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2023 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Protecting Child Passengers

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 crashes are the  
number one cause of death of children ages 12 and under.  
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 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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Never hold a child on your lap because it is impossible to protect them in the  
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event of a collision.  
Allowing a child to play with a seat belt or  
wrap one around their neck can result in  
serious injury or death.  
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  
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.  
seriously injured in a crash.  
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 seat  
belt or the lower anchors of the LATCH system.  
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 has warning  
labels on the dashboard (U.S. models) and 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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