LATCH Child-Restraint Systems

Your Mazda is equipped with LATCH lower anchors for attachment of specially designed
LATCH child-restraint systems in the rear seat. Both anchors must be used, otherwise the
seat will bounce around and put the child in danger. Most LATCH child-restraint systems
must also be used in conjunction with a tether to be effective. If they have a tether you
must use it to better assure your child's safety.

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 the child-restraint system is properly secured in place according to the childrestraint
system manufacturer's instructions.

Never attach two child-restraint systems to the same LATCH lower anchor: Attaching two child-restraint systems to the same LATCH lower anchor is dangerous.

In a collision, one anchor may not be strong enough to hold two child-restraint system attachments, and it may break, causing serious injury or death. If you use the
seat position for another child-restraint system when an outboard LATCH position is
occupied, use the center seat belts instead, and the tether if tether-equipped.

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.

Child-Restraint System Installation Procedure (Rear Outboard Seats)

1. Make sure the seatback is securely latched by pushing it back until it is fully locked.

2. Expand the open seams on the rear of


2. Expand the open seams on the rear of the seat bottom slightly to verify the locations of the LATCH lower anchors.

NOTE:
The markings above the LATCH lower anchors indicate the locations of 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.

4. If your child-restraint system came equipped with a tether, that probably means it is very important to properly secure the tether for child safety. Please carefully follow the child-restraint system manufacturer's instructions when installing tethers.

Anchor bracket location
Anchor bracket location

Tether strap position
Tether strap position

WARNING:
Use the tether and tether anchor only for a child-restraint system: Using the tether or tether anchor to secure anything but a child-restraint system is dangerous. This could weaken or damage the tether or tether anchor and result in injury.

Always route the tether strap between the head restraint and the seatback: Routing the tether strap on top of the head restraint is dangerous. In a collision the tether strap could slide off the head restraint and loosen the child-restraint system. The childrestraint system could move which
may result in death or injury to the child.

Always attach the tether strap to the correct tether anchor position: Attaching the tether strap to the incorrect tether anchor position is dangerous. In a collision, the tether strap could come off and loosen the child-restraint system. If the childrestraint system moves it could result in death or injury to the child.

Child-Restraint System Installation Procedure (Center-Rear Seat)

The LATCH lower anchors at the center of the rear seat are much further apart than the sets of LATCH lower anchors for child-restraint system installation at other seating positions. Child-restraint systems with rigid LATCH attachments cannot be installed on the center seating position.

Some LATCH equipped child-restraint systems can be placed in the center position and will reach the nearest LATCH lower anchors which are 400 mm (15.75 in) apart. LATCH compatible child-restraint systems (with attachments on belt webbing) can be used at this seating position only if the child-restraint system manufacturer's instructions state that the child-restraint system can be installed to LATCH lower anchors that are 400 mm (15.75 in) apart. Do not attach two child-restraint systems to the same LATCH lower anchor. If your childrestraint system has a tether, it must also be used for your child's optimum safety.

WARNING:
Use the tether and tether anchor only for a child-restraint system: Using the tether or tether anchor to secure anything but a child-restraint system is dangerous. This could weaken or damage the tether or tether anchor and result in injury.

Always attach the tether strap to the correct tether anchor position: Attaching the tether strap to the incorrect tether anchor position is dangerous. In a collision, the tether strap could come off and loosen the child-restraint system. If the childrestraint system moves it could result in death or injury to the child.

1. Make sure the seatback is securely latched by pushing it back until it is fully locked.

2. Expand the open seams on the rear of


2. Expand the open seams on the rear of the seat bottom slightly to verify the locations of the LATCH lower anchors.

NOTE:
The markings above the LATCH lower anchors indicate the locations of 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 instructions.

Type A

1. If your child-restraint system came


1. If your child-restraint system came equipped with a tether, that probably means it is very important to properly secure the tether for child safety. First, remove the anchor bracket cover on the rear end trim.

2. Flip over the trunk board.


2. Flip over the trunk board.

3. Fold the trunk board into the position


3. Fold the trunk board into the position shown in the figure.

4. Latch the hook onto the anchor


4. Latch the hook onto the anchor bracket, and tighten the tether strap following the child-restraint system manufacturer's instructions.

5. Push the trunk board down to its original position.

Type B

1. If your child-restraint system requires


1. If your child-restraint system requires the use of a tether strap, hook and tighten the tether strap. First, pull up the front part of the trunk board and remove the anchor bracket cover on the trunk board.

2. Pass the tether strap through the hole.


2. Pass the tether strap through the hole.

3. Latch the hook onto the anchor


3. Latch the hook onto the anchor bracket.

4. Push the trunk board down to its original position, and tighten the tether strap following the child-restraint system manufacturer's instructions.

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