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GMC 2010 Canyon Crew Cab Owner's Manual

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Table of Contents
2010 GMC Canyon Owner Manual
In Brief ........................................................... 1-1
........................................ 1-2
...................................... 1-15
Seats and Restraint System ............................. 2-1
............................................... 2-2
.............................................. 2-10
............................................. 2-13
....................................... 2-35
......................................... 2-64
Features and Controls ..................................... 3-1
Keys
........................................................ 3-2
Doors and Locks
....................................... 3-5
Windows
................................................. 3-10
Theft-Deterrent Systems
Starting and Operating Your Vehicle
Mirrors
.................................................... 3-36
Storage Areas
......................................... 3-40
Sunroof
.................................................. 3-42
............................... 1-3
................... 1-17
............................ 2-81
............................ 3-13
........... 3-16
Instrument Panel ............................................. 4-1
Instrument Panel Overview
Climate Controls
...................................... 4-16
Warning Lights, Gages, and Indicators
Driver Information Center (DIC)
Audio System(s)
....................................... 4-42
Driving Your Vehicle ....................................... 5-1
Your Driving, the Road, and the Vehicle
Towing
................................................... 5-41
Service and Appearance Care .......................... 6-1
Service
..................................................... 6-3
Fuel
......................................................... 6-5
Checking Things Under the Hood
Rear Axle
............................................... 6-47
Four-Wheel Drive
..................................... 6-48
Front Axle
............................................... 6-49
Headlamp Aiming
..................................... 6-50
Bulb Replacement
Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement
Tires
...................................................... 6-57
M
.......................... 4-3
........ 4-18
.................. 4-33
....... 5-2
............... 6-10
.................................... 6-50
......... 6-55

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   Summary of Contents for GMC 2010 Canyon Crew Cab

  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    2010 GMC Canyon Owner Manual In Brief ... 1-1 Instrument Panel ... 1-2 Initial Drive Information ... 1-3 Vehicle Features ... 1-15 Performance and Maintenance Seats and Restraint System ... 2-1 Front Seats ... 2-2 Rear Seats ... 2-10 Safety Belts ...
  • Page 2 Appearance Care ... 6-102 Vehicle Identification ... 6-110 Electrical System ... 6-111 Capacities and Specifications Maintenance Schedule ... 7-1 Maintenance Schedule ... 7-2 Customer Assistance Information ... 8-1 Customer Assistance and Information Reporting Safety Defects Vehicle Data Recording and Privacy ...
  • Page 3 GENERAL MOTORS, GM, the GM Emblem, GMC, the GMC Truck Emblem, and the name CANYON are registered trademarks of General Motors Corporation. This manual describes features that may or may not be on your specific vehicle either because they are options that you did not purchase or due to changes subsequent to the printing of this owner manual.
  • Page 4 Safety Warnings and Symbols Warning Messages found on vehicle labels and in this manual describe hazards and what to do to avoid or reduce them. Danger indicates a hazard with a high level of risk which will result in serious injury or death. Warning or Caution indicates a hazard that could result in injury or death.
  • Page 5 Vehicle Symbol Chart Here are some additional symbols that may be found on the vehicle and what they mean. For more information on the symbol, refer to the index. : Airbag Readiness Light : Air Conditioning : Antilock Brake System (ABS) : Audio Steering Wheel Controls or OnStar : Brake System Warning Light "...
  • Page 6 ✍ NOTES...
  • Page 7: In Brief

    Instrument Panel ...1-2 Initial Drive Information ...1-3 Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System ...1-4 Door Locks ...1-4 Tailgate ...1-5 Windows ...1-6 Seat Adjustment ...1-7 Heated Seats ...1-9 Head Restraint Adjustment ...1-9 Safety Belt ...1-10 Sensing System for Passenger Airbag ...1-10 Mirror Adjustment ...1-11 Steering Wheel Adjustment ...1-12 Interior Lighting ...1-12 Exterior Lighting ...1-13...
  • Page 8: Instrument Panel

    Instrument Panel Manual Transmission shown, Automatic Transmission similar...
  • Page 9: Initial Drive Information

