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2015 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Child Safety

Child Safety  
Protecting Child Passengers  
Each year, many children are injured or killed in vehicle crashes because they are  
either unrestrained or not properly restrained. In fact, vehicle accidents are the  
number one cause of death of children ages 12 and under.  
1Protecting Child Passengers  
3WARNING  
Children who are unrestrained or  
improperly restrained can be seriously  
injured or killed in a crash.  
To reduce the number of child deaths and injuries, every state, Canadian province  
and territory requires that infants and children be properly restrained when they ride  
in a vehicle.  
Any child too small for a seat belt should be  
properly restrained in a child seat. A larger  
child should be properly restrained with a  
seat belt, using a booster seat if necessary.  
Children should sit properly restrained in a rear seat. This is because:  
An inflating front or side airbag can injure  
or kill a child sitting in the front seat.  
A child in the front seat is more likely to  
interfere with the driver's ability to safely  
control the vehicle.  
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  
and Transport Canada recommend that all children  
ages 12 and under be properly restrained in a rear  
seat. Some states or provinces/territories have laws  
restricting where children may ride.  
Statistics show that children of all sizes and  
ages are safer when they are properly  
restrained in a rear seat.  
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Any child who is too small to wear a seat belt correctly must be restrained in an  
approved child seat that is properly secured to the vehicle using either the lap belt  
portion of the lap/shoulder belt or the lower anchors of the LATCH system.  
1Protecting Child Passengers  
3WARNING  
Allowing a child to play with a seat belt or  
wrap one around their neck can result in  
serious injury or death.  
Never hold a child on your lap because it is impossible to protect them in the  
event of a collision.  
Instruct children not to play with any seat  
belt and make sure any unused seat belt a  
child can reach is buckled, fully retracted,  
and locked.  
Never put a seat belt over yourself and a child. During a crash, the belt would  
likely press deep into the child and cause serious or fatal injuries.  
Never let two children use the same seat belt. Both children could be very  
seriously injured in a crash.  
To deactivate a lockable retractor, release the buckle  
and allow the seat belt to wind up all the way.  
Do not allow children to operate the doors, windows or seat adjustments.  
To remind you of the passenger's front airbag  
hazards and child safety, your vehicle warning came  
with a label on the dashboard (U.S. models) and has  
labels on the front visors. Please read and follow the  
instructions on these labels.  
Do not leave children in the vehicle unattended, especially in hot weather when  
the inside of the vehicle can get hot enough to kill them. They could also activate  
vehicle controls causing it to move unexpectedly.  
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Safety of Infants and Small Children  
1Protecting Infants  
Protecting Infants  
An infant must be properly restrained in a rear-facing, reclining child seat until the  
infant reaches the seat manufacturer’s weight or height limit for the seat, and the  
infant is at least one year old.  
3WARNING  
Placing a rear-facing child seat in the front  
seat can result in serious injury or death  
during a crash.  
Positioning a rear-facing child seat  
Child seats must be placed and secured in a  
rear seating position.  
Always place a rear-facing child seat in the  
rear seat, not the front.  
Rear-facing child seats should never be installed in a  
forward facing position.  
Always refer to the child seat manufacturer’s  
instructions before installation.  
When properly installed, a rear-facing child seat may prevent the driver or a front  
passenger from moving their seat all the way back, or from locking their seat-back  
in the desired position.  
It can also interfere with proper operation of the passenger's advanced front airbag  
system.  
2 Airbags P. 41  
If this occurs, we recommend that you install the child seat directly behind the front  
passenger's seat, move the seat as far forward as needed, and leave it unoccupied.  
Or, you may wish to get a smaller rear-facing child seat.  
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1Protecting Smaller Children  
Protecting Smaller Children  
If a child is at least one year old and within the weight range indicated by the child  
seat manufacturer, the child should be properly restrained in a firmly secured  
forward-facing child seat.  
3WARNING  
Placing a forward-facing child seat in the  
front seat can result in serious injury or  
death if the front airbag inflates.  
Forward-facing child seat placement  
We strongly recommend placing a forward-  
facing child seat in a rear seating position.  
If you must place a forward-facing child  
seat in front, move the vehicle seat as far  
back as possible, and properly restrain the  
child.  
Educate yourself about the laws and regulations  
regarding child seat use where you are driving, and  
follow the child seat manufacturer's instructions.  
Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat can be hazardous, even with  
advanced front airbags that automatically turn the passenger's front airbag off. A  
rear seat is the safest place for a child.  
Many experts recommend use of a rear-facing seat  
for a child up to two years old if the child’s height and  
weight are appropriate for a rear-facing seat.  
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1Selecting a Child Seat  
Selecting a Child Seat  
Installation of a LATCH-compatible child seat is  
simple.  
Most child seats are LATCH-compatible (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren).  
Some have a rigid-type connector while others have a flexible-type connector. Both  
are equally easy to use. Some existing and previously owned child seats can only be  
installed using the seat belt. Whichever type you choose, follow the child seat  
manufacturer's use and care instructions as well as the instructions in this manual.  
Proper installation is key to maximizing your child's safety.  
