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2014 TL Owner’s Manual (Unlinked) This document may not contain hyperlinks and may be formatted for printing instead of web use. This is due to changes in content and specifications of the vehicle that happen throughout the model year. This manual will be replaced with a hyperlinked version at the end of the model year. © 2013 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. - All Rights Reserved P/N 00X31-TK4-6500 13/04/02 19:10:57 31TK4640_001 Owner’s Identification This owner’s manual should be considered a permanent part of the vehicle and should remain with the vehicle when it is sold. OWNER This Owner’s Manual covers all models of the Acura TL. You may find descriptions of equipment and features that are not on your particular model. ADDRESS STREET CITY STATE/PROVINCE/TERRITORY ZIP CODE/ POSTAL CODE V. I. N. DELIVERY DATE (Date sold to original retail purchaser) DEALER NAME DEALER NO. ADDRESS Images throughout this owner’s manual (including the front cover) represent features and equipment that are available on some, but not all, models. Your particular model may not have some of these features. The information and specifications included in this publication were in effect at the time of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. reserves the right, however, to discontinue or change specifications or design at any time without notice and without incurring any obligation whatsoever. STREET CITY OWNER’S SIGNATURE DEALER’S SIGNATURE STATE/PROVINCE/TERRITORY ZIP CODE/ POSTAL CODE For Canadian Owners: Please contact a dealer to order any manuals that you may require. 13/08/08 16:42:02 31TK4650_002 Introduction Congratulations! Your selection of a 2014 Acura TL was a wise investment. It will give you years of driving pleasure. One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new vehicle is to read this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and convenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner’s manual in your vehicle so you can refer to it at any time. As you read this manual, you will find information that is preceded by a symbol. This information is intended to help you avoid damage to your vehicle, other property, or the environment. Several warranties protect your new vehicle. Read the warranty booklet thoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rights and responsibilities. Maintaining your vehicle according to the Maintenance MinderTM shown in the instrument panel helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment. When your vehicle needs maintenance, keep in mind that your dealer’s staff is specially trained in servicing the many systems unique to your vehicle. Your dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will be pleased to answer any questions and concerns. i 12/07/20 10:29:42 31TK4640_003 Introduction Event Data Recorders This vehicle is equipped with an event data recorder (EDR). The main purpose of an EDR is to record, in certain crash or near crash-like situations, such as an air bag deployment or hitting a road obstacle, data that will assist in understanding how a vehicle’s systems performed. The EDR is designed to record data related to vehicle dynamics and safety systems for a short period of time, typically 30 seconds or less. The EDR in this vehicle is designed to record such data as: How various systems in your vehicle were operating; Whether or not the driver and passenger safety belts were buckled/fastened; How far (if at all) the driver was depressing the accelerator and/or brake pedal; and, How fast the vehicle was traveling. These data can help provide a better understanding of the circumstances in which crashes and injuries occur. NOTE: EDR data are recorded by your vehicle only if a non-trivial crash situation occurs; no data are recorded by the EDR under normal driving conditions and no personal data (e.g., name, gender, age, and crash location) are recorded. However, other parties, such as law enforcement, could combine the EDR data with the type of personally identifying data routinely acquired during a crash investigation. To read data recorded by an EDR, special equipment is required, and access to the vehicle or the EDR is needed. In addition to the vehicle manufacturer, other parties, such as law enforcement, that have the special equipment, can read the information if they have access to the vehicle or the EDR. The data belongs to the vehicle owner and may not be accessed by anyone else except as legally required or with the permission of the vehicle owner. ii 12/07/20 10:29:46 31TK4640_004 Introduction California Proposition 65 Warning WARNING: This product contains or emits chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Service Diagnostic Recorders This vehicle is equipped with service-related devices that record information about powertrain performance. The data can be used to verify emissions law requirements and/or help technicians diagnose and solve service problems. It may also be combined with data from other sources for research purposes, but it remains confidential. California Perchlorate Contamination Prevention Act The airbags, seat belt tensioners, and CR type batteries in this vehicle may contain perchlorate materials − special handling may apply. See www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate/ iii 12/07/20 10:29:55 31TK4640_005 A Few Words About Safety Your safety, and the safety of others, is very important. And operating this vehicle safely is an important responsibility. To help you make informed decisions about safety, we have provided operating procedures and other information on labels and in this manual. This information alerts you to potential hazards that could hurt you or others. Of course, it is not practical or possible to warn you about all the hazards associated with operating or maintaining your vehicle. You must use your own good judgement. You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms, including: Safety Labels − on the vehicle. and one of Safety Messages − preceded by a safety alert symbol three signal words: DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION. These signal words mean: You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow instructions. You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow instructions. You CAN be HURT if you don’t follow instructions. Safety Headings − such as Important Safety Reminders or Important Safety Precautions. Safety Section − such as Driver and Passenger Safety. Instructions − how to use this vehicle correctly and safely. This entire book is filled with important safety information − please read it carefully. iv 12/07/20 10:30:04 31TK4640_006 Contents Your Vehicle at a Glance (main controls) ................................................................................................ 3 Driver and Passenger Safety (seat belts, SRS, and child protection) ............................................................. 5 Instruments and Controls (indicators, gauges, multi-information display, dashboard, and steering column) ........ 61 Features (climate control, audio, steering wheel, security, cruise control, HomeLink , and other convenience items)............... 225 Before Driving (fuel, vehicle break-in, and cargo loading) ........................................................................ 467 Driving (engine and transmission operation).......................................................................................... 485 Maintenance (minder, fluid checking, minor services, and vehicle storage).................................................. 529 Taking Care of the Unexpected (flat tire, jump starting, overheating, and fuses) ......................................... 581 Technical Information (vehicle specifications, tires, and emissions controls)............................................... 611 Warranty and Client Relations (U.S. and Canada only) (warranty and contact information) ........................ 629 Authorized Manuals (U.S. only) (how to order) ................................................................................... 633 Service Information Summary (fluid capacities and tire pressures) ................................................... last page 1 INDEX Index ................................................................................................................................................. I 12/07/20 10:30:19 31TK4640_007 Overview of Contents Contents A convenient reference to the sections in this manual. Your Vehicle at a Glance A quick reference to the main controls in your vehicle. Driver and Passenger Safety Important information about the proper use and care of your vehicle’s seat belts, an overview of the supplemental restraint system, and valuable information on how to protect children with child restraints. Instruments and Controls Explains the purpose of each instrument panel indicator and gauge, the multi-information display, and how to use the controls on the dashboard and steering column. Features How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features. Before Driving What gasoline to use, how to breakin your new vehicle, and how to load luggage and other cargo. Driving The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park. Maintenance The Maintenance MinderTM shows you when you need to take your vehicle to the dealer for maintenance service. There is also a list of things to check and instructions on how to check them. Taking Care of the Unexpected This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and details how to handle them. 2 Technical Information ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information. Warranty and Client Relations (U.S. and Canada only) A summary of the warranties covering your new vehicle, and how to contact us for any reason. Refer to your warranty manual for detailed information. Authorized Manuals (U.S. only) How to order manuals and other technical literature. Index Service Information Summary A summary of the information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump. 13/08/08 16:42:12 31TK4650_008 Your Vehicle at a Glance HOMELINK BUTTONS (P. 404) MOONROOF SWITCH (P. 210) HAZARD WARNING BUTTON (P. 145) BLIND SPOT INFORMATION SYSTEM (BSI) ALERT INDICATOR* (P. 522) PASSENGER’S FRONT AIRBAG (P. 9, 26) MIRROR CONTROLS (P. 168) BSI ALERT INDICATOR* (P. 522) DRIVING POSITION MEMORY SYSTEM BUTTONS (P. 170) AUDIO (P. 235) CLOCK (P. 391) COMPASS* (P. 397) POWER DOOR LOCK MASTER SWITCH (P. 151) CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P. 226) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P. 206) AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (P. 494) MANUAL TRANSMISSION (P. 491) TRUNK RELEASE BUTTON (P. 154) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE BUTTON (P. 470) ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET (P. 215) HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P. 472) DRIVER’S FRONT AIRBAG(P. 9, 26) AUXILIARY INPUT JACK (P. 389) A/T model with navigation system is shown. Your Vehicle at a Glance INSTRUMENT PANEL INDICATORS (P. 63) GAUGES (P. 76) MULTI-INFORMATION DISPLAY (P. 78) ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET (P. 215) USB ADAPTER CABLE (P. 266, 275, 356, 367) * : If equipped 3 13/08/08 16:42:21 31TK4650_009 Your Vehicle at a Glance HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS/ FOG LIGHTS (P. 139, 143) WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS (P. 137) *2 PADDLE SHIFTERS (P. 499) INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS (P. 143) HAZARD WARNING BUTTON (P. 145) REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER/ HEATED MIRROR BUTTON (P. 145/169) PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR (P. 34) ENGINE START/ STOP BUTTON (P. 184) REMOTE AUDIO CONTROL BUTTONS (P. 387) VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST (VSA) SYSTEM OFF SWITCH (P. 511) BLIND SPOT INFORMATION SYSTEM (BSI) OFF BUTTON*2 (P. 525) HEADLIGHT WASHER BUTTON*2 (P. 138) KEYLESS ACCESS REMOTE SLOT (P. 197) *4 PHONE BUTTON*2 (P. 424) HORN*1 BLUETOOTH HANDSFREELINK SYSTEM VOICE CONTROL BUTTONS (P. 407) STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENTS(P. 146) A/T model is shown. *1: *2: *3: *4: 4 INTERFACE DIAL*3 (P. 285) SELECTOR KNOB*2 (P. 236) VOICE CONTROL BUTTONS for NAVIGATION SYSTEM*3/ BLUETOOTH HANDSFREELINK SYSTEM (P. 425) SEAT HEATER SWITCHES (P. 202) SEAT HEATER/VENTILATION BUTTONS*2 (P. 204) CRUISE CONTROL BUTTONS (P. 401) IGNITION SWITCH (P. 150) : Models with keyless access MULTI-INFORMATION DISPLAY BUTTONS (P. 79) system To use the horn, press the center pad of the steering wheel. If equipped Refer to the navigation system owner’s manual. Switch location varies on models. 12/07/20 10:30:43 31TK4640_010 Driver and Passenger Safety Important Safety Precautions .......... 6 Your Vehicle’s Safety Features........ 7 Seat Belts ........................................ 8 Airbags ............................................ 9 Protecting Adults and Teens.......... 11 1. Close and Lock the Doors ...... 11 2. Adjust the Front Seats ............ 13 3. Adjust the Seat-Backs ............. 14 4. Adjust the Head Restraints .... 15 5. Fasten and Position the Seat Belts .............................. 16 6. Maintain a Proper Sitting Position ................................. 18 Advice for Pregnant Women...... 18 Additional Safety Precautions .... 