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					                                                                                  Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags

                                                                                     Precautions against vehicle modification ............                    1-22
                                                                                                                                                                     1
Front seats...........................................................      1-2
   Forward and backward adjustment ......................                   1-3   Child restraint systems .....................................               1-23
   Reclining the seatback ........................................          1-3      Where to place a child restraint system ..............                   1-24
   Seat cushion height adjustment (driver’s seat) .....                     1-4      Choosing a child restraint system ......................                 1-25
   Head restraint adjustment (if equipped)................                  1-4      Installing child restraint systems with A/ELR
Seat heater (if equipped) ....................................              1-6        seatbelt ...........................................................   1-25
Rear seats............................................................      1-7      Installing a booster seat.....................................           1-29
   Armrest (if equipped)...........................................         1-7      Installation of child restraint systems by use of
                                                                                       lower and tether anchorages (LATCH) ..............                     1-30
   Head restraint adjustment....................................            1-8
                                                                                     Top tether anchorages .......................................            1-33
   Folding down the rear seatback ...........................               1-9
                                                                                  *SRS airbag (Supplemental Restraint
Seatbelts .............................................................    1-11     System airbag)................................................            1-35
   Seatbelt safety tips.............................................       1-11
                                                                                     Models with SRS airbags and lap/shoulder
   Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) ...................                   1-13       restraints for driver, front passenger, and
   Automatic/Emergency Locking Retractor                                              window-side rear passengers...........................                  1-35
    (A/ELR) ............................................................   1-13      SUBARU advanced frontal airbag system ...........                        1-39
   Seatbelt warning light and chime ........................               1-13      SRS side airbag and SRS curtain airbag.............                      1-50
   Fastening the seatbelt ........................................         1-13      SRS airbag system monitors..............................                 1-56
   Seatbelt maintenance .........................................          1-20      SRS airbag system servicing .............................                1-57
Front seatbelt pretensioners .............................                 1-20      Precautions against vehicle modification ............                    1-58
   System monitors ................................................        1-21
   System servicing................................................        1-22
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Front seats                               If the front seatbacks are not
                                          used in the upright position in a
                                          collision, the risk of sliding under
                WARNING                   the lap belt and of the lap belt
                                          sliding up over the abdomen will
 . Never adjust the seat while driv-      increase, and both can result in
   ing to avoid the possibility of        serious internal injury or death.
   loss of vehicle control and of
                                        . The SRS airbags deploy with
   personal injury.
                                          considerable speed and force.
 . Before adjusting the seat, make        Occupants who are out of proper
   sure the hands and feet of rear        position when the SRS airbag
   seat passengers and cargo are          deploys could suffer very serious
   clear of the adjusting mechan-         injuries. Because the SRS airbag
   ism.                                   needs enough space for deploy-
 . After adjusting the seat, push it      ment, the driver should always                        WARNING
   slightly to make sure it is se-        sit upright and well back in the       Put children aged 12 and under in
   curely locked. If the seat is not      seat as far from the steering          the rear seat properly restrained at
   securely locked, it may move or        wheel as practical while still         all times. The SRS airbag deploys
   the seatbelt may not operate           maintaining full vehicle control       with considerable speed and force
   properly.                              and the front passenger should         and can injure or even kill children,
 . Do not put objects under the front     move the seat as far back as           especially if they are 12 years of age
   seats. They may interfere with         possible and sit upright and well      and under and are not restrained or
   front seat locking and cause an        back in the seat.                      improperly restrained. Because chil-
   accident.                                                                     dren are lighter and weaker than
 . Seatbelts provide maximum re-                                                 adults, their risk of being injured
   straint when the occupant sits                                                from deployment is greater. For that
   well back and upright in the seat.                                            reason, we strongly recommend
   To reduce the risk of sliding                                                 that ALL children (including those
   under the seatbelt in a collision,                                            in child seats and those that have
   the front seatbacks should be                                                 outgrown child restraint devices) sit
   always used in the upright posi-                                              in the REAR seat properly re-
   tion while the vehicle is running.                                            strained at all times in a child
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restraint device or in a seatbelt,      & Forward and backward ad-                      & Reclining the seatback
whichever is appropriate for the          justment
child’s age, height and weight. Se-
cure ALL types of child restraint
devices (including forward facing
child seat) in the REAR seats at all
times.
NEVER INSTALL A REARWARD FA-
CING CHILD SEAT IN THE FRONT
SEAT. DOING SO RISKS SERIOUS
INJURY OR DEATH TO THE CHILD
BY PLACING THE CHILD’S HEAD
TOO CLOSE TO THE SRS AIRBAG.
According to accident statistics,
children are safer when properly                                                        Pull the reclining lever up and adjust the
restrained in the rear seating posi-    Pull the lever upward and slide the seat to     seatback to the desired position. Then
tions than in the front seating posi-   the desired position. Then release the          release the lever and make sure the
tions. For instructions and precau-     lever and try to move the seat back and         seatback is securely locked into place.
tions concerning child restraint sys-   forth to make sure that it is securely locked   The seatback placed in a reclined position
tems, refer to “Child restraint sys-    into place.                                     can spring back upward with force when
tems” F1-23.                                                                            the lever is pulled. While operating the
                                                                                        lever to return the seatback, hold the
                                                                                        seatback lightly so that it may be raised
                                                                                        back gradually.




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                                          & Seat cushion height adjust-                   & Head restraint adjustment (if
                                            ment (driver’s seat)                            equipped)
                                                                                                          WARNING
                                                                                           . Never drive the vehicle with the
                                                                                             head restraints removed because
                                                                                             they are designed to reduce the
                                                                                             risk of serious neck injury in the
                                                                                             event that the vehicle is struck
                                                                                             from the rear. Also, never install
                                                                                             the head restraints the opposite
                                                                                             way round. Doing so will prevent
                                                                                             the head restraints from func-
                WARNING                                                                      tioning as intended. Therefore,
                                           1)   When the lever is pushed down, the seat      when you remove the head re-
 To prevent the passenger from slid-                                                         straints, you must reinstall all
                                                is lowered.
 ing under the seatbelt in the event of                                                      head restraints correctly to pro-
                                           2)   When the lever is pulled up, the seat
 a collision, always put the seatback           rises.                                       tect vehicle occupants.
 in the upright position while the
 vehicle is in motion. Also, do not       The height of the seat can be adjusted by        . All occupants, including the dri-
 place objects such as cushions           moving the seat cushion adjustment lever           ver, should not operate a vehicle
 between the passenger and the            up and down.                                       or sit in a vehicle’s seat until the
 seatback. If you do so, the risk of                                                         head restraints are placed in their
 sliding under the lap belt and of the                                                       proper positions in order to mini-
 lap belt sliding up over the abdomen                                                        mize the risk of neck injury in the
 will increase, and both can result in                                                       event of a crash.
 serious internal injury or death.
                                                                                          The head restraints for the driver’s seat
                                                                                          and front passenger’s seat are adjustable
                                                                                          in the following ways.
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! Head restraint height adjustment               are located on the top of the seatback until   again to the preferred angle.
                                                 the head restraint locks.
                                                 ! Head restraint angle adjustment




 1)   Head restraint
 2)   Release button
Each head restraint should be adjusted so        The angle of the head restraint can be
that the center of the head restraint is         adjusted in several steps. While maintain-
closest to the top of the occupant’s ears.       ing a suitable driving posture, adjust the
                                                 head restraint to a position where the back
To raise:                                        of your head is as close to the head
Pull the head restraint up.                      restraint as possible.
To lower:
                                                 To tilt:
Push the head restraint down while
pressing the release button on the top of        Tilt the head restraint by hand to the
the seatback.                                    preferred position. A click will be audible
                                                 when the head restraint is locked.
To remove:
                                                 To return:
While pressing the release button, pull out
the head restraint.                              Tilt the head restraint once as far forward
                                                 as it can go. The head restraint will
To install:
                                                 automatically return to the fully upright
Install the head restraint into the holes that   position. Then, adjust the head restraint
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Seat heater (if equipped)                                                                  depending on the temperature.
                                                                                           Selecting the “HI” position will cause the
The seat heater is equipped in the front                                                   seat to heat up quicker.
seats.
                                                                                           To turn off the seat heater, lightly press the
The seat heater operates when the igni-                                                    opposite side of the current position.
tion switch is either in the “ACC” or “ON”
position.                                                                                  The indicator located on the switch illumi-
                                                                                           nates when the seat heater is in operation.
                 CAUTION                                                                   When the vehicle’s interior is warmed
                                                                                           enough or before you leave the vehicle,
 . There is a possibility that people                                                      be sure to turn the switch off.
   with delicate skin may suffer
   slight burns even at low tempera-
   tures if they use the seat heater
   for a long period of time. When
   using the heater, always be sure
   to warn the persons concerned.
 . Do not put anything on the seat
   which insulates against heat,
   such as a blanket, cushion, or
   similar items. This may cause the
   seat heater to overheat.

NOTE
Use of the seat heater for a long period      1)   HI – Rapid heating
of time while the engine is not running       2)   LO – Normal heating
can cause battery discharge.                  3)   Off
                                              A)   Left-hand side
                                              B)   Right-hand side
                                             To turn on the seat heater, push the “LO”
                                             or “HI” position on the switch, as desired,
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Rear seats                                                                      & Armrest (if equipped)




                                                        WARNING
                                                                                To lower the armrest, pull on the top edge
                                          Never stack luggage or other cargo    of the armrest.
                WARNING
                                          higher than the top of the seatback
 Seatbelts provide maximum re-            because it could tumble forward and                    WARNING
 straint when the occupant sits well      injure passengers in the event of a    To avoid the possibility of serious
 back and upright in the seat. Do not     sudden stop or accident.               injury, passengers must never be
 put cushions or any other materials                                             allowed to sit on the center armrest
 between occupants and seatbacks                                                 while the vehicle is in motion.
 or seat cushions. If you do so, the
 risk of sliding under the lap belt and
 of the lap belt sliding up over the
 abdomen will increase, and both can
 result in serious internal injury or
 death.




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& Head restraint adjustment               ! Rear windows side seating position             tion.
Both the rear window side seats and the
rear center seat are equipped with head
restraints.

                WARNING
 . Never drive the vehicle with the
   head restraints removed because
   they are designed to reduce the
   risk of serious neck injury in the
   event that the vehicle is struck
   from the rear. Therefore, when
   you have removed the head re-
   straints, you must reinstall all        1)   Head restraint
   head restraints to protect vehicle      2)   Release button                             1)   Incorrect (retracted position)
   occupants.                                                                              2)   Correct (extended position)
                                          To remove:
 . All occupants, including the dri-
                                          While pressing the release button, pull out
   ver, should not operate a vehicle
                                          the head restraint.
   or sit in a vehicle’s seat until the
   head restraints are placed in their    To install:
   proper positions in order to mini-     Install the head restraint into the holes that
   mize the risk of neck injury in the    are located on the top of the seatback until
   event of a crash.                      the head restraint locks.
                                          ! Rear center seating position

                                                             CAUTION
                                           The head restraint is not intended to
                                           be used at the lowest position.
                                           Before sitting on the seat, raise the           1)   Head restraint
                                           head restraint to the extended posi-            2)   Release button
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To raise:                                          folds down.
Pull the head restraint up.                      . Never allow passengers to ride
To lower:                                          on the folded rear seatback or in
Push the head restraint down while                 the cargo area or trunk. Doing so
pressing the release button on the top of          may result in serious injury or
the seatback.                                      death.
To remove:                                       . Secure all objects and especially
While pressing the release button, pull out        long items properly to prevent
the head restraint.                                them from being thrown around
To install:                                        inside the vehicle and causing
Install the head restraint into the holes that     serious injury during a sudden
are located on the top of the seatback until       stop, a sudden steering maneu-
the head restraint locks.                          ver or a rapid acceleration.
                                                 . When you return the seatback to
When the rear-center seating position is           its original position, shake the
occupied, raise the head restraint to the          seatback slightly to confirm that
extended position. When the rear center            it is securely fixed in place. If the
seating position is not occupied, lower the        seatback is not securely fixed in
head restraint to improve rearward visibi-         place, the seatback may sud-
lity.                                              denly fold down in the event of
                                                   sudden braking, or objects may
& Folding down the rear seat-                      move out from the cargo area or
  back                                             trunk, which could cause serious
                                                   injury or death.
                   WARNING
 . When you fold down the seat-                                                                           WARNING
   back, check that there are no
   passengers or objects on the                                                            When the seatback is returned to its
   rear seat. Not doing so creates                                                         original position, observe the follow-
   a risk of injury or property da-                                                        ing precautions. Failure to do so
   mage if the seatback suddenly                                                           may lead to serious injury or an
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 accident because the operation effi-          In order to enable lock release of the      raise the seatback until it locks into place.
 ciency of the seatbelt is inhibited.          seatback from the trunk side, adjust the    Make sure that the seatback is securely
 . The seatbelt should not pass                lock release strap as follows.              locked.
    behind the securing hook for                                                           In this case, fold the seatback forward
    the seatback.                                                                          while pulling the strap down from the
 . The seatbelt should not be                                                              trunk.
    caught in the seatback and it                                                          ! 5-door models
    should be fully visible.

