Seat Belts and Child Restraint Systems

Suzuki SX4 / Suzuki SX4 Owners Manual / Before Driving / Seat Belts and Child Restraint Systems


WARNING:
WARNING:
An air bag supplements, or adds to, the frontal crash protection offered by seat belts. The driver and all passengers must be properly restrained by wearing seat belts at all times, whether or not an air bag is mounted at their seating position, to minimize the risk of severe injury or death in the event of a crash.


WARNING:
WARNING:
• Never allow persons to ride in the cargo area of a vehicle. In the event of an accident, there is a much greater risk of injury for persons who are not riding in a seat with their seat belt securely fastened.

• Seat belts should always be adjusted as follows:
– the lap portion of the belt should be worn low across the pelvis, not across the waist.

– the shoulder straps should be worn on the outside shoulder only, and never under the arm.

– the shoulder straps should be away from your face and neck, but not falling off your shoulder.

• Seat belts should never be worn


• Seat belts should never be worn with the straps twisted and should be adjusted as tightly as is comfortable to provide the protection for which they have been designed.

A slack belt will provide less protection than one which is snug.

• Pregnant women should use seat


• Pregnant women should use seat belts, although specific recommendations about driving should be
made by the woman’s medical advisor.

Remember that the lap portion of the belt should be worn as low as possible across the hips, as shown in the diagram.

• Make sure that each seat belt buckle is inserted into the proper buckle catch. It is possible to cross the buckles in the rear seat.

• Do not wear your seat belt over hard or breakable objects in your pockets or on your clothing. If an accident occurs, objects such as glasses, pens, etc. under the seat belt can cause injury.

• Never use the same seat belt on more than one occupant and never attach a seat belt over an infant or child being held on an occupant’s lap. Such seat belt use could cause serious injury in the event of an accident.

• Periodically inspect seat belt assemblies for excessive wear and damage. Seat belts should be replaced if webbing becomes frayed, contaminated, or damaged in any way. It is essential to replace the entire seat belt assembly after it has been worn in a severe impact, even if damage to the assembly is not obvious.

• Children age 12 and under should ride properly restrained in the rear seat, if equipped.

• Infants and small children should never be transported unless they are properly restrained. Restraint systems for infants and small children can be purchased commercially and should be used. Make sure that the system you purchase meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Read and follow all the directions provided by the manufacturer.

• Avoid contamination of seat belt webbing by polishes, oils, chemicals and particularly battery acid.

Cleaning may safely be carried out using mild soap and water.

• For children, if the shoulder belt irritates the neck or face, move the child closer to the center of the vehicle.

• All seatbacks should always be in an upright position when driving, or seat belt effectiveness may be reduced. Seat belts are designed to offer maximum protection when seatbacks are in the upright position.

Lap-Shoulder Belt

Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR)

The seat belt has an emergency locking retractor (ELR), which is designed to lock the seat belt only during a sudden stop or impact. It also may lock if you pull the belt across your body very quickly. If this happens, let the belt go back to unlock it, then pull the belt across your body more slowly.

Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR)

The front passenger’s seat belt and the rear seat belts have emergency locking retractors (ELRs) that can be temporarily converted to function as automatic locking retractors (ALRs). The ALR mode should be used if you need to secure a child restraint system in the seat. Refer to the “Child Restraint Systems” section for details.

Safety reminder


To reduce the risk of sliding under the belt


To reduce the risk of sliding under the belt during a collision, position the lap portion of the belt across your lap as low on your hips as possible and adjust it to a snug fit by pulling the shoulder portion of the belt upward through the latch plate. The length of the diagonal shoulder strap adjusts itself to allow freedom of movement.

All Seat Belts
All Seat Belts

To fasten the seat belt, sit up straight and well back in the seat, pull the latch plate attached to the seat belt across your body and press it into the buckle until you hear a “click”.

NOTE:


NOTE:
The word “CENTER” is molded into the buckle for the rear center belt. The buckles are designed so a latch plate can not be inserted into the wrong buckle.

To unfasten the belt, push the red


To unfasten the belt, push the red “PRESS” button on the buckle and allow the belt to retract.

