An audio-visual warning system is interconnected with the driver's safety belt.
Every time the ignition is turned on, the gong will sound for about 6 seconds to remind driver and passenger to buckle up.
In addition, the gong will sound for approx. 90 seconds if vehicle speed exceeds 15 mph/24 km/h. The safety belt warning lights in the instrument panel and on-board computer will go off as soon as the driver has buckled up.
Inertia reel retractor
The combination lap/shoulder belt with inertia reel locking mechanism adjusts automatically to your size and movements as long as the pull on the belt is slow.
Rapid deceleration during hard braking or a collision locks the belt. The belt will also lock when you drive up or down a steep hill or in a sharp curve, otherwise, the shoulder belt will not inhibit your upper body movement.
Fastening the safety belt
Assume a comfortable sitting position.
Please see the chapter "SEAT POSITION" on page 25.
The shoulder belt should always rest on your upper body. The shoulder belt should never be worn behind your back or under your arm.
Grasp belt and pull the belt in a continuous slow motion across your chest and lap.
Insert belt tongue into buckle on inboard side of seat. Push down until it securely locks with an audible click. Pull the belt to check.
Pull shoulder section to make sure belt fits snugly across the pelvis.
Belts should fit snugly across the pelvis and chest. Make sure there is no slack in the belt.
Releasing the safety belt
Push in release button (arrow) on buckle. Belt tongue will spring out of buckle.
To release a latched belt, lean back to take the body pressure off the belt.
To store lap/shoulder belt, allow the belt to retract as you guide the latch to its stowed position.
Please see the chapter "AUTOMATIC LOCKING RETRACTOR" on page 42.
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.
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 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).