19 Additional Information About Your Seat Belts ........................ 20 Seat Belt System Components ... 20 Lap/Shoulder Belt ....................... 21 Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners ................................ 22 Seat Belt Maintenance ................ 23 Additional Information About Your Airbags ............................ 24 Airbag System Components ....... 24 How Your Front Airbags Work.......................................... 26 How Your Side Airbags Work.... 30 How Your Side Curtain Airbags Work.......................................... 32 How the SRS Indicator Works ... 32 How the Side Airbag Off Indicator Works ....................... 33 How the Passenger Airbag Off Indicator Works ....................... 34 Airbag Service .............................. 35 Additional Safety Precautions .... 36 Protecting Children − General Guidelines ................................. 37 All Children Must Be Restrained ................................ 37 All Children Should Sit in a Back Seat .................................. 38 The Passenger’s Front Airbag Can Pose Serious Risks .......... 38 If You Must Drive with Several Children .................................... 40 If a Child Requires Close Attention ................................... 40 Additional Safety Precautions .... 40 Protecting Infants and Small Children .................................... 42 Protecting Infants ........................ 42 Protecting Small Children .......... 43 Selecting a Child Seat ...................... 45 Installing a Child Seat ..................... 46 With LATCH ................................ 47 With a Lap/Shoulder Belt .......... 49 With a Tether ............................... 51 Protecting Larger Children ............ 53 Checking Seat Belt Fit ................ 53 Using a Booster Seat ................... 54 When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front .......................................... 55 Additional Safety Precautions .... 56 Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 57 Safety Labels .................................... 58 5 Driver and Passenger Safety This section gives you important information about how to protect yourself and your passengers. It shows you how to use seat belts. It explains how your airbags work. And it tells you how to properly restrain infants and children in your vehicle. 12/07/20 10:30:53 31TK4640_011 Important Safety Precautions You’ll find many safety recommendations throughout this section, and throughout this manual. The recommendations on this page are the ones we consider to be the most important. Always Wear Your Seat Belt A seat belt is your best protection in all types of collisions. Airbags are designed to supplement seat belts, not replace them. So even though your vehicle is equipped with airbags, make sure you and your passengers always wear your seat belts, and wear them properly (see page 16 ). Restrain All Children Children age 12 and under should ride properly restrained in a back seat, not the front seat. Infants and small children should be restrained in a child seat. Larger children should use a booster seat and a lap/ shoulder belt until they can use the belt properly without a booster seat 6 (see pages 37 − 56 ). Be Aware of Airbag Hazards While airbags can save lives, they can cause serious or fatal injuries to occupants who sit too close to them, or are not properly restrained. Infants, young children, and short adults are at the greatest risk. Be sure to follow all instructions and warnings in this manual. Don’t Drink and Drive Alcohol and driving don’t mix. Even one drink can reduce your ability to respond to changing conditions, and your reaction time gets worse with every additional drink. So don’t drink and drive, and don’t let your friends drink and drive, either. Pay Appropriate Attention to the Task of Driving Safely Engaging in mobile phone conversation or other activities that keep you from paying close attention to the road, other vehicles and pedestrians could lead to a crash. Remember, situations can change quickly, and only you can decide when it is safe to divert attention away from driving. Control Your Speed Excessive speed is a major factor in crash injuries and deaths. Generally, the higher the speed, the greater the risk, but serious injuries can also occur at lower speeds. Never drive faster than is safe for current conditions, regardless of the maximum speed posted. Keep Your Vehicle in Safe Condition Having a tire blowout or a mechanical failure can be extremely hazardous. To reduce the possibility of such problems, check your tire pressures and condition frequently, and perform all regularly scheduled maintenance (see page 531 ). 12/07/20 10:30:59 31TK4640_012 Your Vehicle’s Safety Features (8) (6) (9) (12) (3) (9) (4) (7) (7) (8) (10) (11) (5) (1) (2) (2) (1) Safety Cage (2) Crush Zones (3) Seats and Seat-Backs (4) Head Restraints (5) Collapsible Steering Column (6) Seat Belts (7) Front Airbags (8) Side Airbags (9) Side Curtain Airbags (10) Door Locks (11) Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners (12) Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) Sensors Some features do not require any action on your part. These include a strong steel framework that forms a safety cage around the passenger compartment, front and rear crush zones, a collapsible steering column, and tensioners that tighten the front seat belts in a crash. However, you and your passengers can’t take full advantage of these features unless you remain sitting in the correct position and always wear your seat belts. In fact, some safety features can contribute to injuries if they are not used properly. The following pages explain how you can take an active role in protecting yourself and your passengers. 7 Driver and Passenger Safety (10) Your vehicle is equipped with many features that work together to protect you and your passengers during a crash. 12/07/20 10:31:10 31TK4640_013 Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Seat Belts Your vehicle is equipped with seat belts in all seating positions. Your seat belt system also includes an indicator on the instrument panel and a beeper to remind you and your passengers to fasten your seat belts. Why Wear Seat Belts Seat belts are the single most effective safety device for adults and larger children. (Infants and smaller children must be properly restrained in child seats.) Not wearing a seat belt properly increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash, even though your vehicle has airbags. In addition, most states and all Canadian provinces and territories require you to wear seat belts. 8 Not wearing a seat belt properly increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash, even though your vehicle has airbags. Be sure you and your passengers always wear seat belts and wear them properly. When properly worn, seat belts: Keep you connected to the vehicle so you can take advantage of the vehicle’s built-in safety features. Help protect you in almost every type of crash, including: − frontal impacts − side impacts − rear impacts − rollovers Help keep you from being thrown against the inside of the vehicle and against other occupants. Keep you from being thrown out of the vehicle. Help keep you in a good position should the airbags ever deploy. A good position reduces the risk of injury from an inflating airbag and allows you to get the best advantage from the airbag. Of course, seat belts cannot completely protect you in every crash. But in most cases, seat belts can reduce your risk of serious injury. What You Should Do: Always wear your seat belt, and make sure you wear it properly. 12/07/20 10:31:16 31TK4640_014 Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Airbags Driver and Passenger Safety Your vehicle has a supplemental restraint system (SRS) with front airbags to help protect the heads and chests of the driver and a front seat passenger during a moderate to severe frontal collision (see page 26 for more information on how your front airbags work). Your vehicle also has side airbags to help protect the upper torso of the driver or a front seat passenger during a moderate to severe side impact (see page 30 for more information on how your side airbags work). In addition, your vehicle has side curtain airbags to help protect the heads of the driver, front passenger, and passengers in the outer rear seating positions during a moderate to severe side impact (see page 32 for more information on how your side curtain airbags work). CONTINUED 9 12/07/20 10:31:22 31TK4640_015 Your Vehicle’s Safety Features The most important things you need to know about your airbags are: Airbags do not replace seat belts. They are designed to supplement the seat belts. Airbags offer no protection in rear collisions, or minor frontal or side collisions. Airbags can pose serious hazards. To do their job, airbags must inflate with tremendous force. So, while airbags help save lives, they can cause burns, bruises, and other minor injuries, and sometimes even fatal ones if occupants are not wearing their seat belts properly and sitting correctly. 10 What you should do: Always wear your seat belt properly, and sit upright and as far back from the steering wheel as possible while allowing full control of the vehicle. A front passenger should move their seat as far back from the dashboard as possible. The rest of this section gives more detailed information about how you can maximize your safety. Remember however, that no safety system can prevent all injures or deaths that can occur in a severe crash, even when seat belts are properly worn and the airbags deploy. 13/08/08 16:42:31 31TK4650_016 Protecting Adults and Teens See pages 37 − 56 for important guidelines on how to properly protect infants, small children, and larger children who ride in your vehicle. 1.Close and Lock the Doors After everyone has entered the vehicle, be sure the doors are closed and locked. Your vehicle has a door/ trunk open indicator (red) on the instrument panel to indicate when any door or the trunk lid is not tightly closed. See page 151 for how to lock the doors, and page 71 for how the door/ trunk open indicator works. You will also hear a beep when you turn the ignition switch* to the ON (II) position, and each time you open any door or the trunk with the key in the ON (II) position. * : Models equipped with the keyless access system have an engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. ON Mode is the equivalent of ON (II). For more information, see pages 184 and 187 . Your vehicle also has a door and trunk open indicator on the multiinformation display to indicate when a specific door or the trunk is not tightly closed. You will see the appropriate indicator(s) for each condition. CONTINUED 11 Driver and Passenger Safety Introduction The following pages provide instructions on how to properly protect the driver, adult passengers and teenage children who are large enough and mature enough to drive or ride in the front seat. 12/07/20 10:31:37 31TK4640_017 Protecting Adults and Teens If any door or the trunk is not closed tightly, the multi-information display reminds you to close the open door(s) or the trunk before you start driving. When the trunk is not tightly closed, the ‘‘TRUNK OPEN’’ indicator will come on. The above illustration shows that all doors and the trunk are open. 12 When one or more doors or the trunk lid are not tightly closed, the corresponding indicator for each condition will come on. The above example shows the front right and rear left doors, and the trunk open. 12/07/20 10:31:44 31TK4640_018 Protecting Adults and Teens 2.Adjust the Front Seats Locking the doors also helps prevent an outsider from unexpectedly opening a door when you come to a stop. Your vehicle has the auto door locking/unlocking feature. For more information, see page 125 . Adjust the driver’s seat as far to the rear as possible while allowing you to maintain full control of the vehicle. Have a front passenger adjust their seat as far to the rear as possible. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that drivers allow at least 10 inches (25 cm) between the center of the steering wheel and the chest. In addition to adjusting the seat, you can adjust the steering wheel up and down, and in and out (see page 146 ). If you cannot get far enough away from the steering wheel and still reach the controls, we recommend that you investigate whether some type of adaptive equipment may help. If you sit too close to the steering wheel or dashboard, you can be seriously injured by an inflating front airbag, or by striking the steering wheel or dashboard. CONTINUED 13 Driver and Passenger Safety Locking the doors reduces the chance of someone being thrown out of the vehicle during a crash, and it helps prevent passengers from accidentally opening a door and falling out. 12/07/20 10:31:50 31TK4640_019 Protecting Adults and Teens 3.Adjust the Seat-Backs Reclining the seat-back too far can result in serious injury or death in a crash. Sitting too close to a front airbag can result in serious injury or death if the front airbags inflate. Adjust the seat-back to an upright position, and sit well back in the seat. Always sit as far back from the front airbags as possible. See page 161 for how to adjust the front seats. Adjust the driver’s seat-back to a comfortable, upright position, leaving ample space between your chest and the airbag cover in the center of the steering wheel. Passengers with adjustable seatbacks should also adjust their seatback to a comfortable, upright position. 