Jeep Commander 2008 User Manual

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 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 for 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.

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

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

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

ROLLOVER WARNING

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

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Do not attempt sharp turns or 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 2 million annually. In a rollover crash, an unbelted person is significantly more likely to die than a person wearing a seat belt. Always buckle up.

HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL

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

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

Consult the following table for a description of the symbols that may be used on your vehicle or throughout this owner manual:

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WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS

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

VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER

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 NOTE: It is illegal to remove the VIN label. 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.

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

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N Wireless Ignition Node (WIN) . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N FOB With Integrated Key (FOBIK) . . . . . . . . . .

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

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

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

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

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N Customer Key (FOB) Programming . . . . . . . . . .

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

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

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

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

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m Illuminated Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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N Transmitter Battery Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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m Remote Starting System Ð If Equipped . . . . . . . .

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

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

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

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N Child Protection Door Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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m Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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N Power Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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

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

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N Power Liftgate Ð If Equipped . . . . . . . .

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

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N Enhanced 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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N Safety Checks You Should Make Inside The

 

 

m Engine Break-In Recommendations

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

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N Safety Checks You Should Make Outside The

 

 

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N Exhaust Gas

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A WORD ABOUT YOUR KEYS

Your vehicle uses a keyless ignition system. This system consists of a Fob with Integrated Key and a Wireless Ignition Node (WIN) with integral ignition switch. You can insert the double-sided integrated key into the ignition switch with either side up.

Wireless Ignition Node (WIN)

The Wireless Ignition Node (WIN) operates similar to an ignition switch. It has four operating positions, three of which are detented and one spring-loaded. The detented positions are LOCK, ACC, and ON. The START position is a spring-loaded momentary contact position. When released from the START position, the switch automatically returns to the detented ON position.

Wireless Ignition Node (WIN)

Fob with Integrated Key (FOBIK)

The Fob with Integrated 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 Fob.

The valet key allows for entry into the vehicle should the battery in the vehicle or the Fob go dead. You can keep the valet key with you when valet parking.

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

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3 Button FOBIK

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

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Ignition Key Removal

Place the selector lever in ªPº (Park). Turn the key to the LOCK position, and remove the key.

NOTE:

²If you try to remove the key before you place the selector lever in ªPº (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.

²For 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 ªDelay Power Off to Accessories Until Exit,º under ªPersonal Settings (Customer Programmable Features),º under ªElectronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)º in Section 4 of this manual.

WARNING!

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

CAUTION!

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

Key-In-Ignition Reminder

If you open the driver's door and the key is in the ignition, a chime will sound to remind you to remove the key.

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

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SENTRY KEY

The Sentry Key Immobilizer System prevents unauthorized vehicle operation by disabling the engine. The system does not need to be armed or activated. Operation 2 is automatic, regardless of whether the vehicle is locked or unlocked.

The system uses the factory-mated Fob with Integrated Key and Wireless Ignition Node (WIN) to prevent unauthorized vehicle operation. Therefore, only Fobs that are programmed to the vehicle can be used to start and operate the vehicle. The system will shut the engine off in two (2) seconds if someone uses an invalid Fob to start the engine.

After turning the ignition switch to the ON position, the Vehicle Security Alarm Indicator Light will turn on for three (3) seconds for a bulb check. If the light remains on after the bulb check, it indicates that there is a problem with the electronics. In addition, if the light begins to

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

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

NOTE:

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

²Exxon/Mobil Speed Pass,™ additional Fobs, 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 Fob being used to

start the vehicle. Cell phones, pagers, or other RF electronics will not cause interference with this system.

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

Replacement Keys

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

CAUTION!

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

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

location. This number is required for dealer replacement of Fobs. Duplication of Fobs may be performed at an authorized dealer or by using the Customer Key Programming procedure. This procedure consists of programming a blank Fob to the vehicle electronics. A blank Fob is one, which has never been programmed.

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

Customer Key (Fob) Programming

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

1. 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.

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

will sound and the Vehicle Security Alarm Indicator Light will begin to flash. Turn the ignition switch OFF 2 and remove the second key.

3.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 and the Vehicle Security Alarm Indicator Light will stop flashing, turn on again for 3 seconds, and then turn off.

The new Sentry Key is programmed. The Keyless Entry

Transmitter will also be programmed during this procedure.

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

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

General Information

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

²This device may not cause harmful interference.

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

SECURITY ALARM SYSTEM Ð IF EQUIPPED

This system monitors the vehicle doors, liftgate, liftgate flipper glass, and ignition for unauthorized operation and movement inside of the vehicle. 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 (located in the instrument cluster) 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 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. A manual lock of the doors, either with

the door lock plunger located on the inside of the doors or with the driver's door key lock cylinder, will not set the alarm.

To Disarm the System

To disarm the system, use the remote keyless entry transmitter. 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 transmitter to disarm the system. The Security Alarm System will not disarm with a manual unlock, either

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through the lock plunger located on the inside of the door, or through a key in the driver's door key cylinder.