! 4-door models




                                                                                           Unlock the seatback by pulling the lock
                                                                                           release knob and then fold the seatback
                                                                                           down.
Unlock the seatback by pulling the lock                                                    To return the seatback to its original
release strap and then fold the seatback                                                   position, raise the seatback until it locks
down.                                                                                      into place and make sure that it is securely
To return the seatback to its original                                                     locked referring to the following descrip-
position, raise the seatback until it locks                                                tion.
                                               1. Pull the lock release strap behind the
into place and make sure that it is securely
                                               seatback out from its holder.
locked.
                                               2. Install the strap on the seatback and
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                                                           WARNING                  Seatbelts
                                            After returning the seatback to its     & Seatbelt safety tips
                                            original position, confirm that the
                                            unlocking marker of the lock release                    WARNING
                                            knob is no longer visible. Failure to
                                            do so could lead to serious injury or    . All persons in the vehicle should
                                            death in the event of an accident.         fasten their seatbelts BEFORE
                                                                                       the vehicle starts to move. Other-
                                                                                       wise, the possibility of serious
                                                                                       injury becomes greater in the
                                                                                       event of a sudden stop or acci-
                                                                                       dent.
 Lock release knob
                                                                                     . All belts should fit snugly in order
 1) Unlocked
 2) Locked
                                                                                       to provide full restraint. Loose
 A) Unlocking marker in red                                                            fitting belts are not as effective in
                                                                                       preventing or reducing injury.
When the seatback is locked, the lock                                                . Each seatbelt is designed to
release knob is automatically pulled into                                              support only one person. Never
the seatback and the unlocking marker,                                                 use a single belt for two or more
which is red colored and attached to the                                               persons – even children. Other-
bottom of the lock release knob, will no                                               wise, in an accident, serious
longer be visible.                                                                     injury or death could result.
                                                                                     . Replace all seatbelt assemblies
                                                                                       including retractors and attach-
                                                                                       ing hardware worn by occupants
                                                                                       of a vehicle that has been in a
                                                                                       serious accident. The entire as-
                                                                                       sembly should be replaced even
                                                                                       if damage is not obvious.
                                                                                     . Put children aged 12 and under in

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   the rear seat properly restrained            According to accident statistics,          tions only) and then if necessary move the
   at all times. The SRS airbag                 children are safer when properly           child closer to the belt buckle to help
   deploys with considerable speed              restrained in the rear seating             provide a good shoulder belt fit. Care must
   and force and can injure or even             positions than in the front seat-          be taken to securely place the lap belt as
   kill children, especially if they are        ing positions. For instructions            low as possible on the hips and not on the
   12 years of age and under and                and precautions concerning the             child’s waist. If the shoulder portion of the
   are not restrained or improperly             child restraint system, refer to           belt cannot be properly positioned, a child
   restrained. Because children are             “Child restraint systems” F1-23.           restraint system should be used. Never
   lighter and weaker than adults,                                                         place the shoulder belt under the child’s
   their risk of being injured from        Your vehicle is equipped with a crash           arm or behind the child’s back.
   deployment is greater. For that         sensing and diagnostic module, which will       ! Expectant mothers
   reason, we strongly recommend           record the use of the seatbelt by the front
   that ALL children (including            passenger when any of the SRS frontal,
   those in child seats and those          side and curtain airbags deploy.
   that have outgrown child re-
                                           ! Infants or small children
   straint devices) sit in the REAR
   seat properly restrained at all         Use a child restraint system that is
   times in a child restraint device       suitable for your vehicle. Refer to “Child
   or in a seatbelt, whichever is          restraint systems” F1-23.
   appropriate for the child’s height      ! Children
   and weight.                             If a child is too big for a child restraint
   Secure ALL types of child re-           system, the child should sit in the rear seat
   straint devices (including for-         and be restrained using the seatbelts.
   ward facing child seats) in the         According to accident statistics, children
   REAR seats at all times.                are safer when properly restrained in the       Expectant mothers also need to use the
   NEVER INSTALL A REARWARD                rear seating positions than in the front        seatbelts. They should consult their doctor
   FACING CHILD SEAT IN THE                seating positions. Never allow a child to       for specific recommendations. The lap belt
   FRONT SEAT. DOING SO RISKS              stand up or kneel on the seat.                  should be worn securely and as low as
   SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH TO              If the shoulder portion of the belt crosses     possible over the hips, not over the waist.
   THE CHILD BY PLACING THE                the face or neck, adjust the shoulder belt
   CHILD’S HEAD TOO CLOSE TO               anchor height (window-side seating posi-
   THE SRS AIRBAG.
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& Emergency Locking Retrac-                     Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) mode.        . Seatbelts provide maximum re-
  tor (ELR)                                     When the child restraint system is re-
                                                                                                 straint when the occupant sits
The driver’s seatbelt has an Emergency                                                           well back and upright in the seat.
                                                moved, make sure that the seatbelt
Locking Retractor (ELR).                                                                         To reduce the risk of sliding
                                                retracts fully and the retractor returned to
                                                                                                 under the seatbelt in a collision,
The emergency locking retractor allows          the Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR)
                                                                                                 the front seatbacks should be
normal body movement but the retractor          mode.
                                                                                                 always used in the upright posi-
locks automatically during a sudden stop,       For instructions on how to convert the           tion while the vehicle is running.
impact or if you pull the belt very quickly     retractor to the ALR mode and restore it to      If the front seatbacks are not
out of the retractor.                           the ELR mode, refer to “Installing child         used in the upright position in a
                                                restraint systems with A/ELR seatbelt”           collision, the risk of sliding under
& Automatic/Emergency Lock-                     F1-25.                                           the lap belt and of the lap belt
  ing Retractor (A/ELR)                                                                          sliding up over the abdomen will
Each passenger’s seatbelt has an Auto-          & Seatbelt warning light                         increase, and both can result in
matic/Emergency Locking Retractor (A/               and chime                                    serious internal injury or death.
ELR). The Automatic/Emergency Locking           Refer to “Seatbelt warning light and           . Do not put cushions or any other
Retractor normally functions as an Emer-        chime” F3-9.                                     materials between occupants
gency Locking Retractor (ELR). The A/                                                            and seatbacks or seat cushions.
ELR has an additional locking mode              & Fastening the seatbelt                         If you do so, the risk of sliding
“Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR)                                                               under the lap belt and of the lap
mode” intended to secure a child restraint                        WARNING                        belt sliding up over the abdomen
system. When the seatbelt is once drawn                                                          will increase, and both can result
out completely and is then retracted even        . Never use a belt that is twisted or           in serious internal injury or
slightly, the retractor locks the seatbelt in      reversed. In an accident, this can            death.
that position and the seatbelt cannot be           increase the risk or severity of
extended. As the belt is rewinding, clicks         injury.
will be heard which indicate the retractor
                                                 . Keep the lap belt as low as
functions as an ALR. When the seatbelt is
                                                   possible on your hips. In a colli-
retracted fully, the ALR mode is released.
                                                   sion, this spreads the force of the
When securing a child restraint system on          lap belt over stronger hip bones
the rear seats by the use of the seatbelt,         instead of across the weaker
the seatbelt must be changed over to the           abdomen.
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                                        ! Front seatbelts                                 4. Insert the tongue plate into the buckle
                                                                                          until you hear a click.
                                        1. Adjust the seat position according to
                                        the following procedure.
                                        Driver’s seat: Adjust the seatback to the
                                        upright position. Move the seat as far from
                                        the steering wheel as practical while still
                                        maintaining full vehicle control.
                                        Front passenger’s seat: Adjust the seat-
                                        back to the upright position. Move the seat
                                        as far back as possible.
                                        2. Sit well back in the seat.
                                        3. Pick up the tongue plate and pull the
                                        belt out slowly. Do not let it get twisted. If
                WARNING                 the belt stops before reaching the buckle,
                                        return the belt slightly and pull it out more     5. To make the lap part tight, pull up on
 Never place the shoulder belt under    slowly. If the belt still cannot be unlocked,
 the arm or behind the back. If an                                                        the shoulder belt.
                                        let the belt retract slightly after giving it a   6. Place the lap belt as low as possible
 accident occurs, this can increase     strong pull, then pull it out slowly again.
 the risk or severity of injury.                                                          on your hips, not on your waist.


                CAUTION
 Metallic parts of the seatbelt can
 become very hot in a vehicle that
 has been closed up in sunny weath-
 er; they could burn an occupant. Do
 not touch such hot parts until they
 cool.
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! Adjusting the front seat shoulder                            WARNING                     ! Rear seatbelts (except rear center
  belt anchor height                                                                         seatbelt on 5-door models)
                                                When wearing the seatbelts, make           1. Sit well back in the seat.
                                                sure the shoulder portion of the
                                                                                           2. Pick up the tongue plate and pull the
                                                webbing does not pass over your
                                                                                           belt out slowly. Do not let it get twisted. If
                                                neck. If it does, adjust the seatbelt
                                                                                           the belt stops before reaching the buckle,
                                                anchor to a lower position. Placing
                                                                                           return the belt slightly and pull it out more
                                                the shoulder belt over the neck may
                                                                                           slowly. If the belt still cannot be unlocked,
                                                result in neck injury during sudden
                                                                                           let the belt retract slightly after giving a
                                                braking or in a collision.
                                                                                           strong pull on it, then pull it out slowly
                                                                                           again.
                                               ! Unfastening the seatbelt



The shoulder belt anchor height should be
adjusted to the position best suited for the
driver/front passenger. Always adjust the
anchor height so that the shoulder belt
passes over the middle of the shoulder
without touching the neck.
To raise:
Slide the anchor up.
To lower:
                                                                                           3. Insert the tongue plate into the buckle
Pull the release knob and slide the anchor     Push the button on the buckle.              until you hear a click.
down.
                                               Before closing the door, make sure that
Pull down on the anchor to make sure that      the belts are retracted properly to avoid
it is locked in place.                         catching the belt webbing in the door.



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                                            ! Unfastening the seatbelt                  ! Rear center seatbelt on 5-door
                                                                                          models




4. To make the lap part tight, pull up on
the shoulder belt.                          Push the button on the buckle.
5. Place the lap belt as low as possible                                                 1)   Center seatbelt tongue plate
on your hips, not on your waist.            Before closing the door, make sure that      2)   Connector (tongue)
                                            the belts are retracted properly to avoid    3)   Connector (buckle)
                                            catching the belt webbing in the door.       4)   Center seatbelt buckle
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               WARNING                                WARNING
Fastening the seatbelt with the web-    . Be sure to fasten both tongue
bing twisted can increase the risk or     plates to the respective buckles.
severity of injury in an accident.        If the seatbelt is used only as a
When fastening the belt after it is       shoulder belt (with the connec-
pulled out from the retractor, espe-      tor’s tongue plate not fastened to
cially when inserting the connec-         the connector’s buckle on the
tor’s tongue plate into the mating        right-hand side), it cannot prop-
buckle (on right-hand side), always       erly restrain the wearer in posi-
check that the webbing is not             tion in an accident, possibly
twisted.                                  resulting in serious injury or
                                          death.
                                        . The head restraint is not intended   1. Raise the head restraint to the ex-
                                          to be used at the lowest position.   tended position. Do not remove the head
                                          Before sitting on the seat, raise    restraint.
                                          the head restraint to the ex-
                                          tended position. Otherwise, in
                                          an accident, serious injury or
                                          death could result.




