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Please pay close attention to the information in this
section. It tells you how to use your restraint system
properly to keep you and your passengers as safe as
In a collision, you and your passengers can suffer
much greater injuries if you are not properly buck-
led up. You can strike the interior of your vehicle or
other occupants, or you can be thrown out of the
vehicle. Always be sure you and others in your
vehicle are buckled up properly.
Buckle up even though you are an excellent driver, even
on short trips. Someone on the road may be a poor driver
and cause a collision that includes you. This can happen
far away from home or on your street.
Research has shown that seat belts save lives. They also
can reduce the seriousness of injuries in a collision. Some
of the worst injuries happen when people are thrown
from the vehicle. Seat belts provide protection from that,
and they reduce the risk of injury caused by striking the
inside of the vehicle. Everyone in a motor vehicle needs
to be buckled up all the time.
Each seating position is equipped with a combined
lap/shoulder belt system.
The belt webbing retractor will lock only during very
sudden stops or impacts. This feature allows the shoulder
part of the belt to move freely with you under normal
conditions. But, in a collision, the belt will lock and
reduce the risk of your striking the inside of the vehicle or
being thrown out. The seat belts are also equipped with
emergency tensioning retractors. These tensioning retrac-
tors are located in each belt’s inertia reel and become
operationally ready with the key in the ignition switch
turned to the ACC or ON/RUN positions. The emer-
gency tensioning retractors are designed to activate dur-
ing frontal and rear impacts. They remove slack from the
belts in such a way that the seat belts fit more snugly
against the body, restricting its forward movement as
much as possible.
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