LATCH-compatible child seats have been developed  
to simplify the installation process and reduce the  
likelihood of injuries caused by incorrect installation.  
In seating positions and vehicles not equipped with LATCH, a LATCH-compatible  
child seat can be installed using the seat belt and a top tether for added security.  
This is because all child seats are required to be designed so that they can be secured  
with a lap belt or the lap part of a lap/shoulder belt. In addition, the child seat  
manufacturer may advise that a seat belt be used to attach a LATCH-compatible seat  
once a child reaches a specified weight. Please read the child seat owner’s manual  
for proper installation instructions.  
Important consideration when selecting a child seat  
Make sure the child seat meets the following three requirements:  
The child seat is the correct type and size for the child.  
The child seat is the correct type for the seating position.  
The child seat is compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 or  
Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.  
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Installing a LATCH-Compatible Child Seat  
A LATCH-compatible child seat can be installed in rear seats. A child seat is attached  
to the lower anchors with either the rigid or flexible type of connectors.  
1. Locate the lower anchors under the marks.  
Marks  
2. Place the child seat on the vehicle seat then  
attach the child seat to the lower anchors  
according to the instructions that came  
with the child seat.  
Lower Anchors  
u When installing the child seat, make sure  
that the lower anchors are not  
obstructed by the seat belt or any other  
object.  
Rigid Type  
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1Installing a LATCH-Compatible Child Seat  
For your child’s safety, when using a child seat  
installed using the LATCH system, make sure that the  
child seat is properly secured to the vehicle. A child  
seat that is not properly secured will not adequately  
protect a child in a crash and may cause injury to the  
child or other vehicle occupants.  
Flexible Type  
Outer position  
Outer position  
Tether  
Strap  
Hook  
3. Put the head restraint to its upper-most  
position, then route the tether strap  
between the head restraint legs, and secure  
the tether strap hook onto the anchor.  
4. Go to step 7.  
Anchor  
Center position  
Center position  
Cover  
3. Lower the head restraint to its lowest  
position.  
4. Open the anchor cover.  
Center Lower Anchor  
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5. Route the tether strap over the head  
restraint. Make sure the strap is not twisted.  
6. Secure the tether strap hook onto the  
anchor.  
Center position  
Anchor  
All models  
7. Tighten the tether strap as instructed by the  
child seat manufacturer.  
Tether Strap  
Hook  
8. Make sure the child seat is firmly secured by  
rocking it forward and back and side to  
side; little movement should be felt.  
9. Make sure any unused seat belt that a child  
can reach is buckled, the lockable retractor  
is activated, and the belt is fully retracted  
and locked.  
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1Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/Shoulder Seat Belt  
Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/Shoulder Seat Belt  
A child seat that is not properly secured will not  
adequately protect a child in a crash and may cause  
injury to the child or other vehicle occupants.  
1. Place the child seat on the vehicle seat.  
2. Route the seat belt through the child seat  
according to the seat manufacturer’s  
instructions, and insert the latch plate into  
the buckle.  
u Insert the latch plate fully until it clicks.  
3. Slowly pull the shoulder part of the belt all  
the way out until it stops. This activates the  
lockable retractor.  
4. Let the seat belt completely wind up into  
the retractor, then try to pull it out to make  
sure the retractor is locked.  
u If you are able to pull the shoulder belt  
out, the lockable retractor is not  
activated. Pull the seat belt all the way  
out, and repeat steps 3 – 4.  
5. Grab the shoulder part of the seat belt near  
the buckle, and pull up to remove any slack  
from the lap part of the belt.  
u When doing this, place your weight on  
the child seat and push it into the vehicle  
seat.  
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1Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/Shoulder Seat Belt  
6. Make sure the child seat is firmly secured by  
rocking it forward and back and side to  
side; little movement should be felt.  
7. Make sure any unused seat belt that a child  
can reach is buckled, the lockable retractor  
is activated, and the belt is fully retracted  
and locked.  
To deactivate a lockable retractor, release the buckle  
and allow the seat belt to wind up all the way.  
1Adding Security with a Tether  
Adding Security with a Tether  
Since a tether can provide additional security to the  
lap/shoulder seat belt installation, we recommend  
using a tether whenever one is available.  
Two tether anchorage points are provided  
behind the rear outer seating positions and  
one in the ceiling for the rear center. A child  
seat that is installed with a seat belt and  
comes with a tether can use the tether for  
additional security.  
Anchor Fitting  
Tether Anchorage Points  
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Using an outer anchor  
Tether  
Strap  
Hook  
1. Put the head restraint to its upper-most  
position, then route the tether strap  
through the head restraint legs.  
Make sure the strap is not twisted.  
2. Secure the tether strap hook onto the  
anchor.  
3. Tighten the tether strap as instructed by the  
child seat manufacturer.  
Anchor  
Using the center anchor  
Anchor  
1. Lower the head restraint to its lowest  
position.  
2. Open the anchor cover.  
3. Route the tether strap over the head  
restraint.  
Tether Strap  
Hook  
Make sure the strap is not twisted.  
4. Secure the tether strap hook onto the  
anchor.  
5. Tighten the tether strap as instructed by the  
child seat manufacturer.  
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