                                                                               2. Remove the tongue plate from the belt
                                                                               holder on the right side of the cargo area
                                                                               and pull out the seatbelt slowly.
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3. After drawing out the seatbelt, pass it      4. After confirming that the webbing is not        5. Insert the center seatbelt tongue plate
through the belt guide as follows: First        twisted, insert the connector (tongue)             into the center seatbelt buckle marked
insert one edge of the belt into the open       attached at the webbing end into the               “CENTER” on the left-hand side until it
gap in the belt guide; then slide the rest of   buckle on the right-hand side until a click        clicks.
the belt in, so that the whole belt fits        is heard.
inside.
                                                If the belt stops before reaching the
                                                buckle, return the belt slightly and pull it
                                                out more slowly. If the belt still cannot be
                                                unlocked, let the belt retract slightly after
                                                giving it a strong pull, then pull it out slowly
                                                again.




                                                                                                   6. To make the lap part tight, pull up on
                                                                                                   the shoulder belt.
                                                                                              Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags   1-19

7. Place the lap belt as low as possible
on your hips, not on your waist.

! Unfastening the seatbelt




                                             1. Insert a tongue plate or other hard
                                             pointed object into the slot in the con-
                                             nector (buckle) on the right-hand side and
                                             push it in. The connector (tongue) plate
Push the release button of the center        will then disconnect from the buckle.
seatbelt buckle (on the left-hand side) to
unfasten the seatbelt.
NOTE
When the seatback is folded down for
greater cargo area, it is necessary to
disconnect the connector.
                                                                                          2. Allow the retractor to roll up the belt.
                                                                                          You should hold the webbing end and
                                                                                          guide it back into the retractor while it is
                                                                                          rolling up. Insert the connector (tongue)
                                                                                          into the belt holder.


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                                        & Seatbelt maintenance                      Front seatbelt pretensioners
                                        To clean the seatbelts, use a mild soap
                                        and lukewarm water. Never bleach or dye
                                        the belts because this could seriously
                                        affect their strength.
                                        Inspect the seatbelts and attachments
                                        including the webbing and all hardware
                                        periodically for cracks, cuts, gashes,
                                        tears, damage, loose bolts or worn areas.
                                        Replace the seatbelts even if only minor
                                        damage is found.

                                                         CAUTION
                CAUTION
                                         . Keep the belts free of polishes,
                                                                                    The driver’s and front passenger’s seat-
 . Do not allow the retractor to roll      oils, chemicals and particularly
                                           battery acid.                            belts have a seatbelt pretensioner. The
   up the seatbelt too quickly.
                                                                                    seatbelt pretensioners are designed to be
   Otherwise, the metal tongue           . Never attempt to make modifica-          activated in the event of an accident
   plates may hit against the trim,        tions or changes that will prevent       involving a moderate to severe frontal
   resulting in damaged trim.              the seatbelt from operating prop-        collision.
 . Have the seatbelt fully rolled up       erly.
   so that the tongue plates are                                                    The pretensioner sensor also serves as
   neatly stored. A hanging tongue                                                  the frontal SRS airbag sensor. If the
   plate can swing and hit against                                                  sensor detects a certain predetermined
   the trim during driving, causing                                                 amount of force during a frontal collision,
   damage to the trim.                                                              the front seatbelt is quickly drawn back in
                                                                                    by the retractor to take up the slack so that
                                                                                    the belt more effectively restrains the front
                                                                                    seat occupant.
                                                                                    When a seatbelt pretensioner is activated,
                                                                                    an operating noise will be heard and a
                                                                                            Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags   1-21

small amount of smoke will be released.       both the driver’s and front passenger’s       sioners or could make the sys-
These occurrences are normal and not          seatbelt retractor assemblies must be         tem inoperative, possibly result-
harmful. This smoke does not indicate a       replaced only by an authorized                ing in serious injury. Seatbelt
fire in the vehicle.                          SUBARU dealer. When replacing seat-           pretensioners have no user-ser-
                                              belt retractor assemblies, use only           viceable parts. For required ser-
Once the seatbelt pretensioner has been       genuine SUBARU parts.                         vicing of front seatbelt retractors
activated, the seatbelt retractor remains
locked. Consequently, the seatbelt can not    . If either front seatbelt does not           equipped with seatbelt preten-
                                              retract or cannot be pulled out due to        sioners, see your nearest
be pulled out and retracted and therefore
                                              a malfunction or activation of the            SUBARU dealer.
must be replaced.
                                              pretensioner, contact your SUBARU           . When discarding front seatbelt
NOTE                                          dealer as soon as possible.                   retractor assemblies or scrap-
. Seatbelt pretensioners are not de-          . If the front seatbelt retractor assem-      ping the entire vehicle due to
signed to activate in minor frontal           bly or surrounding area has been              collision damage or for other
impacts, in side or rear impacts or in        damaged, contact your SUBARU dealer           reasons, consult your SUBARU
roll-over accidents.                          as soon as possible.                          dealer.
. The following four components op-           . When you sell your vehicle, we urge
erate simultaneously.                         you to explain to the buyer that it has
    – Seatbelt pretensioner for driver        seatbelt pretensioners by alerting the     & System monitors
    – Seatbelt pretensioner for front         buyer to the contents of this section.     A diagnostic system continually monitors
    passenger                                                                            the readiness of the seatbelt pretensioner
    – SRS frontal airbag for driver                           WARNING                    while the vehicle is being driven. The
    – SRS frontal airbag for front pas-                                                  seatbelt pretensioners share the control
    senger*                                    . To obtain maximum protection,           module with the SRS airbag system.
                                                 the occupants should sit in an          Therefore, if any malfunction occurs in a
   *: This does not operate while the
                                                 upright position with their seat-       seatbelt pretensioner, the SRS airbag
   occupant detection system determines
                                                 belts properly fastened. Refer to       system warning light will illuminate. For
   to deactivate the airbag operation. For       “Seatbelts” F1-11.                      details, refer to “SRS airbag system
   details, refer to “Front passenger’s SRS
                                               . Do not modify, remove or strike         monitors” F1-56.
   frontal airbag” F1-41.
                                                 the front seatbelt retractor as-
. Pretensioners are designed to func-
                                                 semblies or surrounding area.
tion on a one-time-only basis. In the
                                                 This could result in accidental
event that a pretensioner is activated,
                                                 activation of the seatbelt preten-
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& System servicing                          or repair in those areas or near the     & Precautions against vehicle
                                            front seatbelt retractors, have the        modification
                WARNING                     work performed by your authorized        Always consult your SUBARU dealer if
                                            SUBARU dealer.                           you want to install any accessory parts to
 . When discarding a seatbelt re-
                                                                                     your vehicle.
   tractor assembly or scrapping
   the entire vehicle damaged by a         NOTE
                                                                                                      CAUTION
   collision, consult your SUBARU          If the front part of the vehicle is
   dealer.                                 damaged in an accident to the extent       Do not perform any of the following
 . Tampering with or disconnecting         that the seatbelt pretensioner does not    modifications. Such modifications
   the system’s wiring could result        operate, contact your SUBARU dealer        can interfere with proper operation
   in accidental activation of the         as soon as possible.                       of the seatbelt pretensioners.
   seatbelt pretensioner and/or                                                       . Attachment of any equipment
   SRS airbag or could make the                                                          (bush bar, winches, snow plow,
   system inoperative, which may                                                         skid plate, etc.) other than genu-
   result in serious injury. Do not                                                      ine SUBARU accessory parts to
   use electrical test equipment on                                                      the front end.
   any circuit related to the seatbelt
                                                                                      . Modification of the suspension
   pretensioner and SRS airbag
                                                                                         system or front end structure.
   systems. For required servicing
   of the seatbelt pretensioner, con-                                                 . Installation of a tire of different
   sult your nearest SUBARU deal-                                                        size and construction from the
   er.                                                                                   tires specified on the vehicle
                                                                                         placard attached to the driver’s
                                                                                         door pillar or specified for indivi-
                 CAUTION                                                                 dual vehicle models in this Own-
                                                                                         er’s Manual.
 The front sub sensors are located
 on both the right and left sides at the
 front of the vehicle, and the SRS
 airbag control module including the
 impact sensors is located under the
 center console. If you need service
                                                                                                   Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags   1-23

Child restraint systems                          properly secured in the vehicle. When           child from injury in a collision,
                                                 installing the child restraint system, care-    because the child will be caught
                                                 fully follow the manufacturer’s instructions.   between the passenger and objects
                                                                                                 inside the vehicle.
                                                 According to accident statistics, children
                                                 are safer when properly restrained in the       Additionally, holding a child in your
                                                 rear seating positions than in the front        lap or arms in the front seat exposes
                                                 seating positions.                              that child to another serious danger.
                                                                                                 Since the SRS airbag deploys with
                                                 All U.S. states and Canadian provinces          considerable speed and force, the
                                                 require that infants and small children be      child could be injured or even killed.
                                                 restrained in an approved child restraint
                                                 system at all times while the vehicle is
                                                 moving.


Infants and small children should always
be placed in an infant or child restraint
system in the rear seat while riding in the
vehicle. You should use an infant or child
restraint system that meets Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standards or Canada
Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, is com-
patible with your vehicle and is appro-
priate for the child’s age and size. All child
restraint systems are designed to be
secured in vehicle seats by lap belts or                                                                        WARNING
the lap belt portion of a lap/shoulder belt
(except those described in “Installation of                        WARNING                       Children should be properly re-
child restraint systems by use of lower and                                                      strained at all times. Never allow a
tether anchorages (LATCH)” F1-30).                Never let a passenger hold a child             child to stand up, or to kneel on any
Children could be endangered in an                on his or her lap or in his or her             seat. Unrestrained children will be
accident if their child restraints are not        arms while the vehicle is moving.              thrown forward during sudden stop
                                                  The passenger cannot protect the
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 or in an accident and can be injured         A: Front passenger’s seat                     In this seating position, you should use
 seriously.                                   You should not install a child restraint      only a child restraint system that has a
 Additionally, children standing up or        system (including a booster seat) due to      bottom base that fits snugly against the
 kneeling on or in front of the front         the hazard to children posed by the           contours of the seat cushion and can be
 seat are exposed another serious             passenger’s airbag.                           securely retained using the seatbelt.
 danger. Since the SRS airbag de-             B: Rear seat, window-side seating
 ploys with considerable speed and
                                                                                                            WARNING
                                              positions
 force, the child could be injured or                                                        Put children aged 12 and under in
                                              Recommended positions for all types of
 even killed.                                                                                the rear seat properly restrained at
                                              child restraint systems.
                                              In these positions, Automatic/Emergency        all times. The SRS airbag deploys
                                                                                             with considerable speed and force
& Where to place a child re-                  Locking Retractor (A/ELR) seatbelts and
                                                                                             and can injure or even kill children,
  straint system                              lower anchorages (bars) are provided for
                                              installing a child restraint system.           especially if they are 12 years of age
The following are SUBARU’s recommen-                                                         and under and are not restrained or
                                              Some types of child restraints might not be
dations on where to place a child restraint                                                  improperly restrained. Because chil-
                                              able to be secured firmly due to projection
system in your vehicle.                                                                      dren are lighter and weaker than
                                              of the seat cushion.
                                                                                             adults, their risk of being injured
                                              In this seating position, you should use       from deployment is greater.
                                              only a child restraint system that has a
                                              bottom base that fits snugly against the       For that reason, be sure to secure
                                              contours of the seat cushion and can be        ALL types of child restraint devices
                                              securely retained using the seatbelt.          (including forward facing child
                                                                                             seats) in the REAR seats at all times.
                                              C: Rear seat, center seating position          You should choose a restraint de-
                                              Installing a child restraint system is not     vice which is appropriate for the
                                              recommended, although the A/ELR seat-          child’s age, height and weight. Ac-
                                              belt and an upper anchorage (tether            cording to accident statistics, chil-
                                              anchorage, if equipped) are provided in        dren are safer when properly re-
                                              this position.                                 strained in the rear seating posi-
                                              Some types of child restraints might not be    tions than in the front seating posi-
                                              able to be secured firmly due to projection    tions.
                                              of the seat cushion.
                                                                                         Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags   1-25

