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2010 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ 1. Driver and Passenger Safety

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Important Safety Precautions  
You’ll find many safety  
Always Wear Your Seat Belt  
A seat belt is your best protection in  
all types of collisions. Airbags are  
designed to supplement seat belts,  
not replace them. So even though  
Be Aware of Airbag Hazards  
While airbags can save lives, they  
can cause serious or fatal injuries to  
occupants who sit too close to them,  
or are not properly restrained.  
recommendations throughout this  
section, and throughout this manual.  
The recommendations on this page  
are the ones we consider to be the  
most important.  
your vehicle is equipped with airbags, Infants, young children, and short  
make sure you and your passengers  
always wear your seat belts, and  
wear them properly (see page 15 ).  
adults are at the greatest risk. Be  
sure to follow all instructions and  
warnings in this manual.  
Restrain All Children  
Don’t Drink and Drive  
Children age 12 and under should  
ride properly restrained in a back  
seat, not the front seat. Infants and  
small children should be restrained  
in a child seat. Larger children  
should use a booster seat and a lap/  
shoulder belt until they can use the  
belt properly without a booster seat  
(see pages 35 54 ).  
Alcohol and driving don’t mix. Even  
one drink can reduce your ability to  
respond to changing conditions, and  
your reaction time gets worse with  
every additional drink. So don’t drink  
and drive, and don’t let your friends  
drink and drive, either.  
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Important Safety Precautions  
Pay Appropriate Attention to the  
Task of Driving Safely  
Engaging in mobile phone  
Keep Your Vehicle in Safe  
Having a tire blowout or a  
conversation or other activities that  
keep you from paying close attention  
to the road, other vehicles and  
pedestrians could lead to a crash.  
Remember, situations can change  
quickly, and only you can decide  
when it is safe to divert attention  
away from driving.  
mechanical failure can be extremely  
hazardous. To reduce the possibility  
of such problems, check your tire  
pressures and condition frequently,  
and perform all regularly scheduled  
maintenance (see page 341 ).  
Control Your Speed  
Excessive speed is a major factor in  
crash injuries and deaths. Generally,  
the higher the speed, the greater the  
risk, but serious injuries can also  
occur at lower speeds. Never drive  
faster than is safe for current  
conditions, regardless of the  
maximum speed posted.  
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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features  
Your vehicle is equipped with many  
features that work together to  
protect you and your passengers  
during a crash.  
Some features do not require any  
action on your part. These include a  
strong steel framework that forms a  
safety cage around the passenger  
compartment, front and rear crush  
zones, a collapsible steering column,  
and tensioners that tighten the front  
seat belts in a crash.  
However, you and your passengers  
can’t take full advantage of these  
features unless you remain sitting in  
the correct position and always wear  
your seat belts. In fact, some safety  
features can contribute to injuries if  
they are not used properly.  
(8) (6)  
(1) Safety Cage  
(2) Crush Zones  
(3) Seats and Seat-Backs  
(4) Head Restraints  
(5) Collapsible Steering Column  
(6) Seat Belts  
(7) Front Airbags  
(8) Side Airbags  
The following pages explain how you  
can take an active role in protecting  
yourself and your passengers.  
(9) Side Curtain Airbags  
(10) Door Locks  
(11) Front Seat Belt Tensioners  
(12) Seat Belt Buckle Tensioners  
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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features  
Seat Belts  
Help keep you from being thrown  
against the inside of the vehicle  
and against other occupants.  
Your vehicle is equipped with seat  
belts in all seating positions.  
Not wearing a seat belt properly  
increases the chance of serious  
injury or death in a crash, even  
though your vehicle has airbags.  
Your seat belt system also includes  
an indicator on the instrument panel  
and a beeper to remind you and your  
passengers to fasten your seat belts.  
Keep you from being thrown out  
of the vehicle.  
Be sure you and your  
passengers always wear seat  
belts and wear them properly.  
Help keep you in a good position  
should the airbags ever deploy. A  
good position reduces the risk of  
injury from an inflating airbag and  
allows you to get the best  
Why Wear Seat Belts  
Seat belts are the single most  
effective safety device for adults and  
larger children. (Infants and smaller  
children must be properly restrained  
in child seats.)  
