Child Restraint Precautions

Mazda strongly urges the use of child-restraint systems for children small enough to use
them.

You are required by law to use a child-restraint system for children in the U.S. and Canada.

Check your local and state or provincial laws for specific requirements regarding the safety
of children riding in your vehicle.

Whatever child-restraint system you consider, please pick the appropriate one for the age
and size of the child, obey the law and follow the instructions that come with the individual
child-restraint system.

A child who has outgrown child-restraint systems should use seat belts, both lap and
shoulder. If the shoulder belt crosses the neck or face, move the child closer to the center of
the vehicle.

A rear-facing child-restraint system should NEVER be used on the passenger seat with the
air bag system activated.

If a small child or infant in the passenger seat ― particularly a child secured in a rearfacing
child-restraint system ― it is critically important that you consciously deactivate the
passenger air bag and not simply rely on the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light
being turned on at all times. In a collision, the force of an air bag slamming the childrestraint
system rearwards could result in death to the child even if the child is properly
belted. Be alert to the operation of the indicator light and BE SURE THE PASSENGER
AIR BAG IS ALWAYS DEACTIVATED AS INDICATED BY PASSENGER AIR BAG DEACTIVATION INDICATOR LIGHT.

Passenger air bag deactivation indicator light


Passenger air bag deactivation indicator light

To reduce the chance of injuries caused by the deployment of the passenger air bag, there
are two methods to deactivate the passenger air bag for a child's safety as follows ―
however the surest way to avoid the passenger air bag not deploying is to use the key and
turn off the passenger air bag and not rely on the passenger seat weight sensors, which will
also detect other loads or objects on and around the passenger seat;

Passenger air bag deactivation switch

This switch should be used to deactivate the passenger front and side air bags and also the
passenger seat belt pretensioner system if installing a child-restraint system is installed on
the passenger seat.

Make sure the passenger air bag deactivation switch is in the ON position except when a
child-restraint system is installed on the passenger seat.

Refer to Passenger Air Bag Deactivation Switch.

Passenger seat weight sensors

These sensors deactivate the passenger front and side air bags and also the passenger seat
belt pretensioner system when the total seated weight on the passenger seat is less than
approximately 30 kg (66 lb).

When an infant or small child is seated on the passenger seat, the system shuts off the
passenger air bag, so make sure the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light
illuminates.

Refer to Passenger seat weight sensors.

LATCH Child-Restraint System

We have installed lower LATCH anchor points for LATCH style junior seats and infant
carriers that work without tethers only. Any other child-restraint system that has an upper
tether cannot be used in this vehicle because there is no tether anchor. A child-restraint
system with a tether cannot be properly mounted in this vehicle unless the child restraint
manufacturer provides instructions on mounting the child-restraint system with only seat
belts in automatic locking mode. Even then, without a tether, the child-restraint system may move forward more easily in seat belts, further degrading the safety provided if you were to
put the child restraint in a tether anchor equipped rear seat of another vehicle. The seat and
head restraint is designed for maximum adult space utilization in this vehicle. Do not try to
secure the tether to something else in the vehicle, as too much slack will result and the
serious risk of injury or death to the child. Use the seat belts to properly secure the nontethered
child-restraint systems other than the LATCH junior seats and non-tethered infant
carriers. Turn off the passenger air bag deactivation switch. To expose and use the lower
LATCH anchor points, which are affixed to the body and not the seat, slide the seat all the
way rearward which is the optimal vehicle seat position for all children in this two seat car.

WARNING:
Use the correct size child-restraint system: For effective protection in vehicle accidents and sudden stops, a child must be properly restrained using a seat belt or child-restraint system depending on age and
size. If not, the child could be seriously injured or even killed in an accident.

Follow the manufacturer's instructions and always keep the child-restraint system
buckled down:
An unsecured child-restraint system is dangerous. In a sudden stop or a collision it
could move causing serious injury or death to the child or other occupants. Make sure any child-restraint system is properly secured in place according to the childrestraint
system manufacturer's instructions. When not in use, remove it from the vehicle or fasten it with a seat belt, or latch it down to BOTH LATCH lower anchors
for LATCH child-restraint systems.