    A. Outlet Adjustment on page 4-18. B. Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever on page 4-4. C. Instrument Panel Cluster on page 4-19. D. Hazard Warning Flashers on page 4-3. E. Passenger Side Airbag. See Airbag System on page 2-64. F. Exterior Lamps on page 4-10. Fog Lamps on page 4-12 (If Equipped).
  • Page 10: Manual Door Locks

    Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System The RKE transmitter is used to lock and unlock the doors from up to 9 meters (30 feet) away from the vehicle. Press UNLOCK to unlock the doors and press LOCK to lock them. Press to sound the horn and to flash the exterior lamps for 30 seconds.
  • Page 11: Power Door Locks

    Power Door Locks Press L or U on the switch on the armrest to lock or unlock the doors. For more information see: • Door Locks on page 3-5 • Power Door Locks on page 3-6 Tailgate Open the tailgate by pulling up on the outside handle while pulling the tailgate down.
  • Page 12: Power Windows

    Windows Manual Windows Use the window crank to open and close each window. Power Windows Press or pull up on the front of the switch to open or close the window. For more information see: • Manual Windows on page 3-10 •...
  • Page 13: Seat Adjustment

    Seat Adjustment Manual Seats 1. Lift the bar to unlock the seat. 2. Slide the seat to the desired position and release the bar. Power Seats To adjust the seat using the control on the outboard side of it: • Slide the horizontal control forward or rearward.
  • Page 14: Reclining Seatbacks

    Reclining Seatbacks Use the vertical control on the outboard side of the seat to raise or recline the seatback by moving the control forward or rearward. Power Lumbar Press and hold the front or rear of the control on the outboard side of the seat until you have the desired lumbar support.
  • Page 15: Head Restraint Adjustment

    Heated Seats With the ignition on, press the top of the switch on the outboard side of the seat to turn the heat on at the high setting. Press the bottom of the switch to turn the heat to the low setting, and put it in the center position to turn the heat off.
  • Page 16: Safety Belt

    Safety Belt Refer to the following sections for important information on how to use safety belts properly. • Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone on page 2-13. • How to Wear Safety Belts Properly on page 2-18. • Lap-Shoulder Belt on page 2-27. •...
  • Page 17: Mirror Adjustment

    Mirror Adjustment Exterior Mirrors Vehicles with power outside mirrors have controls located on the driver door. 1. Move the selector switch to the L (left) or R (right) to choose the driver or passenger mirror. 2. Press one of the four buttons located on the control pad to move the mirror to the desired direction.
  • Page 18: Steering Wheel Adjustment

    Steering Wheel Adjustment To adjust the steering wheel: 1. Hold the steering wheel and pull the lever toward you. 2. Move the steering wheel up or down into a comfortable position. 3. Release the lever to lock the wheel in place. Do not adjust the steering wheel while driving.
  • Page 19: Exterior Lighting

    Exterior Lighting : Turns off all exterior lamps including the Daytime Running Lamps (DRL). AUTO: Automatic operation of the headlamps and other exterior lamps at normal brightness. : Manual operation of the parking lamps and other exterior lamps. : Manual operation of the headlamps and other exterior lamps.
  • Page 20: Windshield Wiper/washer

    Windshield Wiper/Washer : Use for a single wiping cycle. : Delays wiping cycle. Move the band to adjust the frequency of wipes. : Slow wipes. : Fast wipes. : Turns the wipers off. Windshield Washer: Push the paddle on top of the multifunction lever to spray washer fluid on the windshield.
  • Page 21: Vehicle Features

    Vehicle Features Radio(s) Radio with CD (MP3/WMA) PWR: Press to turn the system on and off. : Turn to increase or decrease the volume. BAND: Press to switch between FM1, FM2, AM, or XM1 or XM2 (if equipped). The selection displays. TUNE : Turn to select radio stations.
  • Page 22: Vehicle Personalization

    To synchronize the time with an FM station broadcasting Radio Data System (RDS) information, press and hold the HR and MIN buttons at the same time until RDS TIME displays. To accept this time, press and hold the HR and MIN buttons, at the same time, for another two seconds.
  • Page 23: Performance And Maintenance