When properly worn, seat belts:  
advantage from the airbag.  
Keep you connected to the vehicle  
so you can take advantage of the  
vehicle’s built-in safety features.  
Of course, seat belts cannot  
completely protect you in every  
crash. But in most cases, seat belts  
can reduce your risk of serious  
Not wearing a seat belt properly  
increases the chance of serious  
injury or death in a crash, even  
though your vehicle has airbags.  
Help protect you in almost every  
type of crash, including:  
frontal impacts  
side impacts  
rear impacts  
What You Should Do:  
In addition, most states and all  
Canadian provinces and territories  
require you to wear seat belts.  
Always wear your seat belt, and  
make sure you wear it properly.  
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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features  
Your vehicle has a supplemental  
restraint system (SRS) with front  
airbags to help protect the heads and  
chests of the driver and a front seat  
passenger during a moderate to  
severe frontal collision (see page  
Your vehicle also has side airbags to  
help protect the upper torso of the  
driver or a front seat passenger  
during a moderate to severe side  
impact (see page 29 for more  
In addition, your vehicle has side  
curtain airbags to help protect the  
heads of the driver, front passenger,  
and passengers in the outer rear  
seating positions during a moderate  
information on how your side airbags to severe side impact or rollover (see  
26 for more information on how  
your front airbags work).  
page 31 for more information on how  
your side curtain airbags work).  
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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features  
The most important things you need  
to know about your airbags are:  
What you should do: Always wear  
your seat belt properly, and sit  
upright and as far back from the  
steering wheel as possible while  
allowing full control of the vehicle. A  
front passenger should move their  
seat as far back from the dashboard  
as possible.  
The rest of this section gives more  
detailed information about how you  
can maximize your safety.  
Airbags do not replace seat belts.  
They are designed to supplement  
the seat belts.  
Remember, however, that no safety  
system can prevent all injuries or  
deaths that can occur in a severe  
crash, even when seat belts are  
properly worn and the airbags deploy.  
Airbags offer no protection in rear  
collisions, or minor frontal or side  
Airbags can pose serious hazards.  
To do their job, airbags must  
inflate with tremendous force. So  
while airbags help save lives, they  
can cause minor injuries or more  
serious or even fatal injuries if  
occupants are not properly  
restrained or sitting properly.  
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Protecting Adults and Teens  
Your vehicle has a door and  
tailgate open indicator on  
2.Adjust the Front Seats  
The following pages provide  
instructions on how to properly  
protect the driver, adult passengers,  
and teenage children who are large  
enough and mature enough to drive  
or ride in the front.  
the instrument panel to indicate  
when a specific door or the tailgate is  
not tightly closed.  
Locking the doors reduces the  
chance of someone being thrown out  
of the vehicle during a crash, and it  
helps prevent passengers from  
accidentally opening a door and  
falling out.  
See pages 35 54 for important  
guidelines on how to properly  
protect infants, small children, and  
larger children who ride in your  
Locking the doors also helps prevent  
an outsider from unexpectedly  
opening a door when you come to a  
1.Close and Lock the Doors  
After everyone has entered the  
vehicle, be sure the doors and the  
tailgate are closed and locked.  
Adjust the driver’s seat as far to the  
rear as possible while allowing you to  
maintain full control of the vehicle.  
Have a front passenger adjust their  
seat as far to the rear as possible.  
See page 85 for how to lock the  
doors, and page 65 for how the door  
and tailgate open indicator works.  
Your vehicle has the auto door  
locking/unlocking feature. For more  
information, see page 86 .  
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Protecting Adults and Teens  
If you sit too close to the steering  
wheel or dashboard, you can be  
seriously injured by an inflating front  
airbag, or by striking the steering  
wheel or dashboard.  
3.Adjust the Seat-Backs  
Sitting too close to a front  
airbag can result in serious  
injury or death if the front  
airbags inflate.  
The National Highway Traffic Safety  
Administration and Transport  
Always sit as far back from the  
front airbags as possible.  
Canada recommend that drivers  
allow at least 10 inches (25 cm)  
between the center of the steering  
wheel and the chest. In addition to  
adjusting the seat, you can adjust the  
steering wheel up and down, and in  
and out (see page 81 ).  
