LATCH Child-Restraint System

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. Only LATCH junior seats and infant carriers
without upper tethers can be used in this position, as there is no good place to anchor the
tether due to this vehicle's design. Both anchors must be used when installing these lower
anchor only child-restraint systems, otherwise the seat will bounce around and put the child
in danger.

WARNING:
Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the use of the child-restraint system:
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 does not rely on an upper tether and then properly
secure those non-tethered seats according to the child-restraint system manufacturer's instructions.

Make sure the child-restraint system is properly secured: 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. Follow
the child-restraint system manufacturer's instructions on belt routing to secure the
seat just as you would with a child in it so that nobody is tempted to put a child in
an improperly secured seat later on. 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.

Make sure there are no seat belts or foreign objects near or around the LATCH childrestraint
system:
Not following the child-restraint system manufacturer's instructions when installing
the child-restraint system is dangerous. If seat belts or a foreign object prevent the
child-restraint system from being securely attached to the LATCH lower anchors and
the child-restraint system is installed improperly, the child-restraint system could
move in a sudden stop or collision causing serious injury or death to the child or
other occupants. When installing the child-restraint system, make sure there are no
seat belts or foreign objects near or around the LATCH lower anchors. Always follow
the child-restraint system manufacturer's instructions.

LATCH Child-Restraint System Installation Procedure

Before installing a child-restraint system, make sure the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light illuminated by using the key to turn the passenger air bag off.

Refer to Passenger seat weight sensors Refer to Passenger Air Bag Deactivation Switch .

1. Make sure to remove articles from behind the passenger seat that would prevent the seat from sliding back fully, and then slide the seat as far back as possible to insert the LATCH lower anchors between the seat bottom and the seatback.

2. Expand the area between the seat


2. Expand the area between the seat bottom and the seatback slightly to verify the locations of the LATCH lower anchors.

NOTE:
The markings above the LATCH lower anchors indicate the locations of the LATCH lower anchors for the attachment of a child-restraint system.

3. Secure the child-restraint system using BOTH LATCH lower anchors, following the child-restraint system manufacturer's instruction, however if it uses an upper tether, it may not be mounted properly in this vehicle as there is no safe way to anchor the tether. Confirm whether the childrestraint system can be used with seat belts by reading the child-restraint system manufacturer's instructions.

4. Make sure the passenger air bag


4. Make sure the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light illuminates by using the key to turn the passenger air bag off after installing a childrestraint system on the passenger seat.

WARNING:
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 childrestraint 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 childrestraint 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 seat weight sensors .

Refer to Passenger Air Bag Deactivation Switch .

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