    Cruise Control The cruise controls are located at the end of the multifunction lever. : Turns the system off. : Turns the system on. + (Resume/Accelerate): Use to accelerate or resume speed. (Set): Press the button at the end of the lever to set the speed.
  • Page 24 ® StabiliTrak The Electronic Stability Control system assists with directional control of the vehicle in difficult driving conditions. The system turns on automatically every time the vehicle is started. • To turn off both traction control and Electronic Stability Control, press and hold and the appropriate DIC message is displayed.
  • Page 25: Driving For Better Fuel Economy

    Engine Oil Life System The engine oil life system calculates engine oil life based on vehicle use and displays a DIC message when it is necessary to change the engine oil and filter. Resetting the Oil Life System 1. Turn the ignition to ON/RUN, with the engine off. 2.
  • Page 26: Roadside Assistance Program

    U.S.: 1-800-GMC-8782 (462-8782) TTY Users: 1-888-889-2438 Canada: 1-800-268-6800 As the owner of a new GMC, you are automatically enrolled in the Roadside Assistance program. This program provides technically trained advisors who are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, minor repair information or towing arrangements.
  • Page 27: How Onstar Service Works

    How OnStar Service Works : This blue button connects you to a specially trained OnStar advisor to verify your account information and to answer questions. : Push this red emergency button to get priority help from specially trained OnStar emergency advisors. : Push this button for hands-free, voice-activated calling and to give voice commands for turn-by-turn navigation.
  • Page 28: Your Responsibility

    Location information about the vehicle is only available if the GPS satellite signals are unobstructed and available. The vehicle must have a working electrical system, including adequate battery power, for the OnStar equipment to operate. There are other problems OnStar cannot control that may prevent OnStar from providing OnStar service at any particular time or place.
  • Page 29: Seats And Restraint System

    Section 2 Front Seats ...2-2 Manual Seats ...2-2 Power Seats ...2-3 Manual Lumbar ...2-3 Power Lumbar ...2-4 Heated Seats ...2-4 Reclining Seatbacks ...2-5 Head Restraints ...2-8 Seatback Latches ...2-9 Rear Seats ...2-10 Rear Seat Operation (Extended Cab) ...2-10 Rear Seat Operation (Crew Cab) ...2-11 Safety Belts ...2-13 Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone ...2-13 How to Wear Safety Belts Properly ...2-18...
  • Page 30: Front Seats

    Front Seats Manual Seats WARNING: You can lose control of the vehicle if you try to adjust a manual driver’s seat while the vehicle is moving. The sudden movement could startle and confuse you, or make you push a pedal when you do not want to.
  • Page 31: Manual Lumbar

    Power Seats If the vehicle has power seats, the controls used to operate them are located on the outboard side of the seats. To adjust the seat: • Move the seat forward or rearward by sliding the horizontal control forward or rearward. •...
  • Page 32: Heated Seats

    Power Lumbar If the vehicle has this feature, the control is located on the outboard side of the seat(s). Press and hold the front of the control until you have the desired lumbar support. To decrease lumbar support, press and hold the rear of the control. Heated Seats If the vehicle has this feature, the controls are...
  • Page 33: Manual Reclining Seatbacks

    Reclining Seatbacks Manual Reclining Seatbacks WARNING: You can lose control of the vehicle if you try to adjust a manual driver’s seat while the vehicle is moving. The sudden movement could startle and confuse you, or make you push a pedal when you do not want to.
  • Page 34: Power Reclining Seatbacks

    To return the seatback to an upright position: 1. Lift the lever fully without applying pressure to the seatback and the seatback will return to the upright position. 2. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it is locked.
  • Page 35 WARNING: Sitting in a reclined position when the vehicle is in motion can be dangerous. Even when buckled up, the safety belts cannot do their job when reclined like this. The shoulder belt cannot do its job because it will not be against your body.
  • Page 36: Head Restraints

    Head Restraints The front seats may have adjustable head restraints. If the vehicle has rear seats, they may have adjustable head restraints. Adjust the head restraint so that the top of the restraint is at the same height as the top of the occupant’s head.
  • Page 37: Seatback Latches

    Seatback Latches The vehicle may have front seatbacks that fold forward for easy access to the rear seats or the storage area behind the seats. To fold the seatback forward, push the lever on the side of the seat rearward and pull the seatback forward.
  • Page 38: Rear Seats

