Rear Seat

WARNING:
Do not stack cargo higher than the seatbacks or place articles on the rear package tray or on the luggage compartment cover:
Stacking luggage or other cargo higher than the seatbacks, and placing articles on the rear package tray or on the luggage compartment cover is dangerous. During sudden braking or a collision, objects can fly around and become projectiles that may hit and injure passengers.

Make sure luggage and cargo is secured before driving:
Not securing cargo while driving is dangerous as it could move or be crushed during sudden braking or a collision and cause injury.

Make sure the adjustable components of a seat are locked in place: Adjustable seats that are not securely locked are dangerous. In a sudden stop or collision, the seat or seatback could move, causing injury.

Do not drive with the seatback unlocked:
All of the seatbacks play an important role in your protection in a vehicle. Leaving the seatback unlocked is dangerous as it can allow passengers to be ejected or thrown around and baggage to strike occupants in a sudden stop or collision, resulting in severe injury.

After returning the seatback at any time, even when there are no other passengers, rock the seatback to make sure it is locked in place.

Never allow a passenger to sit or stand on the folded seatback while the vehicle is moving:
Driving with a passenger on the folded seatback is dangerous.

Allowing a child to sit up on the folded seatback while the vehicle is moving is particularly dangerous. In a sudden stop or even a minor collision, a child not in a proper seat or child-restraint system and seat belt could be thrown forward, back or even out of the vehicle resulting in serious injuries or death. The child in the baggage area could be thrown into other occupants and cause serious injury.

Never give the car keys to children and do not allow them to play in the vehicle:
Playing with the folding rear seats is dangerous. The folding rear seatbacks cannot be folded down from inside the trunk. Once the seatbacks are back up, a child in the trunk would not be able to get out the way they had entered. If you have small children, keep the seatbacks locked (sedan).

Always leave your car locked and keep the car keys safely away from children: Leaving your car unlocked or the keys in reach of children is dangerous. Children who find their way into the trunk through an unlocked rear seatback or an open trunk can become accidentally locked in the trunk. This could result in death or brain damage from heat prostration, particularly in the summer. Always lock the doors and the trunk, and as an added measure, keep the rear seatbacks locked, whether you have children in your home or not.

Do not leave the key in your vehicle with children and keep them in a place where your children will not find or play with them:
Leaving children in a vehicle with the key is dangerous. This could result in someone being badly injured or even killed. Children may find these new kinds of keys to be an interesting toy to play with and could cause the power windows or other controls to operate, or even make the vehicle move.

NOTE:
When returning a rear seat to its original position, also replace the seat belt to its normal position. Verify that the seat belt pulls out and retracts.

Split-Folding Rear Seatback

To fold the seatbacks

CAUTION:
When operating the rear seatback knob, make sure you support the seatback with your hand. If the seatback is not supported with your hand, it will flip forward suddenly and could cause injury to the finger that pushes the rear seatback knob down.

1. Unfasten the lap portion of the centerrear seat belt

CAUTION:
Always unfasten the lap portion of the belt before folding the rear-left seatback. Leaving the lap portion of the belt fastened could cause damage to the seat belt, buckle and seatback.

2. Position the outboard seat belts to the side when folding the seatbacks down.

3. Support the seatback with your hand.

4. Push the rear seatback knob down.


4. Push the rear seatback knob down.

To return the seatbacks to the upright position

1. Position the outboard seat belts to the side.

2. Lift the seatbacks upright.

3. Make sure the seat belts are fully pulled out from under the seatbacks.

4. Pull on the top of the seatbacks from inside the vehicle to make sure they are locked.

5. Fasten the center-rear lap/shoulder belt and check that all seat belts are routed properly for passenger use.

WARNING:
Always make sure the seat belts are fully pulled out from under the seatbacks:
A seat belt caught under a seatback after the seatback is returned to its upright position is dangerous. In a collision or sudden stop, the seat belt cannot provide adequate protection.

When returning the seatback to the upright position, make sure there is no red indication:
A rear seatback not fully returned and locked in the upright position is dangerous. Sudden stops or maneuvering could cause a seatback to flip forward suddenly resulting in injury. If the red indicator is visible on the back of the rear seatback knob, the seatback is not locked in the upright position.

Rear Seatback Lock (4 Door)


Rear Seatback Lock (4 Door)

To lock or unlock a seatback, move the


To lock or unlock a seatback, move the lever.

NOTE:
The seatback locks are part of the trunk security system.

Armrest

The rear armrest in the center of the rear


The rear armrest in the center of the rear seatback can be used (no occupant in the center seat) or placed upright.

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