ILLUMINATED ENTRY

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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, 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.

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NOTE: Inserting the Fob with Integrated Key into the ignition switch disables all buttons on that transmitter; however, the buttons on the remaining transmitters will continue to work. Shifting the vehicle out of ªPº (Park) disables all transmitter buttons for all Fobs.

3 Button FOBIK

To Unlock the Doors

Press and release the UNLOCK button on the 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

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 transmitter. To change the current setting, proceed as follows:

²For vehicles equipped with the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), refer to ªRemote Key Unlock,º under ªPersonal Settings (Customer Programmable Features),º under ªElectronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)º in Section 4 of this manual for details.

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 transmitter. This feature can be turned on or off. To change the current setting, proceed as follows:

²For vehicles equipped with the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), refer to ªFlash Lights with Remote Key Lock,º under 9Personal Settings (Customer Programmable Features),º under ªElectronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)º in Section 4 of this manual for details.

Turn Headlights On with Remote Key Unlock

This feature activates the headlights for up to 90 seconds when the doors are unlocked with the transmitter. The time for this feature is programmable on vehicles equipped with the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC). For details, refer to ªTurn Headlights On with

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Remote Key Unlock,º under ªPersonal Settings (Cus-

 

tomer Programmable Features),º under ªElectronic Ve-

 

hicle Information Center (EVIC)º in Section 4 of this

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manual.

To Lock the Doors

Press and release the LOCK button on the 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 transmitter. This feature can be turned on or off. To change the current setting, proceed as follows:

²For vehicles equipped with the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), refer to ªSound Horn with Remote Key Lock,º under ªPersonal Settings (Customer Programmable Features),º under ªElectronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)º in Section 4 of this manual for details.

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To Release the Liftgate Flipper Glass

Press the ªFlipper Glass/Trunk Releaseº button on the transmitter two times to release the 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.

Using The Panic Alarm

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

The panic alarm will stay on for 3 minutes unless you turn it off by either pressing the PANIC button a second time or drive the vehicle at a speed of 15 mph (24 km/h) or greater.

NOTE:

²The 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.

²You may need to be less than 23 feet (7 meters) from the vehicle when using the transmitter to turn off the panic alarm due to the radio frequency noises emitted by the system.

Programming Additional Transmitters

Refer to SENTRY KEY ªCustomer Key (Fob) Programming.º

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

Transmitter Battery Service

The recommended replacement battery is one CR2032 battery.

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

NOTE: 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 FOBIK. Insert a small, flat bladed screwdriver into the slot and gently pry open the access door.

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FOBIK Battery Replacement

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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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:

²This device may not cause harmful interference.

²This 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 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 Ð IF EQUIPPED

Your vehicle may be equipped with a remote starting system, which will allow the vehicle to be started up to 300 feet (91 meters) away from the vehicle using the remote keyless entry key fob which is part of your ignition key.

In order to remote start your vehicle, the hood, liftgate, and all of the doors must be closed.

To remote start your vehicle, press the ªRemote Startº button on the key fob twice within three seconds. To indicate that the vehicle is about to start, the parking lights will flash and the horn will sound briefly (if programmed). To turn the horn on or off, refer to ªElectronic Vehicle Information Center/Customer Programmable Features/Sound Horn With Lock?º in Section 4 of this manual.

Remote Start Button

Once the vehicle has started, the engine will run for 15 minutes. To cancel remote start, press the ªRemote Startº button once.

The parking lamps will remain illuminated to indicate that the vehicle has remote started and the engine is running. The lamps will turn off when the ignition is turned to RUN or the remote start is cancelled.

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To enter the vehicle while the engine is running during a remote start, you must first unlock the vehicle using the ªUnlockº button on the key fob. After the vehicle is unlocked, you have 15 minutes to enter the vehicle, insert 2 the key into the ignition, and move it to the RUN position. Otherwise, the engine will cancel remote start and automatically turn off.

Remote start will also cancel if any of the following occur:

²If the engine stalls or RPM exceeds 2500

²Any engine warning lamps come on

²The hood is opened

²The hazard switch is pressed

²The transmission is moved out of P (Park).

²The brake pedal is pressed.

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The vehicle can be started remotely up to a maximum of two times. The vehicle is also allowed a maximum of one failed start, where the remote start sequence was initiated but the engine stopped cranking without starting. After either of these conditions, or if the Vehicle Theft Alarm is alarming, or if the PANIC button was pressed, the vehicle must be reset by inserting a valid key into the ignition and moving it to the RUN position, then back to LOCK.

DOOR LOCKS

Manual Door Locks

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

WARNING!

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

²When leaving the vehicle always remove the key from the ignition lock, and lock your vehicle. Do not leave children unattended in the vehicle, or with access to an unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised use of vehicle equipment may cause severe personal injuries and death.

