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2023 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Safety of Infants and Small Children

uuChild SafetyuSafety of Infants and Small Children  
Safety of Infants and Small Children  
Protecting Infants  
An infant must be properly restrained in a rear-facing child seat until the infant  
reaches the seat manufacturer’s weight or height limit for the seat.  
Positioning a rear-facing child seat  
3WARNING  
Placing a rear-facing child seat in the front  
seat can result in serious injury or death  
during a crash.  
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.  
Experts recommend use of a rear-facing seat for a  
child so long as the child’s height and weight are  
appropriate for a rear-facing seat.  
Infants should never be seated in a forward-facing  
position.  
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. Make sure that there is no contact between the child seat  
and the seat in front of it.  
Always refer to the child seat manufacturer’s  
instructions before installation.  
It can also interfere with proper operation of the passenger’s advanced front airbag  
system.  
Do not allow a front seat to rest against a child seat  
installed in a rear seating position.  
The weight sensor in the front seat may not correctly  
detect the actual weight of the occupant.  
2 Airbags P. 59  
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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uuChild SafetyuSafety of Infants and Small Children  
Protecting Smaller Children  
If a child has exceeded the weight and height limitations of a rear-facing child seat,  
the child should be properly restrained in a firmly secured forward-facing child seat  
until they exceed the weight and height limitations for the forward-facing child seat.  
Forward-facing child seat placement  
3WARNING  
Placing a forward-facing child seat in the  
front seat can result in serious injury or  
death if the front airbag inflates.  
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.  
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uuChild SafetyuSafety of Infants and Small Children  
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 including recommended expiration dates  
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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uuChild SafetyuSafety of Infants and Small Children  
Installing a LATCH-Compatible Child Seat  
A LATCH-compatible child seat can be installed in either of the two outer rear seats.  
A child seat is attached to the lower anchors with either the rigid or flexible type of  
connectors.  
3WARNING  
Never attach two child seats to the same  
anchor. In a collision, one anchor may not  
be strong enough to hold two child seat  
attachments and may break, causing  
serious injury or death.  
The location of each lower anchor is shown in  
the illustration.  
Lower  
Anchors  
1. Make sure to lock the seat-back in the  
upright position.  
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.  
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.  
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  
Lower Anchors  
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uuChild SafetyuSafety of Infants and Small Children  
1Installing a LATCH-Compatible Child Seat  
3WARNING  
Using the outer rear seats’ inner anchors to  
secure a LATCH-compatible child seat in the  
center seating position may result in failure  
of the child seat, causing injury or death.  
Flexible Type  
Only use the outer rear seats’ inner anchors  
to install a child seat in the center seating  
position if the manufacturer’s instructions  
expressly permit.  
3. Raise the head restraint to its highest  
position, then route the tether strap  
through the head restraint legs.  
Straight Top Tether Type  
Anchor  
Make sure the strap is not twisted.  
4. Secure the tether strap hook to the anchor.  
5. Tighten the tether strap as instructed by the  
child seat manufacturer.  
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.  
Installing a LATCH-compatible child seat in the  
rear center seat  
Each outer rear seat is equipped with a pair of lower  
anchors which are used to secure a LATCH-  
compatible child seat. The rear center seat, however,  
is not equipped with anchors of any kind.  
The inner and outer anchors are spaced apart at a  
standard distance of 11 inches (280 mm). The distance  
between the two inner anchors is 17 inches (432.6 mm).  
LATCH-compatible restraint systems that are fitted  
with rigid-type attachments cannot be installed in the  
rear center seat. However, a system fitted with  
flexible-type attachments can be installed in the  
center seat, provided that the manufacturer’s  
instructions for that system permit the use of the  
inner anchors with the stated spacing.  
Tether Strap Hook  
Other Top Tether Type  
Anchor  
Before seating a child, make sure that the system is  
properly attached to both the lower anchors and  
tether anchors.  
Tether Strap Hook  
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uuChild SafetyuSafety of Infants and Small Children  
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.  
A child seat can be installed with a lap/shoulder belt in any rear seat or, if absolutely  
necessary, the front passenger seat.  
1. Make sure to lock the seat-back in the  
upright position.  
2. Place the child seat on the vehicle seat.  
3. 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.  
4. Slowly pull the shoulder part of the belt all  
the way out until it stops. This activates the  
lockable retractor.  
5. Let the seat belt retract a few inches and  
check that the retractor has switched  
modes by pulling on the webbing. It should  
not pull out again until it is reset by  
removing the latch plate from the buckle.  
u If you are able to pull the shoulder belt  
out, the lockable retractor is not  
activated. Slowly pull the seat belt all the  
way out, and repeat steps 4 – 5.  
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1Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/Shoulder Seat Belt  
6. 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.  
To deactivate a lockable retractor, release the buckle  
and allow the seat belt to wind up all the way.  
u When doing this, place your weight on  
the child seat and push it into the vehicle  
seat.  
7. Make sure the child seat is firmly secured by  
rocking it forward and back and side to  
side; less than one inch of movement  
should occur near the seat belt.  
8. 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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uuChild SafetyuSafety of Infants and Small Children  
Adding Security with a Tether  
Always use a tether for forward-facing child seats  
whether using the seat belt or lower anchors.  
A tether anchor point is provided behind the  
Outer position  
rear outer seating positions and in the ceiling  
for the rear center.  
If you have a child seat that comes with a  
tether but can be installed with a seat belt, the  
tether may be used for additional security.  
Tether Anchor Points  
Center position  
Tether  
Anchor  
Point  
Using an outer anchor  
Straight Top Tether Type  
1. Raise the head restraint to its highest  
position, then route the tether strap  
through the head restraint legs.  
Anchor  
Make sure the strap is not twisted.  
2. Secure the tether strap hook to the anchor.  
3. Tighten the tether strap as instructed by the  
child seat manufacturer.  
Tether Strap Hook  
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Other Top Tether Type  
Anchor  
Tether Strap Hook  
Using the center anchor  
1. Lower the head restraint to its lowest  
position.  
Straight Top Tether Type  
Anchor  
2. Open the anchor cover.  
3. Route the tether strap over the head  
restraint.  
Make sure the strap is not twisted.  
4. Secure the tether strap hook to the anchor.  
5. Tighten the tether strap as instructed by the  
child seat manufacturer.  
Anchor Cover  
Other Top Tether Type  
Anchor  
Anchor Cover  
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