of the instrument panel. When the ACM detects a collision requiring the airbags, it signals the inflator

units. A large quantity of nontoxic gas is generated to inflate the front airbags. Different airbag inflation rates are possible, these rates are determined by the front airbag control module based on collision severity. The steering wheel hub trim cover and the upper right side of the instrument panel separate and fold out of the way as the bags inflate to their full size. The bags fully inflate in about 30±70 milliseconds. This is about half of the time it takes to blink your eyes. The bags then quickly deflate while helping to restrain the driver and front passenger.

The driver front airbag gas is vented through the airbag material towards the instrument panel. The passenger front airbag gas is vented through the airbag material on the sides of the airbag. In this way, the airbags do not interfere with your control of the vehicle.

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²The Side Impact SRS Window Bags are designed to activate only in certain side collisions. When the airbag

control module (ACM), along with the remote side impact sensors detects a side impact collision requir- 2 ing the window bags to inflate, it signals the inflators on the crash side of the vehicle. A quantity of nontoxic gas is generated to inflate the window bag. The inflating window bag pushes the outside edge of the headliner out of the way and covers the window. The airbag inflates in about 30 milliseconds (about one quarter of the time it takes to blink your eyes) with enough force to injure you if you are not belted and seated properly, or if items are positioned in the area where the window bag inflates. This especially applies

to children. The window bag is only about 31¤2 inches (9 cm) thick when it is inflated.

²The Knee Impact Bolsters help protect the knees of the driver and the front passenger's, and position everyone for the best interaction with the front airbag.

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If A Deployment Occurs

The airbag system is designed to deploy the airbags when the impact sensors detect a moderate-to-severe frontal collision, to help restrain the driver and front passenger, and then immediately deflate.

NOTE: A frontal collision that is not severe enough to need airbag protection will not activate the system. This does not mean something is wrong with the airbag system.

If you do have a collision which deploys the airbags, any or all of the following may occur:

²The nylon airbag material may sometimes cause abrasions and/or skin reddening to the driver and front passenger as the airbags deploy and unfold. The abrasions are similar to friction rope burns or those you might get sliding along a carpet or gymnasium floor. They are not caused by contact with chemicals. They are not permanent and normally heal quickly.

However, if you haven't healed significantly within a few days, or if you have any blistering, see your doctor immediately.

²As the airbags deflate you may see some smoke-like particles. The particles are a normal by-product of the process that generates the nontoxic gas used for airbag inflation. These airborne particles may irritate the skin, eyes, nose, or throat. If you have skin or eye irritation, rinse the area with cool water. For nose or throat irritation, move to fresh air. If the irritation continues, see your doctor. If these particles settle on your clothing, follow the garment manufacturer's instructions for cleaning.

²It is not advisable to drive your vehicle after the airbags have deployed. If you are involved in another collision, the airbags will not be in place to protect you.

WARNING!

Deployed airbags can't protect you in another collision. Have the airbags replaced by an authorized dealer as soon as possible.

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Maintaining Your Airbag System

WARNING!

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²Modifications to any part of the airbag system could cause it to fail when you need it. You could be injured if the airbag system is not there to protect you. Do not modify the components or wiring, including adding any kind of badges or stickers to the steering wheel hub trim cover or the upper right side of the instrument panel. Do not modify the front bumper or vehicle body structure.

²You need proper knee impact protection in a collision. Do not mount or locate any aftermarket equipment on or behind the knee bolsters.

²It is dangerous to try to repair any part of the airbag system yourself. Be sure to tell anyone who works on your vehicle that it has an airbag system.

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Airbag Warning Light

You will want to have the airbag system ready to inflate for your protection in an impact. The airbag system is designed to be maintenance free. If any of the following occurs, have an authorized dealer service the system promptly:

²Does not come on during the 6 to 8 seconds after the ignition switch is first turned on.

²Remains on after the 6 to 8 second interval.

²Comes on for any period of time while driving.

Child Restraint

Everyone in your vehicle needs to be buckled up all the time Ð babies and children, too. Every state in the United States and all Canadian provinces require that small children ride in proper restraint systems. This is the law, and you can be prosecuted for ignoring it.

Children 12 years and under should ride properly buckled up in a rear seat, if available. According to crash statistics, children are safer when properly restrained in the rear seats rather than in the front.

WARNING!

In a collision, an unrestrained child, even a tiny baby, can become a missile inside the vehicle. The force required to hold even an infant on your lap can become so great that you could not hold the child, no matter how strong you are. The child and others could be badly injured. Any child riding in your vehicle should be in a proper restraint for the child's size.

Infants and Small Children

There are different sizes and types of restraints for children from newborn size to the child almost large

enough for an adult seat belt. Always check the child seat owner's manual to ensure you have the right seat for your child. Use the restraint that is correct for your child:

²The rearward-facing infant restraint is for babies weighing up to about 20 lbs (9 kg), and one year old or more. The infant restraint must NEVER be used in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger side airbag unless the airbag is turned off. An airbag deployment could cause severe injury or death to infants in this position. The infant restraint is held in the vehicle by the lap belt, lap/shoulder belt, or the LATCH child restraint anchorage system. Refer to ªLower Anchors and Tether for CHildren (LATCH)º in this section.

²Children under one year of age should continue to ride in a rear-facing infant seat, even if they weigh more than 20 lbs (9 kg). A ªconvertibleº child seat, one that is designed to be used either rearward-facing or

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forward-facing, should be used for children who are too heavy for the infant carrier, but who are too young to face forward in the vehicle.

²The forward-facing child seat is for children from 2 about 20 lbs (9 kg) to 40 lbs (18 kg), and more than one year old. The child seat is held in the vehicle by the lap belt, lap/shoulder belt, or the LATCH child restraint anchorage system. Refer to ªLower Anchors and Tether for CHildren (LATCH)º in this section.

