Honda 2012 Pilot Owner's Manual

Honda 2012 Pilot Owner's Manual

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2012 Pilot
Owner's Manual
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P/N 00X31-SZA-
© 2011 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. - All Rights Reserved


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  • Page 1 This manual will be replaced with a hyperlinked version at the end of the model year. P/N 00X31-SZA- 6300 © 2011 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. - All Rights Reserved...
  • Page 2 DELIVERY DATE The information and specifications included (Date sold to original retail purchaser) in this publication were in effect at the time of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. reserves the right, however, to DEALER NAME DEALER NO. discontinue or change specifications or...
  • Page 3 Introduction Congratulations! Your selection of a 2012 Honda Pilot was a wise investment. As you read this manual, you will It will give you years of driving pleasure. find information that is preceded by symbol. This One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new vehicle is to...
  • Page 4 Introduction California Proposition 65 Warning WARNING: This product contains or emits chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Service Diagnostic Recorders This vehicle is equipped with service-related devices that record information about powertrain performance. The data can be used to verify emissions law requirements and/or help technicians diagnose and solve service problems.
  • Page 5 Introduction Event Data Recorders This vehicle is equipped with an event data recorder (EDR). The main purpose of an EDR is to record, in certain crash or near crash-like situations, such as an air bag deployment or hitting a road obstacle, data that will assist in understanding how a vehicle’s systems performed. The EDR is designed to record data related to vehicle dynamics and safety systems for a short period of time, typically 30 seconds or less.
  • Page 6: A Few Words About Safety

    A Few Words About Safety Your safety, and the safety of others, You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms, is very important. And operating this including: vehicle safely is an important Safety Labels on the vehicle. responsibility.
  • Page 7: Important Handling Information

    Important Handling Information Your Pilot has higher ground clearance than a passenger vehicle designed for use only on pavement. Higher ground clearance has many advantages for off-highway driving. It allows you to travel over bumps, obstacles, and rough terrain. It also provides good visibility so you can anticipate problems earlier. These advantages come at some cost.
  • Page 9 Contents Your Vehicle at a Glance (main controls) ....................Driver and Passenger Safety (seat belts, SRS, and child protection) ............Instruments and Controls (indicators, gauges, multi-information display, dashboard, and steering column) ..63 Features (climate control, audio, steering wheel, rear entertainment, security, cruise control, and HomeLink ) .
  • Page 10 Overview of Contents Contents Before Driving Technical Information A convenient reference to the What gasoline to use, how to break- ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, sections in this manual. in your new vehicle, and how to load and technical information. luggage and other cargo. Your Vehicle at a Glance Warranty and Customer A quick reference to the main...
  • Page 11: Your Vehicle At A Glance

  • Page 13: Table Of Contents

    Driver and Passenger Safety This section gives you important Additional Information About All Children Should Sit in a information about how to protect Your Seat Belts ......22 Back Seat ........39 yourself and your passengers. It Seat Belt System Components . 22 The Passenger’s Front Airbag shows you how to use seat belts.
  • Page 14: Important Safety Precautions

    Important Safety Precautions You’ll find many safety Always Wear Your Seat Belt Be Aware of Airbag Hazards recommendations throughout this A seat belt is your best protection in While airbags can save lives, they section, and throughout this manual. all types of collisions. Airbags are can cause serious or fatal injuries to The recommendations on this page designed to supplement seat belts,...
  • Page 15 Important Safety Precautions Pay Appropriate Attention to the Control Your Speed Keep Your Vehicle in Safe Task of Driving Safely Excessive speed is a major factor in Condition Engaging in mobile phone crash injuries and deaths. Generally, Having a tire blowout or a conversation or other activities that the higher the speed, the greater the mechanical failure can be extremely...
  • Page 16: Your Vehicle's Safety Features

    Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Your vehicle is equipped with many (12) features that work together to protect you and your passengers during a crash. Some features do not require any action on your part. These include a strong steel framework that forms a safety cage around the passenger (11) compartment, front and rear crush...
  • Page 17: Seat Belts

    Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Seat Belts Why Wear Seat Belts Your vehicle is equipped with seat Seat belts are the single most belts in all seating positions. effective safety device for adults and Not wearing a seat belt properly larger children. (Infants and smaller increases the chance of serious Your seat belt system also includes children must be properly restrained...
  • Page 18 Your Vehicle’s Safety Features When properly worn, seat belts: Help keep you from being thrown Of course, seat belts cannot against the inside of the vehicle completely protect you in every Keep you connected to the vehicle and against other occupants. crash.
  • Page 19: Airbags

    Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Airbags Your vehicle has a supplemental Your vehicle also has side airbags to In addition, your vehicle has side restraint system (SRS) with front help protect the torso and pelvis of curtain airbags to help protect the airbags to help protect the heads and the driver or a front seat passenger heads of the driver, front passenger,...
  • Page 20 Your Vehicle’s Safety Features The most important things you need What you should do: Always wear The rest of this section gives more to know about your airbags are: your seat belt properly, and sit detailed information about how you upright and as far back from the can maximize your safety.
  • Page 21: Protecting Adults And Teens