    Rear Seats Rear Seat Operation (Extended Cab) If the vehicle has an extended cab, there may be forward folding seats in the rear area. To fold the rear seat cushion(s) from the stored position to the sitting position, pull the front of the seat cushion down completely.
  • Page 39: Rear Seat Operation (crew Cab)

    Rear Seat Operation (Crew Cab) The rear seatback(s) in the crew cab can be folded forward. Notice: Folding a rear seat with the safety belts still fastened may cause damage to the seat or the safety belts. Always unbuckle the safety belts and return them to their normal stowed position before folding a rear seat.
  • Page 40 To return the seatback(s) to the upright position: 1. Lift the seatback(s) and push it into place. WARNING: If either seatback is not locked, it could move forward in a sudden stop or crash. That could cause injury to the person sitting there. Always push and pull on the seatbacks to be sure they are locked.
  • Page 41: Safety Belts

    Safety Belts Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone This part of the manual tells you how to use safety belts properly. It also tells you some things you should not do with safety belts. WARNING: Do not let anyone ride where a safety belt cannot be worn properly.
  • Page 42: Why Safety Belts Work

    In most states and in all Canadian provinces, the law requires wearing safety belts. Here is why: You never know if you will be in a crash. If you do have a crash, you do not know if it will be a serious one. A few crashes are mild, and some crashes can be so serious that even buckled up, a person would not survive.
  • Page 43 Put someone on it. Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. The rider does not stop. 2-15...
  • Page 44 The person keeps going until stopped by something. or the instrument panel... In a real vehicle, it could be the windshield... 2-16...
  • Page 45: Questions And Answers About Safety Belts

    or the safety belts! With safety belts, you slow down as the vehicle does. You get more time to stop. You stop over more distance, and your strongest bones take the forces. That is why safety belts make such good sense. Questions and Answers About Safety Belts Will I be trapped in the vehicle after a crash if I...
  • Page 46: How To Wear Safety Belts Properly

    If I am a good driver, and I never drive far from home, why should I wear safety belts? You may be an excellent driver, but if you are in a crash — even one that is not your fault — you and your passenger(s) can be hurt.
  • Page 47 Sit up straight and always keep your feet on the floor in front of you. The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just touching the thighs. In a crash, this applies force to the strong pelvic bones and you would be less likely to slide under the lap belt.
  • Page 48 What is wrong with this? The shoulder belt is too loose. It will not give as much protection this way. 2-20 WARNING: You can be seriously hurt if your shoulder belt is too loose. In a crash, you would move forward too much, which could increase injury.
  • Page 49 What is wrong with this? The lap belt is too loose. It will not give nearly as much protection this way. WARNING: You can be seriously hurt if your lap belt is too loose. In a crash, you could slide under the lap belt and apply force on your abdomen.
  • Page 50 What is wrong with this? The belt is buckled in the wrong buckle. 2-22 WARNING: You can be seriously injured if your belt is buckled in the wrong place like this. In a crash, the belt would go up over your abdomen. The belt forces would be there, not on the pelvic bones.
  • Page 51 What is wrong with this? The belt is over an armrest. WARNING: You can be seriously injured if your belt goes over an armrest like this. The belt would be much too high. In a crash, you can slide under the belt. The belt force would then be applied on the abdomen, not on the pelvic bones, and that could cause serious or fatal injuries.
  • Page 52 What is wrong with this? The shoulder belt is worn under the arm. It should be worn over the shoulder at all times. 2-24 WARNING: You can be seriously injured if you wear the shoulder belt under your arm. In a crash, your body would move too far forward, which would increase the chance of head and neck injury.
  • Page 53 What is wrong with this? The belt is behind the body. WARNING: You can be seriously injured by not wearing the lap-shoulder belt properly. In a crash, you would not be restrained by the shoulder belt. Your body could move too far forward increasing the chance of head and neck injury.
  • Page 54 What is wrong with this? The belt is twisted across the body. 2-26 WARNING: You can be seriously injured by a twisted belt. In a crash, you would not have the full width of the belt to spread impact forces. If a belt is twisted, make it straight so it can work properly, or ask your dealer/retailer to fix it.
  • Page 55: Lap-shoulder Belt