14 12/07/20 10:31:56 31TK4640_020 Protecting Adults and Teens 4.Adjust the Head Restraints Improperly positioning head restraints reduces their effectiveness and you can be seriously injured in a crash. Make sure head restraints are in place and positioned properly before driving. See page 161 for how to adjust the seat-backs. Adjust the driver’s head restraint so the center of the back of your head rests against the center of the restraint. Have passengers adjust their head restraints properly as well. Taller persons should adjust their restraint as high as possible. CONTINUED 15 Driver and Passenger Safety Reclining a seat-back so that the shoulder part of the belt no longer rests against the occupant’s chest reduces the protective capability of the belt. It also increases the chance of sliding under the belt in a crash and being seriously injured. The farther a seat-back is reclined, the greater the risk of injury. 12/07/20 10:32:01 31TK4640_021 Protecting Adults and Teens Properly adjusted head restraints will help protect occupants from whiplash and other crash injuries. See page 163 for how to adjust the head restraints and how the driver’s and front passenger’s active head restraints work. 5.Fasten and Position the Seat Belts Insert the latch plate into the buckle, then tug on the belt to make sure the belt is securely latched. Check that the belt is not twisted, because a twisted belt can cause serious injuries in a crash. Position the lap part of the belt as low as possible across your hips, then pull up on the shoulder part of the belt so the lap part fits snugly. This lets your strong pelvic bones take the force of a crash and reduces the chance of internal injuries. 16 12/07/20 10:32:08 31TK4640_022 Protecting Adults and Teens RELEASE BUTTON very serious injuries in a crash. If a seat belt does not seem to work properly, it may not protect the occupant in a crash. No one should sit in a seat with an inoperative seat belt. Using a seat Improperly positioning the seat belts can cause serious injury or death in a crash. Make sure all seat belts are properly positioned before driving. Never place the shoulder portion of a lap/shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back. This could cause The front seats have adjustable seat belt anchors. To adjust the height of an anchor, press and hold the release button and slide the anchor up or down as needed (it has four positions). belt that is not working properly can result in serious injury or death. Have your dealer check the belt as soon as possible. See page 20 for additional information about your seat belts and how to take care of them. If the seat belt touches or crosses your neck, or if it crosses your arm instead of your shoulder, you need to adjust the seat belt anchor height. 17 Driver and Passenger Safety If necessary, pull up on the belt again to remove any slack, then check that the belt rests across the center of your chest and over your shoulder. This spreads the forces of a crash over the strongest bones in your upper body. 12/07/20 10:32:14 31TK4640_023 Protecting Adults and Teens 6.Maintain a Proper Sitting Position After all occupants have adjusted their seats and head restraints, and put on their seat belts, it is very important that they continue to sit upright, well back in their seats, with their feet on the floor, until the vehicle is safely parked and the engine is off. Sitting improperly can increase the chance of injury during a crash. For example, if an occupant slouches, lies down, turns sideways, sits forward, leans forward or sideways, or puts one or both feet up, the chance of injury during a crash is greatly increased. 18 In addition, an occupant who is out of position in the front seat can be seriously or fatally injured in a crash by striking interior parts of the vehicle or being struck by an inflating front airbag. Advice for Pregnant Women Sitting improperly or out of position can result in serious injury or death in a crash. Always sit upright, well back in the seat, with your feet on the floor. If you are pregnant, the best way to protect yourself and your unborn child when driving or riding in a vehicle is to always wear a seat belt, and keep the lap part of the belt as low as possible across the hips. 12/07/20 10:32:22 31TK4640_024 Protecting Adults and Teens This will reduce the risk of injuries to both you and your unborn child that can be caused by a crash or an inflating front airbag. Each time you have a checkup, ask your doctor if it’s okay for you to drive. Additional Safety Precautions Two people should never use the same seat belt. If they do, they could be very seriously injured in a crash. Do not put any accessories on seat belts. Devices intended to improve occupant comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can reduce the protective capability of the belt and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash. operation of the airbags or be propelled inside the vehicle and hurt someone if the airbags inflate. Keep your hands and arms away from the airbag covers. If your hands or arms are close to an airbag cover, they could be injured if the airbags inflate. Do not attach hard objects on or near a door. If a side airbag or a Do not place hard or sharp objects between yourself and a front airbag. Carrying hard or sharp side curtain airbag inflates, a cup holder or other hard object attached on or near the door could be propelled inside the vehicle and hurt someone. objects on your lap, or driving with a pipe or other sharp object in your mouth, can result in injuries if your airbags inflate. Do not cover or replace front seatback covers without consulting your dealer. Improperly replacing Do not attach or place objects on the front airbag covers. Objects on or covering front seat-back covers can prevent your side airbags from inflating during a side impact. the covers marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’ could interfere with the proper 19 Driver and Passenger Safety When driving, remember to sit upright and adjust the seat as far back as possible while allowing full control of the vehicle. When riding as a front passenger, adjust the seat as far back as possible. 12/07/20 10:32:29 31TK4640_025 Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Seat Belt System Components Your seat belt system includes lap/ shoulder belts in all seating positions. The front seat belts are also equipped with automatic seat belt tensioners. The seat belt system includes an indicator on the instrument panel and a beeper to remind you and your passengers to fasten your seat belts. If either the driver or a front passenger does not fasten their seat belt while driving, the beeper will sound and the indicator will flash again at regular intervals. This system monitors the front seat belts. If you turn the ignition switch* to the ON (II) position before your seat belt is fastened, the beeper will sound and the indicator will flash. If your seat belt is not fastened before the beeper stops, the indicator will stop flashing but remain on. You will also see a ‘‘FASTEN SEAT BELT’’ or ‘‘FASTEN PASSENGER SEAT BELT’’ message on the multiinformation display. You will also see a ‘‘FASTEN SEAT BELT’’ message on the multiinformation display. If a front passenger does not fasten their seat belt, the indicator will come on about 6 seconds after the ignition switch* is turned to the ON (II) position. 20 When no one is sitting in the front passenger’s seat, or an infant or small child is riding there, the indicator may not come on and the beeper may not sound. * : Models equipped with the keyless access system have an engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. ON Mode is the equivalent of ON (II). For more information, see pages 184 and 187 . 12/07/20 10:32:37 31TK4640_026 Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Any items under the front passenger’s seat. Any object(s) hanging on the seat or in the seat-back pocket. Any object(s) touching the rear of the seat-back. If no obstructions are found, have your vehicle checked by a dealer. Lap/Shoulder Belt The lap/shoulder belt goes over your shoulder, across your chest, and across your hips. To fasten the belt, insert the latch plate into the buckle, then tug on the belt to make sure the buckle is latched (see page 16 for how to properly position the belt). To unlock the belt, press the red PRESS button on the buckle. Guide the belt across your body so that it retracts completely. After exiting the vehicle, be sure the belt is out of the way and will not get closed in the door. All seat belts have an emergency locking retractor. In normal driving, the retractor lets you move freely in your seat while it keeps some tension on the belt. During a collision or sudden stop, the retractor automatically locks the belt to help restrain your body. The seat belts in all positions except the driver’s have a lockable retractor that must be activated to secure a child seat (see page 49 ). If the shoulder part of the belt is pulled all the way out, the lockable retractor will activate. The belt will retract, but it will not allow the passenger to move freely. CONTINUED 21 Driver and Passenger Safety If the indicator comes on or the beeper sounds when the driver’s seat belt is latched and there is no front seat passenger and no items on the front seat, something may be interfering with the monitoring system. Look for and remove: 12/07/20 10:32:44 31TK4640_027 Additional Information About Your Seat Belts To deactivate the lockable retractor, unlatch the buckle and let the seat belt fully retract. To refasten the seat belt, pull it out only as far as needed. Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners If the tensioner is activated, the SRS indicator comes on and the tensioner must be replaced. Allowing a child to play with a seat belt or wrap one around their neck can result in serious injury or death. Instruct children not to play with any seat belt and make sure any unused seat belt a child can reach is buckled, fully retracted, and locked. 22 The tensioners can be activated during a collision in which the front airbags do not deploy. In this case, the airbags would not be needed, but the additional restraint could be helpful. For added protection, the front seat belts are equipped with automatic seat belt tensioners. When activated, the tensioners immediately tighten the belts to help hold the driver and a front passenger in position. 12/07/20 10:32:50 31TK4640_028 Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Seat Belt Maintenance For safety, you should check the condition of your seat belts regularly. The dealer should also inspect the anchors for damage and replace them if needed. If the automatic seat belt tensioners activate during a crash, they must be replaced. Not checking or maintaining seat belts can result in serious injury or death if the seat belts do not work properly when needed. Driver and Passenger Safety Pull each belt out fully, and look for frays, cuts, burns, and wear. Check that the latches work smoothly and the belts retract easily. If a belt does not retract easily, cleaning the belt may correct the problem (see page 564 ). Any belt that is not in good condition or working properly will not provide good protection and should be replaced as soon as possible. If a seat belt is worn during a crash, you should have your dealer inspect the belt, and replace it if necessary. A belt that has been worn during a crash may not provide the same level of protection in a subsequent crash. Check your seat belts regularly and have any problem corrected as soon as possible. Acura provides a limited warranty on seat belts. See your Acura Warranty Information booklet for details. 23 12/07/20 10:32:56 31TK4640_029 Additional Information About Your Airbags Airbag System Components (15) (9) (3) (8) (2) (7) (12) (11) (5) (1) (4) (8) (1) Driver’s Front Airbag (5) (2) Passenger’s Front Airbag (3) Control Unit (4) Front Seat Belt Tensioners (5) Side Airbags (6) (6) Driver’s Seat Position Sensor (7) Front Passenger’s Weight Sensors (8) Front Impact Sensors (9) Passenger Airbag Off Indicator (10) Side Impact Sensors (First) (11) Occupant Detection System (ODS) Sensors (12) Front Passenger’s Weight Sensors Control Unit/ ODS Sensors Control Unit (13) Side Impact Sensors (Second) (14) Side Curtain Airbags (15) Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Indicator (16) Safing Sensor 24 (14) (10) (13) (4) (14) (13) (16) 12/07/20 10:33:04 31TK4640_030 Additional Information About Your Airbags Your airbag system includes: Two side airbags, one for the driver and one for a front passenger. The airbags are stored in the outer edges of the seatbacks. Both are marked ‘‘SIDE AIRBAG’’ (see page 30 ). Sensors that can detect a moderate to severe front impact or side impact. Sensors that can detect whether a child is in the passenger’s side airbag path and signal the control unit to turn the airbag off (see page 31 ). Sensors that can detect whether the driver’s seat belt and the front passenger’s seat belt are latched or unlatched (see page 20 ). A driver’s seat position sensor that monitors the distance of the seat from the front airbag. If the seat is too far forward, the airbag will inflate with less force (see page 29 ). Weight sensors that monitor the weight on the front passenger’s seat. If the weight is about 65 lbs (29 kg) or less (the weight of an infant or small child), the passenger’s front airbag will be turned off (see page 29 ). Two side curtain airbags, one for each side of the vehicle. The airbags are stored in the ceiling, above the side windows. The front and rear pillars are marked ‘‘SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG’’ (see page 32 ). CONTINUED 25 Driver and Passenger Safety Two SRS (supplemental restraint system) front airbags. The driver’s airbag is stored in the center of the steering wheel; the front passenger’s airbag is stored in the dashboard. Both are marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’ (see page 26 ). Automatic front seat belt tensioners (see page 22 ). 