                                       & Choosing a child restraint                   & Installing child restraint sys-
                                         system                                         tems with A/ELR seatbelt
                                                                                                      WARNING
                                                                                       . Child restraint systems and seat-
                                                                                         belts can become hot in a vehicle
                                                                                         that has been closed up in sunny
                                                                                         weather; they could burn a small
                                                                                         child. Check the child restraint
                                                                                         system before you place a child
                                                                                         in it.
                                                                                       . Do not leave an unsecured child
                                                                                         restraint system in your vehicle.
              WARNING                                                                    Unsecured child restraint sys-
SINCE YOUR VEHICLE IS                  Choose a child restraint system that is           tems can be thrown around in-
EQUIPPED WITH A PASSENGER’S            appropriate for the child’s age and size          side of the vehicle in a sudden
SRS AIRBAG, NEVER INSTALL A            (weight and height) in order to provide the       stop, turn or accident; they can
R E A R W A R D FA C I N G C H I L D   child with proper protection. The child           strike and injure vehicle occu-
SAFETY SEAT IN THE FRONT PAS-          restraint system should meet all applic-          pants as well as result in serious
SENGER’S SEAT. DOING SO RISKS          able requirements of Federal Motor Vehi-          injuries or death to the child.
SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH TO             cle Safety Standards for the United States
THE CHILD BY PLACING THE               or of Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Stan-
CHILD’S HEAD TOO CLOSE TO              dards for Canada. It can be identified by                       CAUTION
THE SRS AIRBAG.                        looking for the label on the child restraint
                                                                                       When you install a child restraint
                                       system or the manufacturer’s statement of
                                                                                       system, follow the manufacturer’s
                                       compliance in the document attached to
                                                                                       instructions supplied with it. After
                                       the system.
                                                                                       installing the child restraint system,
                                       Also it is important for you to make sure       check to ensure that it is held
                                       that the child restraint system is compa-       securely in position. If it is not held
                                       tible with the vehicle in which it will be      tight and secure, the danger of your
                                       used.
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 child suffering personal injury in the
 event of an accident may be in-
 creased.

! Installing a rearward facing child
  restraint




                                             4. Take up the slack in the lap belt.           6. Push and pull the child restraint
                                             5. Pull out the seatbelt fully from the         system forward and from side to side to
                                             retractor to change the retractor over from     check if it is firmly secured. Sometimes a
                                             the Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR)           child restraint can be more firmly secured
                                             to the Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR)        by pushing it down into the seat cushion
                                             function. Then, allow the belt to rewind        and then tightening the seatbelt.
                                             into the retractor. As the belt is rewinding,   7. Pull at the shoulder portion of the belt
1. Place the child restraint system in the
                                             clicks will be heard which indicate the         to confirm that it cannot be pulled out (ALR
rear seating position.
                                             retractor functions as ALR.                     properly functioning).
2. Run the lap and shoulder belt through
or around the child restraint system
following the instructions provided by its
manufacturer.
3. Insert the tongue plate into the buckle
until you hear a click.
                                                                                             Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags    1-27
                                           NOTE                                              installed on the window-side seating
                                           When the child restraint system is no             position or the rear center seating
                                           longer in use, remove it and restore the          position of a 4-door model, remove
                                           ELR function of the retractor. That               the rear seat head restraint. For de-
                                           function is restored by allowing the              tails, refer to “Rear windows side
                                           seatbelt to retract fully.                        seating position” F1-8.
                                                                                             Store the head restraint in the trunk (4-
                                           ! Installing forward facing child re-             door models) or cargo area (5-door
                                             straint                                         models). Avoid placing the head re-
                                                                                             straint in the passenger compartment
                                                             WARNING                         to prevent it from being thrown around
                                                                                             in the passenger compartment in a
                                            Before installing a child restraint              sudden stop or a sharp turn.
                                            system, be sure to confirm that the
8. To remove the child restraint system,                                                     – When a child restraint system is
                                            seatback is securely locked into
press the release button on the seatbelt                                                     installed on the rear center seating
                                            place. Otherwise, in an accident,
buckle and allow the belt to retract                                                         position of a 5-door model, raise the
                                            serious injury or death could result.
completely. The belt will return to the                                                      rear seat head restraint to the ex-
ELR mode.                                                                                    tended position. Do not remove the
                                           1. Shake the seatback slightly to confirm
                                           that it is securely locked into place.            head restraint. For details, refer to
                WARNING                        – For 5-door models, it is possible to        “Rear center seating position” F1-8.
                                               check whether the seatback is locked       3. Place the child restraint system in the
 NEVER INSTALL A REARWARD FA-                  visually. If the seatback is locked into   rear seating position.
 CING CHILD SEAT IN THE FRONT                  place, the red colored unlocking mar-
 PASSENGER’S SEAT. DOING SO                    ker which is attached to the bottom of                      WARNING
 RISKS SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH                 the lock release knob is invisible. For
 TO THE CHILD BY PLACING THE                                                               When you intend to install a child
                                               details, refer to “5-door models” F1-       restraint system on the rear center
 CHILD’S HEAD TOO CLOSE TO THE                 10.
 SRS AIRBAG.                                                                               seating position, if the child restraint
                                           2. Prepare the rear seat head restraint         system does not fit snugly against
                                           where a child restraint system is intended      the contours of the rear center seat
                                           to be installed in the following way.           cushion, install the child restraint
                                              – When a child restraint system is           system on the window-side seating

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 position to be safe. For details, refer
 to “Where to place a child restraint
 system” F1-24.




                                             6. Take up the slack in the lap belt.           8. Before having a child sit in the child
                                             7. Pull out the seatbelt fully from the         restraint system, try to move it back and
                                             retractor to change the retractor over from     forth and right and left to check if it is firmly
                                             the Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR)           secured. Sometimes a child restraint can
4. Run the lap and shoulder belt through     to the Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR)        be more firmly secured by pushing it down
or around the child restraint system         function. Then, allow the belt to rewind        into the seat cushion and then tightening
following the instructions provided by its   into the retractor. As the belt is rewinding,   the seatbelt.
manufacturer.                                clicks will be heard which indicate the         9. Pull at the shoulder portion of the belt
     – When a child restraint system is      retractor functions as ALR.                     to confirm that it cannot be pulled out (ALR
     installed on the rear center seating                                                    properly functioning).
     position of a 5-door model, pass the                                                    10. Latch the top tether hook onto the
     rear center seatbelt through the belt                                                   tether anchorage that is located behind
     guide properly. For details, refer to                                                   the rear seat and tighten the top tether
     “Rear center seatbelt on 5-door mod-                                                    firmly. For additional instructions, refer to
     els” F1-16.                                                                             “Top tether anchorages” F1-33.
5. Insert the tongue plate into the buckle
until you hear a click.
                                                                                           Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags    1-29

                                            & Installing a booster seat                 creased.

                                                            WARNING
                                             . Child restraint systems and seat-
                                               belts can become hot in a vehicle
                                               that has been closed up in sunny
                                               weather; they could burn a small
                                               child. Check the child restraint
                                               system before you place a child
                                               in it.
                                             . Do not leave an unsecured child
                                               restraint system in your vehicle.
11. To remove the child restraint system,      Unsecured child restraint sys-
press the release button on the seatbelt       tems can be thrown around in-
buckle and allow the belt to retract           side of the vehicle in a sudden         1. Place the booster seat in the rear
completely. The belt will return to the        stop, turn or accident; they can        seating position and sit the child on it. The
ELR mode.                                      strike and injure vehicle occu-         child should sit well back on the booster
                                               pants as well as result in serious      seat.
NOTE                                           injuries or death to the child.         2. Run the lap and shoulder belt through
When the child restraint system is no                                                  or around the booster seat and the child
longer in use, remove it and restore the                                               following the instructions provided by its
                                                             CAUTION                   manufacturer.
ELR function of the retractor. That
function is restored by allowing the         When you install a child restraint        3. Insert the tongue plate into the buckle
seatbelt to retract fully.                   system, follow the manufacturer’s         until you hear a click. Take care not to
                                             instructions supplied with it. After      twist the seatbelt.
                                             installing the child restraint system,    Make sure the shoulder belt is positioned
                                             check to ensure that it is held           across the center of child’s shoulder and
                                             securely in position. If it is not held   that the lap belt is positioned as low as
                                             tight and secure, the danger of your      possible on the child’s hips.
                                             child suffering personal injury in the
                                             event of an accident may be in-
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                                               effective in preventing or redu-       restraint system in your vehicle.
                                               cing injury.                           Unsecured child restraint sys-
                                             . Place the lap belt as low as           tems can be thrown around in-
                                               possible on the child’s hips. A        side of the vehicle in a sudden
                                               high-positioned lap belt will in-      stop, turn or accident; they can
                                               crease the risk of sliding under       strike and injure vehicle occu-
                                               the lap belt and of the lap belt       pants as well as result in serious
                                               sliding up over the abdomen, and       injuries or death to the child.
                                               both can result in serious inter-
                                               nal injury or death.
                                                                                                   CAUTION
                                             . Make sure the shoulder belt is
                                               positioned across the center of     When you install a child restraint
                                               child’s shoulder. Placing the       system, follow the manufacturer’s
4. To remove the booster seat, press the       shoulder belt over the neck may     instructions supplied with it. After
release button on the seatbelt buckle and      result in neck injury during sud-   installing the child restraint system,
allow the belt to retract.                     den braking or in a collision.      check to ensure that it is held
                                                                                   securely in position. If it is not held
                 WARNING                    & Installation of child restraint      tight and secure, the danger of your
                                                                                   child suffering personal injury in the
 . Never use a belt that is twisted or        systems by use of lower and          event of an accident may be in-
   reversed. In an accident, this can         tether anchorages (LATCH)            creased.
   increase the risk or severity of
   injury to the child.                                    WARNING
 . Never place the shoulder belt             . Child restraint systems and seat-
   under the child’s arm or behind             belts can become hot in a vehicle
   the child’s back. If an accident            that has been closed up in sunny
   occurs, this can increase the risk          weather; they could burn a small
   or severity of injury to the child.         child. Check the child restraint
 . The seatbelt should fit snugly in           system before you place a child
   order to provide full restraint.            in it.
   Loose fitting belts are not as            . Do not leave an unsecured child
                                                                                            Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags   1-31

                                                                                        installing a child restraint system only on
                                                                                        the rear seat window-side seating posi-
                                                                                        tions. For each window-side seating posi-
                                                                                        tion, two lower anchorages are provided.
                                                                                        Each lower anchorage is located where
                                                                                        the seat cushion meets the seatback.




Some types of child restraint systems can    Your vehicle is equipped with four lower
be installed on the rear seat of your        anchorages (bars) and two or three upper
vehicle without use of the seatbelts. Such   anchorages (tether anchorages) for ac-
child restraint systems are secured to the   commodating such child restraint sys-
designated anchorages provided on the        tems.
vehicle body. The lower and tether an-
chorages are sometimes referred to as the                                                *: If equipped
LATCH system (Lower Anchors and                                                         The tether anchorages (upper an-
Tethers for CHildren).                                                                  chorages) are provided at the locations
                                                                                        shown in the above illustration. For de-
                                                                                        tails, refer to “Top tether anchorages” F1-
                                                                                        33.
                                                                                        To install a child restraint system using
                                                                                        lower and tether anchorages, perform the
                                                                                        following procedure.

                                                                                                          WARNING
                                             The lower anchorages (bars) are used for    Before installing a child restraint
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 system, be sure to confirm that the           chorages (bars).                           4. While following the instructions sup-
 seatback is securely locked into                                                         plied by the child restraint system manu-
 place. Otherwise, in an accident,                                                        facturer, connect the lower hooks onto the
 serious injury or death could result.                                                    lower anchorages located at “ ” marks on
                                                                                          the bottom of the rear seatback. When the
1. Shake the seatback slightly to confirm                                                 hooks are connected, make sure the
that it is securely locked into place.                                                    adjacent seatbelts are not caught.
    – For 5-door models, it is possible to
    check whether the seatback is locked
    visually. If the seatback is locked into
    place, the red colored unlocking mar-
    ker which is attached to the bottom of
    the lock release knob is invisible. For
    details, refer to “5-door models” F1-
    10.                                        Remove the covers and locate the lower
                                               anchorages (bars).
                                               3. Remove the rear seat head restraint.
                                               For details, refer to “Rear windows side
                                               seating position” F1-8.

