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2010 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Protecting Larger Children

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Protecting Larger Children  
When a child reaches the  
Checking Seat Belt Fit  
recommended weight or height limit  
for a forward-facing child seat, the  
child should sit in a back seat on a  
booster seat and wear the lap/  
shoulder belt.  
Allowing a child age 12 or under  
to sit in front can result in injury  
or death if the passenger’s front  
airbag inflates.  
The following pages give  
If a child must ride in front,  
move the vehicle seat as far  
back as possible, use a booster  
seat if needed, have the child  
sit up properly and wear the  
seat belt properly.  
instructions on how to check proper  
seat belt fit, what kind of booster  
seat to use if one is needed, and  
important precautions for a child  
who must sit in front.  
To determine if a lap/shoulder belt  
properly fits a child, have the child  
put on the seat belt, then ask  
1. Does the child sit all the way back  
against the seat?  
2. Do the child’s knees bend  
comfortably over the edge of the  
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3. Does the shoulder belt cross  
Using a Booster Seat  
Some states, Canadian provinces and  
territories also require children to  
use a booster seat until they reach a  
given age or weight (e.g., 6 years or  
60 lbs). Be sure to check current  
laws in the states, provinces or  
between the child’s neck and arm?  
4. Is the lap part of the belt as low as  
possible, touching the child’s  
territories where you intend to drive.  
5. Will the child be able to stay  
seated like this for the whole trip?  
Booster seats can be high-back or  
low-back. Whichever style you select,  
make sure the booster seat meets  
federal safety standards (see page  
42 ) and that you follow the booster  
seat maker’s instructions.  
If you answer yes to all these  
questions, the child is ready to wear  
the lap/shoulder belt correctly. If  
you answer no to any question, the  
child needs to ride on a booster seat.  
A child who has outgrown a forward-  
facing child seat should ride in a  
back seat and use a booster seat  
until the lap/shoulder belt fits them  
properly without the booster.  
If a child who uses a booster seat  
must ride in front, move the vehicle  
seat as far back as possible and be  
sure the child is wearing the seat  
belt properly.  
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Protecting Larger Children  
A child may continue using a booster  
seat until the tops of their ears are  
even with the top of the vehicle’s or  
booster’s seat-back. A child of this  
height should be tall enough to use  
the lap/shoulder belt without a  
booster seat.  
A side airbag also poses risks. If any  
part of a larger child’s body is in the  
path of a deploying side airbag, the  
child could receive possibly serious  
If you decide that a child can safely  
ride up front, be sure to:  
Carefully read the owner’s manual,  
and make sure you understand all  
seat belt instructions and all safety  
Of course, children vary widely. And  
while age may be one indicator of  
when a child can safely ride in front,  
there are other important factors you  
should consider.  
When Can a Larger Child Sit in  
Move the vehicle seat to the rear-  
most position.  
The National Highway Traffic Safety  
Administration and Transport  
Canada recommend that all children  
aged 12 and under be properly  
restrained in a back seat.  
Have the child sit up straight, back  
against the seat, and feet on or  
near the floor.  
Physical Size  
Physically, a child must be large  
enough for the lap/shoulder belt to  
properly fit (see pages 15 and 51 ). If  
the seat belt does not fit properly,  
with or without the child sitting on a  
booster seat, the child should not sit  
in front.  
Check that the child’s seat belt is  
properly and securely positioned.  
If the passenger’s front airbag  
inflates in a moderate to severe  
frontal collision, the airbag can cause  
serious injuries to a child who is  
unrestrained, improperly restrained,  
sitting too close to the airbag, or out  
of position.  
Supervise the child. Even a mature  
child sometimes needs to be  
reminded to fasten the seat belt or  
sit properly.  
To safely ride in front, a child must  
be able to follow the rules, including  
sitting properly, and wearing the seat  
belt properly throughout a ride.  
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Additional Safety Precautions  
Do not let a child wear a seat belt  
across the neck. This could result  
in serious neck injuries during a  
Do not put any accessories on a  
seat belt. Devices intended to  
improve a child’s comfort or  
reposition the shoulder part of a  
seat belt can make the belt less  
effective and increase the chance  
of serious injury in a crash.  
Do not let a child put the shoulder  
part of a seat belt behind the back  
or under the arm. This could  
cause very serious injuries during  
a crash. It also increases the  
chance that the child will slide  
under the belt in a crash and be  
Two children should never use the  
same seat belt. If they do, they  
could be very seriously injured in a