 

 

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Power Door Locks

 

If you press the door lock switch while the keys are in the

The power door lock switch is located on each front door

ignition switch, and the driver's door is open, the doors

panel. Press the switch to lock or unlock the doors.

will not lock.

 

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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 if 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 ªElectronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) Ð

 

Customer Programmable Featuresº in Section 4 of this

Power Door Lock Switch

manual or see your authorized dealer.

 

 

 

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

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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 ªElectronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) Ð Customer Programmable Featuresº in Section 4 of this manual or see your authorized dealer.

Child Protection Door Lock

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.

Child Protection Door Lock

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 operates the front passenger/rear passenger door windows. The window controls will operate only when the ignition switch is in the ON or ACCESSORY position.

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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.

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Auto Down

Both the driver and front passenger window switch has an ªAuto Downº feature. Press the window switch past the first detent, release, and the window will go down automatically. To cancel the ªAuto Downº 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.

Auto Up Feature with Anti-Pinch Protection (Driver's and Front Passenger Door Only)

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

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 1 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.

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2

Power Window Lock

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.

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.

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.

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

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WARNING!

 

To avoid injury stand back when opening. Glass will

2

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.

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Power Liftgate Ð If Equipped

The power liftgate may be opened manually or by using the button on the remote keyless entry transmitter. Press the button on the remote keyless entry transmitter 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.

Also, the power liftgate may be closed by pressing a button located in the upper left trim, in the liftgate opening. Pressing once will close the liftgate only. This button cannot be used to open the liftgate.

When the remote keyless entry transmitter button is pressed two times and the ªLamp Flashº feature is enabled, the turn signals will flash twice to signal that the liftgate is opening or closing.

NOTE:

²In 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:

²If 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.

²There 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.

²The 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 remote keyless entry transmitter to fully open the liftgate and then press again to close.

²If the liftgate handle is pulled while the power liftgate is closing, the liftgate will reverse to the full open position.

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²If the liftgate handle is pulled while the power liftgate is opening, the liftgate motor will disengage to allow manual operation.

²The power liftgate buttons will not operate if the 2 vehicle is in gear or the vehicle speed is above 0 mph

(0 km/h).

²The power liftgate will not operate in temperatures below 222° F (230° 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.

²If the power liftgate encounters multiple obstructions within the same cycle, the system will automatically stop and must be opened or closed manually.

²If 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!

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

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

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 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.

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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 2 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!

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

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 ªclick.º

2

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Removing Slack From Belt

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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

2

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.).

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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.

Automatic Locking Mode Ð If Equipped

In this mode, the shoulder belt is automatically prelocked. The belt will still retract to remove any slack in the shoulder belt.

When To Use The Automatic Locking Mode

Anytime a child safety seat is installed in a second or third row seating position. Children 12 years old and under should be properly restrained in a rear seat whenever possible.

Adjusting Upper Shoulder Belt

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.

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.

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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. 2

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!

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.

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Seat Belt Pretensioners

The driver and front passenger seat belts are equipped with a pretensioning device that is designed to remove any slack from the seat belt systems in the event of a collision. This device improves the performance of the seat belt by assuring that the belt is tight around the occupant early in a collision. Pretensioners work for all size occupants, including those in child restraints.

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

The pretensioners are triggered by the Occupant Restraint Control (ORC) Module. Like the front airbags, the pretensioners are a single use item. After a collision that is severe enough to deploy the airbags and pretensioners, they must be replaced.

Enhanced 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 greater than 5 mph (8 km/h), the Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert) will alert the driver to buckle their seat belt. The driver should also instruct all other occupants to buckle their seat belts. Once the warning is triggered, the Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert) will continue to chime and flash the Seat Belt Warning Light for 96 seconds or until the driver's seat belt is buckled. The Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert) will be reactivated if the driver's seat belt is unbuckled for more than 10 seconds and the vehicle speed is greater than 5 mph (8 km/h).

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

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

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

2.Turn the ignition key to the ACCESSORY/RUN position (engine does not need to be running), 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 with 10 seconds, ending with the seat belt buckled.

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

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

NOTE: Although the Enhanced Warning System 2 (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.

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Seat Belt Extender

Driver And Front Passenger Supplemental

If a seat belt is too short, even when fully extended and

Restraint Systems (SRS)

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 ex-

 

tender 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

1

Ð Driver Airbag

positions. Remove and store the extender when not

2

Ð Passenger Airbag

needed.

3

Ð Knee Bolster

 

 

 

 

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 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 multistage inflator design. This may allow the airbag to have different rates of inflation that are based on collision severity and occupant size.

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

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Window Airbag Location

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

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WARNING!

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 no longer functional. These protective covers for the airbag cushions are designed to open only when the airbags are inflating.

²Do 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.

²Do 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.

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

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 bolsters 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.

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.

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