Installing Child Restraints Using The Vehicle Seat Belts

The seat belts in the passenger seating positions are equipped with an Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) to secure a Child Restraint System (CRS). These types of seat belts are designed to keep the lap portion of the seat belt tight around the child restraint so that it is not necessary to use a locking clip. The ALR will make a ratcheting noise if you extract the entire belt from the retractor and then allow the belt to retract into the retractor. For additional information on ALR, refer to “Automatic Locking Mode” description under “Seat Belts in Passenger Seating Positions” section. The chart below defines the seating positions with an Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR).

• N/A — Not Applicable

• N/A — Not Applicable
• ALR — Automatic Locking Retractor

Installing a Child Restraint with an ALR: 1. To install a child restraint with ALR, first, pull enough of the seat belt webbing from the retractor to route it through the belt path of the child restraint. Slide the latch plate into the buckle until you hear a “click.” Next, extract all the seat belt webbing out of the retractor and then allow the belt to retract into the retractor. As the belt retracts, you will hear a ratcheting sound. This indicates the safety belt is now in the Automatic Locking mode.

2. Finally, pull on any excess webbing to tighten the lap portion around the child restraint. Any seat belt system will loosen with time, so check the belt occasionally, and pull it tight if necessary.

To attach a child restraint tether strap: For rearward facing infant seats secured in the center seat position with the vehicle seat belts, the rear center seat position has an armrest tether that secures the arm rest in the upward position. To access the center seat arm rest tether first lower the arm rest. The tether is located behind the armrest and hooked onto the plastic seat backing.

Center Seat Position Arm Rest Tether
Center Seat Position Arm Rest Tether

Pull down on the tether to unhook it from the plastic seat backing, then raise the armrest and attach the tether hook to the strap located on the front of the arm rest.

Center Seat Position Arm Rest Tether Attached
Center Seat Position Arm Rest Tether Attached

For center seating position route the tether strap over the seatback and headrest then attach the hook to the tether anchor located on the back of the seat. For the outboard seating positions, route the tether under the head restraints, and attach the hook to the top tether anchor located on the back of the seat. To access the top tether strap anchorages behind the rear seat, pull the carpeted floor panel away from the seat back, this will expose the top tether strap anchorages.

Pulling Down The Carpet Floor Panel To Access Top Tether Strap
Pulling Down The Carpet Floor Panel To Access Top Tether Strap

Top Tether Strap Anchorage (Located on Seatback)
Top Tether Strap Anchorage (Located on Seatback)

Top Tether Strap Mounting
Top Tether Strap Mounting

WARNING!
• An incorrectly anchored tether strap could lead to increased head motion and possible injury to the child. Use only the anchor positions directly behind the child seat to secure a child restraint top tether strap.

• Do not use the cargo tie downs located on the load floor. Improper usage of the tether can lead to a failure of an infant or child restraint. The child could be badly injured or killed.

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