Seat Belt Reminder

Driver’s seat belt reminder light
Driver’s seat belt reminder light

Front passenger’s seat belt reminder light
Front passenger’s seat belt reminder light

When the driver and front passenger don’t buckle their seat belts, the driver’s seat belt reminder light in the instrument cluster and the front passenger’s seat belt reminder light in the information display will come on and a buzzer will sound as a reminder to the driver and front passenger to buckle their seat belts.

WARNING:
WARNING:
It is absolutely essential that the driver and passengers wear their seat belts at all times. Persons who are not wearing seat belts have a much greater risk of injury if an accident occurs. Make a regular habit of buckling your seat belt before putting the key in the ignition.

The seat belt reminder functions as shown in the figure below. There are some differences between the driver’s seat belt reminder and the front passenger’s seat belt reminder. For more details, refer to the explanation below.

Flow chart
Flow chart

Reminder 1 – 3

For each reminder 1 – 3, the reminder light comes on for about 20 seconds, then blinks for
about 55 seconds. When the reminder light first comes on, a buzzer sounds intermittently
for about 6 seconds.

Driver’s seat belt reminder

If the driver’s seat belt remains unbuckled with the ignition key in the “ON” position, the driver’s seat belt reminder works as follows: 1) The driver’s seat belt reminder light will come on for about 20 seconds when the ignition key is turned to the “ON” position then will blink for about 55 seconds.

When the light comes on, a buzzer will also sound intermittently for about 6 seconds (Reminder 1).

2) If the vehicle is driven (vehicle speed > 8 km/h), Reminder 2 will operate about 30 seconds after Reminder 1 has finished.

If the vehicle is not driven (vehicle speed < 8 km/h), Reminder 2 will operate when driving starts (vehicle speed > 8 km/h).

3) Reminder 3 will operate about 3 minutes after Reminder 2 has finished.

4) Even if the driver’s seat belt remains unbuckled after Reminder 3, there will be no further reminders.

If the driver has buckled his or her seat belt and later unbuckles the seat belt, the reminder system will be activated from Reminder 1 or Reminder 2 according to the vehicle speed. (Refer to the flow chart.) The driver’s seat belt reminder will be automatically canceled when the driver’s seat belt is buckled or the ignition switch is turned off.

Front passenger’s seat belt reminder

The front passenger’s seat belt reminder will activate only when there is a passenger sitting in the front seat. In some situations, however, such as when you place heavy objects in the front seat, the seat belt reminder can be activated as if there were a passenger present. The front passenger’s seat belt reminder works in the same manner as the driver’s seat belt reminder, except that it is not activated until 10 seconds after the ignition switch is turned to the “ON” position.

Shoulder Anchor Height Adjuster
Shoulder Anchor Height Adjuster

Adjust the shoulder anchor height so that the shoulder belt rides on the center of the outside shoulder. To adjust the shoulder anchor height, slide the anchor up or down while pulling the lock knob out. After adjustment, make sure that the anchor is securely locked.

WARNING:
WARNING:
Be sure that the shoulder belt is positioned on the center of the outside shoulder. The belt should be away from your face and neck, but not falling off your shoulder. Misadjustment of the belt could reduce the effectiveness of the safety belt in a crash.

Seat Belt Hanger (if equipped)

SX4
SX4

CAUTION:
When you move a seatback, make sure the belt webbing is hooked in the seat belt hangers so the seat belts are not caught by the seatback, seat hinge, or seat latch. This helps prevent damage to the belt system.

Seat Belt Inspection
Seat Belt Inspection

Periodically inspect the seat belts to make sure they work properly and are not damaged.

Check the webbing, buckles, latch plates, retractors, anchorages and guide loops. Replace any seat belts which do not work properly or are damaged.

WARNING:
WARNING:
Be sure to inspect all seat belt assemblies after any collision. Any seat belt assembly which was in use during a collision (other than a very minor one) should be replaced, even if damage to the assembly is not obvious. Any seat belt assembly which was not in use during a collision should be replaced if it does not function properly, it is damaged in any way or the seat belt pretensioners were activated.

