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Quick Links. Download this manual. Table of Contents. Seats and Restraint Systems Features and Controls Starting and Operating Your Vehicle. Instrument Panel Warning Lights, Gages and Indicators. Driving Your Vehicle Your Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle. Service and Appearance Care Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement.

Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts. Maintenance Schedule Customer Assistance Information Automobile Pontiac Sunfire Owner's Manual pages.

This manual includes the latest information at the time it was printed. We reserve the right to make changes after that time without further notice. A notice will tell you about something that can damage your vehicle. Many times, this damage would not be covered by your warranty, and it could be costly. It is easier to use the adjuster when the seat is unoccupied.

Page Head Restraints Head Restraints Adjust your head restraint so that the top of the restraint is closest to the top of your head. This position reduces the chance of a neck injury in a crash.

Press the release button near the base of the restraint to lower and raise the restraint to a comfortable position. Page 12 To fold the seatback down, do the following: 1. Lower the head restraint to the lowest position and make sure the seatback is at the most upright position and locked. The rear right side seatback can also be used as a temporary table while the vehicle is stopped.

Page 14 To fold either seatback down, do the following: 1. Pull up on the lock release knob, located on the top of the seatbacks. Fold the seatback down. Each seatback can be folded separately. To raise the seatback, do the following: 1. In a collision, people riding in these areas are more likely to be seriously injured or killed. Do not allow people to ride in any area of your vehicle that is not equipped with seats and safety belts.

Put someone on it. Take the simplest vehicle. Page 17 Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. The person keeps going until stopped by something. In a real vehicle, it could be the windshield Page 18 or the instrument panel With safety belts, you slow down as the vehicle does. You get more time to stop.

You stop over more distance, and your strongest bones take the forces. Be aware that there are special things to know about safety belts and children. And there are different rules for smaller children and babies. If a child will be riding in your vehicle, see Older Children on page or Infants and Young Children on page Page 21 The shoulder belt may lock if you pull the belt across you very quickly.

If this happens, let the belt go back slightly to unlock it. Then pull the belt across you more slowly. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks. Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure. Page Shoulder Belt Height Adjuster 6. The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just touching the thighs. In a crash, this applies force to the strong pelvic bones. If you slid under it, the belt would apply force at your abdomen.

The shoulder belt is too loose. In a crash, you would move forward too much, which could increase injury. The belt is buckled in the wrong place. In a crash, the belt would go up over your abdomen. The belt forces would be there, not at the pelvic bones. The shoulder belt is worn under the arm.

It should be worn over the shoulder at all times. In a crash, your body would move too far forward, which would increase the chance of head and neck injury. The belt is twisted across the body. The belt should go back out of the way. Before you close the door, be sure the belt is out of the way. If you slam the door on it, you can damage both the belt and your vehicle. Page Rear Seat Passengers The best way to protect the fetus is to protect the mother.

For pregnant women, as for anyone, the key to making safety belts effective is wearing them properly. Page 29 Lap-Shoulder Belt All rear seating positions have lap-shoulder belts. Pick up the latch plate and pull the belt across you. The shoulder belt may lock if you pull the belt across you very quickly. Page 30 The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug 3.

To make the lap part tight, pull down on the buckle on the hips, just touching the thighs. In a crash, this end of the belt as you pull up on the shoulder belt. Although you cannot see them, they are located on the retractor part of the safety belts for the driver and right front passenger. What is the proper way to wear safety belts? If possible, an older child should wear a lap-shoulder belt and get the additional restraint a shoulder belt can provide. Here two children are wearing the same belt.

In a crash, the two children can be crushed together and seriously injured. A belt must be used by only one person at a time. Here a child is sitting in a seat that has a lap-shoulder belt, but the shoulder part is behind the child. If the child wears the belt in this way, in a crash the child might slide under the belt.

Page 36 Every time infants and young children ride in vehicles, they should have the protection provided by the appropriate restraint. Air bags plus lap-shoulder belts offer outstanding protection for adults and older children, but not for young children and infants. Page 38 For most basic types of child restraints, there are many different models available. When purchasing a child restraint, be sure it is designed to be used in a motor vehicle.

If it is, the restraint will have a label saying that it meets federal motor vehicle safety standards. Page 41 How do child restraints work? A child restraint system is any device designed for use in a motor vehicle to restrain, seat, or position children.

A built-in child restraint system is a permanent part of the motor vehicle. Page Where To Put The Restraint Where to Put the Restraint Accident statistics show that children are safer if they are restrained in the rear rather than the front seat. We, therefore, recommend that child restraints be secured in a rear seat, including an infant riding in a rear-facing infant seat, a child riding in a forward-facing child seat and an older child riding in a booster seat. Page 43 In Canada, the law requires that forward-facing child restraints have a top strap, and that the strap be anchored.

In the United States, some child restraints also have a top strap. If your child restraint has a top strap, it should be anchored. Your vehicle has top strap anchors for the rear seating positions. Instead, it uses vehicle anchors A, B and child restraint attachments to secure the restraints.


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