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Summary of Content
08/07/29 17:23:17 31TK4600 0002  Main Menu Introduction Congratulations! Your selection of a 2009 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 minder 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 2009 TL 08/07/29 17:23:21 31TK4600 0003  Main Menu 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. Event Data Recorders This vehicle is equipped with one or more devices commonly referred to as event data recorders. These devices record front seat belt use, front passenger seat occupancy, airbag deployment data, and the failure of any airbag system component. This 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. 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. ii 2009 TL 08/07/29 17:23:32 31TK4600 0004  Main Menu 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. iii 2009 TL ! " # & ' $ ( % ) * + ,-% . & ' ) /0* & ' ) * *%% 1 )+ # 2 34 *0- # ,-+ # 8 526 6 526 6 7 + 7 , ,%% 3 ' - 08/07/29 17:24:00 31TK4600 0007  Main Menu 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, and how to use the controls on the dashboard and steering column. 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 minder 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. Features How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features. 2 2009 TL 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. 08/07/29 17:24:09 31TK4600 0008  Main Menu Your Vehicle at a Glance HOMELINK BUTTONS (P. 389) MOONROOF SWITCH (P. 199) DRIVER’S FRONT AIRBAG (P. 9, 26) PASSENGER’S FRONT AIRBAG (P. 9, 26) MIRROR CONTROLS (P. 162) DRIVING POSITION MEMORY SYSTEM BUTTONS (P. 164) HAZARD WARNING BUTTON (P. 139) POWER DOOR LOCK MASTER SWITCH (P. 146) AUDIO (P. 223) CLOCK (P. 377) COMPASS* (P. 382) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P. 195) CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P. 214) TRUNK RELEASE BUTTON (P. 148) ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET (P. 204) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE BUTTON (P. 487) HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P. 489) USB ADAPTER CABLE (P. 256, 266, 347, 358) Your Vehicle at a Glance INSTRUMENT PANEL INDICATORS (P. 63) GAUGES (P. 75) MULTI-INFORMATION DISPLAY (P. 77) AUXILIARY INPUT JACK (P. 375) ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET (P. 204) AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (P. 507) * : If equipped 3 2009 TL 08/07/29 17:24:19 31TK4600 0009  Main Menu Your Vehicle at a Glance WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS (P. 131) NAVIGATION DISPLAY*3 HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS/ PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR (P. 34) FOG LIGHTS (P. 133, 137) HAZARD WARNING BUTTON (P. 139) PADDLE SHIFTERS CENTER DISPLAY (P. 215, 278) (P. 512) REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER/ HEATED MIRROR BUTTON (P. 139/163) ENGINE START/ INSTRUMENT PANEL STOP BUTTON*2 BRIGHTNESS (P. 178) (P. 137) KEYLESS ACCESS REMOTE SLOT*2 REMOTE AUDIO (P. 189) CONTROL BUTTONS (P. 374) VOICE CONTROL BUTTONS for VEHICLE STABILITY NAVIGATION SYSTEM*3/ ASSIST (VSA) SYSTEM BLUETOOTH OFF SWITCH HANDSFREELINK (P. 524) SYSTEM (P. 424) (P. 277) INTERFACE DIAL HEADLIGHT WASHERS*2 SELECTOR KNOB (P. 224) (P. 132) HORN*1 CRUISE CONTROL BUTTONS (P. 386) BLUETOOTH SEAT HEATER SWITCHES (P. 193) STEERING WHEEL HANDSFREELINK SYSTEM BUTTONS ADJUSTMENTS (P. 140) IGNITION SWITCH (P. 145) : Models with keyless access system (P. 394) MULTI-INFORMATION DISPLAY BUTTONS (P. 78) * 1 : To use the horn, press the center pad of the steering wheel. * 2 : If equipped * 3 : Refer to the navigation system owner’s manual. 4 2009 TL 08/07/29 17:24:23 31TK4600 0010  Main Menu 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 .... 41 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 2009 TL 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. 08/07/29 17:24:33 31TK4600 0011  Main Menu Table Of Contents 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 (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 6 2009 TL every additional drink. So don’t drink and drive, and don’t let your friends drink and drive, either. 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 568 ). 08/07/29 17:24:40 31TK4600 0012  Main Menu Table Of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features (1) (8) (9) (4) (3) (10) (7) (11) (5) (2) (7) (6) (2) 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. (8) (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 CONTINUED 7 2009 TL Driver and Passenger Safety Your vehicle is equipped with many features that work together to protect you and your passengers during a crash. (9) 08/07/29 17:24:49 31TK4600 0013  Main Menu Table Of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features However, you and your passengers can’t take full advantage of these features unless you remain sitting in a proper 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. 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 require you to wear seat belts. 8 2009 TL 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, side and rear impacts, and rollovers. 08/07/29 17:24:58 31TK4600 0014  Main Menu Table Of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Help keep you from being thrown against the inside of the vehicle and against other occupants. Airbags Driver and Passenger Safety 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. 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). CONTINUED 9 2009 TL 08/07/29 17:25:05 31TK4600 0015  Main Menu Table Of Contents 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 impacts, or minor frontal or side collisions. Airbags can pose serious hazards. 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). To do their job, airbags must inflate with tremendous force. So while airbags help save lives, they can cause minor injuries or more serious or even fatal injuries if occupants are not properly restrained or sitting properly. 10 2009 TL 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. 08/12/23 17:11:36 31TK4600 0016  Main Menu Table Of Contents 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 and trunk 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 146 for how to lock the doors, and page 12 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 178 and 180 . 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 2009 TL 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. 08/07/29 17:25:21 31TK4600 0017  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens The above illustration shows that all doors and the trunk are open. When the trunk is not tightly closed, the ‘‘TRUNK OPEN’’ indicator will come on. 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 2009 TL 08/07/29 17:25:30 31TK4600 0018  Main Menu Table Of Contents 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 120 . 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 140 ). 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 2009 TL 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. 