Child Restraint Systems
Child Restraint Systems

Infant restraint - rear seat only
Infant restraint - rear seat only

Infant restraint - rear seat only
Infant restraint - rear seat only

Booster seat
Booster seat

SUZUKI highly recommends that you use a child restraint system to restrain infants and small children. Many different types of child restraint systems are available; make sure that the restraint system you select meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

All child restraint systems are designed to be secured in vehicle seats by either seat belts (lap belts or the lap portion of lapshoulder belts) or by special rigid lower anchor bars built into the seats. Whenever possible, SUZUKI recommends that child restraint systems be installed on the rear seat. According to accident statistics, children are safer when properly restrained in rear seating positions than in front seating positions.

If you must use a front-facing child restraint in the front passenger’s seat, be sure to move the front passenger’s seat as far back as possible.


WARNING:
WARNING:
Do not install a rear-facing child restraint in the front passenger’s seat. If the passenger’s air bag inflates, a child in a rear-facing child restraint could be killed or seriously injured. The back of a rear-facing child restraint would be too close to the inflating air bag.



WARNING:
WARNING:
Children could be endangered in a crash if their child restraints are not properly secured in the vehicle.

When installing a child restraint system, be sure to follow the instructions below. Be sure to secure the child in the restraint system according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Installation with Lap-Shoulder Seat Belts (child restraint with no top strap)
Installation with Lap-Shoulder Seat Belts (child restraint with no top strap)

Install your child restraint system according to the instructions provided by the child restraint system manufacturer. If you install the child restraint system in the front seat, be sure to slide the seat to the rearmost position. After making sure that the seat belt is securely latched:

1) Pull all of the remaining webbing out of


1) Pull all of the remaining webbing out of the retractor. You will hear a click, which means that the emergency locking retractor (ELR) has converted to function as an automatic locking retractor (ALR).

2) Allow the extra webbing to retract, and


2) Allow the extra webbing to retract, and pull the webbing toward the retractor to take up any slack. Make sure that the lap portion of the belt is tight around the child restraint system and the shoulder portion of the belt is positioned so that it can not interfere with the child’s head or neck.

3) Make sure that the retractor has converted


3) Make sure that the retractor has converted to the ALR mode by trying to pull webbing out of the retractor. If the retractor is in the ALR mode, the belt will be locked.

WARNING:
WARNING:
If the retractor is not in the ALR mode, the child restraint system can move or tip over when your vehicle turns or stops abruptly.

WARNING:
WARNING:
Before installing a child restraint in the rear center seat, follow these steps for secure installation: • Make sure the detachable connector is securely latched and the webbing is not twisted.

• Make sure the seat belt is passed through the seat belt guide.


4) Try moving the child restraint system in


4) Try moving the child restraint system in all directions, to make sure it is securely installed. If you need to tighten the belt, pull more webbing toward the retractor.

To revert from ALR to ELR
To revert from ALR to ELR

When you unbuckle the seat belt and allow it to retract to a certain length, the retractor will automatically revert back to the normal ELR mode.

Installation with the LATCH System


Your vehicle is equipped with lower


Your vehicle is equipped with lower anchors for securing up to one or two standard LATCH-type child restraint(s) in the second row seats. (LATCH stands for

Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children.) The anchors are located where the rear of the seat cushion meets the bottom of the seatback.

SX4 SEDAN

For SX4 SEDAN, the covers marked with


For SX4 SEDAN, the covers marked with the child restraint symbol as shown in the illustration indicate the presence of lower anchors. Remove the covers before installing the child restraint system. Cover the lower anchors when not in use.

Install the LATCH-type child restraint system according to the instructions provided by the child restraint system manufacturer.

After installing, try moving the child restraint system in all directions, especially forward, to make sure the flexible straps or rigid connecting bars are securely latched to the anchors.

NOTE:
Although there are three second row seating positions, you cannot install three LATCH type child restraints in the second row seats. You can install one or two LATCH restraint(s). Be sure to install the LATCH type child restraint(s) in the outboard seating positions.