                                                                                          5. [If your child restraint system is of a
                                                                                          flexible attachment type (which uses
                                                                                          tether belts to connect the child restraint
                                                                                          system properly to the lower anchorages)]
                                                                                          While pushing the child restraint into the
                                                                                          seat cushion, pull both left and right lower
                                                                                          tether belts up to secure the child restraint
                                                                                          system firmly by taking up the slack in the
                                                                                          belt.
2. You will find marks “ ” at the bottom of                                               6. Latch the top tether hook onto the
the rear seat seatbacks. These marks                                                      tether anchorage that is located behind
indicate the positions of the lower an-                                                   the rear seat and tighten the top tether
                                                                                                   Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags   1-33

firmly. For additional instructions, refer to   & Top tether anchorages                      ! Anchorage location
“Top tether anchorages” F1-33.                  Your vehicle is equipped with two or three   ! 4-door models
                                                top tether anchorages so that a child
                                                restraint system having a top tether can
                                                be installed in the rear seat. When
                                                installing a child restraint system using
                                                top tether, proceed as follows, while
                                                observing the instructions by the child
                                                restraint system manufacturer.
                                                Since a top tether can provide additional
                                                stability by offering another connection
                                                between a child restraint system and the
                                                vehicle, we recommend that you use a top
                                                tether whenever one is required or avail-
7. Before seating a child in the child          able.
restraint system, try to move it back and
forth and right and left to verify that it is
held securely in position.
8. To remove the child restraint system,
follow the reverse procedures of installa-
tion.
If you have any question concerning this
type of child restraint system, ask your
SUBARU dealer.



                                                                                              1)    For left seat
                                                                                              2)    For center seat (if equipped)
                                                                                              3)    For right seat


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Two or three upper anchorages are             ! 5-door models                       Two or three upper anchorages are
installed on the rear shelf behind the rear                                         installed on the back side of the rear
seat.                                                                               seatback.
                                                                                    ! To hook the top tether

                                                                                                    CAUTION
                                                                                     . Except for the center seating
                                                                                       position on 5-door models, re-
                                                                                       move the head restraint when
                                                                                       mounting a child restraint sys-
                                                                                       tem. Otherwise, it might be pos-
                                                                                       sible that the top tether cannot be
                                                                                       fastened tightly.
                                                                                     . For the center seating position on
                                                                                       5-door models, raise the center
                                                                                       head restraint to the extended
                                                                                       position when mounting a child
                                                                                       restraint system. Otherwise, it
                                                                                       will be impossible to use the
                                                                                       seatbelt guide that is attached
                                                                                       to the head restraint correctly.
                                                                                       The seatbelt guide is essential
                                                                                       for routing the belt webbing at
                                                                                       the center seating position. For
                                                                                       information about using the seat-
                                               1)   For left seat                      belt guide, refer to “Rear center
                                               2)   For center seat (if equipped)      seatbelt on 5-door models” F1-
                                               3)   For right seat                     16.
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                                           For the center seating position on 5-           *SRS airbag (Supplemental
                                           door models, route the top tether under
                                           the head restraint as illustrated below.
                                                                                           Restraint System airbag)
                                                                                           *SRS: This stands for supplemental re-
                                                                                           straint system. This name is used be-
                                                                                           cause the airbag system supplements the
                                                                                           vehicle’s seatbelts.

                                                                                           & Models with SRS airbags and
                                                                                             lap/shoulder restraints for
                                                                                             driver, front passenger, and
                                                                                             window-side rear passengers
 4-door models                                                                             Your vehicle is equipped with a supple-
                                                                                           mental restraint system in addition to a
                                                                                           lap/shoulder belt at each front seating
                                            1)   Seatbelt guide                            position and each rear window-side seat-
                                            2)   Seatbelt of the center seating position   ing positions. The supplemental restraint
                                            3)   Top tether                                system (SRS) consists of seven airbags.
                                           2. Tighten the top tether securely.             The configurations are as follows.
                                                                                           . Driver’s and front passenger’s frontal
                                           Please contact your SUBARU dealer if            airbags
                                           you have any question regarding the             . Driver’s and front passenger’s side
                                           installation of a child restraint system.       airbags
                                                                                           . Curtain airbags (for driver, front pas-
                                                                                           senger, and window-side rear passen-
 5-door models
                                                                                           gers)
                                                                                           . Knee airbag for driver
1. Open the cover (4-door models) and
attach the top tether hook to the appro-                                                   These SRS airbags are designed only
priate upper anchorage.                                                                    as a supplement to the primary protec-
                                                                                           tion provided by the seatbelt.
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The system also controls front seatbelt         the blink of an eye – and force to     move the seat as far back as
pretensioners. For operation instructions       protect in high speed collisions,      possible and sit upright and well
and precautions concerning the seatbelt         the force of an airbag can injure      back in the seat.
pretensioner, refer to “Front seatbelt pre-     an occupant whose body is too        . Do not place any objects over or
tensioners” F1-20.                              close to SRS airbag.                   near the SRS airbag cover or
                                                It is also important to wear your      between you and the SRS airbag.
                 WARNING                        seatbelt to help avoid injuries        If the SRS airbag deploys, those
 . To obtain maximum protection in              that can result when the SRS           objects could interfere with its
   the event of an accident, the                airbag contacts an occupant not        proper operation and could be
   driver and all passengers in the             in proper position such as one         propelled inside the vehicle and
   vehicle should always wear seat-             thrown forward during pre-acci-        cause injury.
   belts when the vehicle is moving.            dent braking.
   The SRS airbag is designed only              Even when properly positioned,
   to be a supplement to the primary            there remains a possibility that
   protection provided by the seat-             an occupant may suffer minor
   belt. It does not eliminate the              injury such as abrasions and
   need to fasten seatbelts. In com-            bruises to the face or arms
   bination with the seatbelts, it              because of the SRS airbag de-
   offers the best combined protec-             ployment force.
   tion in case of a serious accident.        . The SRS airbags deploy with
   Not wearing a seatbelt increases             considerable speed and force.
   the chance of severe injury or               Occupants who are out of proper
   death in a crash even when the               position when the SRS airbag
   vehicle has the SRS airbag.                  deploys could suffer very serious
   For instructions and precautions             injuries. Because the SRS airbag
   concerning the seatbelt system,              needs enough space for deploy-                     WARNING
   refer to “Seatbelts” F1-11.                  ment, the driver should always
                                                sit upright and well back in the     . Put children aged 12 and under in
 . Do not sit or lean unnecessarily             seat as far from the steering          the rear seat properly restrained
   close to the SRS airbag. Because             wheel as practical while still         at all times. The SRS airbag
   the SRS airbag deploys with                  maintaining full vehicle control       deploys with considerable speed
   considerable speed – faster than             and the front passenger should
                                                                                 Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags   1-37

and force and can injure or even        . NEVER INSTALL A REARWARD            NOTE
kill children, especially if they are     FACING CHILD SEAT IN THE            When you sell your vehicle, we urge
12 years of age and under and             FRONT SEAT. DOING SO RISKS          you to explain to the buyer that it is
are not restrained or improperly          SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH TO          equipped with SRS airbags by alerting
restrained. Because children are          THE CHILD BY PLACING THE            the buyer to the applicable section in
lighter and weaker than adults,           CHILD’S HEAD TOO CLOSE TO           this Owner’s Manual.
their risk of being injured from          THE SRS AIRBAG.
deployment is greater.                  . Never allow a child to stand up,
For that reason, we strongly              or to kneel on the front passen-
recommend that ALL children               ger’s seat, or never hold a child
(including those in child seats           on your lap or in your arms. The
and those that have outgrown              SRS airbag deploys with consid-
child restraint devices) sit in the       erable force and can injure or
REAR seat properly restrained at          even kill the child.
all times in a child restraint
device or in a seatbelt, whichever
is appropriate for the child’s age,                   CAUTION
height and weight.
                                        . When the SRS airbag deploys,
Secure ALL types of child re-             some smoke will be released.
straint devices (including for-           This smoke could cause breath-
ward facing child seats) in the           ing problems for people with a
REAR seats at all times.                  history of asthma or other
According to accident statistics,         breathing trouble. If you or your
children are safer when properly          passengers have breathing pro-
restrained in the rear seating            blems after SRS airbag deploys,
positions than in the front seat-         get fresh air promptly.
ing positions.                          . A deploying SRS airbag releases
For instructions and precautions          hot gas. Occupants could get
concerning the child restraint            burned if they come into direct
system, refer to “Child restraint         contact with the hot gas.
systems” F1-23.

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! Components                                                                                       9)    Side airbag sensor (center pillar right-
                                                                                                         hand side)
                                                                                                   10)   Airbag wiring
                                                                                                   11)   Seatbelt pretensioner (driver’s side)
                                                                                                   12)   Seatbelt pretensioner (front passenger’s
                                                                                                         side)
                                                                                                   13)   Curtain airbag sensor (rear wheel house
                                                                                                         right-hand side)
                                                                                                   14)   Curtain airbag sensor (rear wheel house
                                                                                                         left-hand side)
                                                                                                   15)   Curtain airbag module (right-hand side)
                                                                                                   16)   Curtain airbag module (left-hand side)
                                                                                                   17)   Seatbelt buckle switch (front passenger’s
                                                                                                         side)
                                                                                                   18)   Knee airbag module (driver’s side)
                                                                                                   19)   Front passenger’s occupant detection
                                                                                                         system sensor
                                                                                                   20)   Front passenger’s occupant detection
                                                                                                         control module
                                                                                                   21)   Front passenger’s frontal airbag ON and
                                                                                                         OFF indicator
                                                                                                   22)   SRS airbag system warning light
                                                                                                   23)   Satellite safing sensor (under the rear
                                                                                                         center seat)
                                                                                                   24)   Front door impact sensor (left-hand side)
                                                                                                   25)   Front door impact sensor (right-hand
                                                                                                         side)




1)   Airbag control module (including impact    5)   Front sub sensor (right-hand side)
     sensors)                                   6)   Side airbag module (driver’s side)
2)   Frontal airbag module (driver’s side)      7)   Side airbag module (front passenger’s
3)   Frontal airbag module (front passenger’s        side)
     side)                                      8)   Side airbag sensor (center pillar left-hand
4)   Front sub sensor (left-hand side)               side)
                                                                                               Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags   1-39

& SUBARU advanced frontal                     system.
                                                                                                            WARNING
  airbag system                               The driver’s SRS frontal airbag is stowed
Your vehicle is equipped with a SUBARU        in the center portion of the steering wheel.   NEVER INSTALL A REARWARD FA-
advanced frontal airbag system that com-      The front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag       CING CHILD SEAT IN THE FRONT
plies with the new advanced frontal airbag    is stowed near the top of the dashboard        SEAT. DOING SO RISKS SERIOUS
requirements in the amended Federal           under an “SRS AIRBAG” mark. Also, the          INJURY OR DEATH TO THE CHILD
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS)         driver’s knee airbag is stowed in the          BY PLACING THE CHILD’S HEAD
No. 208.                                      bottom of the steering column.                 TOO CLOSE TO THE SRS AIRBAG.
The SUBARU advanced frontal airbag            In a moderate to severe frontal collision,
system automatically determines the de-       the following components deploy.
ployment force of the driver’s SRS frontal    . SRS frontal airbag for driver
airbag at the time of deployment as well as   . SRS frontal airbag for front passenger
whether or not to activate the front
                                              . Knee airbag for driver
passenger’s SRS frontal airbag and, if
activated, the deployment force of the        These components supplement the seat-
SRS frontal airbag at the time of deploy-     belts by reducing the impact to the
ment.                                         occupant’s head, chest and knees.
Your vehicle has warning labels on the
driver’s and front passenger’s sun visors
beginning with the phrase “EVEN WITH
ADVANCED AIR BAGS” and a tag
attached to the glove box lid beginning
with the phrase “Even with Advanced Air
                                                                                                            WARNING
Bags”. Make sure that you carefully read
the instructions on the warning labels and                                                   Never allow a child to stand up, or to
tag.                                                                                         kneel on the front passenger’s seat.
Always wear your seatbelt. The SUBARU                                                        The SRS airbag deploys with con-
advanced frontal airbag system is a                                                          siderable force and can injure or
supplemental restraint system and must                                                       even kill the child.
be used in combination with a seatbelt. All
occupants should wear a seatbelt or be
seated in an appropriate child restraint
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                                                                                 seatbelt to help avoid injuries that
                                                                                 can result when the SRS airbag
                                                                                 contacts an occupant not in proper
                                                                                 position such as one thrown toward
                                                                                 the front of the vehicle during pre-
                                                                                 accident braking.