12/07/20 10:33:12 31TK4640_031 Additional Information About Your Airbags A sophisticated electronic system that continually monitors and records information about the sensors, the control unit, the airbag activators, the seat belt tensioners, and driver and front passenger seat belt use when the ignition switch* is in the ON (II) position. * : Models equipped with the keyless access system have an engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. ON Mode is the equivalent of ON (II). For more information, see pages 184 and 187 . An indicator on the instrument panel that alerts you to a possible problem with your airbag system components (see page 32 ). How Your Front Airbags Work An indicator on the instrument panel that alerts you that the passenger’s side airbag has been turned off (see page 33 ). An indicator on the dashboard that alerts you that the passenger’s front airbag has been turned off (see page 34 ). Emergency backup power in case your vehicle’s electrical system is disconnected in a crash. If you ever have a moderate to severe frontal collision, sensors will detect the vehicle’s rapid deceleration. If the rate of deceleration is high enough, the control unit will inflate the driver’s and front passenger’s airbags, at the time and with the force needed. 26 13/04/02 19:11:13 31TK4640_032 Additional Information About Your Airbags Although both airbags normally inflate within a split second of each other, it is possible for only one airbag to deploy. This can happen if the severity of a collision is at the margin, or threshold, that determines whether or not the airbags will deploy. In such cases, the seat belt will provide sufficient protection, and the supplemental protection offered by the airbag would be minimal. After inflating, the front airbags immediately deflate, so they won’t interfere with the driver’s visibility, or the ability to steer or operate other controls. After an airbag inflates in a crash, you may see a small amount of smoke. This is from the combustion process of the inflator material and is not harmful. People with respiratory problems may experience some temporary discomfort. If this occurs, get out of the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. Only the driver’s airbag can deploy if there is no passenger in the front seat, or if the advanced airbag system has turned the passenger’s airbag off (see page 34 ). CONTINUED 27 Driver and Passenger Safety The total time for inflation and deflation is less than a second, so fast that most occupants are not aware that the airbags deployed until they see them lying in their laps. During a frontal crash, your seat belt restrains your lower body and torso, and the front airbag helps protect your head and chest. 12/07/20 10:33:25 31TK4640_033 Additional Information About Your Airbags Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS) Your vehicle is equipped with dualstage, multiple-threshold front airbags (SRS). During a frontal crash severe enough to cause one or both front airbags to deploy, the airbags can inflate at different rates, depending on the severity of the crash, whether or not the seat belts are latched, and/or other factors. Front airbags are designed to supplement the seat belts to help reduce the likelihood of head and chest injuries in frontal crashes. Advanced Airbags Your front airbags are also advanced airbags. The main purpose of this feature is to help prevent airbagcaused injuries to short drivers and children or small-statured adults who ride in front. For both advanced airbags to work properly: Occupants must sit upright and wear their seat belts properly. Do not spill any liquids on or under the seats, cover the sensors, or put any objects or metal items under the front seats. Objects placed or pushed under the front passenger’s seat may cause the sensor to malfunction, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. 28 Failure to follow these instructions could damage the sensors or prevent them from working properly. 12/07/20 10:33:32 31TK4640_034 Additional Information About Your Airbags Be aware that objects placed on the passenger’s seat can also cause the airbag to be turned off. DRIVER’S SEAT POSITION SENSOR The driver’s advanced front airbag system includes a seat position sensor under the seat. If the seat is too far forward, the airbag will inflate with less force, regardless of the severity of the impact. If there is a problem with the sensor, the SRS indicator will come on, and the airbag will inflate in the normal manner regardless of the driver’s seating position. PASSENGER’S SEAT WEIGHT SENSOR The passenger’s advanced front airbag system has weight sensors under the seat. Although Acura does not encourage carrying an infant or small child in front, if the sensors detect the weight of an infant or small child (up to about 65 lbs or 29 kg), the system will automatically turn the passenger’s front airbag off. If the weight sensors detect there is no passenger in the front seat, the airbag is automatically turned off. However, the passenger airbag off indicator in this situation will not come on. CONTINUED 29 Driver and Passenger Safety When the passenger airbag gets turned off by the weight sensors, a ‘‘passenger airbag off’’ indicator in the center of the dashboard comes on (see page 34 ). 12/07/20 10:33:40 31TK4640_035 Additional Information About Your Airbags To ensure that the passenger’s advanced front airbag system will work properly, do not do anything that would increase or decrease the weight on the front passenger’s seat. This includes: A rear passenger pushing or pulling on the back of the front passenger’s seat. Moving the front seat or seat-back forcibly back against cargo on the seat or floor behind it. Hanging heavy items on the front passenger seat, or placing heavy items in the seat-back pocket. 30 Back seat passengers should not wedge objects or intentionally force their feet under the front passenger seat. How Your Side Airbags Work Also, make sure the floor mat behind the front passenger’s seat is hooked to the floor mat anchor (see page 565 ). If it is not, the mat may interfere with the proper operation of the sensors and operation of the seat. If you ever have a moderate to severe side impact, sensors will detect rapid acceleration and signal the control unit to instantly inflate either the driver’s or the passenger’s side airbag. 12/07/20 10:33:47 31TK4640_036 Additional Information About Your Airbags To get the best protection from the side airbags, front seat occupants should wear their seat belts and sit upright and well back in their seats. Side Airbag Cutoff System Your vehicle has a side airbag cutoff system designed primarily to protect a child riding in the front passenger’s seat. Although Acura does not encourage children to ride in front, if the position sensors detect a child has leaned into the side airbag’s deployment path, the airbag will shut off. The side airbag may also shut off if a short adult leans sideways, or a larger adult slouches and leans sideways into the airbag’s deployment path. If the side airbag off indicator comes on (see page 33 ), have the passenger sit upright. Once the passenger is out of the airbag’s deployment path, the system will turn the airbag back on, and the indicator will go out. There will be some delay between the moment the passenger moves into or out of the airbag deployment path and when the indicator comes on or goes off. A front seat passenger should not use a cushion or another object as a backrest. It may prevent the cutoff system from working properly. Objects placed on the front passenger seat can also cause the side airbag to be shut off. 31 Driver and Passenger Safety Only one airbag will deploy during a side impact. If the impact is on the passenger’s side, the passenger’s side airbag may not deploy if there is no passenger. 12/07/20 10:33:56 31TK4640_037 Additional Information About Your Airbags How Your Side Curtain Airbags Work SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG If the impact is on the passenger’s side, the passenger’s side curtain airbag will inflate even if there are no occupants on that side of the vehicle. One or both side curtain airbags may inflate in a moderate to severe frontal collision which causes the front airbags to deploy. To get the best protection from the side curtain airbags, occupants should wear their seat belts and sit upright and well back in their seats. In a moderate to severe side impact, sensors will detect rapid acceleration and signal the control unit to instantly inflate the side curtain airbag. 32 How the SRS Indicator Works The SRS indicator alerts you to a potential problem with your airbag system components. When you turn the ignition switch* to the ON (II) position, this indicator comes on briefly then goes off. This tells you the system is working properly. * : Models equipped with the keyless access system have an engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. ON Mode is the equivalent of ON (II). For more information, see pages 184 and 187 . 12/07/20 10:34:05 31TK4640_038 Additional Information About Your Airbags If the SRS indicator does not come on after you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position or on models with keyless access system, press the engine start/ stop button to set ON mode (see page 187 ). If the indicator stays on after the engine starts. If the indicator comes on or flashes on and off while you drive. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK AIRBAG SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display. If you see any of these indications, the airbag system components may not work properly when you need them. Ignoring the SRS indicator can result in serious injury or death if the airbag systems or tensioners do not work properly. Have your vehicle checked by a dealer as soon as possible if the SRS indicator alerts you to a possible problem. U.S. Canada How the Side Airbag Off Indicator Works This indicator alerts you that the passenger’s side airbag has been automatically shut off. It does not mean there is a problem with your side airbags. When you turn the ignition switch* to the ON (II) position, the indicator should come on briefly and then go out (see page 67 ). If it doesn’t come on, stays on, or comes on while driving without a passenger in the front seat, have the system checked. You will also see a ‘‘PASSENGER SIDE AIRBAG OFF’’ message on the multi-information display. CONTINUED 33 Driver and Passenger Safety If the indicator comes on at any other time, or does not come on at all, you should have the system checked by your dealer. For example: 12/07/20 10:34:12 31TK4640_039 Additional Information About Your Airbags * : Models equipped with the keyless access system have an engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. ON Mode is the equivalent of ON (II). For more information, see pages 184 and 187 . How the Passenger Airbag Off Indicator Works Be aware that objects placed on the front seat can cause the indicator to come on. If no weight is detected on the front seat, the airbag will be automatically shut off. However, the indicator will not come on. U.S. Canada The passenger airbag off indicator may come on and off repeatedly if the total weight on the seat is near the airbag cutoff threshold. PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR This indicator alerts you that the passenger’s front airbag has been shut off because weight sensors detect about 65 lbs (29 kg) or less (the weight of an infant or small child) on the front passenger’s seat. It does not mean there is a problem with the airbag. 34 If an adult or teenage passenger is riding in front, move the seat as far to the rear as possible, and have the passenger sit upright and wear the seat belt properly. 