    Lap-Shoulder Belt All seating positions in the vehicle have a lap-shoulder belt except for the center front passenger position, if equipped, which has a lap belt. See Lap Belt on page 2-33 for more information. The following instructions explain how to wear a lap-shoulder belt properly.
  • Page 56 5. To make the lap part tight, pull up on the shoulder belt. It may be necessary to pull stitching on the safety belt through the latch plate to fully tighten the lap belt on smaller occupants. 2-28 To unlatch the belt, push the button on the buckle. The belt should return to its stowed position.
  • Page 57 Shoulder Belt Height Adjuster The vehicle has a shoulder belt height adjuster for the driver and right front passenger seating position. Adjust the height so that the shoulder portion of the belt is centered on the shoulder. The belt should be away from the face and neck, but not falling off the shoulder.
  • Page 58: Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides

    Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides This vehicle may have rear shoulder belt comfort guides for the rear outside positions. If not, they are available through your dealer/retailer. Rear shoulder belt comfort guides may provide added safety belt comfort for older children who have outgrown booster seats and for some adults.
  • Page 59 2. Place the guide over the belt and insert the two 3. Be sure that the belt is not twisted and it lies flat. edges of the belt into the slots of the guide. The elastic cord must be under the belt and the guide on top.
  • Page 60 WARNING: A safety belt that is not properly worn may not provide the protection needed in a crash. The person wearing the belt could be seriously injured. The shoulder belt should go over the shoulder and across the chest. These parts of the body are best able to take belt restraining forces.
  • Page 61: Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy

    Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy Safety belts work for everyone, including pregnant women. Like all occupants, they are more likely to be seriously injured if they do not wear safety belts. A pregnant woman should wear a lap-shoulder belt, and the lap portion should be worn as low as possible, below the rounding, throughout the pregnancy.
  • Page 62: Safety Belt Extender

    To make the belt shorter, pull its free end as shown until the belt is snug. If the belt is not long enough, see Safety Belt Extender on page 2-34. Make sure the release button on the buckle is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if necessary.
  • Page 63: Child Restraints

    Child Restraints Older Children Older children who have outgrown booster seats should wear the vehicle’s safety belts. The manufacturer’s instructions that come with the booster seat, state the weight and height limitations for that booster. Use a booster seat with a lap-shoulder belt until the child passes the below fit test: •...
  • Page 64 What is the proper way to wear safety belts? An older child should wear a lap-shoulder belt and get the additional restraint a shoulder belt can provide. The shoulder belt should not cross the face or neck. The lap belt should fit snugly below the hips, just touching the top of the thighs.
  • Page 65 WARNING: Never do this. Never allow a child to wear the safety belt with the shoulder belt behind their back. A child can be seriously injured by not wearing the lap-shoulder belt properly. In a crash, the child would not be restrained by the shoulder belt.
  • Page 66: Infants And Young Children

    Infants and Young Children Everyone in a vehicle needs protection! This includes infants and all other children. Neither the distance traveled nor the age and size of the traveler changes the need, for everyone, to use safety restraints. In fact, the law in every state in the United States and in every Canadian province says children up to some age must be restrained while in a vehicle.
  • Page 67 WARNING: Never do this. Never hold an infant or a child while riding in a vehicle. Due to crash forces, an infant or a child will become so heavy it is not possible to hold it during a crash. For example, in a crash at only 40 km/h (25 mph), a 5.5 kg (12 lb) infant will suddenly become a 110 kg (240 lb) force on a person’s arms.
  • Page 68 WARNING: Never do this. Children who are up against, or very close to, any airbag when it inflates can be seriously injured or killed. Never put a rear-facing child restraint in the right front seat. Secure a rear-facing child restraint in a rear seat.
  • Page 69 For most basic types of child restraints, there are many different models available. When purchasing a child restraint, be sure it is designed to be used in a motor vehicle. If it is, the restraint will have a label saying that it meets federal motor vehicle safety standards.
  • Page 70: Child Restraint Systems

    Child Restraint Systems A rear-facing infant seat (A) provides restraint with the seating surface against the back of the infant. The harness system holds the infant in place and, in a crash, acts to keep the infant positioned in the restraint. A forward-facing child seat (B) provides restraint for the child’s body...
  • Page 71: Securing The Child Within The Child Restraint

