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  • 1. AWord to Mazda OwnersThank you for choosing a Mazda. We at Mazda design and build vehicles with completecustomer satisfaction in mind.To help ensure enjoyable and trouble-free operation of your Mazda, read this manualcarefully and follow its recommendations.An Authorized Mazda Dealer knows your vehicle best. So when maintenance or service isnecessary, that's the place to go.Our nationwide network of Mazda professionals is dedicated to providing you with the bestpossible service.We assure you that all of us at Mazda have an ongoing interest in your motoring pleasureand in your full satisfaction with your Mazda product.Mazda Motor CorporationImportant Notes About This ManualKeep this manual in the glove box as a handy reference for the safe and enjoyable use of your Mazda. Should youresell the vehicle, leave this manual with it for the next owner.All specifications and descriptions are accurate at the time of printing. Because improvement is a constant goal atMazda, we reserve the right to make changes in specifications at any time without notice and without obligation.Air Conditioning and the EnvironmentYour Mazda's genuine air conditioner is filled with HFC134a (R134a), a refrigerant that has been found not todamage the earth's ozone layer. If the air conditioner does not operate properly, consult an Authorized MazdaDealer.PerchlorateCertain components of this vehicle such as [air bag modules, seat belt pretensioners, lithium batteries, ...] maycontain Perchlorate Material Special handling may apply for service or vehicle end of life disposal. Seewww.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate.Please be aware that this manual applies to all models, equipment and options. As a result, you may findsome explanations for equipment not installed on your vehicle.2011 Mazda Motor CorporationPrinted in Japan Aug. 2011 (Print1)

2. We want to help you get the most drivingpleasure from your vehicle. Your owner'smanual, when read from cover to cover,can do that in many ways.Illustrations complement the words of themanual to best explain how to enjoy yourMazda. By reading your manual, you canfind out about the features, importantsafety information, and driving undervarious road conditions.The symbol below in this manual meansDo not do this or Do not let thishappen.Index: A good place to start is the Index,an alphabetical listing of all informationin your manual.You'll find several WARNINGs,CAUTIONs, and NOTEs in the manual.WARNINGA WARNING indicates a situation inwhich serious injury or death couldresult if the warning is ignored.CAUTIONA CAUTION indicates a situation inwhich bodily injury or damage toyour vehicle, or both, could result ifthe caution is ignored.NOTEA NOTE provides information and sometimessuggests how to make better use of yourvehicle.The symbol below, located on some partsof the vehicle, indicates that this manualcontains information related to the part.Please refer to the manual for a detailedexplanation.How to Use This Manual 3. Table of ContentsYour Vehicle at a GlanceInterior, exterior views and part identification of your Mazda.1Essential Safety EquipmentUse of safety equipment, including seats, seat belt system, child-restraintsystems and SRS air bags.2Knowing Your MazdaExplanation of basic operations and controls; opening/closing and adjustmentof various parts.3Before Driving Your MazdaImportant information about driving your Mazda.4Driving Your MazdaExplanation of instruments and controls.5Interior ComfortUse of various features for drive comfort, including air-conditioning and audiosystem.6In Case of an EmergencyHelpful information on what to do in an emergency.7Maintenance and CareHow to keep your Mazda in top condition.8Customer Information and Reporting Safety DefectsImportant consumer information including warranties and add-on equipment.9SpecificationsTechnical information about your Mazda.10Index 11 4. 1 Your Vehicle at a GlanceInterior, exterior views and part identification of your Mazda.Interior Overview .......................................................................... 1-2Interior Equipment (View A) .................................................... 1-2Interior Equipment (View B) .................................................... 1-3Interior Equipment (View C) .................................................... 1-4Exterior Overview ......................................................................... 1-5Front .......................................................................................... 1-5Rear ........................................................................................... 1-61-1 5. Interior OverviewInterior Equipment (View A)Your Vehicle at a GlanceDoor-lock knob .................................................................................................... page 3-9DSC OFF switch ............................................................................................... page 5-21Lighting control ................................................................................................. page 5-50Turn and lane-change signals ............................................................................ page 5-53Instrument cluster .............................................................................................. page 5-29Wiper and washer lever ..................................................................................... page 5-54Ignition switch ..................................................................................................... page 5-2Tilt wheel release lever ...................................................................................... page 3-26Outside mirror switch ........................................................................................ page 3-26Power window switches .................................................................................... page 3-16Power window lock switch ................................................................................ page 3-181-2The equipment and installation position varies by vehicle 6. Interior OverviewInterior Equipment (View B)Your Vehicle at a GlanceAudio control switches ...................................................................................... page 6-33SRS air bags ...................................................................................................... page 2-36Cruise control switches ...................................................................................... page 5-16Rear window defroster switch ........................................................................... page 5-58Hazard warning flasher switch .......................................................................... page 5-59Climate control system ........................................................................................ page 6-2Audio system ..................................................................................................... page 6-10MT shift lever .................................................................................................... page 5-10AT shift lever ...................................................................................................... page 5-12Hood release handle .......................................................................................... page 3-20The equipment and installation position varies by vehicle 1-3 7. Interior OverviewInterior Equipment (View C)Your Vehicle at a GlanceSRS air bag ........................................................................................................ page 2-36Seat belt ............................................................................................................... page 2-9Remote fuel-filler lid release ............................................................................. page 3-19Bottle holder ...................................................................................................... page 6-40Vanity mirror ...................................................................................................... page 6-38Overhead light ................................................................................................... page 6-38Rearview mirror ................................................................................................. page 3-27Sunvisor ............................................................................................................. page 6-38Front seat ............................................................................................................. page 2-2Power door lock switch ....................................................................................... page 3-9Cup holders ........................................................................................................ page 6-39Parking brake ....................................................................................................... page 5-6Rear seat .............................................................................................................. page 2-41-4The equipment and installation position varies by vehicle 8. FrontYour Vehicle at a GlanceExterior OverviewHood .................................................................................................................. page 3-20Windshield wiper blades .................................................................................... page 8-19Door lock ............................................................................................................. page 3-8Fuel-filler lid ...................................................................................................... page 3-19Tires ................................................................................................................... page 8-26Light bulbs ......................................................................................................... page 8-32The equipment and installation position varies by vehicle 1-5 9. RearYour Vehicle at a GlanceExterior OverviewRear wiper blade ................................................................................................ page 8-21Liftgate ............................................................................................................... page 3-11Antenna ............................................................................................................... page 6-9Child safety lock ................................................................................................ page 3-11Outside mirror .................................................................................................... page 3-26Tires ................................................................................................................... page 8-26Light bulbs ......................................................................................................... page 8-321-6The equipment and installation position varies by vehicle 10. 2 Essential Safety EquipmentUse of safety equipment, including seats, seat belt system, child-restraintsystems and SRS air bags.Seats ............................................................................................... 2-2Front Seats ................................................................................ 2-2Rear Seat ................................................................................... 2-4Head Restraints ......................................................................... 2-7Seat Belt Systems .......................................................................... 2-9Seat Belt Precautions ................................................................ 2-9Seat Belt .................................................................................. 