12/07/20 10:34:21 31TK4640_040 Additional Information About Your Airbags Any items under the front passenger’s seat. Any object hanging on the seat or in the seat-back pocket. Any object(s) touching the rear of the seat-back. If no obstructions are found, have your vehicle checked by a dealer as soon as possible. Airbag Service Your airbag systems are virtually maintenance free, and there are no parts you can safely service. However, you must have your vehicle serviced if: An airbag ever inflates. Any airbag that has deployed must be replaced along with the control unit and other related parts. Any seat belt tensioner that activates must also be replaced. We recommend against the use of salvaged airbag system components, including the airbag, tensioners, sensors, and control unit. The SRS indicator alerts you to a problem. Take your vehicle to an authorized dealer as soon as possible. If you ignore this indication, your airbags may not operate properly. If your vehicle has a moderate to severe impact. Even if your airbags do not inflate, your dealer should inspect the driver’s seat position sensor, the front passenger’s weight sensors, the front seat belt tensioners, and all seat belts and their anchors worn during a crash to make sure they are operating properly. Do not try to remove or replace any airbag by yourself. This must be done by an authorized dealer or a knowledgeable body shop. 35 Driver and Passenger Safety If the indicator comes on with no front seat passenger and no objects on the seat, or with an adult riding there, something may be interfering with the weight sensors. Look for and remove: 12/07/20 10:34:25 31TK4640_041 Additional Information About Your Airbags Additional Safety Precautions Do not attempt to deactivate your airbags. Together, airbags and seat belts provide the best protection. Do not tamper with airbag components or wiring for any reason. Tampering could cause the airbags to deploy, possibly causing very serious injury. Do not expose the front passenger’s seat-back to liquid. If water or another liquid soaks into a seatback, it can prevent the side airbag cutoff system from working properly. 36 Do not remove or modify a front seat without consulting your dealer. This could make the driver’s seat position sensor or the front passenger’s weight sensors ineffective. If it is necessary to remove or modify a front seat to accommodate a person with disabilities, first contact Acura Client Relations. In the US, call 800-382-2238, and in Canada, call 888-9-ACURA-9. 12/07/20 10:34:32 31TK4640_042 Protecting Children − General Guidelines Children depend on adults to protect them. However, despite their best intentions, many adults do not know how to properly protect child passengers. If you have children, or ever need to drive with a child in your vehicle, be sure to read this section. It begins with important general guidelines, then presents special information for infants, small children, and larger children. To reduce the number of child deaths and injuries, every state, Canadian province and territory requires that infants and children be properly restrained when they ride in a vehicle. Infants and small children must be restrained in an approved child seat that is properly secured to the vehicle (see pages 42 − 52 ). Children who are unrestrained or improperly restrained can be seriously injured or killed in a crash. Any child too small for a seat belt should be properly restrained in a child seat. A larger child should be properly restrained with a seat belt and use a booster seat if necessary. Larger children must be restrained with a lap/shoulder belt and ride on a booster seat until the seat belt fits them properly (see pages 53 − 56 ). 37 Driver and Passenger Safety All Children Must Be Restrained Each year, many children are injured or killed in vehicle crashes because they are either unrestrained or not properly restrained. In fact, traffic collisions are the number one cause of death of children age 12 and under. 12/07/20 10:34:41 31TK4640_043 Protecting Children − General Guidelines All Children Should Sit in a Back Seat According to crash statistics, children of all ages and sizes are safer when they are restrained in a back seat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that all children age 12 and under be properly restrained in a back seat. Some states have laws restricting where children may ride. Children who ride in the back are less likely to be injured by striking interior vehicle parts during a collision or hard braking. Also, children cannot be injured by an inflating front airbag when they ride in the back. 38 The Passenger’s Front Airbag Can Pose Serious Risks Front airbags have been designed to help protect adults in a moderate to severe frontal collision. To do this, the passenger’s front airbag is quite large, and it can inflate with enough force to cause very serious injuries. Even though your vehicle has an advanced front airbag system that automatically turns the passenger’s front airbag off under certain circumstances (see page 34 ), please follow these guidelines: Infants Never put a rear-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger’s front airbag. If the airbag inflates, it can hit the back of the child seat with enough force to kill or very seriously injure an infant. Small Children Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger’s front airbag can be hazardous. If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the child’s head is thrown forward during a collision, an inflating front airbag can strike the child with enough force to kill or very seriously injure a small child. Larger Children Children who have outgrown child seats are also at risk of being injured or killed by an inflating passenger’s front airbag. Whenever possible, larger children should sit in the back seat, on a booster seat if needed, and be properly restrained with a seat belt (see page 53 for important information about protecting larger children). 13/08/08 16:42:43 31TK4650_044 Protecting Children − General Guidelines U.S. Models DASHBOARD SUN VISOR Driver and Passenger Safety To remind you of the passenger’s front airbag hazards, and that children must be properly restrained in a back seat, your vehicle has warning labels on the dashboard (U.S. models) and on the front visors. Please read and follow the instructions on these labels. Canadian Models SUN VISOR 39 12/07/20 10:35:02 31TK4640_045 Protecting Children − General Guidelines If You Must Drive with Several Children Your vehicle has a back seat where children can be properly restrained. If you ever have to carry a group of children, and a child must ride in front: Place the largest child in the front seat, provided the child is large enough to wear the lap/shoulder belt properly (see page 53 ). Move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible (see page 161 ). Have the child sit upright and well back in the seat (see page 18 ). Make sure the seat belt is properly positioned and secured (see page 16 ). If a Child Requires Close Attention Many parents say they prefer to put an infant or a small child in the front passenger seat so they can watch the child, or because the child requires attention. Placing a child in the front seat exposes the child to hazards in a frontal collision, and paying close attention to a child distracts the driver from the important tasks of driving, placing both of you at risk. If a child requires close physical attention or frequent visual contact, we strongly recommend that another adult ride with the child in the back seat. The back seat is far safer for a child than the front. Additional Safety Precautions Never hold an infant or child on your lap. If you are not wearing a seat belt in a crash, you could be thrown forward and crush the child against the dashboard or a seat-back. If you are wearing a seat belt, the child can be torn from your arms and be seriously hurt or killed. Never put a seat belt over yourself and a child. During a crash, the belt could press deep into the child and cause serious or fatal injuries. Never let two children use the same seat belt. If they do, they could be very seriously injured in a crash. Use the childproof door locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. This can prevent children from accidentally falling out (see page 153 ). 40 12/07/20 10:35:09 31TK4640_046 Protecting Children − General Guidelines seat belt around their neck, they can be seriously or fatally injured. (See pages 50 and 51 for how to activate and deactivate the lockable retractor.) Do not leave children alone in a vehicle. Leaving children without adult supervision is illegal in most states, Canadian provinces and territories, and can be very hazardous. For example, infants and small children left in a vehicle on a hot day can die from heatstroke. A child left alone with the key in the ignition switch or with the keyless access remote in the vehicle can accidentally set the vehicle in motion, possibly injuring themselves or others. * : On models with keyless access system Lock all doors and the trunk when your vehicle is not in use. Children who play in vehicles can accidentally get trapped inside. Teach your children not to play in or around vehicles. Know how to operate the emergency trunk opener and decide if your children should be shown how to use this feature (see page 156 ). Your vehicle has the engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. For more information on how to select the power mode, see page 184 . Keep vehicle keys/remote transmitters or keyless access remotes out of the reach of children. Even very young children learn how to unlock vehicle doors, turn on the ignition switch*, and open the trunk, which can lead to accidental injury or death. 41 Driver and Passenger Safety Make sure any unused seat belt that a child can reach is buckled, the lockable retractor is activated, and the belt is fully retracted and locked. If a child wraps a loose 12/07/20 10:35:16 31TK4640_047 Protecting Infants and Small Children Protecting Infants Two types of seats may be used: a seat designed exclusively for infants, or a convertible seat used in the rearfacing, reclining mode. Do not put a rear-facing child seat in a forward-facing position. If placed facing forward, an infant could be very seriously injured during a frontal collision. Child Seat Type An infant must be properly restrained in a rear-facing, reclining child seat until the child reaches the seat maker’s weight or height limit for the seat, and the child is at least one year old. Only a rear-facing child seat provides proper support for a baby’s head, neck, and back. 42 Rear-facing Child Seat Placement A rear-facing child seat can be placed in any seating position in the back seat, but not in the front. Never put a rear-facing child seat in the front seat. If the passenger’s front airbag inflates, it can hit the back of the child seat with enough force to kill or seriously injure an infant. When properly installed, a rearfacing child seat may prevent the driver or a front passenger from moving their seat as far back as recommended, or from locking their seat-back in the desired position. It can also interfere with proper operation of the passenger’s advanced front airbag system. 12/07/20 10:35:23 31TK4640_048 Protecting Infants and Small Children Protecting Small Children and weight are appropriate for a rear-facing seat. Of the different seats available, we recommend those that have a fivepoint harness system as shown. We also recommend that a small child use the child seat until the child reaches the weight or height limit for the seat. Placing a rear-facing child seat in the front seat can result in serious injury or death during a crash. Child Seat Type Always place a rear-facing child seat in the back seat, not the front. Many states, Canadian provinces and territories allow a child one year of age or older who also meets the minimum size and weight requirements to transition from a rear-facing child seat to a forward facing seat. Know the requirements where you are driving and follow the child seat instructions. Many experts recommend use of a rear-facing seat up to age two, if the child’s height CONTINUED 43 Driver and Passenger Safety In any of these situations, we strongly recommend that you install the child seat directly behind the front passenger’s seat, move the seat as far forward as needed, and leave it unoccupied. Or, you may wish to get a smaller rear-facing child seat. 12/07/20 10:35:28 31TK4640_049 Protecting Infants and Small Children Child Seat Placement We strongly recommend placing a forward-facing child seat in a back seat, not the front. Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger’s airbag can be hazardous. If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the child’s head is thrown forward during a collision, an inflating airbag can strike the child with enough force to cause very serious or fatal injuries. 44 Even with advanced front airbags that automatically turn the passenger’s front airbag off (see page 34 ), a back seat is the safest place for a small child. If it is necessary to put a forwardfacing child seat in the front, move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible, and be sure the child seat is firmly secured to the vehicle and the child is properly strapped in the seat. Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat can result in serious injury or death if the front airbag inflates. If you must place a forwardfacing child seat in front, move the vehicle seat as far back as possible, and properly restrain the child. 12/07/20 10:35:34 31TK4640_050 Selecting a Child Seat In seating positions and vehicles not equipped with LATCH, a LATCHcompatible child seat can be installed using the seat belt and a top tether for added security. This is because all child seats are required to be designed so that they can be secured with a lap belt or the lap part of a lap/shoulder belt. In addition, the child seat manufacturer may advise that a seat belt be used to attach a LATCHcompatible seat once a child reaches a specified weight. Please read the child seat owner’s manual for proper installation instructions. Important considerations when selecting a child seat Make sure the child seat meets the following three requirements: The child seat is the correct type and size for the child. The child seat is the correct type for the seating position. The child seat is compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213. 