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2023 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ About Your Seat Belts

Seat Belts  
About Your Seat Belts  
Seat belts are the single most effective safety device because they keep you  
connected to the vehicle so that you can take advantage of many built-in safety  
features. They also help keep you from being thrown against the inside of the  
vehicle, against any passengers, or out of the vehicle. When worn properly, seat  
belts also keep your body properly positioned in a crash so that you can take full  
advantage of the additional protection provided by the airbags.  
3WARNING  
Not wearing a seat belt properly increases  
the chance of serious injury or death in a  
crash, even though your vehicle has  
airbags.  
In addition, seat belts help protect you in almost every type of crash, including:  
Be sure you and your passengers always  
wear seat belts and wear them properly.  
- frontal impacts  
- side impacts  
- rear impacts  
- rollovers  
If you extend the seat belt too quickly, it will lock in  
place. If this happens, slightly retract the seat belt,  
then extend it slowly.  
Lap/shoulder seat belts  
All five seating positions are equipped with lap/shoulder seat belts with emergency  
locking retractors. In normal driving, the retractor lets you move freely while keeping  
some tension on the belt. During a collision or sudden stop, the retractor locks to  
restrain your body.  
Seat belts cannot completely protect you in every  
crash. But in most cases, seat belts can reduce your  
risk of serious injury.  
Most states and all Canadian provinces and territories  
require you to wear seat belts.  
The front passenger’s and rear seat belts also have a lockable retractor for use with  
child seats.  
2 Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/Shoulder Seat Belt P. 86  
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Proper use of seat belts  
1About Your Seat Belts  
Follow these guidelines for proper use:  
If a front or rear seat passenger moves around and  
extends the seat belt, the lockable retractor may  
activate. If this happens, release the retractor by  
unfastening the seat belt and allow the belt to retract  
completely. Then, refasten the belt.  
All occupants should sit upright, well back in the seat, and remain in that position  
for the duration of the trip. Slouching and leaning reduce the effectiveness of the  
belt and can increase the chance of serious injury in a crash.  
Never place the shoulder part of a lap/shoulder seat belt under your arm or  
behind your back. This could cause very serious injuries in a crash.  
Two people should never use the same seat belt. If they do, they could be very  
seriously injured in a crash.  
Do not put any accessories on the seat belts. Devices intended to improve comfort  
or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can reduce the protective capability  
and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash.  
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Seat Belt Reminder  
The indicator will also come on if a front passenger  
does not fasten their seat belt within six seconds after  
the power mode is set to ON.  
Front seats  
The seat belt system includes an indicator on  
the instrument panel to remind the driver or a  
front passenger or both to fasten their seat  
belts.  
When no one is sitting in the front passenger’s seat,  
the indicator will not come on and the beeper will not  
sound.  
The indicator also may not come on and the beeper  
may not sound when the occupant is not heavy  
enough to trigger the weight sensor. Such occupants  
(e.g., infants and smaller children) should be moved  
to the rear seat as a deploying front airbag likely will  
injure or kill them.  
If the power mode is set to ON and a seat belt  
is not fastened, a beeper will sound and the  
indicator will blink. After a few seconds, the  
beeper will stop and the indicator will come  
on and remain illuminated until the seat belt is  
fastened.  
2 Protecting Child Passengers P. 79  
The beeper will periodically sound and the  
indicator will blink while the vehicle is moving  
until the seat belt is fastened.  
The driver information interface uses colors to aid the  
driver in checking the status of the passengers.  
For the front seating positions:  
Green indicates the seat belt is fastened.  
An unfastened gray graphic indicates the seat belt  
is not fastened and an occupant has not been  
detected.  
An unfastened red graphic indicates the seat belt is  
unfastened and an occupant has been detected.  
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Rear seats  
1Seat Belt Reminder  
: fastened  
Your vehicle monitors rear seat belt use.  
A driver information interface notifies you if  
any of the rear seat belts are unfastened after  
they were previously fastened.  
The system will not detect a passenger in the rear  
seats who has not fastened the seat belt.  
: unfastened  
The driver should check the status of the rear  
passengers’ seat belts at the start of each trip and  
each time a passenger is seated in the rear seats,  
using the driver information interface as an aid.  
An alert will sound if a passenger in the rear seats  
unfastens the seat belt while the vehicle is in motion  
or if motion resumes while the graphic is red.  
In order to encourage the driver to evaluate  
rear seat belt usage, the display appears  
when:  
Any of the rear passengers’ seat belts are  
unfastened when the power mode is  
turned to ON.  
A rear door is opened and then closed.  
Any of the rear passengers fastens or  
unfastens their seat belt.  
The driver information interface uses colors to aid the  
driver in checking the status of the passengers.  
For the rear seating positions:  
Green indicates the seat belt is fastened.  
An unfastened gray graphic indicates the seat belt  
has not been fastened recently.  
The seat belt reminder indicator blinks and  
beeper sounds if any rear passenger’s seat belt  
is unfastened while driving.  
An unfastened red graphic indicates the seat belt  
was unfastened recently.  
The system does not monitor harnesses that are part  
of a child seat, the anchors of the LATCH system, or  
the anchor buckle of the rear center seat belt.  
While the system can inform you that a seat belt  
buckle is fastened, it cannot determine whether the  
rear center seat belt anchor buckle is in use or if a  
child seat is properly installed or used.  
2 Protecting Child Passengers P. 79  
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Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners  
The seat belt tensioners can only operate once.  
If a tensioner is activated, the SRS indicator will come  
on. Have a dealer replace the tensioner and  
thoroughly inspect the seat belt system as it may not  
offer protection in a subsequent crash.  
The front seats and the outer rear seats are equipped with automatic seat belt  
tensioners to enhance safety.  
The tensioners automatically tighten the front seat belts and the outer rear seat belts  
during a moderate-to-severe frontal collision, sometimes even if the collision is not  
severe enough to inflate the front airbags or the front knee airbag.  
Front seats  
During a moderate-to-severe side impact, the  
tensioner on both sides of the vehicle also activates.  
Outer rear seats  
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