2-13Front Seat Belt Pretensioner and Load Limiting Systems ....... 2-15Seat Belt Extender ................................................................... 2-17Seat Belt Warning Light .......................................................... 2-19Seat Belt Reminder ................................................................. 2-19Child Restraint ............................................................................ 2-21Child Restraint Precautions ..................................................... 2-21Child-Restraint System Installation Position .......................... 2-25Installing Child-Restraint Systems .......................................... 2-26LATCH Child-Restraint Systems ............................................ 2-32SRS Air Bags ............................................................................... 2-36Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Precautions ................ 2-36Supplemental Restraint System Components ......................... 2-41How the SRS Air Bags Work .................................................. 2-42SRS Air Bag Deployment Criteria .......................................... 2-47Limitations to SRS Air Bag .................................................... 2-48Driver and Front Passenger Occupant ClassificationSystem ..................................................................................... 2-50Monitoring and Maintenance .................................................. 2-552-1 11. Essential Safety EquipmentSeatsFront SeatsWARNINGDo not modify or replace the frontseats:Modifying or replacing the front seatssuch as replacing the upholstery orloosening any bolts is dangerous. Thefront seats contain air bagcomponents essential to thesupplemental restraint system. Suchmodifications could damage thesupplemental restraint system andresult in serious injury. Consult anAuthorized Mazda Dealer if there isany need to remove or reinstall thefront seats.Do not drive with damaged front seats:Driving with damaged front seats isdangerous. A collision, even one notstrong enough to inflate the air bags,could damage the front seats whichcontain essential air bagcomponents. If there was asubsequent collision, an air bag maynot deploy which could lead toinjuries. Always have an AuthorizedMazda Dealer inspect the front seats,front seat belt pretensioners and airbags after a collision.Make sure the adjustable componentsof a seat are locked in place:Adjustable seats and seatbacks thatare not securely locked aredangerous. In a sudden stop orcollision, the seat or seatback couldmove, causing injury. Make sure theadjustable components of the seatare locked in place by attempting toslide the seat forward and backwardand rocking the seatback.Adjust the driver's seat only when thevehicle is stopped:Adjusting the driver's seat while thevehicle is moving is dangerous. Thedriver could lose control of the vehicleand have an accident.CAUTIONBe careful not to place your handsand fingers around moving parts ofthe front seat when adjusting theseat positions to prevent injury.qSeat SlideTo move a seat forward or backward, raisethe lever and slide the seat to the desiredposition and release the lever.Make sure the lever returns to its originalposition and the seat is locked in place byattempting to push it forward andbackward.2-2 12. qSeat ReclineWARNINGDo not drive with either front seatreclined:Sitting in a reclined position while thevehicle is moving is dangerousbecause you do not get the fullprotection from seat belts. Duringsudden braking or a collision, youcan slide under the lap belt andsuffer serious internal injuries. Formaximum protection, sit well backand upright.Always sit in the front passenger seatproperly with the seatback upright andfeet on the floor:Your front passenger seat has weightsensors, sitting in the front passengerseat improperly out of position orwith the seatback reclined too farwhile the vehicle is moving isdangerous as it can take off weightfrom the seat bottom and affect theweight determination of the frontpassenger sensing system. As a resultthe front passenger will not have thesupplementary protection of the airbag and seat belt pretensioner, whichcould result in serious injury. Alwayssit upright against the seatback withyour feet on the floor.Essential Safety EquipmentDo not drive with the seatbackunlocked:SeatsAll of the seatbacks play animportant role in your protection in avehicle. Leaving the seatbackunlocked is dangerous as it can allowpassengers to be ejected or thrownaround and baggage to strikeoccupants in a sudden stop orcollision, resulting in severe injury.After adjusting the seatback at anytime, even when there are no otherpassengers, rock the seatback tomake sure it is locked in place.To change the seatback angle, leanforward slightly while raising the lever.Then lean back to the desired position andrelease the lever.Make sure the lever returns to its originalposition and the seatback is locked inplace by attempting to push it forward andbackward.2-3 13. Essential Safety EquipmentSeatsCAUTIONWhen returning a rear-reclinedseatback to its upright position,make sure you hold onto theseatback with your other hand whileoperating the lever. If the seatback isnot supported, it will flip forwardsuddenly and could cause injury.qHeight Adjustment (Driver's Seat)To adjust the seat height, move the leverup or down.UpDownRear SeatWARNINGDo not stack cargo higher than theseatbacks or place articles on the rearpackage tray:Stacking luggage or other cargohigher than the seatbacks, andplacing articles on the rear packagetray is dangerous. During suddenbraking or a collision, objects can flyaround and become projectiles thatmay hit and injure passengers.Make sure luggage and cargo aresecured before driving:Not securing cargo while driving isdangerous as it could move or becrushed during sudden braking or acollision and cause injury.Make sure the adjustable componentsof a