                WARNING                                WARNING
 Never hold a child on your lap or in   The SRS airbag deploys with con-
 your arms. The SRS airbag deploys      siderable speed and force. Occu-
 with considerable force and can        pants who are out of proper position
 injure or even kill the child.         when the SRS airbag deploys could
                                        suffer very serious injuries. Be-
                                        cause the SRS airbag needs enough                      WARNING
                                        space for deployment, the driver
                                        should always sit upright and well       . Do not put any objects over the
                                        back in the seat as far from the           steering wheel pad and dash-
                                        steering wheel as practical while          board. If the SRS frontal airbag
                                        still maintaining full vehicle control     deploys, these objects could in-
                                        and the front passenger should             terfere with its proper operation
                                        move the seat as far back as               and could be propelled inside the
                                        possible and sit upright and well          vehicle, causing injury.
                                        back in the seat.                        . Do not put any objects under the
                                        It is also important to wear your          driver’s side of the instrument
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  panel. If the knee airbag deploys,     ror over the rear view mirror. If the          whether the front passenger’s SRS frontal
  those objects could interfere with     SRS airbag deploys, those objects              airbag should be deployed or not.
  its proper operation and could be      could become projectiles that could            The occupant detection system may not
  propelled inside the vehicle,          seriously injure vehicle occupants.            inflate the front passenger’s SRS frontal
  causing injury.                                                                       airbag even when the driver’s SRS frontal
. The key must not be attached to       ! Driver’s SRS frontal airbag                   airbag deploys. This is normal. In this
  heavy, sharp or hard acces-                                                           case, although the front passenger’s SRS
                                        The driver’s SRS frontal airbag uses a          frontal airbag does not operate, the front
  sories, or another key. If the knee   dual stage inflator. The inflator operates in
  airbag deploys, those objects                                                         passenger’s seatbelt pretensioner oper-
                                        different ways depending on the severity        ates with the driver’s seatbelt preten-
  could interfere with its proper       of impact.
  operation and could be propelled                                                      sioner. For details about the seatbelt
  inside the vehicle and cause          Have the system inspected by your               pretensioner, refer to “Front seatbelt pre-
  injury.                               SUBARU dealer immediately if the SRS            tensioners” F1-20.
                                        airbag system warning light illuminates.        Observe the following precautions. Failure
                                        NOTE                                            to do so may prevent the SUBARU
                                                                                        advanced frontal airbag system from
                                        The driver’s SRS side airbag and SRS
                                                                                        functioning correctly or cause the system
                                        curtain airbag are not controlled by the
                                                                                        to fail.
                                        SUBARU advanced frontal airbag sys-
                                        tem.                                            . Do not apply any strong impact to the
                                                                                        front passenger’s seat.
                                        ! Front passenger’s SRS frontal air-            . Do not spill liquid on the front passen-
                                            bag                                         ger’s seat. If liquid is spilled, wipe it off
                                        The front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag        immediately.
                                        uses a dual stage inflator. The inflator        . Do not remove or disassemble the front
                                        operates in different ways depending on         passenger’s seat.
                                        the severity of impact.                         . Do not install any accessory (such as
                                        The occupant detection system sensor is         an audio amplifier) other than a genuine
               WARNING                  installed under the seat upholstery and         SUBARU accessory under the front pas-
                                        monitors the position and posture of the        senger’s seat.
Do not attach accessories to the        front passenger. Using this information,        . Do not place anything (shoes, umbrel-
windshield, or fit an extra-wide mir-   the occupant detection system determines        la, etc.) under the front passenger’s seat.
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. Do not place a magnet near the             front passenger. Using this information,        may adversely affect the ability of the
seatbelt buckle.                             the occupant detection system determines        system to determine deployment. This
                                             whether the front passenger’s SRS frontal       may prevent the front passenger’s frontal
If the seatbelt buckle switch and/or front   airbag should be deployed or not.               airbag ON and OFF indicators from work-
passenger’s occupant detection system                                                        ing properly. Check that the indicators
have failed, the SRS airbag system           If the front passenger’s seat cushion is        work properly.
warning light will illuminate. Have the      wet, this may adversely affect the ability of
                                             the system to determine deployment. If          When the OFF indicator turns off and the
system inspected by your SUBARU deal-                                                        ON indicator illuminates, the front passen-
er immediately if the SRS airbag system      the seat cushion is wet, the front passen-
                                             ger should stop sitting on the front            ger’s frontal airbag may deploy during a
warning light illuminates.                                                                   collision. Remove luggage and electronic
If your vehicle has sustained impact, this   passenger’s seat. Wipe off water from
                                             the seat immediately, let the seat dry          devices from the front passenger’s seat.
may affect the proper function of the
SUBARU advanced frontal airbag system.       naturally and then check the SRS airbag         NOTE
Have your vehicle inspected at your          system warning light as follows.
                                                                                             This device complies with Part 18 of
SUBARU dealer. Do not use the front          . If the SRS airbag system warning light        the FCC Rules. This device may cause
passenger’s seat while driving the vehicle   illuminates, keep the seat dry until the        interference. If this device causes inter-
to your SUBARU dealer.                       warning light turns off. If the SRS airbag      ference, consult the nearest SUBARU
                                             system warning light stays on even when         dealer. Also, for maintenance of the
NOTE                                         the seat has dried, do not allow anyone to      system, consult the nearest SUBARU
The front passenger’s SRS side airbag        sit on the front passenger’s seat and have      dealer. A copy of the original declara-
and SRS curtain airbag are not con-          the system checked by your SUBARU               tion of conformity can be found in
trolled by the SUBARU advanced fron-         dealer.                                         chapter 13.
tal airbag system.                           . If the SRS airbag system warning light
                                             does not illuminate, check that the front       ! Conditions in which front passen-
! Passenger’s frontal airbag ON and          passenger’s frontal airbag ON and OFF                ger’s SRS frontal airbag is not
    OFF indicators                           indicators work properly. If the indicators          activated
Refer to “Front passenger’s frontal airbag   do not work properly, do not allow anyone       The front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag
ON and OFF indicators” F3-11.                to sit on the front passenger’s seat and        will not be activated when any of the
! Occupant detection system                  have the system checked by your                 following conditions are met regarding the
                                             SUBARU dealer.                                  front passenger’s seat:
The occupant detection system sensor is
installed under the seat upholstery and      Also, if luggage or electronic devices are      . The seat is empty.
monitors the position and posture of the     placed on the front passenger’s seat, this      . The seat is equipped with a rearward
                                                                                                 Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags     1-43

facing child restraint system and an infant    even children who have outgrown a             OFF indicator turns off even when an
is restrained with it. (See WARNING that       child restraint system be also                infant or a small child is in a child restraint
follows.)                                      seated in the REAR seat. This is              system (including booster seat). Remove
. The seat is equipped with a forward          because children sitting in the front         the child restraint system from the seat. By
facing child restraint system and a small      passenger’s seat may be killed or             referring to the child restraint manufac-
child is restrained with it. (See WARNING      severely injured should the front             turer’s recommendations as well as the
that follows.)                                 passenger’s SRS frontal airbag de-            child restraint system installation proce-
. The seat is equipped with a booster          ploy. REAR seats are the safest               dures in “Child restraint systems” F1-23,
seat and a small child is in the booster       place for children.                           correctly install the child restraint system.
seat. (See WARNING that follows.)                                                            Turn the ignition switch to the “ON”
. The seat is relieved of the occupant        When the front passenger’s seat is occu-       position and make sure that the front
load for a time exceeding the predeter-       pied by a child, observe the following         passenger’s frontal airbag ON indicator
mined monitoring time period.                 precautions. Failure to do so may increase     turns off and the OFF indicator illuminates.
                                              the load on the front passenger’s seat,
. The seat is occupied by a child who                                                        If still the ON indicator remains illuminated
                                              activating the front passenger’s SRS
has outgrown a child restraint system                                                        while the OFF indicator turns off, take the
                                              frontal airbag even though that seat is
(See WARNING that follows.) or by a                                                          following actions.
                                              occupied by a child.
small adult.                                                                                 . Ensure that no article is placed on the
                                              . Do not place any article on the seat
. The front passenger’s occupant detec-                                                      seat other than the child restraint system
                                              other than the child occupant and a child
tion system is malfunctioning.                                                               and the child occupant.
                                              restraint system.
                                                                                             . Ensure that the backward-forward po-
                 WARNING                      . Do not place more than one child on
                                                                                             sition and seatback of front passenger’s
                                              the seat.
                                                                                             seat are locked into place securely by
 NEVER INSTALL A REARWARD FA-
                                                                                             moving the seat back and forth.
 CING CHILD SEAT IN THE FRONT                 ! If the front passenger’s frontal air-
 PASSENGER’S SEAT EVEN IF THE                     bag ON indicator illuminates and the       If the ON indicator still remains illuminated
 FRONT PASSENGER’S SRS FRON-                      OFF indicator turns off even when          while the OFF indicator turns off after
 TAL AIRBAG IS DEACTIVATED. Be                    an infant or a small child is in a child   taking relevant corrective actions de-
 sure to install it in the REAR seat in           restraint system (including booster        scribed above, relocate the child restraint
 a correct manner. Also, it is strongly           seat)                                      system to the rear seat and immediately
 recommended that any forward fa-             Turn the ignition switch to the “LOCK”         contact your SUBARU dealer for an
 cing child seat or booster seat be           position if the front passenger’s frontal      inspection.
 installed in the REAR seat, and that         airbag ON indicator illuminates and the
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NOTE                                          ! Conditions in which front passen-             . Make sure that the front passenger
When a child who has outgrown a child             ger’s SRS frontal airbag is activated       does not use a blanket, seat cushion, seat
restraint system or a small adult is          The front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag        cover, seat heater or massager, etc.
seated in the front passenger’s seat,         will be activated for deployment upon           . If wearing excessive layers of clothing,
the SUBARU advanced frontal airbag            impact when any of the following condi-         the front passenger should remove any
system may or may not activate the            tions are met regarding the front passen-       unnecessary items before sitting in the
front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag          ger’s seat.                                     front passenger’s seat, or should sit in a
depending on the occupant’s seating           . When the seat is occupied by an adult.        rear seat.
posture. If the front passenger’s SRS
                                              . When a heavy article is placed on the         . Next, turn the ignition switch to the
frontal airbag is activated (the ON
                                              seat.                                           “ON” position and wait 6 seconds to allow
indicator remains illuminated while                                                           the system to complete self-checking.
the OFF indicator turns off), take the                                                        Following the system check, both indica-
following actions.                            ! If the passenger’s frontal airbag OFF
                                                 indicator illuminates and the ON             tors turn off for 2 seconds. Now, the ON
. Ensure that no article is placed on            indicator turns off even when the            indicator should illuminate while the OFF
the seat other than the occupant.                front passenger’s seat is occupied           indicator remains off.
If the ON indicator still remains illumi-        by an adult                                  If the OFF indicator still remains illumi-
nated while the OFF indicator turns off       This can be caused by the adult incor-          nated while the ON indicator remains off,
despite the fact that the actions noted       rectly sitting in the front passenger’s seat.   ask the occupant to move to the rear seat
above have been taken, seat the child/        Turn the ignition switch to the “LOCK”          and immediately contact your SUBARU
small adult in the rear seat and im-          position. Ask the front passenger to set        dealer for an inspection.
mediately contact your SUBARU dealer          the seatback to the upright position, sit up    ! How to contact the vehicle manu-
for an inspection. Even if the system         straight in the center of the seat cushion,         facturer concerning modifications
has passed the dealer inspection, it is       correctly fasten the seatbelt, position his/        for persons with disabilities that
recommended that on subsequent trips          her legs out forward, and adjust the seat to        may affect the advanced airbag
the child/small adult always take the         the rearmost position. Turn the ignition            system (U.S. only)
rear seat.                                    switch to the “ON” position. If the OFF
                                              indicator remains illuminated while the ON      Changing or moving any parts of the front
Children who have outgrown a child                                                            seats, rear seat, seatbelts, front bumper,
restraint system should always wear the       indicator remains off, take the following
                                              actions.                                        front side frame, radiator panel, instrument
seatbelt irrespective of whether the airbag                                                   panel, combination meter, steering wheel,
is deactivated or activated.                  . Turn the ignition switch to the “LOCK”
                                                                                              steering column, tire, suspension or floor
                                              position.
                                                                                              panel can affect the operation of the
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SUBARU advanced airbag system. If you            in such an area, please contact the
have any questions, you may contact the          SUBARU distributor or dealer from which
following SUBARU distributors.                   you bought your vehicle.
<Continental U.S., Alaska and the District
of Columbia>
Subaru of America, Inc.
Customer Dealer Services Department
P.O. Box 6000
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-6000
1-800-SUBARU3 (1-800-782-2783)
<Hawaii>
Servco Subaru Inc., dba Subaru Hawaii
2850 Pukoloa Street, Suite 202, Honolulu,
HI 96819
808-839-2273
<Guam>
Shen’s Corporation dba Prestige Automo-
bile
491, East Marine Drive, Route 1 Dededo,
Guam
671-633-2698
<Puerto Rico>
Trebol Motors
P.O. Box 11204, San Juan, Puerto Rico
00910
787-793-2828
There are currently no SUBARU distribu-
tors in any other U.S. territories. If you are
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! Operation                                                                                           The SRS airbags can function only when
                                                                                                      the ignition switch is in the “ON” position.
                                                                                                      The SUBARU advanced frontal airbag
                                                                                                      system is designed to determine the
                                                                                                      activation or deactivation condition of the
                                                                                                      front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag
                                                                                                      depending on the total load on the front
                                                                                                      passenger’s seat monitored by the front
                                                                                                      passenger’s occupant detection system
                                                                                                      sensor. For this reason, only the driver’s
                                                                                                      SRS frontal airbag may deploy in the
                                                                                                      event of a collision, but this does not mean
                                                                                                      failure of the system.
                                                                                                      If the front sub sensors and the impact
                                                                                                      sensors in the airbag control module
                                                                                                      detect a predetermined amount of force
                                                                                                      during a frontal collision, the control
                                                                                                      module sends signals to the airbag
                                                                                                      module(s) (only driver’s module or both
                                                                                                      driver’s and front passenger’s modules)
                                                                                                      instructing the module(s) to inflate the
                                                                                                      SRS frontal airbag(s). On driver’s side, the
                                                                                                      SRS knee airbag also inflates with the
                                                                                                      SRS frontal airbag.