If your LATCH restraint has flexible lower connecting straps, these general instructions apply:
1) If possible, fold the seatback rearward for easier installation.

2) Place the child restraint in the second


2) Place the child restraint in the second row seat, feeding the strap hooks through the slots in the seat cushion or the slots in the seatback bottom.

3) Snap the strap hooks to the anchors.


3) Snap the strap hooks to the anchors.

Take care not to pinch your fingers.

4) Return the seatback to the normal,


4) Return the seatback to the normal, upright position. Tighten the lower straps as described in the child restraint owner’s manual. Attach the top tether strap, if applicable.

5) Make sure the child restraint is securely


5) Make sure the child restraint is securely fastened by trying to move the child restraint system in all directions, especially forward.

WARNING:
WARNING:
The seatback should always be securely latched in a fairly upright position when any type of child seat is installed. An unlatched or reclined seatback will reduce the intended effectiveness of the child restraint system.

If your LATCH restraint has rigid lower connecting bars, these general instructions apply:
1) If possible, fold the seatback rearward for easier installation.

2) Place the child restraint in the second


2) Place the child restraint in the second row seat, inserting the connecting bars through the slots in the seat cushion or the slots in the seatback bottom.

3) Use your hands to carefully align the


3) Use your hands to carefully align the connecting bar tips with the anchors.

Take care not to pinch your fingers.

4) Push the child restraint toward the


4) Push the child restraint toward the anchors so that the connecting bar tips are partially hooked to the anchors.

Use your hands to confirm the position.

5) Grasp the front of the child restraint and


5) Grasp the front of the child restraint and push the child restraint forcefully to latch the connecting bars. Make sure they are securely latched by trying to move the child restraint system in all directions, especially forward.

6) Return the seatback if folded. Attach the top tether strap, if applicable.

WARNING:
WARNING:
The seatback should always be securely latched in a fairly upright position when any type of child seat is installed. An unlatched or reclined seatback will reduce the intended effectiveness of the child restraint system.

Installation of Child Restraint with Top Strap

SX4
SX4

SX4 SEDAN
SX4 SEDAN

Some child restraint systems require the use of a top strap. Top strap anchor brackets are provided in your vehicle at the locations shown in the illustrations. Install the child restraint system as follows: 1) For SX4, remove the luggage compartment cover.

2) Secure the child restraint on rear seat using the procedure described above for securing a restraint system that does not require a top strap.

3) For SX4 SEDAN, open the cover that is marked with the anchor bracket symbol to access the anchor bracket. Close the cover when not using the anchor bracket.

4) Hook the top strap to the anchor bracket and tighten the top strap according to the instructions provided by the child restraint system manufacturer.

Be sure to attach the top strap to the corresponding anchor located directly behind the child restraint. Do not attach the top strap to the luggage restraint loops (if equipped).

WARNING:
WARNING:
Do not attach the child restraint top strap to the luggage restraint loops (if equipped). Incorrectly attached top strap will reduce the intended effectiveness of the child restraint system.

5) When routing the top strap, be sure to


5) When routing the top strap, be sure to pass the top strap as shown in the illustration.

For SX4 SEDAN, if the top strap can not be properly tightened when passed under the head restraint as shown in the Type 1 and Type 2 illustrations, pass the top strap over the top of the head restraint as shown in the Type 3 illustration. (Refer to “Head Restraints” section for details on how to raise or lower the head restraint.) 6) Make sure that cargo does not interfere with routing of the top strap.

Seat Belt Extender
Seat Belt Extender

(1) Center of body
(2) Less than 152 mm (6 inches) (3) Open end of extender buckle

If a seat belt cannot be fastened securely because it is not long enough, see your authorized SUZUKI dealer for a seat belt extender. Seat belt extenders are available for each seating position except for the rear center position. After inspecting the relationship between the seat belt length, the occupant’s body size, and the seat adjustment (the driver’s seat should always be adjusted as far back as possible while still maintaining control of the vehicle, and other adjustable seats should be adjusted as far back as possible), your dealer can select the appropriate seat belt extender.