45 Driver and Passenger Safety Most child seats are LATCHcompatible (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren). Some have a rigid-type connector, while others have a flexible-type connector. Both are equally easy to use. Some existing and previously owned child seats can only be installed using the seat belt. Whichever type you choose, follow the child seat manufacturer’s use and care instructions as well as the instructions in this manual. Proper installation is key to maximizing your child’s safety. 12/07/20 10:35:40 31TK4640_051 Installing a Child Seat After selecting a proper child seat and a good place to install the seat, there are three main steps in installing the seat: 1. Properly secure the child seat to the vehicle. All child seats must be secured to the vehicle with the lap part of a lap/shoulder belt or with the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system. A child whose seat is not properly secured to the vehicle can be endangered in a crash. 2. Make sure the child seat is firmly secured. After installing a child seat, push and pull the seat forward and from side-to-side to verify that it is secure. 46 A child seat secured with a seat belt should be installed as firmly as possible. However, it does not need to be ‘‘rock solid.’’ Some side-to-side movement can be expected and should not reduce the child seat’s effectiveness. If the child seat is not secure, try installing it in a different seating position, or use a different style of child seat that can be firmly secured. 3. Secure the child in the child seat. Make sure the child is properly strapped in the child seat according to the child seat maker’s instructions. A child who is not properly secured in a child seat can be seriously injured in a crash. The following pages provide guidelines on how to properly install a child seat. A forward-facing child seat is used in all examples, but the instructions are the same for rearfacing child seats. 12/07/20 10:35:49 31TK4640_052 Installing a Child Seat The lower anchors are located between the seat-back and seat bottom, and are to be used only with a child seat designed for use with LATCH. The location of each lower anchor is indicated by a small button above the anchor point. COVERS BUTTON LOWER ANCHORS To install a LATCH-compatible child seat: 1. Move the seat belt buckle or tongue away from the lower anchors. Driver and Passenger Safety Installing a Child Seat with LATCH Your vehicle is equipped with LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) at the outer rear seats. STRAPS Outer seating position 2. Use the pull strap to lower the anchor cover on the lower seat cushion that covers the LATCH anchor holes in the seat. 3. Make sure there are no objects near the anchors that could prevent a secure connection between the child seat and the anchors. CONTINUED 47 12/07/20 10:35:56 31TK4640_053 Installing a Child Seat HEAD RESTRAINT BUTTON Outer seating position 4. Push the button located next to each rear head restraint to pivot the head restraint down. Rigid type 5. Place the child seat on the vehicle seat, then attach the seat to the lower anchors according to the child seat maker’s instructions. Some LATCH-compatible seats have a rigid-type connector as shown above. 48 Flexible type Other LATCH-compatible seats have a flexible-type connector as shown above. 6. Whatever type you have, follow the child seat maker’s instructions for adjusting or tightening the fit. 12/07/20 10:36:04 31TK4640_054 Installing a Child Seat TETHER STRAP HOOK COVER 7. Route the tether strap over the head restraint, then attach the tether strap hook to the anchor, making sure the strap is not twisted. 8. Tighten the tether strap as instructed by the child seat maker. In addition, the lap/shoulder belts in all seating positions except the driver’s have a lockable retractor that must be activated to secure a child seat. 1. With the child seat in the desired seating position, route the belt through the child seat according to the seat maker’s instructions, then insert the latch plate into the buckle and remove any slack from the lap portion of the belt. 9. Push and pull the child seat forward and from side-to-side to verify that it is secure. CONTINUED 49 Driver and Passenger Safety ANCHOR Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/ Shoulder Belt When not using the LATCH system, all child seats must be secured to the vehicle with the lap part of a lap/ shoulder belt. 12/07/20 10:36:11 31TK4640_055 Installing a Child Seat 2. To activate the lockable retractor, slowly pull the shoulder part of the belt all the way out until it stops, then let the belt feed back into the retractor. 3. After the belt has retracted, tug on it. If the belt is locked, you will not be able to pull it out. If you can pull the belt out, it is not locked, and you will need to repeat these steps. 50 4. After confirming that the belt is locked, grab the shoulder part of the belt near the buckle, and pull up to remove any slack from the lap part of the belt. Remember, if the lap part of the belt is not tight, the child seat will not be secure. To remove slack, it may help to put weight on the child seat, or push on the back of the seat while pulling up on the belt. 5. Push and pull the child seat forward and from side-to-side to verify that it is secure enough to stay upright during normal driving maneuvers. If the child seat is not secure, unlatch the belt, allow it to retract fully, then repeat these steps. 12/07/20 10:36:19 31TK4640_056 Installing a Child Seat Installing a Child Seat with a Tether Using an Outer Anchor TETHER STRAP HOOK COVER TETHER ANCHORAGE POINTS Driver and Passenger Safety To deactivate the lockable retractor and remove a child seat, unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let the belt fully retract. ANCHOR ANCHOR COVER A child seat with a tether can be installed in any seating position in the back seat, using one of the anchorage points shown above. 1. After properly securing the child seat with the lap/shoulder belt (see page 49 ), pivot the head restraint down (see page 163 ) and route the tether strap over the head restraint. Since a tether can provide additional security to the lap/shoulder belt installation, we recommend using a tether whenever one is required or available. CONTINUED 51 12/07/20 10:36:26 31TK4640_057 Installing a Child Seat 2. Lift the anchor cover, then attach the tether strap hook to the anchor, making sure the strap is not twisted. Using the Center Anchor TETHER STRAP HOOK COVER 3. Tighten the strap according to the seat maker’s instructions. ANCHOR 1. After properly securing the child seat (see page 49 ), adjust the head restraint to its lowest position, then route the tether strap over the head restraint. 2. Follow steps 2 and 3 in the previous column. 52 12/07/20 10:36:33 31TK4640_058 Protecting Larger Children When a child reaches the recommended weight or height limit for a forward-facing child seat, the child should sit in a back seat on a booster seat and wear the lap/ shoulder belt. Allowing a child age 12 or under to sit in front can result in injury or death if the passenger’s front airbag inflates. The following pages give instructions on how to check proper seat belt fit, what kind of booster seat to use if one is needed, and important precautions for a child who must sit in front. If a child must ride in front, move the vehicle seat as far back as possible, use a booster seat if needed, have the child sit up properly and wear the seat belt properly. Checking Seat Belt Fit Driver and Passenger Safety To determine if a lap/shoulder belt properly fits a child, have the child put on the seat belt, then ask yourself: 1. Does the child sit all the way back against the seat? 2. Do the child’s knees bend comfortably over the edge of the seat? CONTINUED 53 12/07/20 10:36:40 31TK4640_059 Protecting Larger Children 3. Does the shoulder belt cross between the child’s neck and arm? Using a Booster Seat 4. Is the lap part of the belt as low as possible, touching the child’s thighs? 5. Will the child be able to stay seated like this for the whole trip? If you answer yes to all these questions, the child is ready to wear the lap/shoulder belt correctly. If you answer no to any question, the child needs to ride on a booster seat. 54 Some states, Canadian provinces and territories also require children to use a booster seat until they reach a given age or weight (e.g., 6 years or 60 lbs). Be sure to check current laws in the states, provinces or territories where you intend to drive. Booster seats can be high-back or low-back. Whichever style you select, make sure the booster seat meets federal safety standards (see page 45 ) and that you follow the booster seat maker’s instructions. A child who has outgrown a forwardfacing child seat should ride in a back seat and use a booster seat until the lap/shoulder belt fits them properly without the booster. If a child who uses a booster seat must ride in front, move the vehicle seat as far back as possible and be sure the child is wearing the seat belt properly. 12/07/20 10:36:48 31TK4640_060 Protecting Larger Children When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that all children age 12 and under be properly restrained in the back seat. If the passenger’s front airbag inflates in a moderate to severe frontal collision, the airbag can cause serious injuries to a child who is unrestrained, improperly restrained, sitting too close to the airbag, or out of position. Of course, children vary widely. And while age may be one indicator of when a child can safely ride in front, there are other important factors you should consider. Physical Size Physically, a child must be large enough for the lap/shoulder belt to properly fit (see pages 16 and 53 ). If the seat belt does not fit properly, with or without the child sitting on a booster seat, the child should not sit in front. Maturity A side airbag also poses risks. If any part of a larger child’s body is in the path of a deploying side airbag, the child could receive possibly serious injuries. To safely ride in front, a child must be able to follow the rules, including sitting properly, and wearing the seat belt properly throughout the ride. CONTINUED 55 Driver and Passenger Safety A child may continue using a booster seat until the tops of their ears are even with the top of the vehicle’s or booster’s seat-back. A child of this height should be tall enough to use the lap/shoulder belt without a booster seat. 12/07/20 10:36:55 31TK4640_061 Protecting Larger Children If you decide that a child can safely ride up front, be sure to: Carefully read the owner’s manual, and make sure you understand all seat belt instructions and all safety information. Move the vehicle seat to the rearmost position. Additional Safety Precautions Do not let a child wear a seat belt across the neck. This could result in serious neck injuries during a crash. Do not let a child put the shoulder part of a seat belt behind the back or under the arm. This could Have the child sit up straight, back against the seat, and feet on or near the floor. cause very serious injuries during a crash. It also increases the chance that the child will slide under the belt in a crash and be injured. Check that the child’s seat belt is properly and securely positioned. Two children should never use the same seat belt. If they do, they Supervise the child. Even mature children sometimes need to be reminded to fasten the seat belts or sit properly. 56 could be very seriously injured in a crash. Do not put any accessories on a seat belt. Devices intended to improve a child’s comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can make the belt less effective and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash. 12/07/20 10:37:02 31TK4640_062 Carbon Monoxide Hazard Have the exhaust system inspected for leaks whenever: Carbon monoxide gas is toxic. Breathing it can cause unconsciousness and even kill you. Avoid any enclosed areas or activities that expose you to carbon monoxide. The vehicle is raised for an oil change. You notice a change in the sound of the exhaust. The vehicle was in a collision that may have damaged the underside. High levels of carbon monoxide can collect rapidly in enclosed areas, such as a garage. Do not run the engine with the garage door closed. Even with the door open, run the engine only long enough to move the vehicle out of the garage. With the trunk lid open, airflow can pull exhaust gas into your vehicle’s interior and create a hazardous condition. If you must drive with the trunk open, open all the windows, and set the climate control system as shown below. If you must sit in your parked vehicle with the engine running, even in an unconfined area, adjust the climate control system as follows: 1. Select the fresh air mode. mode. 2. Select the 3. Set the fan speed to high. 4. Set the temperature control to a comfortable setting. 