 A)   Driver’s side
 B)   Passenger’s side
 1)   SRS AIRBAGs deploy as soon as a collision occurs.
 2)   After deployment, SRS AIRBAGs start to deflate immediately so that the driver’s vision is not
      obstructed.
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The driver’s and front passenger’s SRS           occurrences are a normal result of the        level of force experienced in the passen-
frontal airbags use dual stage inflators.        deployment. This smoke does not indicate      ger compartment during a collision. That
The two inflators of each airbag are             a fire in the vehicle.                        level differs from one type of collision to
triggered either sequentially or simulta-                                                      another, and it may have no bearing on
neously, depending on the severity of                              CAUTION                     the visible damage done to the vehicle
impact, in the case of the driver’s SRS                                                        itself.
frontal airbag and depending on the               Do not touch the SRS airbag system
severity of impact and the total load on          components around the steering               ! Example of accident in which the
the seat in the case of the front passen-         wheel and dashboard with bare                  driver’s/driver’s and front passen-
ger’s SRS frontal airbag.                         hands right after deployment. Doing            ger’s SRS frontal airbag(s) will most
                                                  so can cause burns because the                 likely deploy
After deployment, the SRS airbag imme-            components can be very hot as a
diately starts to deflate so that the driver’s    result of deployment.
vision is not obstructed. The time required
from detecting impact to the deflation of        The driver’s SRS frontal airbag and front
the SRS airbag after deployment is short-        passenger’s SRS frontal airbag are de-
er than the blink of an eye.                     signed to deploy in the event of an
                                                 accident involving a moderate to severe
Both when only the driver’s SRS frontal
                                                 frontal collision. They are not designed to
airbag deploys and the driver’s and front
                                                 deploy in most lesser frontal impacts
passenger’s SRS frontal airbags deploy,
                                                 because the necessary protection can be
the driver’s and front passenger’s seatbelt
                                                 achieved by the seatbelt alone. Also, they
pretensioners operate at the same time.
                                                 are not designed to deploy in most side or
Although it is highly unlikely that the SRS      rear impacts or in most roll-over accidents
airbag would activate in a non-accident          because deployment of only the driver’s       A head-on collision against a thick con-
situation, should it occur, the SRS airbag       SRS frontal airbag or both driver’s and       crete wall at a vehicle speed of 12 to 19
will deflate quickly, not obscuring vision       front passenger’s SRS frontal airbags         mph (20 to 30 km/h) or higher activates
and will not interfere with the driver’s         would not help the occupant in those          only the driver’s SRS frontal airbag or both
ability to maintain control of the vehicle.      situations. The driver’s and front passen-    driver’s and front passenger’s SRS frontal
                                                 ger’s SRS frontal airbags are designed to     airbags. The airbag(s) will also be acti-
When the SRS airbag deploys, a sudden,           function on a one-time-only basis.
fairly loud inflation noise will be heard and                                                  vated when the vehicle is exposed to a
some smoke will be released. These               SRS airbag deployment depends on the          frontal impact similar in fashion and
                                                                                               magnitude to the collision described
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above.                                    Only the driver’s SRS frontal airbag or
                                          both driver’s and front passenger’s SRS
! Examples of the types of accidents      frontal airbags may be activated when the
  in which it is possible that the        vehicle sustains a hard impact in the
  driver’s/driver’s and front passen-     undercarriage area from the road surface
  ger’s SRS frontal airbag(s) will de-    (such as when the vehicle plunges into a
  ploy                                    deep ditch, is severely impacted or
                                          knocked hard against an obstacle on the
                                          road such as a curb).
                                                                                          Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags    1-49

! Examples of the types of accidents in which deployment of the driver’s/driver’s    1)    The vehicle strikes an object, such as a
                                                                                           telephone pole or sign pole.
  and front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag(s) is unlikely to occur                   2)    The vehicle slides under the load bed of
                                                                                           a truck.
                                                                                     3)    The vehicle sustains an oblique offset
                                                                                           frontal impact.
                                                                                     4)    The vehicle sustains an offset frontal
                                                                                           collision.
                                                                                     5)    The vehicle strikes an object that can
                                                                                           move or deform, such as a parked
                                                                                           vehicle.
                                                                                    There are many types of collisions which
                                                                                    might not necessarily require deployment
                                                                                    of driver’s/driver’s and front passenger’s
                                                                                    SRS frontal airbag(s). In the event of
                                                                                    accidents like those illustrated, the dri-
                                                                                    ver’s/driver’s and front passenger’s SRS
                                                                                    frontal airbag(s) may not deploy depend-
                                                                                    ing on the level of accident forces in-
                                                                                    volved.




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! Examples of the types of accidents         in most cases if the vehicle is struck from        & SRS side airbag and SRS
  in which the driver’s/driver’s and         the side or from behind, or if it rolls onto its     curtain airbag
  front passenger’s SRS frontal              side or roof, or if it is involved in a low-
  airbag(s) will basically not deploy        speed frontal collision.                           The SRS side airbag is stored in the door
                                                                                                side of each front seat seatback, which
                                                                                                bears an “SRS AIRBAG” label.
                                                                                                In a moderate to severe side impact
                                                                                                collision, the SRS side airbag on the
                                                                                                impacted side of the vehicle deploys
                                                                                                between the occupant and the door panel
                                                                                                and supplements the seatbelt by reducing
                                                                                                the impact on the occupant’s chest and
                                                                                                waist. The SRS side airbag operates only
                                                                                                for front seat occupants.
                                                                                                The SRS curtain airbag on each side of
                                                                                                the cabin is stored in the roof side
                                                                                                (between the front pillar and a point over
                                              1)   First impact                                 the rear seat). An “SRS AIRBAG” mark is
                                              2)   Second impact                                located at the top of each center pillar.
                                             In an accident where the vehicle is                In a moderate to severe side impact
                                             impacted more than once, the driver’s              collision, the SRS curtain airbag on the
                                             and/or front passenger’s SRS frontal               impacted side of the vehicle deploys
                                             airbag(s) will deploy only once on the first       between the occupant and the side
                                             impact.                                            window and supplements the seatbelt by
                                                                                                reducing the impact on the occupant’s
                                             Example: In the case of a double collision,        head.
                                             first with another vehicle, then against a
                                             concrete wall in immediate succession,                              WARNING
                                             once either or both of the driver’s and front
                                             passenger’s SRS frontal airbags is/are              The SRS side airbag and SRS
                                             activated on the first impact, it/they will not     curtain airbag are designed only to
The driver’s and front passenger’s SRS
                                             be activated on the second impact.                  be a supplement to the primary
frontal airbags are designed not to deploy
                                                                                                 protection provided by the seatbelt.
                                                                                   Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags   1-51

They do not do away with the need          if your head or other parts of the
to fasten seatbelts. It is also impor-     body are too close to the SRS
tant to wear your seatbelt to help         side airbag.
avoid injuries that can result when      . Since your vehicle is equipped
an occupant is not seated in a             with SRS curtain airbags, do not
proper upright position.                   sit or lean unnecessarily close to
                                           the front or rear door on either
                                           side. Also, do not put your head,
                                           arms or hands out of the window.
                                           The SRS curtain airbag on each
                                           side of the cabin is stored in the
                                           roof side (between the front pillar
                                           and a point over the rear seat),
                                           and it provides protection by
                                           deploying rapidly (faster than                       WARNING
                                           the blink of an eye) in the event     Do not rest your arm on either front
                                           of a side impact. However, the        door or its internal trim. It could be
                                           force of its deployment may           injured in the event of SRS side
                                           cause injuries if your head is        airbag deployment.
                                           too close to it.
               WARNING
. Do not sit or lean unnecessarily
  close to either front door. The
  SRS side airbag is stored in both
  front seat seatbacks next to the
  door, and it provides protection
  by deploying rapidly (faster than
  the blink of an eye) in the event of
  a side impact collision. However,
  the force of SRS side airbag
  deployment may cause injuries
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                                                      WARNING
                                        . Never allow a child to kneel on
                                          the front passenger’s seat facing
                                          the side window or to wrap his/
                                          her arms around the front seat
                                          seatback. In the event of an
                                          accident, the force of the SRS
                                          side airbag deployment could
                                          injure the child seriously be-
                                          cause his/her head or arms or
                                          other parts of the body are too
                                          close to the SRS side airbag.
                                          Since your vehicle is also                           WARNING
                                          equipped with a front passen-
                                          ger’s SRS frontal airbag, children   . Do not attach accessories to the
                                          aged 12 and under should be            door trim or near either SRS side
                                          placed in the rear seat anyway         airbags and do not place objects
                                          and should be properly re-             near the SRS side airbags. In the
                                          strained at all times.                 event of the SRS side airbag
                                        . Never allow a child to kneel on        deployment, they could be pro-
                                          any passenger’s seat facing the        pelled dangerously toward the
                                          side window or put their head,         vehicle’s occupants and cause
                                          arms and hands out of the win-         injuries.
                                          dow. In the event of an accident,    . Do not attach a hands-free micro-
                                          the force of the SRS curtain           phone or any other accessory to
                                          airbag deployment could injure         a front pillar, a center pillar, a rear
                                          the child seriously because his/       pillar, the windshield, a side win-
                                          her head is close to the SRS           dow, an assist grip, or any other
                                          curtain airbag.                        cabin surface that would be near
                                                                                 a deploying SRS curtain airbag.
                                                                                        Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags   1-53

  A hands-free microphone or                                                         deploy independently of each other since
  other accessory in such a loca-
                                                         WARNING                     each has its own impact sensor. There-
  tion could be propelled through        Do not put any kind of cover or             fore, they may not both deploy in the same
  the cabin with great force by the      clothes or other objects over either        accident. Also, the SRS side airbag and
  curtain airbag, or it could prevent    front seatback and do not attach            SRS curtain airbag deploys independently
  correct deployment of the curtain      labels or stickers to the front seat        of the driver’s and front passenger’s SRS
  airbag. In either case, the result     surface on or near the SRS side             frontal airbags in the steering wheel and
  could be serious injuries.             airbag. They could prevent proper           instrument panel.
. Never hang or place coat hangers       deployment of the SRS side airbag,          An impact sensor, which senses impact
  or other hard or pointed objects       reducing protection available to the        force, is located in each of the left and
  near the side windows. If such         front seat’s occupant.                      right center pillars, front doors and rear
  items are present when the SRS                                                     wheel houses. Another impact sensor,
  curtain airbags deploy, they          ! Operation                                  which also senses impact force, is located
  could be thrown through the                                                        under the rear center seat.
  passenger compartment and
  cause serious injuries. They                                                       If the impact sensor that is located under
  could also prevent proper opera-                                                   the rear center seat and one of the center
  tion of the SRS curtain airbags.                                                   pillar impact sensors or front door impact
                                                                                     sensors together sense an impact force
                                                                                     above a predetermined level in a side
                                                                                     collision, the control module causes both
                                                                                     the SRS side airbag and curtain airbag on
                                                                                     the impacted side to inflate regardless of
                                                                                     whether the rear wheel house impact
                                                                                     sensor on the same side senses an
                                                                                     impact.