On vehicles with manual adjustable  
Once your seat is adjusted correctly,  
rock it back and forth to make sure  
the seat is locked in position.  
Adjust the driver’s seat-back to a  
comfortable, upright position,  
leaving ample space between your  
chest and the airbag cover in the  
center of the steering wheel.  
If you cannot get far enough away  
from the steering wheel and still  
reach the controls, we recommend  
that you investigate whether some  
type of adaptive equipment may help.  
See page 97 for how to adjust a  
front seat (power adjustment) and  
page 98 for a manual adjustment.  
Passengers with adjustable seat-  
backs should also adjust their seat-  
back to a comfortable, upright  
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Protecting Adults and Teens  
4.Adjust the Head Restraints  
Reclining the seat-back too far  
can result in serious injury or  
death in a crash.  
Improperly positioning head  
restraints reduces their  
effectiveness and you can be  
seriously injured in a crash.  
Adjust the seat-back to an  
upright position, and sit well  
back in the seat.  
Make sure head restraints are  
in place and positioned properly  
before driving.  
Reclining a seat-back so that the  
shoulder part of the belt no longer  
rests against the occupant’s chest  
reduces the protective capability of  
the belt. It also increases the chance  
of sliding under the belt in a crash  
and being seriously injured. The  
farther a seat-back is reclined, the  
greater the risk of injury.  
Properly adjusted head restraints  
will help protect occupants from  
whiplash and other crash injuries.  
Adjust the driver’s head restraint so  
the center of the back of your head  
rests against the center of the  
See page 101 for how to adjust the  
head restraints and how the driver’s  
and front passenger’s active head  
restraints work.  
Have passengers adjust their head  
restraints properly as well. Taller  
persons should adjust their restraint  
as high as possible.  
See page 98 for how to adjust the  
manual adjustable seat-back, and  
page 97 for the power adjustable  
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Protecting Adults and Teens  
5.Fasten and Position the Seat  
This spreads the forces of a crash  
over the strongest bones in your  
upper body.  
Insert the latch plate into the buckle,  
then tug on the belt to make sure the  
belt is securely latched. Check that  
the belt is not twisted, because a  
twisted belt can cause serious  
injuries in a crash.  
Improperly positioning the seat  
belts can cause serious injury  
or death in a crash.  
The seat belt in the center position  
of the back seat can be unlatched  
and retracted to allow the back seat  
to be folded up or down. This seat  
belt should be latched whenever the  
seat-back is in an upright position.  
See page 109 for how to unlatch and  
relatch the seat belt.  
Make sure all seat belts are  
properly positioned before  
Position the lap part of the belt as  
low as possible across your hips,  
then pull up on the shoulder part of  
the belt so the lap part fits snugly.  
This lets your strong pelvic bones  
take the force of a crash and reduces  
the chance of internal injuries.  
If the seat belt touches or crosses  
your neck, or if it crosses your arm  
instead of your shoulder, you need to  
adjust the seat belt anchor height.  
If necessary, pull up on the belt again  
to remove any slack, then check that  
the belt rests across the center of  
your chest and over your shoulder.  
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Protecting Adults and Teens  
Never place the shoulder portion of a  
lap/shoulder belt under your arm or  
behind your back. This could cause  
very serious injuries in a crash.  
6.Maintain a Proper Sitting  
After all occupants have adjusted  
their seats and head restraints, and  
put on their seat belts, it is very  
important that they continue to sit  
upright, well back in their seats, with  
their feet on the floor, until the  
vehicle is safely parked and the  
engine is off.  
If a seat belt does not seem to work  
properly, it may not protect the  
occupant in a crash.  
No one should sit in a seat with an  
inoperative seat belt.  
Using a seat  
belt that is not working properly can  
result in serious injury or death.  
Have your dealer check the belt as  
soon as possible.  
Sitting improperly can increase the  
chance of injury during a crash. For  
example, if an occupant slouches,  
lies down, turns sideways, sits  
forward, leans forward or sideways,  
or puts one or both feet up, the  
chance of injury during a crash is  
greatly increased.  
The front seats have adjustable seat  
belt anchors. To adjust the height of  
an anchor, press and hold the release  
buttons, and slide the anchor up or  
down as needed (it has four  
See page  
for additional  
information about your seat belts  
and how to take care of them.