Manual: 2009-2011

Page: 35

Safety belt height adjustment
(Coupé and Targa)
The height of the belt deflectors for the driver's seat and passenger's seat can be adjusted.

Adjust the height of the safety belt so that it runs across the middle of the shoulder, not against the neck.

Adjusting belt height

  • Upward – push belt deflector up.
  • Downward – press button (arrow) and move belt deflector.

Cleaning the safety belts
If it becomes necessary to clean the belts, you can use any mild washing agent. Allow the belts to dry prior to retracting, but avoid direct sunlight.

  • Only use suitable cleaners. If unsuitable cleaners are used or any attempt is made to dye or bleach the belts, the webbing may be weakened and thus constitute a safety risk.

Airbag Systems
The airbags in combination with the safety belts make up a safety system which offers the driver and the passenger the greatest known protection from injuries in case of accident.

Your vehicle is equipped with a weight sensing system for the front passenger's seat in accordance with U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208.

Even if your vehicle is equipped with airbags, the safety belts must be worn at all times, because the front airbag system is only deployed by frontal collisions with an impact of sufficient severity.

Below the deployment threshold of the airbag system, and during types of collisions which do not cause the actuation of the system, the safety belts provide the primary protection to the occupants when correctly worn.

Therefore, all persons within the vehicle must wear safety belts at all times (in many states, state law requires the use of safety belts).

  • Please see the chapter "SAFETY BELTS" on page 33.

The front airbags are located under the padded steering wheel panel on the driver's side and, on the passenger's side, in the dashboard.

The side airbags for the front seats are installed on the side in the seat backrests.

The head airbags are installed in the door linings.

Safety Belts and Positioning

Airbags only can offer protection, if all occupants fasten their safety belts and retain a proper sitting position. Objects and load have to be stored securely.

To provide optimal occupant protection, airbags must inflate at very high speed. If you are not wearing your safety belt or are too close to the air bag when it is deployed, inflating airbags can result in serious personal injury or death.

  • Always fasten safety belts because the airbag system is designed to work as a supplemental safety device in concert with your seatbelts to help optimize your protection. Further, triggering the airbag system depends on the force and angle of impact. Therefore, in many accidents the airbags are designed not to deploy.
  • Make sure there are no people, animals or objects between the driver or passenger and the area into which the airbag inflates because rapid airbag inflation could violently push persons, animals or objects into the driver or passenger at high speed.
  • Sit back as far from the dashboard or steering wheel as is practical, while still maintaining full vehicle control.
  • Always hold the steering wheel by the outer rim. Never rest your hands on the airbag panel.
  • Always keep feet in the footwell while driving. Do not put feet on the dashboard or the seat area. Do not lean against the inside of the door or outside the window while the vehicle is moving.

Safe Storage of Objects

Objects and load have to be stored securely to keep from causing injury.

  • Do not transport heavy objects on or in front of the passenger's seat. These could impair the function of the airbag, the seat belts, and weight sensing.