²The belt-positioning booster seat is for children weighing more than 40 lbs (18 kg). If the child cannot sit with knees bent over the seat cushion while the child's back is against the seat back, they should use a beltpositioning booster seat. The child and booster seat are held in the vehicle by the lap/shoulder belt. (Some booster seats are equipped with a front shield and are held in the vehicle by the lap portion or lap belt.)

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² For additional information, refer to www.seatcheck.org.

WARNING!

²Improper installation can lead to failure of an infant or child restraint. It could come loose in a collision. The child could be badly injured or killed. Follow the manufacturer's directions exactly when installing an infant or child restraint.

²A rearward facing infant restraint should only be used in a rear seat. A rearward facing infant restraint in the front seat may be struck by a deploying passenger airbag which may cause severe or fatal injury to the infant.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of your child restraint:

²Before buying any restraint system, make sure that it has a label certifying that it meets all applicable Safety Standards. The manufacturer also recommends that you try a child restraint in the vehicle seats where you will use it before you buy it.

²The restraint must be appropriate for your child's weight and height. Check the label on the restraint for weight and height limits.

²Carefully follow the instructions that come with the restraint. If you install the restraint improperly, it may not work when you need it.

²The passenger seat belts are equipped with cinching latch plates, which are designed to keep the latch portion tight around the child restraint so that it is not necessary to use a locking clip. Pulling up on the shoulder portion of the lap/shoulder belt will tighten the belt. The cinching latch plate will keep the belt tight, however, any seat belt system will loosen with time, so check the belt occasionally and pull it tight if necessary.

²In the rear seat, you may have trouble tightening the lap/shoulder belt on the child restraint because the buckle or latch plate is too close to the belt path opening on the restraint. Disconnect the latch plate from the buckle and twist the short buckle-end belt several times to shorten it. Insert the latch plate into the buckle with the release button facing out.

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²If the belt still cannot be tightened, or if pulling and pushing on the restraint loosens the belt, disconnect

the latch plate from the buckle, turn the buckle around, and insert the latch plate into the buckle 2 again. If you still cannot make the child restraint secure, try a different seating position.

²Buckle the child into the restraint exactly as the manufacturer's instructions tell you.

²When your child restraint is not in use, secure it in the vehicle with the seat belt or remove it from the vehicle. Do not leave it loose in the vehicle. In a sudden stop or collision, it could strike the occupants or seat backs and cause serious personal injury.

Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH)

Your vehicle is equipped with the child restraint anchorage system called LATCH, which stands for Lower

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Anchors and Tethers for CHildren. The LATCH system provides for the installation of the child restraint without using the vehicle seat belt. The two rear outboard seating positions have exclusive lower anchorages located at the rear of the seat cushion. They are round bars, part of the seat and body structure, and are readily visible.

In addition, there are tether anchors above the rear liftgate opening behind each rear outboard seat. The anchors are covered by hinged plastic caps.

To attach a child restraint tether strap hook, pull down on the cover of the anchor directly behind the seat where you are placing the child restraint. Raise the head restraint and route the tether strap under the head restraint

and between the two posts. Attach the tether strap hook to the anchor loop. Install the child restraint according to the manufacturer's instructions, and tighten the vehicle seat belt. Remove the slack from the tether strap according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Child restraints systems having attachments designed to connect to the lower anchorages are now available. Child restraints having tether straps and hooks for connection to the top tether anchorage have been available for some time. In fact, many child restraint manufacturers will provide add-on tether strap kits for some of their older products. Tether anchorage kits are also available for most older vehicles.

NOTE: If your child restraint is not LATCH compatible, install the restraint using the vehicle seat belts.

Because the lower anchorages are to be introduced to passenger carrying vehicles over a period of years, child restraint systems having attachments for those anchorages will continue to have features for installation in

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vehicles using the lap or lap/shoulder belt. They will also

 

have tether straps, and you are urged to take advantage

 

of all of the available attachments provided with your

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child restraint in any vehicle.

Installing the Child Restraint System

There are LATCH anchorages at the two rear outboard seating positions and tether strap anchorages above the rear liftgate opening behind each rear outboard seat.

We urge that you carefully follow the directions of the manufacturer when installing your child restraint. Many, but not all, restraint systems will be equipped with separate straps on each side, with each having a hook or connector and a means for adjusting the tension in the strap. Forward-facing toddler restraints and some rearward-facing infant restraints will also be equipped with a tether strap with a hook and means for adjusting the tension in the strap.

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In general, you will first loosen the adjusters on the lower and tether straps so that you can more easily attach the hook or connector to the lower and tether anchorages. The tether strap should be routed under the center of the head restraint and attached to the tether anchor above the rear liftgate opening behind each rear outboard seat. Then tighten all three straps as you push the child restraint rearward and downward into the seat.

Not all child restraint systems will be installed as we have described here. Again, carefully follow the instructions that come with the child restraint system.

WARNING!

Improper installation of a child restraint to the LATCH anchorages can lead to failure of an infant or child restraint. The child could be badly injured or killed. Follow the manufacturer's directions exactly when installing an infant or child restraint.

Children Too Large for Booster Seats

Children who are large enough to wear the shoulder belt comfortably, and whose legs are long enough to bend over the front of the seat when their back is against the seat back should use the lap/shoulder belt in a rear seat.

²Make sure that the child is upright in the seat.

²The lap portion should be low on the hips and as snug as possible.

²Check belt fit periodically. A child's squirming or slouching can move the belt out of position.

²If the shoulder belt contacts the face or neck, move the child closer to the center of the vehicle. If this doesn't help, move the child to the center rear seating position and use the lap belt. Never allow a child to put the shoulder belt under an arm or behind their back.

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