• A seat belt extender should only be used for the person, vehicle and seating location it was provided for.

• When using the extender, ensure that both ends are latched securely. Do not use the extender if the open end of the extender’s buckle is within 152 mm (6 inches) of the center of the occupant’s body (See diagram). Use of the extender when the buckle is too close to the center of the body could increase the risk of abdominal injury in the event of an accident, and could cause the shoulder belt to be positioned incorrectly.

• Make sure to use the correct buckle corresponding to your seating position.

• Seat belt extenders are not intended for use by pregnant women, and should only be used upon approval by their medical advisors.

• Remove and stow the extender when it is not being used.

WARNING:
WARNING:
Failure to follow these instructions may increase the risk of injury in a crash.

• Only use an extender for the person, vehicle and seating position it was provided for.

• Do not use if open end of extender’s buckle is within 152 mm (6 inches) of center of occupant’s body (See diagram).

• Remove and stow the extender when it is not being used.

Seat Belt Pretensioner System (for front seat belt only)
Seat Belt Pretensioner System (for front seat belt only)

WARNING:
WARNING:
This section of the owner’s manual describes your SUZUKI’s SEAT BELT PRETENSIONER SYSTEM. Please read and follow ALL these instructions carefully to minimize your risk of severe injury or death.

Your vehicle is equipped with a seat belt pretensioner system at the front seating positions. You can use the pretensioner seat belts in the same manner as ordinary seat belts.

The seat belt pretensioner system works with the SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM (advanced air bags). The crash sensors and the electronic controller of the air bag system also control the seat belt pretensioners. The pretensioners are triggered only when there is a frontal crash severe enough to trigger the front air bags and the seat belts are fastened. If the seat belts are not fastened, the respective pretensioner system will not be activated. For precautions and general information including servicing the pretensioner system, refer to the “Supplemental Restraint System (air bags)” section in addition to this “Seat Belt Pretensioner System” section, and follow all those precautions.

The pretensioner is located in each front seat belt retractor. The pretensioner tightens the seat belt so the belt fits the occupant’s body more snugly in the event of a frontal crash. The retractors will remain locked after the pretensioners are activated.

Upon activation, some noise will occur and some smoke may be released.

These conditions are not harmful and do not indicate a fire in the vehicle.

The driver and all passengers must be properly restrained by wearing seat belts at all times, whether or not a pretensioner is equipped at their seating position, to minimize the risk of severe injury or death in the event of a crash. Sit fully back in the seat; sit up straight; do not lean forward or sideways. Adjust the belt so the lap portion of the belt is worn low across the pelvis, not across the waist. Please refer to the “Seat Adjustment” section and the instructions and precautions about the seat belts in this “Seat Belts and Child Restraint Systems” section for details on proper seat and seat belt adjustments.

Please note that the pretensioners along with the front air bags will activate only in severe frontal collisions. They are not designed to activate in rear impacts, side impacts, rollovers or minor frontal collisions.

The pretensioners can be activated only once. If the pretensioners are activated (that is, if the front air bags are activated), have the pretensioner system serviced by an authorized SUZUKI dealer as soon as possible.

If the AIR BAG light on the instrument cluster does not blink or come on briefly when the ignition switch is turned to the “ON” position, stays on for more than 10 seconds, or comes on while driving, the pretensioner system or the air bag system may not work properly. Have both systems inspected by an authorized SUZUKI dealer as soon as possible.

Service on or around the pretensioner system components or wiring must be performed only by an authorized SUZUKI dealer who is specially trained. Improper service could result in unintended activation of pretensioners or could render the pretensioner inoperative. Either of these two conditions may result in personal injury.

To prevent damage or unintended activation of the pretensioners, be sure the battery is disconnected and the ignition switch has been in the “LOCK” position for at least 90 seconds before performing any electrical service work on your SUZUKI. Do not touch pretensioner system components or wiring. The wires are wrapped with yellow tape or yellow tubing, and the couplers are yellow. When scrapping your SUZUKI, ask your SUZUKI dealer, body repair shop or scrap yard for assistance.

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