08/07/29 17:25:36 31TK4600 0019  Main Menu Table Of Contents 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 155 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 2009 TL 08/07/29 17:25:43 31TK4600 0020  Main Menu Table Of Contents 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 155 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 2009 TL 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. 08/07/29 17:25:50 31TK4600 0021  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Properly adjusted head restraints will help protect occupants from whiplash and other crash injuries. See page 156 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. Also 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 2009 TL 08/07/29 17:25:57 31TK4600 0022  Main Menu Table Of Contents 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 2009 TL 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. 08/07/29 17:26:04 31TK4600 0023  Main Menu Table Of Contents 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 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. 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. 18 2009 TL 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. 08/07/29 17:26:12 31TK4600 0024  Main Menu Table Of Contents 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 Keep your hands and arms away from the airbag covers. If your could be very seriously injured in a crash. hands or arms are close to an airbag cover, they could be injured if the airbags inflate. Do not put any accessories on seat belts. Devices intended to improve Do not attach or place objects on the front airbag covers. Objects on 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. the covers marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’ could interfere with the proper operation of the airbags or be propelled inside the vehicle and hurt someone if the airbags inflate. Do not place hard or sharp objects between yourself and a front airbag. Carrying hard or sharp Do not attach hard objects on or near a door. If a side airbag or a objects on your lap, or driving with a pipe or other sharp object in your mouth, can result in injuries if your airbags inflate. 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. 19 2009 TL 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. 08/12/23 17:11:47 31TK4600 0025  Main Menu Table Of Contents 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. This system uses the same sensors as the front airbags to monitor whether the front seat belts are latched or unlatched, and how much weight is on the front passenger’s seat (see pages 28 and 29 ). 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 (see page 78 ). 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 2009 TL When no one is sitting in the front passenger’s seat, or a child or small adult is riding there, the indicator should not come on and the beeper should 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 178 and 180 . 08/07/29 17:26:31 31TK4600 0026  Main Menu Table Of Contents 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 2009 TL 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: 08/07/29 17:26:37 31TK4600 0027  Main Menu Table Of Contents 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 The tensioners are designed to activate in any collision severe enough to cause the front airbags to deploy. If a side curtain airbag deploys during a side impact, the tensioner on that side of the vehicle will also deploy. 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. 22 2009 TL The tensioners can also 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. When the tensioners are activated, the seat belts will remain tight until they are unbuckled. 08/07/29 17:26:43 31TK4600 0028  Main Menu Table Of Contents 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, it must be replaced by your dealer. 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 2009 TL 08/07/29 17:26:49 31TK4600 0029  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Airbag System Components (8) (9) (2) (7) (12) (5) (11) (15) (14) (1) (8) (1) Driver’s Front Airbag (3) (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 (10) (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 (10) (13) (14) (7) (4) 24 2009 TL (5) (13) (16) 08/12/23 17:11:59 31TK4600 0030  Main Menu Table Of Contents 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 28 ). 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 2009 TL 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 ). 08/12/23 17:12:10 31TK4600 0031  Main Menu Table Of Contents 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 178 and 180 . An indicator on the instrument panel that alerts you that the passenger’s side airbag has been turned off (see page 33 ). How Your Front Airbags Work An indicator on the instrument panel that alerts you to a possible problem with your airbags, sensors, or seat belt tensioners (see page 32 ). 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 2009 TL 08/12/23 17:12:20 31TK4600 0032  Main Menu Table Of Contents 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 a crash, you may see what looks like smoke. This is actually powder from the airbag’s surface. Although the powder 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 2009 TL Driver and Passenger Safety The total time for inflation and deflation is one-tenth of 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. 08/12/23 17:12:33 31TK4600 0033  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Dual-Stage Airbags Dual-Threshold Airbags Advanced Airbags Your front airbags are dual-stage airbags. This means they have two inflation stages that can be ignited sequentially or simultaneously, depending on crash severity. Your front airbags are also dualthreshold airbags. Airbags with this feature have two deployment thresholds that depend on whether sensors detect the occupant is wearing a seat belt or not. 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. If the occupant’s belt is not latched, the airbag will deploy at a slightly lower threshold, because the occupant would need extra protection. For both advanced airbags to work properly: Occupants must sit upright and wear their seat belts properly. In a more severe crash, both stages will ignite simultaneously to provide the quickest and greatest protection. In a less severe crash, one stage will ignite first, then the second stage will ignite a split second later. This provides longer airbag inflation time with a little less force. If the occupant’s belt is latched, the airbag will inflate at a slightly higher threshold, when the airbag would be needed to supplement the protection provided by the seat belt. Do not spill any liquids on or under the seats, cover the sensors, or put any cargo or metal objects under the front seats. Back seat passengers should not wedge objects or intentionally force their feet under the front passenger seat. Failure to follow these instructions could damage the sensors or prevent them from working properly. 28 2009 TL 08/12/23 17:12:43 31TK4600 0034  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Be aware that objects placed on the passenger’s seat can also cause the airbag to be turned off. 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 SENSORS 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. CON