                                        The SRS side airbag and SRS curtain          If the impact sensor that is located under
                                        airbag can function only when the ignition   the rear center seat and one of the rear
                                        switch is in the “ON” position.              wheel house impact sensors together
                                                                                     sense an impact force above a predeter-
                                        The driver’s and front passenger’s SRS       mined level, the control module causes
                                        side airbags and SRS curtain airbags         only the SRS curtain airbag on the
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impacted side to inflate.                       After deployment, do not touch any           ! Example of the type of accident in
                                                part of the SRS curtain airbag                 which the SRS side airbag and SRS
After the deployment, the SRS side airbag
                                                system (from the front pillar to the           curtain airbag will most likely de-
immediately starts to deflate. The time
                                                part of the roof side over the rear            ploy
required from detection of an impact to
                                                seat). Doing so can cause burns
deflation of an SRS side airbag after
                                                because the components can be
deployment is shorter than the blink of
                                                very hot as a result of deployment.
an eye.
The SRS curtain airbag remains inflated        The SRS side airbag and SRS curtain
for a while following deployment then          airbag are designed to deploy in the event
slowly deflates.                               of an accident involving a moderate to
The SRS side airbag and SRS curtain            severe side impact collision. They are not
airbag deploy even when no one occupies        designed to deploy in most lesser side
the seat on the side on which an impact is     impact. Also, they are not designed to
applied.                                       deploy in most frontal or most rear impacts
                                               because SRS side airbag and SRS
When the SRS side airbag and SRS               curtain airbag deployment would not help
curtain airbag deploy, a sudden, fairly loud   the occupant in those situations.
inflation noise will be heard and some                                                       A severe side impact near the front seat
                                               Each SRS side airbag and SRS curtain          activates the SRS side airbag and SRS
smoke will be released. These occur-           airbag are designed to function on a one-
rences are a normal result of the deploy-                                                    curtain airbag.
                                               time-only basis.
ment. This smoke does not indicate a fire
in the vehicle.                                SRS side airbag and SRS curtain airbag
                                               deployment depend on the level of force
                  CAUTION                      experienced in the passenger compart-
                                               ment during a side impact collision. That
 Do not touch the SRS side airbag              level differs from one type of collision to
 system components around the                  another, and it may have no bearing on
 front seat seatback with bare hands           the visible damage done to the vehicle
 right after deployment. Doing so can          itself.
 cause burns because the compo-
 nents can be very hot as a result of
 deployment.
                                                                                  Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags    1-55

! Examples of the types of accidents in which the SRS side airbag and SRS    1)    The vehicle is involved in an oblique
                                                                                   side-on impact.
  curtain airbag are unlikely to deploy                                      2)    The vehicle is involved in a side-on
                                                                                   impact in an area outside the vicinity of
                                                                                   the passenger compartment.
                                                                             3)    The vehicle strikes a telephone pole or
                                                                                   similar object.
                                                                             4)    The vehicle is involved in a side-on
                                                                                   impact from a motorcycle.
                                                                             5)    The vehicle rolls onto its side or roof.
                                                                            There are many types of collisions which
                                                                            might not necessarily require SRS side
                                                                            airbag and SRS curtain airbag deploy-
                                                                            ment. In the event of accidents like those
                                                                            illustrated, the SRS side airbag and SRS
                                                                            curtain airbag may not deploy depending
                                                                            on the level of accident forces involved.




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! Examples of the types of accidents                  2)   The vehicle is struck from behind.        and SRS curtain airbag are activated on
  in which the SRS side airbag and                   The SRS side airbag and SRS curtain             the first impact, they will not be activated
  SRS curtain airbag will basically not              airbag are not designed to deploy in most       on the second.
  deploy                                             cases if the vehicle is involved in a frontal
                                                     collision or is struck from behind. Exam-       & SRS airbag system monitors
                                                     ples of such accidents are illustrated.




                                                                                                     A diagnostic system continually monitors
                                                      1)   First impact                              the readiness of the SRS airbag system
                                                      2)   Second impact                             (including front seatbelt pretensioners)
                                                      A)   SRS curtain airbag                        while the vehicle is being driven. The
                                                      B)   SRS side airbag                           SRS airbag system warning light will show
                                                     In an accident where the vehicle is struck      normal system operation by illuminating
                                                     from the side more than once, the SRS           for approximately 6 seconds when the
                                                     side airbag and SRS curtain airbag deploy       ignition switch is turned to the “ON”
                                                     only once on the first impact.                  position.

                                                     Example: In the case of a double side           The following components are monitored
                                                     impact collision, first with one vehicle and    by the indicator:
 1)   The vehicle is involved in frontal collision   immediately followed by another from the        . Front sub sensor (right-hand side)
      with another vehicle (moving or station-       same direction, once the SRS side airbag        . Front sub sensor (left-hand side)
      ary).
                                                                                         Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags   1-57

. Airbag control module (including im-       . Front passenger’s occupant detection    . Illumination of the warning light
pact sensors)                                system sensor                               while driving
. Frontal airbag module (driver’s side)      . Front passenger’s occupant detection
. Frontal airbag module (front passen-       control module
ger’s side)                                  . Front passenger’s frontal airbag ON    & SRS airbag system servicing
. Knee airbag module (driver’s side)         and OFF indicator
. Side airbag sensor (center pillar right-   . All related wiring                                     WARNING
hand side)
                                                             WARNING                   . When discarding an airbag mod-
. Side airbag sensor (center pillar left-                                                ule or scrapping the entire vehi-
hand side)                                    If the warning light exhibits any of       cle damaged by a collision, con-
. Front door impact sensor (right-hand        the following conditions, there may        sult your SUBARU dealer.
side)                                         be a malfunction in the seatbelt         . The SRS airbag has no user-
. Front door impact sensor (left-hand         pretensioners and/or SRS airbag            serviceable parts. Do not use
side)                                         system. Immediately take your vehi-        electrical test equipment on any
. Side airbag module (driver’s side)          cle to your nearest SUBARU dealer          circuit related to the SRS airbag
. Side airbag module (front passenger’s       to have the system checked. Unless         system. For required servicing of
side)                                         checked and properly repaired, the         the SRS airbag, consult your
. Curtain airbag sensor (rear wheel           seatbelt pretensioners and/or SRS          nearest SUBARU dealer. Tamper-
house right-hand side)                        airbag will not operate properly in        ing with or disconnecting the
                                              the event of a collision, which may
. Curtain airbag sensor (rear wheel                                                      system’s wiring could result in
                                              increase the risk of injury.               accidental inflation of the SRS
house left-hand side)
. Curtain airbag module (right side)          . Flashing or flickering of the warn-      airbag or could make the system
                                                  ing light                              inoperative, which may result in
. Curtain airbag module (left side)
                                              . No illumination of the warning           serious injury.
. Satellite safing sensor (under the rear
center seat)                                      light when the ignition switch is
                                                  first turned to the “ON” position
. Seatbelt pretensioner (driver’s side)                                                               CAUTION
. Seatbelt pretensioner (front passen-        . Continuous illumination of the
ger’s side)                                       warning light                        If you need service or repair in areas
. Seatbelt buckle switch (front passen-                                                indicated in the following list, have
ger’s side)                                                                            the work performed by an author-

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 ized SUBARU dealer. The SRS air-           replaced, use only genuine SUBARU           & Precautions against vehicle
 bag control module, impact sensors         parts.                                        modification
 and airbag modules are stored in
 these areas.                               NOTE
                                                                                                         WARNING
 . Under the center console                 In the following cases, contact your
                                            SUBARU dealer as soon as possible.           To avoid accidental activation of the
 . On both the right and left sides at      . The front part of the vehicle was          system or rendering the system
    the front of the vehicle                involved in an accident in which only        inoperative, which may result in
 . Steering wheel and column and            the driver’s SRS frontal airbag or both      serious injury, no modifications
    nearby areas                            driver’s and front passenger’s SRS           should be made to any components
 . Bottom of the steering column            frontal airbags did not deploy.              or wiring of the SRS airbag system.
    and nearby areas                        . The pad of the steering wheel, the         This includes following modifica-
 . Top of the dashboard on front            cover over the front passenger’s SRS         tions.
    passenger’s side and nearby             frontal airbag, or either roof side (from
                                            the front pillar to a point over the rear    . Installation of custom steering
    areas                                                                                   wheels
                                            seat) is scratched, cracked, or other-
 . Each front seat and nearby area          wise damaged.                                . Attachment of additional trim
 . Inside each center pillar                . The center pillar, front door, rear           materials to the dashboard
 . Inside each front door                   wheel house or rear sub frame, or an         . Installation of custom seats
                                            area near these parts, was involved in
 . In each roof side (from the front                                                     . Replacement of seat fabric or
                                            an accident in which the SRS side
    pillar to a point over the rear seat)                                                   leather
                                            airbag and SRS curtain airbag did not
 . Between the rear seat cushion            deploy.                                      . Installation of additional fabric or
    and rear wheel house on each            . The fabric or leather of either front         leather on the front seat
    side                                    seatback is cut, frayed, or otherwise        . Attachment of a hands-free mi-
 . Under the rear center seat               damaged.                                        crophone or any other accessory
                                            . The rear part of the vehicle was              to a front pillar, a center pillar, a
In the event that the SRS airbag is         involved in an accident in which no             rear pillar, the windshield, a side
deployed, replacement of the system         SRS airbag was deployed.                        window, an assist grip, or any
should be performed only by an author-                                                      other cabin surface that would be
ized SUBARU dealer. When the compo-                                                         near a deploying SRS curtain
nents of the SRS airbag system are                                                          airbag.
                                                                                        Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags   1-59

. Installation of additional electri-          etc.) other than genuine SUBARU
  cal/electronic equipment such as             accessory parts to the side body.
  a mobile two-way radio on or
  near the SRS airbag system               Always consult your SUBARU dealer if
  components and/or wiring is not          you want to install any accessory parts on
  advisable. This could interfere          your vehicle.
  with proper operation of the
  SRS airbag system.


                CAUTION
Do not perform any of the following
modifications. Such modifications
can interfere with proper operation
of the SRS airbag system.
. Attachment of any equipment
    (bush bar, winches, snow plow,
    skid plate, etc.) other than genu-
    ine SUBARU accessory parts to
    the front end.
. Modification of the suspension
    system or front end structure.
. Installation of a tire of different
    size and construction from the
    tires specified on the vehicle
    placard attached to the driver’s
    door pillar or specified for indivi-
    dual vehicle models in this Own-
    er’s Manual.
. Attachment of any equipment
    (side steps or side sill protectors,
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