Rear Seat

WARNING:
Do not stack cargo higher than the seatbacks:
Stacking luggage or other cargo higher than the seatbacks, and placing articles on the rear seat 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:
The seatback plays 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.

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

The seatbacks can be folded down to provide more space in the luggage compartment.

To fold the seatbacks

WARNING:
Always remove the child-restraint system from the rear seat before operating the remote handle levers for the rear seat:
Operating the remote handle levers while a rear-facing child-restraint system is in the rear seat is dangerous. It could cause injury to a child seated in the child-restraint system when the seatback suddenly flips forward.

Make sure there is nobody in the rear seat area before operating the remote handle levers:
Not checking the rear seat area for persons before folding the seatbacks with the remote handle levers is dangerous. The rear seat area is difficult to see from the rear of the vehicle. Operating the remote handle levers without checking could cause injury to a person when a seatback suddenly flips forward.

CAUTION:
Before folding the seatbacks with the remote handle levers, make sure there is no cup in a rear cup holder.

Folding the seatbacks with the remote handle levers while a cup is in the cup holder could soil or damage the seat bottom and seatback.

When using the remote handle levers:

CAUTION:
Be careful of the following when using the remote handle levers: seatback could flip forward faster On a downward slope, the
seatback could flip forward faster than on a flat area.

may not fold down. When the On an upward slope, the seatback
may not fold down. When the seatbacks cannot be folded down with levers, pull the rear seatback forward from inside the vehicle.

1. Unfasten the lap portion of the centerrear seat belt.

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

2. After checking that the rear seats are


2. After checking that the rear seats are clear, open the liftgate compartment and pull the remote handle levers on the left and right side of the liftgate compartment.

When using the rear seatback knobs:

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. Support the seatback with your hand.

3. Push the rear seatback knob down.


3. Push the rear seatback knob down.

To return the seatbacks to the upright position

1. Lift the seatbacks upright.

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

3. 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.

Armrest


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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