    Protecting Adults and Teens Introduction Except Touring models On Touring models The following pages provide Your vehicle also has a Your vehicle also has a tailgate, glass instructions on how to properly tailgate, glass hatch, and hatch, and door open indicator on protect the driver, adult door open indicator on the the multi-information display to...
  • Page 22 Protecting Adults and Teens Locking the doors, the glass hatch, and the tailgate reduces the chance of someone being thrown out of the vehicle during a crash, and it helps prevent passengers from accidentally opening a door, the glass hatch, or the tailgate and falling out.
  • Page 23: Adjust The Front Seats

    Protecting Adults and Teens Adjust the Front Seats If you sit too close to the steering wheel or dashboard, you can be seriously injured by an inflating front Sitting too close to a front airbag, or by striking the steering airbag can result in serious wheel or dashboard.
  • Page 24: Adjust The Seat-Backs

    Protecting Adults and Teens Adjust the Seat-Backs Adjust the Head Restraints Reclining the seat-back too far can result in serious injury or death in a crash. Adjust the seat-back to an upright position, and sit well back in the seat. Reclining a seat-back so that the shoulder part of the belt no longer rests against the occupant’s chest...
  • Page 25: Fasten And Position The Seat Belts

    Protecting Adults and Teens Fasten and Position the Seat Belts Insert the latch plate into the buckle, Improperly positioning head then tug on the belt to make sure the restraints reduces their belt is securely latched. Check that effectiveness and you can be the belt is not twisted, because a seriously injured in a crash.
  • Page 26 Protecting Adults and Teens If necessary, pull up on the belt again If the seat belt touches or crosses The front seats and second row seats to remove any slack, then check that your neck, or if it crosses your arm have adjustable seat belt anchors.
  • Page 27: Maintain A Proper Sitting Position

    Protecting Adults and Teens Maintain a Proper Sitting In addition, an occupant who is out of Never place the shoulder portion of a Position position in the front seat can be lap/shoulder belt under your arm or This could cause After all occupants have adjusted seriously or fatally injured in a crash behind your back.
  • Page 28: Advice For Pregnant Women

    Protecting Adults and Teens Advice for Pregnant Women When driving, remember to sit This will reduce the risk of injuries upright and adjust the seat as far to both you and your unborn child back as possible while allowing full that can be caused by a crash or an control of the vehicle.
  • Page 29: Additional Safety Precautions

    Protecting Adults and Teens Additional Safety Precautions Do not put any accessories on seat Do not attach or place objects on Devices intended to improve Objects on Never let passengers ride in the belts. the front airbag covers. occupant comfort or reposition the the covers marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’...
  • Page 30: Your Seat Belts

    Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Seat Belt System Components The seat belt system If either the driver or a front Your seat belt system includes lap/ includes an indicator on the passenger does not fasten their seat shoulder belts in all seating positions. instrument panel and a beeper to belt while driving, the beeper will The front seat belts are also...
  • Page 31: Lap/Shoulder Belt

    Additional Information About Your Seat Belts If the indicator comes on or the Lap/Shoulder Belt All seat belts have an emergency beeper sounds when the driver’s seat The lap/shoulder belt goes over locking retractor. In normal driving, belt is latched and there is no front your shoulder, across your chest, the retractor lets you move freely in seat passenger and no items on the...
  • Page 32: Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners

    Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners Allowing a child to play with a seat belt or wrap one around their neck can result in serious injury or death. Instruct children not to play with any seat belt and make sure any unused seat belt a child can reach is buckled, fully retracted, and locked.
  • Page 33: Seat Belt Maintenance

    Not checking or maintaining Honda provides a limited warranty seat belts can result in serious on seat belts. See your Honda injury or death if the seat belts...
  • Page 34: Additional Information About Your Airbags

    Additional Information About Your Airbags Airbag System Components (13) (7)(11) (10) (12) (17) (13) (1) Driver’s Front Airbag (2) Passenger’s Front Airbag (3) Control Unit/Rollover Sensor (4) Front Seat Belt Tensioners (5) Side Airbags (6) Driver’s Seat Position Sensor (15) (7) Front Passenger’s Weight Sensors (8) Side Impact Sensors (First) (9) Passenger Airbag Off Indicator...
  • Page 35 Additional Information About Your Airbags Your Airbag System includes: Automatic front seat belt Weight sensors that monitor the tensioners (see page weight on the front passenger’s Two SRS (supplemental restraint seat. If the weight is about 65 lbs system) front airbags. The driver’s Sensors that can detect a (29 kg) or less (the weight of an airbag is stored in the center of...
  • Page 36: How Your Front Airbags Work

    Additional Information About Your Airbags An indicator on the instrument How Your Front Airbags Work During a frontal crash, your seat belt panel that alerts you to a possible restrains your lower body and torso, problem with your airbag system and the front airbag helps protect components (see page your head and chest.
  • Page 37 Additional Information About Your Airbags The total time for inflation and Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold deflation is less than a second, so Front Airbags (SRS) fast that most occupants are not Your vehicle is equipped with dual- aware that the airbags deployed until stage, multiple-threshold front they see them lying in their laps.
  • Page 38 If the seat is under the seat. Although Honda Objects placed or pushed under too far forward, the airbag will does not encourage carrying an...
  • Page 39: How Your Side Airbags Work

    Additional Information About Your Airbags Be aware that objects placed on the Moving the front seat forcibly How Your Side Airbags Work passenger’s seat can also cause the back against cargo on the seat or airbag to be turned off. floor behind it.
  • Page 40 To get the best protection from the Although Honda does not encourage indicator will go out. side airbags, front seat occupants children to ride in front, if the...