    Securing an Add-On Child Restraint in the Vehicle WARNING: A child can be seriously injured or killed in a crash if the child restraint is not properly secured in the vehicle. Secure the child restraint properly in the vehicle using the vehicle’s safety belt or LATCH system, following the instructions that came with that child restraint and the instructions in this manual.
  • Page 72: Where To Put The Restraint

    Where to Put the Restraint Accident statistics show that children are safer if they are restrained in the rear rather than the front seat. We recommend that children and child restraints be secured in a rear seat, including: an infant or a child riding in a rear-facing child restraint;...
  • Page 73 WARNING: (Continued) Secure rear-facing child restraints in a rear seat, even if the airbag is off. If you secure a forward-facing child restraint in the right front seat, always move the front passenger seat as far back as it will go. It is better to secure the child restraint in a rear seat.
  • Page 74 Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) The LATCH system holds a child restraint during driving or in a crash. This system is designed to make installation of a child restraint easier. The LATCH system uses anchors in the vehicle and attachments on the child restraint that are made for use with the LATCH system.
  • Page 75 Top Tether Anchor A top tether (A, C) anchors the top of the child restraint to the vehicle. A top tether anchor is built into the vehicle. The top tether attachment (B) on the child restraint connects to the top tether anchor in the vehicle in order to reduce the forward movement and rotation of the child restraint during driving or in a crash.
  • Page 76 Lower Anchor and Top Tether Anchor Locations (Top Tether Anchor): Seating positions with top tether anchors. (Lower Anchor): Seating positions with two lower anchors. Crew Cab — Rear Seat 2-48 (Top Tether Anchor): Seating positions with top tether anchors. (Lower Anchor): Seating positions with two lower anchors.
  • Page 77 For crew cab models, there are exposed metal lower anchors for each rear outboard seating position, located where the seatback meets the back of the seat cushion. For extended cab models with rear seats, there are exposed metal lower anchors for each rear seating position, attached to the back wall, near the seat cushion.
  • Page 78 Crew Cab The top tether anchors in a crew cab model are located on the back wall behind each rear seating position. Be sure to use an anchor located on the same side of the vehicle as the seating position where the child restraint will be placed.
  • Page 79 Regular and Extended Cab without Rear Seats For regular and extended cab models without rear seats, there is a top tether anchor located behind a removable cover on the back wall behind the right front passenger seat. You may have to pull the seatback forward to access the anchor.
  • Page 80: Securing A Child Restraint Designed For The Latch System

    Securing a Child Restraint Designed for the LATCH System WARNING: If a LATCH-type child restraint is not attached to anchors, the child restraint will not be able to protect the child correctly. In a crash, the child could be seriously injured or killed. Install a LATCH-type child restraint properly using the anchors, or use the vehicle’s safety belts to secure the restraint, following the instructions that came...
  • Page 81 WARNING: Children can be seriously injured or strangled if a shoulder belt is wrapped around their neck and the safety belt continues to tighten. Buckle any unused safety belts behind the child restraint so children cannot reach them. Pull the shoulder belt all the way out of the retractor to set the lock, if your vehicle has one, after the child restraint has been installed.
  • Page 82 2.2. Route the top tether according to your child restraint instructions and the following instructions: If the position you are using has a fixed headrest or head restraint and you are using a single tether, route the tether over the head restraint.
  • Page 83 3. Attach and tighten the lower attachments to the lower anchors. If the child restraint does not have lower attachments or the desired seating position does not have lower anchors, secure the child restraint with the top tether and the safety belts. Refer to your child restraint manufacturer instructions and the instructions in this manual.
  • Page 84 1.3. Attach the lower attachments on the child restraint to the lower anchors (D) in the vehicle. The child restraint instructions will show you how. 2. If the child restraint manufacturer recommends that the top tether be attached, attach and tighten the top tether to the top tether anchor (C).
  • Page 85 2. If the child restraint manufacturer’s instructions recommends that the top tether be attached, attach and tighten the top tether to the top tether anchor. Refer to the child restraint instructions and the following steps: 2.1. Pull the seatback forward to access the top tether anchor.
  • Page 86: Securing A Child Restraint In A Rear Seat Position

    Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Seat Position When securing a child restraint in a rear seating position, study the instructions that came with your child restraint to make sure it is compatible with this vehicle. If your child restraint has the LATCH system, see Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) on page 2-46 for how to install your child restraint using LATCH.
  • Page 87 4. Pull the rest of the shoulder belt all the way out of the retractor to set the lock. 5. If your child restraint has a top tether, attach the top tether to the top tether anchor. See Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) on page 2-46.
  • Page 88: Securing A Child Restraint In The Right Front Seat Position

    To remove the child restraint, unbuckle the vehicle’s safety belt and let it go back all the way. If the top tether is attached to a top tether anchor, disconnect it. Securing a Child Restraint in the Center Front Seat Position WARNING: A child in a child restraint in the center front seat can be badly injured or killed by the frontal airbags...
  • Page 89 WARNING: A child in a rear-facing child restraint can be seriously injured or killed if the right front passenger airbag inflates. This is because the back of the rear-facing child restraint would be very close to the inflating airbag. A child in a forward-facing child restraint can be seriously injured or killed if the right front passenger airbag inflates and the passenger seat is in a forward...
  • Page 90 Do not secure a child seat in a position without a top tether anchor if a national or local law requires that the top tether be anchored, or if the instructions that come with the child restraint say that the top strap must be anchored.
  • Page 91 5. Pull the rest of the shoulder belt all the way out of the retractor to set the lock. 6. If the vehicle does not have a rear seat and the child restraint manufacturer recommends using a top tether anchor, attach the top tether to the top tether anchor.
  • Page 92: Airbag System

    If the vehicle is equipped with the passenger sensing system, and when the passenger sensing system has turned off the right front passenger frontal airbag, the off indicator on the passenger airbag status indicator should light and stay lit when you start the vehicle. See Passenger Airbag Status Indicator on page 4-23.
  • Page 93 Here are the most important things to know about the airbag system: WARNING: You can be severely injured or killed in a crash if you are not wearing your safety belt — even if you have airbags. Airbags are designed to work with safety belts, but do not replace them.
  • Page 94 WARNING: Children who are up against, or very close to, any airbag when it inflates can be seriously injured or killed. Airbags plus lap-shoulder belts offer protection for adults and older children, but not for young children and infants. Neither the vehicle’s safety belt system nor its airbag system is designed for them.
  • Page 95: Where Are The Airbags

    Where Are the Airbags? The driver’s airbag is in the middle of the steering wheel. The right front passenger’s airbag is in the instrument panel on the passenger’s side. 2-67...
  • Page 96 Driver Side shown, Passenger Side similar If your vehicle has roof-rail airbags for the driver, right front passenger, and second row outboard passengers, they are in the ceiling above the side windows. 2-68 WARNING: If something is between an occupant and an airbag, the airbag might not inflate properly or it might force the object into that person causing severe injury or even death.
  • Page 97: When Should An Airbag Inflate

    When Should an Airbag Inflate? Frontal airbags are designed to inflate in moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal crashes to help reduce the potential for severe injuries mainly to the driver’s or right front passenger’s head and chest. However, they are only designed to inflate if the impact exceeds a predetermined deployment threshold.
  • Page 98 Your vehicle has seat position sensors which enables the sensing system to monitor the position of the driver’s seat and the right front passenger’s seat. Seat position sensors provide information that is used to determine if the airbags should deploy at a reduced level or at full deployment.
  • Page 99: What Makes An Airbag Inflate

    What Makes an Airbag Inflate? In a deployment event, the sensing system sends an electrical signal triggering a release of gas from the inflator. Gas from the inflator fills the airbag causing the bag to break out of the cover and deploy. The inflator, the airbag, and related hardware are all part of the airbag module.
  • Page 100: What Will You See After An Airbag Inflates

    What Will You See After an Airbag Inflates? After the frontal airbags inflate, they quickly deflate, so quickly that some people may not even realize the airbags inflated. Roof-rail airbags may still be at least partially inflated for some time after they deploy. Some components of the airbag module may be hot for several minutes.
  • Page 101: Passenger Sensing System

    In many crashes severe enough to inflate the airbag, windshields are broken by vehicle deformation. Additional windshield breakage may also occur from the right front passenger airbag. • Airbags are designed to inflate only once. After an airbag inflates, you will need some new parts for the airbag system.