Always secure a child in a proper child-restraint system: Holding a child in your arms while the vehicle is moving is extremely dangerous. No
matter how strong the person may be, he or she cannot hold onto a child in a sudden stop or collision and it could result in serious injury or death to the child or
other occupants. Even in a moderate accident, the child may be exposed to air bag
forces that could result in serious injury or death to the child, or the child may be
slammed into an adult, causing injury to both child and adult.

Always make sure the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light is illuminated
when using a rear-facing child-restraint system: Seating a child in a rear-facing child-restraint system that is installed on the passenger seat with the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light not illuminated is extremely dangerous. In an accident, a air bag could inflate and cause
serious injuries or even death to the child seated in the rear-facing child-restraint
system. Always make sure the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light is illuminated using the key to turn the passenger air bag off.

Refer to Passenger Air Bag Deactivation Switch.

Refer to Passenger seat weight sensors.


Refer to Passenger seat weight sensors.

Seating a child in a child-restraint system on the passenger seat is dangerous: This vehicle is equipped with both a passenger seat weight sensor and a passenger
air bag deactivation indicator light. Even with the passenger seat weight
sensors, seating a child in a child-restraint system on the passenger seat under the
following conditions increases the danger of the passenger air bag deploying and could result in serious injury or death to the child. These are among the reasons why
the passenger air bag should be turned off using the key.

passenger seat is approximately 30 kg (66 lb) or more with a child in the The total seated weight of the child with the child-restraint system on the
passenger seat is approximately 30 kg (66 lb) or more with a child in the childrestraint
system.

child-restraint Luggage or other items are placed on the seat with the child in the
child-restraint
system.

Liquids are spilled on the seat. The seat is washed.


The passenger seat is moved backward, and it is pushed into luggage or other Liquids are spilled on the seat.


items placed behind it. The passenger seat is moved backward, and it is pushed into luggage or other
items placed behind it.

console. Luggage or other items are placed between the passenger seat and center
console.

seat, are attached to the passenger seat. Any accessories, which might increase the total seated weight on the passenger
seat, are attached to the passenger seat.

Before installing child-restraint system on the passenger seat, move the


Before installing child-restraint system on the passenger seat, move the passenger
seat as far back as possible: In a collision, the force of a deploying air bag could cause serious injury or death to
the child. Make sure that the passenger air bag deactivation switch is in the OFF
position. Refer to Passenger Air Bag Deactivation Switch.

Do not allow a child to lean over or against the side window of a vehicle with side air
bags:
Allowing anyone to lean over or against the door is dangerous. If the vehicle is equipped with side air bags, the impact of an inflating side air bag could cause serious injury or death to the person. Children are more likely to sleep in the vehicle;
when they do, they are more at risk in the passenger's seat that has a side air bag
because they may slump over into the path of the seatback-mounted air bag.

Furthermore, leaning over or against the doors could block the side air bag and eliminate the advantages of supplemental protection. Because the side air bag deploys from the outboard shoulder of the seat, do not allow the child to lean over or
against the side window, even if the child is seated in a child-restraint system.

Never use one seat belt on more than one person at a time: Using one seat belt for more than one person at a time is dangerous. A seat belt used in this way cannot spread the impact forces properly and the two passengers could be crushed together and seriously injured or even killed. Never use one belt for
more than one person at a time and always operate the vehicle with each occupant properly restrained.

Always use a child-restraint system designed for use without a tether: Using a child-restraint system that requires a tether is dangerous. Your Mazda does
not have a child-restraint tether. The child-restraint system cannot be properly secured. In a collision, it could move and injure other occupants as well as result in
serious injuries or death to the child.

CAUTION:
A seat belt or child-restraint system can become very hot when exposed to direct sunlight during warm weather. To avoid burning yourself or a child, check them before you or your child touches them.

NOTE:
Your Mazda is equipped with LATCH lower anchors for attachment of specially designed LATCH
child-restraint systems behind the passenger seat that slide through the passenger seat when it is in the fully rearward position. When using these anchors to secure a child-restraint system, refer to “LATCH Child-Restraint Systems” .

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