57 Driver and Passenger Safety Your vehicle’s exhaust contains carbon monoxide gas. Carbon monoxide should not enter the vehicle in normal driving if you maintain your vehicle properly and follow the information on this page. 12/07/20 10:37:10 31TK4640_063 Safety Labels These labels are in the locations shown. They warn you of potential hazards that could cause serious injury or death. Read these labels carefully. If a label comes off or becomes hard to read (except for the U.S. dashboard label which may be removed by the owner), contact your dealer for a replacement. 58 RADIATOR CAP DASHBOARD U.S. models only 12/07/20 10:37:24 31TK4640_064 Safety Labels SUN VISOR U.S. models Driver and Passenger Safety DOORJAMB U.S. models Canadian models Canadian models 59 12/07/20 10:37:25 31TK4640_065 60 13/08/08 16:42:49 31TK4650_066 Instruments and Controls This section gives information about the controls and displays that contribute to the daily operation of your vehicle. All the essential controls are within easy reach. Remote Transmitter ...................... 157 Seats ................................................ 161 Trunk Pass-through Cover ....... 166 Mirrors ............................................ 167 Driving Position Memory System......................................... 170 Keyless Access System................. 173 Keyless Access Remote ............ 179 Engine Start/Stop Button ......... 183 Seat Heaters ................................... 202 Seat Heaters and Ventilations ...... 204 Power Windows ............................. 206 Moonroof ........................................ 210 Parking Brake ................................ 212 Interior Convenience Items .......... 213 Beverage Holders ...................... 214 Accessory Power Sockets......... 215 Glove Box ................................... 216 Console Compartment .............. 216 Vanity Mirror ............................. 217 Sun Visor .................................... 217 Center Pocket ............................ 218 Sunglasses Holder ..................... 218 Coat Hook ................................... 219 Interior Lights ................................ 220 61 Instruments and Controls Control Locations ............................ 62 Instrument Panel ............................. 63 Instrument Panel Indicators ........... 64 Gauges .............................................. 76 Fuel Gauge ................................... 76 Temperature Gauge .................... 77 Multi-Information Display .............. 78 Controls Near the Steering Wheel .......................................... 136 Windshield Wipers and Washers ...................................... 137 Turn Signals and Headlights ........ 139 Automatic Lighting Off Feature .................................... 141 Daytime Running Lights .......... 142 Fog Lights ...................................... 143 Instrument Panel Brightness ....... 143 Hazard Warning Button ................ 145 Rear Window Defogger ................ 145 Steering Wheel Adjustments ....... 146 Keys and Locks.............................. 147 Immobilizer System....................... 149 Ignition Switch ............................... 150 Door Locks ..................................... 151 Childproof Door Locks ............. 153 Trunk............................................... 154 Emergency Trunk Opener ....... 156 13/08/08 16:42:58 31TK4650_067 Control Locations BLIND SPOT INFORMATION SYSTEM (BSI) ALERT INDICATOR* (P. 522) HOMELINK BUTTONS (P. 404) MOONROOF SWITCH (P. 210) INSTRUMENT PANEL INDICATORS(P. 63) GAUGES (P. 76) MULTI-INFORMATION DISPLAY (P. 78) MIRROR CONTROLS (P. 168) HAZARD WARNING BUTTON (P. 145) DRIVING POSITION MEMORY SYSTEM BUTTONS (P. 170) BSI ALERT INDICATOR* (P. 522) POWER DOOR LOCK MASTER SWITCH (P. 151) AUDIO (P. 235) CLOCK (P. 391) COMPASS* (P. 397) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P. 206) CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P. 226) TRUNK RELEASE BUTTON (P. 154) AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (P. 494) MANUAL TRANSMISSION (P. 491) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE BUTTON (P. 470) HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P. 472) SEAT HEATER SWITCHES (P. 202) SEAT HEATER/VENTILATION BUTTONS* USB ADAPTER CABLE (P. 204) (P. 266, 275, 356, 367) A/T model with navigation system is shown. * : If equipped 62 ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET (P. 215) ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET (P. 215) AUXILIARY INPUT JACK (P. 389) 12/07/20 10:37:48 31TK4640_068 Instrument Panel SEAT BELT REMINDER INDICATOR (P. 64) CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR (P. 65, 596) MULTI-INFORMATION DISPLAY (P. 78) SYSTEM MESSAGE INDICATOR (P. 72) SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR (P. 72) MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (P. 64, 597) DOOR/TRUNK OPEN INDICATOR (P. 71) ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS) INDICATOR (P. 66) SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM INDICATOR (P. 67) HIGH BEAM INDICATOR (P. 71) ELECTRIC POWER STEERING (EPS) INDICATOR (P. 70) KEYLESS ACCESS SYSTEM INDICATOR* (P. 74) IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM INDICATOR (P. 65) VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST (VSA) OFF INDICATOR (P. 68) PARKING BRAKE AND BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR (P. 65, 598) SH-AWD INDICATOR* (P. 73) LOW FUEL INDICATOR (P. 73) VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST (VSA) SYSTEM INDICATOR (P. 68) FOG LIGHT INDICATOR (P. 71) *: If equipped A/T model is shown. LIGHTS ON INDICATOR (P. 71) BLIND SPOT INFORMATION SYSTEM (BSI) INDICATOR* (P. 75) SIDE AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR (P. 67) CRUISE CONTROL INDICATOR (P. 72) CRUISE MAIN INDICATOR (P. 72) LOW TIRE PRESSURE/TPMS INDICATOR (P. 69) The U.S. instrument panel is shown. Differences for the Canadian models are noted in the text. 63 Instruments and Controls LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR (P. 64, 595) 12/07/20 10:37:57 31TK4640_069 Instrument Panel Indicators The instrument panel has many indicators to give you important information about your vehicle. Seat Belt Reminder Indicator This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch* to the ON (II) position. It reminds you and your passengers to fasten your seat belts. A beeper also sounds if you have not fastened your seat belt. You will also see a ‘‘FASTEN SEAT BELT’’ message on the multiinformation display. If you turn the ignition switch* to the ON (II) position before fastening your seat belt, the beeper sounds and the indicator flashes. If you do not fasten your seat belt before the beeper stops, the indicator stops flashing but remains on. 64 If your front passenger does not fasten their seat belt, the indicator comes on about 6 seconds after the ignition switch* is turned to the ON (II) position. If either of you do not fasten your seat belt while driving, the beeper will sound and the indicator will flash again at regular intervals, and you will see a ‘‘FASTEN SEAT BELT’’ or ‘‘FASTEN PASSENGER SEAT BELT’’ message on the multiinformation display. For more information, see page 20 . * : Models equipped with the keyless access system have an engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. ON Mode is the equivalent of ON (II). For more information, see pages 184 and 187 . Malfunction Indicator Lamp You will also see a ‘‘CHECK EMISSION SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display. For more information, see page 597 . Low Oil Pressure Indicator The engine can be severely damaged if this indicator flashes or stays on when the engine is running, and you will see a ‘‘CHECK ENGINE OIL LEVEL’’ message on the multiinformation display. For more information, see page 595 . 12/08/08 20:02:27 31TK4640_070 Instrument Panel Indicators Immobilizer System Indicator This indicator comes on briefly when you turn the ignition switch* to the ON (II) position. It will then go off if you have inserted a properly coded ignition key, on models with keyless access system, if an appropriate keyless access remote is used. If it is not a properly coded key or keyless access remote, the indicator will blink, and the engine’s fuel system will be disabled (see page 149 ). * : Models equipped with the keyless access system have an engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. ON Mode is the equivalent of ON (II). For more information, see pages 184 and 187 . Parking Brake and Brake System Indicator This indicator has two functions: U.S. Canada 1. It comes on when you turn the ignition switch* to the ON (II) position. It is a reminder to check the parking brake. Driving with the parking brake not fully released can damage the brakes and tires. If you drive without releasing the parking brake, a beeper will sound, and you will also see a ‘‘RELEASE PARKING BRAKE’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 212 ). CONTINUED 65 Instruments and Controls Charging System Indicator If this indicator comes on when the engine is running, the battery is not being charged, and you will also see a ‘‘CHECK CHARGING SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display. For more information, see page 596 . 12/07/20 10:38:13 31TK4640_071 Instrument Panel Indicators 2. If it stays on after you have fully released the parking brake while the engine is running, or if it comes on while driving, it can indicate a problem in the brake system. You will also see a ‘‘LOW BRAKE FLUID’’ or ‘‘CHECK BRAKE SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display. For more information, see page 598 . 66 Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch* to the ON (II) position. If this indicator comes on at any other time, there is a problem in the ABS. If this happens, take the vehicle to your dealer to have it checked. With this indicator on, your vehicle still has normal braking ability but no anti-lock function. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK ABS SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display. For more information, see page 508 . * : Models equipped with the keyless access system have an engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. ON Mode is the equivalent of ON (II), and START Mode is the equivalent of START (III). For more information, see pages 184 and 187 . 12/07/20 10:38:21 31TK4640_072 Instrument Panel Indicators U.S. Canada Side Airbag Off Indicator This indicator comes on briefly when you turn the ignition switch* to the ON (II) position. If it comes on at any other time, it indicates that the passenger’s side airbag has automatically shut off. For more information, see page 33 . * : Models equipped with the keyless access system have an engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. ON Mode is the equivalent of ON (II). For more information, see pages 184 and 187 . You will also see a ‘‘PASSENGER SIDE AIRBAG OFF’’ message on the multi-information display. 67 Instruments and Controls Supplemental Restraint System Indicator This indicator comes on briefly when you turn the ignition switch* to the ON (II) position. If it comes on at any other time, it indicates a potential problem with your front airbags. This indicator will also alert you to a potential problem with your airbag system components. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK AIRBAG SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display. For more information, see page 32 . 12/07/20 10:38:30 31TK4640_073 Instrument Panel Indicators Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch* to the ON (II) position. This indicator has two functions: 1. It flashes when VSA is active (see page 510 ). 2. If it comes on and stays on at any other time, there is a problem with the VSA or Hill Start Assist (on SH-AWD models only) system. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK VSA SYSTEM’’ or ‘‘CHECK HILL START ASSIST SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display. Take your vehicle to a dealer to have it checked. Without VSA, your vehicle still has normal driving ability, but will not have VSA traction and stability enhancement. For more 68 information, see page 510 . If the VSA indicator illuminates, hill start assist will not be working. Without hill start assist, the vehicle will roll downhill immediately when you release the brake on an incline. * : Models equipped with the keyless access system have an engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. ON Mode is the equivalent of ON (II), and START Mode is the equivalent of START (III). For more information, see pages 184 and 187 . VSA OFF Indicator This indicator comes on as a reminder that you have turned off the vehicle stability assist (VSA) system. This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch* to the ON (II) position. For more information, see page 510 . 12/07/20 10:38:38 31TK4640_074 Instrument Panel Indicators * : Models equipped with the keyless access system have an engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. ON Mode is the equivalent of ON (II). For more information, see pages 184 and 187 . This indicator has two functions: 1. If it comes on while driving, it indicates that one or more of your vehicle’s tires are significantly low on pressure. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK TIRE PRESSURE’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 516 ). Check the tire pressure monitor on the multi-information display and determine the cause (see page 515 ). If this happens, pull to the side of the road when it is safe, check which tire has lost pressure on the multiinformation display, and determine the cause. If it is because of a flat tire, replace the flat tire with the compact spare (see page 583 ), and have the flat tire repaired as soon as possible. If two or more tires are underinflated, call a professional towing service. For more information, see page 607 . 2. If this indicator begins to flash, there is a problem with the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). You will also see a ‘‘CHECK TPMS SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display. The indicator continues to flash for a while (approximately 1 minute), then stays on. If this happens, have your dealer check the system as soon as possible. For more information, see page 514 . 69 Instruments and Controls Low Tire Pressure/ TPMS Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch* to the ON (II) position. 12/07/20 10:38:46 31TK4640_075 Instrument Panel Indicators Turn Signal and Hazard Warning Indicators The left or right turn signal indicator blinks when you signal a lane change or turn. If an indicator does not blink or blinks rapidly, it usually means one of the turn signal bulbs is burned out (see pages 558 and 562 ). Replace the bulb as soon as possible, since other drivers cannot see that you are signaling. When you press the hazard warning button, both turn signal indicators and all turn signals on the outside of the vehicle flash. Electric Power Steering (EPS) Indicator This indicator normally comes on when you turn the ignition switch* to the ON (II) position and goes off after the engine starts. If it comes on at any other time, there is a problem in the electric power steering system. * : Models equipped with the keyless access system have an engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. ON Mode is the equivalent of ON (II). For more information, see pages 184 and 187 . If this happens, stop the vehicle in a safe place and turn off the engine. Reset the system by restarting the engine. The indicator will stay on, but should go off after driving a short distance. If it does not go off, or comes back on again while driving, take the vehicle to your dealer to have it checked. With the indicator on, the EPS may be turned off, making the vehicle harder to steer. If you turn the steering wheel to the full left or right position repeatedly while stopping or driving at very low speed, you may feel slightly harder steering in order to prevent damage to the steering system caused by overheating. This may also happen if you hold the steering wheel on the full left or right position for a while. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK POWER STEERING SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display. 70 12/07/20 10:38:56 31TK4640_076 Instrument Panel Indicators Lights On Indicator This indicator comes on with the high beam headlights. For more information, see page 140 . This indicator also comes on with reduced brightness when the daytime running lights (DRL) are on (see page 142 ). Door/Trunk Open Indicator This indicator comes on red if any door or the trunk lid is not closed tightly. You will also see a corresponding indicator(s) on the multi-information display to indicate which door and/ or the trunk is not closed tightly (see page 12 ). Fog Light Indicator This indicator comes on when you turn on the fog lights. For more information, see page 143 . * : Models equipped with the keyless access system have an engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. VEHICLE OFF (LOCK) Mode is the equivalent of LOCK (0) and ACCESSORY Mode is the equivalent of ACCESSORY (I). For more information, see pages 184 and 187 . 71 Instruments and Controls This indicator reminds you that the exterior lights are on. It comes on when the light switch is in either the or position. This indicator will also come on when the light switch is in AUTO and the lights turn on automatically. If you turn the ignition switch* to the ACCESSORY (I) or the LOCK (0) position, without turning off the light switch, this indicator will remain on. Reminder beeps will also sound when you open the driver’s door. High Beam Indicator 12/07/20 10:39:04 31TK4640_077 Instrument Panel Indicators Cruise Main Indicator This indicator comes on when you turn on the cruise control system by pressing the CRUISE button on the steering wheel (see page 401 ). Cruise Control Indicator This indicator comes on when you set the cruise control. See page 401 for information on operating the cruise control. System Message Indicator This indicator comes on when there is a system message on the multiinformation display. Press the INFO button on the steering wheel (see page 79 ) to see the message (see page 90 ). Most of the time, this indicator comes on along with other indicators in the instrument panel such as the seat belt reminder indicator, SRS indicator, VSA system indicator, etc. Security System Indicator SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR This indicator comes on when the security system is set. For more information, see page 395 . 72 12/07/20 10:39:12 31TK4640_078 Instrument Panel Indicators Low Fuel Indicator When the indicator comes on, there are about 2.5 U.S. gal (9.6 ) on SH-AWD models, and 2.8 U.S. gal (10.5 ) on 2WD models of fuel remaining in the tank. LOW FUEL INDICATOR U.S. model is shown. This indicator is in the fuel gauge. It comes on as a reminder that you must refuel soon. You will also see a ‘‘LOW FUEL’’ message on the multiinformation display. On SH-AWD models This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch* to the ON (II) position. If this indicator comes on at any other time, there is a problem in the SH-AWD system. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK SH-AWD SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 505 ). Take your vehicle to a dealer to have it checked. For more information, see page 504 . * : Models equipped with the keyless access system have an engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. ON Mode is the equivalent of ON (II). For more information, see pages 184 and 187 . CONTINUED 73 Instruments and Controls When the needle reaches E, there is a very small amount of fuel in the tank. Super Handling-All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) Indicator 12/07/20 10:39:20 31TK4640_079 Instrument Panel Indicators If the indicator blinks while driving, the differential temperature is too high. You will also see an ‘‘SH-AWD DIFF TEMP. HIGH’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 505 ). Pull to the side of the road when it is safe, shift to Park, and let the engine idle until the indicator goes out. Continuing to drive with the SH-AWD indicator blinking may cause serious damage to the system. 74 Keyless Access System Indicator On models with keyless access system This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you select the ON mode with the engine start/stop button (see page 195 ). If it comes on at any other time, it indicates that there is a problem with the system. This indicator has two functions: 1. If this indicator comes on along with a ‘‘CHECK KEYLESS ACCESS SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display, there is a problem with the keyless access system. Have the vehicle checked by your dealer as soon as possible. For more information, see page 196 . 2. If this indicator comes on along with a ‘‘CHECK KEYLESS STARTING SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display, there is a problem with the keyless starting system. In this case, your vehicle may not restart. If you can continue to drive safely, take the vehicle to your dealer and have it checked as soon as possible. For more information, see page 196 . 12/07/20 10:39:25 31TK4640_080 Instrument Panel Indicators Blind Spot Information System (BSI) Indicator On models with blind spot information system (BSI) This indicator comes on as a reminder that you have turned off the blind spot information system (BSI). Instruments and Controls This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you select the ON mode by operating the engine start/stop button (see page 185 ). If the indicator comes on at any other time, there is a problem with BSI. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK BLIND SPOT SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display. If this happens, take your vehicle to a dealer, and have it checked. For more information, see page 519 . When this indicator is on, BSI is not working. When you turn the system on, the indicator will turn off. The BSI indicator also comes on if the rear bumper becomes dirty while driving. You will see a ‘‘BLIND SPOT NOT AVAILABLE’’ message on the multi-information display. When you clean the rear bumper, the indicator should go off after you begin driving again. 75 12/07/20 10:39:30 31TK4640_081 Gauges MULTI-INFORMATION DISPLAY TACHOMETER TEMPERATURE GAUGE SPEEDOMETER Fuel Gauge This shows how much fuel you have. It may show slightly more or less than the actual amount. The needle returns to the bottom after you turn off the ignition/power mode. FUEL GAUGE Avoid driving with an extremely low f uel level. Running out of f uel could cause the engine to misf ire, damaging the catalytic converter. U.S. model with automatic transmission is shown. 76 12/07/20 10:39:34 31TK4640_082 Gauges Instruments and Controls Temperature Gauge This shows the temperature of the engine’s coolant. During normal operation, the pointer should rise from the bottom mark to about the middle of the gauge. In severe driving conditions, such as very hot weather or a long period of uphill driving, the pointer may rise to the upper zone. If it reaches the red (hot) mark, pull safely to the side of the road. Turn to page 593 for instructions and precautions on checking the engine cooling system. If the pointer of the temperature gauge reaches to or above the red mark, you will also see the ‘‘WATER TEMP HOT’’ message on the multiinformation display. This will alert you that the engine should be cooled down. 77 12/07/20 10:39:41 31TK4640_083 Multi-Information Display The multi-information display in the instrument panel displays various information and messages when the ignition switch* is in the ON (II) position. Some of the messages help you operate your vehicle more comfortably. Others help to keep you aware of the periodic maintenance your vehicle needs for continued trouble-free driving. You can select the displayed language and also customize some vehicle control settings to your liking with the multi-information display and the three buttons on the steering wheel (see page 79 ). you use, and the driver’s seat and the outside mirrors move to the position stored in that remote transmitter/ keyless access remote (see page 170 ). Normal Display Messages The driver’s ID (1 or 2) is displayed when the power mode is set to ON. On models with keyless access system Remote transmitter/keyless access remote 1 is used. * : Models equipped with the keyless access system have an engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. ON Mode is the equivalent of ON (II). For more information, see pages 184 and 187 . There are three types of messages: normal display messages, engine oil life and maintenance messages, and system messages. 78 Remote transmitter/keyless access remote 2 is used. When you unlock and open the driver’s door, the display shows ‘‘DRIVER 1’’ or ‘‘DRIVER 2’’ depending on which remote transmitter/keyless access remote 12/07/20 10:39:49 31TK4640_084 Multi-Information Display On models with keyless access system These messages go off after several seconds. INFO BUTTONS (▲/▼) A/T model is shown. If you do not fasten your seat belt, you will also see a ‘‘FASTEN SEAT BELT’’ message on the multiinformation display when you turn the ignition switch* to the ON (II) position. With the ignition switch* in the ON (II) position, the multi-information display changes as shown on page 81 each time you press the INFO (▲/▼) button or the SEL/RESET button. These messages go off several seconds after the key is inserted into the ignition switch. When you turn the ignition switch* to the ON (II) position, your last selection is displayed. CONTINUED 79 Instruments and Controls * : Models equipped with the keyless access system have an engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. ON Mode is the equivalent of ON (II). For more information, see pages 184 and 187 . SEL/RESET BUTTON 12/07/20 10:39:55 31TK4640_085 Multi-Information Display * : Models equipped with the keyless access system have an engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. ON Mode is the equivalent of ON (II). For more information, see pages 184 and 187 . In the multi-information display, the system message is also displayed (see page 89 ) and you can customize your vehicle control settings (see page 94 ). UPPER SEGMENT In the normal display mode, the upper segment displays trip computer information, such as fuel economy or average speed. The lower segment displays the odometer/trip meter (A/B), outside temperature, and engine oil life and maintenance item code(s). On models with keyless access system You will see some keyless access system messages until you select the ON mode by operating the engine start/stop button. These messages can be customized (see page 110 ). U.S. model is shown. LOWER SEGMENT The multi-information display consists of an upper segment and a lower segment. 80 12/08/03 2