seat are locked in place:Adjustable seats that are not securelylocked are dangerous. In a suddenstop or collision, the seat or seatbackcould move, causing injury.Do not drive with the seatbackunlocked:All of the seatbacks play animportant role in your protection in avehicle. Leaving the seatbackunlocked is dangerous as it can allowpassengers to be ejected or thrownaround and baggage to strikeoccupants in a sudden stop orcollision, resulting in severe injury.After returning the seatback at anytime, even when there are no otherpassengers, rock the seatback tomake sure it is locked in place.2-4 14. Never allow a passenger to sit or standon the folded seatback while thevehicle is moving:Driving with a passenger on thefolded seatback is dangerous.Allowing a child to sit up on thefolded seatback while the vehicle ismoving is particularly dangerous. Ina sudden stop or even a minorcollision, a child not in a proper seator child-restraint system and seatbelt could be thrown forward, backor even out of the vehicle resulting inserious injuries or death. The child inthe baggage area could be throwninto other occupants and causeserious injury.CAUTIONBe careful not to place your handsand fingers around moving parts ofthe rear seat when adjusting the seatpositions to prevent injury.NOTEWhen returning a rear seat to its originalposition, also replace the seat belt to itsnormal position. Verify that the seat belt pullsout and retracts.Essential Safety EquipmentSeatsqSplit-Folding Rear SeatbackThe seatbacks can be folded down toprovide more space in the luggagecompartment.To fold the seatbacksCAUTIONWhen operating the rear seatbackknob, make sure you support theseatback with your hand. If theseatback is not supported with yourhand, it will flip forward suddenlyand could cause injury to the fingerthat pushes the rear seatback knobdown.1. Lower the head restraint all the waydown (page 2-7).2. Support the seatback with your hand.3. Push the rear seatback knob down.2-5 15. Essential Safety EquipmentSeats4. Secure the rear seat belt in the belt clip.Belt clipTo return the seatbacks to the uprightpositionWARNINGAlways make sure the seat belts arefully pulled out from under theseatbacks:A seat belt caught under a seatbackafter the seatback is returned to itsupright position is dangerous. In acollision or sudden stop, the seat beltcannot provide adequate protection.When returning the seatback to theupright position, make sure there is nored indication:A rear seatback not fully returnedand locked in the upright position isdangerous. Sudden stops ormaneuvering could cause a seatbackto flip forward suddenly resulting ininjury. If the red indicator is visible onthe back of the rear seatback knob,the seatback is not locked in theupright position.Locked positionUnlocked positionRed indicator2-6 16. 1. Verify that the seat belt is secured inthe belt clip.Belt clip2. Lift the seatbacks upright.3. Make sure that the seat belt is neitherstuck in the rear seat nor twisted, thenremove the seat belt from the belt clip.Essential Safety EquipmentHead RestraintsSeatsYour vehicle is equipped with headrestraints on all outboard seats. The headrestraints are intended to help protect youand the passengers from neck injury.WARNINGAlways drive with the head restraintsinstalled when seats are being usedand make sure they are properlyadjusted. In addition, always raise thehead restraints mentioned below whenthey are being used:Driving with the head restraintsadjusted too low or removed isdangerous. With no support behindyour head, your neck could beseriously injured in a collision.(Head restraints which must beraised for use)Rear outboard head restraintsHeight adjustmentTo raise a head restraint, pull it up to thedesired position.To lower the head restraint, press the stop-catchrelease, then push the head restraintdown.Adjust the head restraint so that the top iseven with the top of the passenger's ears,never the passenger's neck to preventinjury.2-7 17. Essential Safety EquipmentSeatsFront outboard seatRear outboard seatRemoval/InstallationTo remove the head restraint, pull it upwhile pressing the stop-catch.To install the head restraint, press theuprights into the holes while pressing thestop-catch.WARNINGAlways drive with the head restraintsset up when seats are being used andmake sure they are properly set up:Driving with the head restraints notset up is dangerous. With no supportbehind your head, your neck could beseriously injured in a collision.2-8 18. Seat Belt PrecautionsEssential Safety EquipmentSeat Belt SystemsSeat belts help to decrease the possibility of severe injury during accidents and suddenstops. Mazda recommends that the driver and all passengers always wear seat belts.All of the seat belt retractors are designed to keep the lap/shoulder belts out of the waywhen not in use.The driver's seat belt has no provisions for child-restraint systems and has only anemergency locking mode. The driver may wear it comfortably, and it will lock during acollision.However, the front passenger's seat and all rear lap/shoulder belt retractors operate in twomodes: emergency locking mode, and for child-restraint systems, automatic locking mode.While we recommend you put all children in the rear seats, if you must use the frontpassenger seat for a child, slide the front passenger seat as far back as possible and makesure any child-restraint system is secured properly.2-9 19. Essential Safety EquipmentSeat Belt SystemsWARNINGAlways wear your seat belt and make sure all occupants are properly restrained:Not wearing a seat belt is extremely dangerous. During a collision, occupants notwearing seat belts could hit someone or things inside the vehicle or even be thrownout of the vehicle. They could be seriously injured or even killed. In the samecollision, occupants wearing seat belts would be much safer.Do not wear twisted seat belts:Twisted seat belts are dangerous. In a collision, the full width of the belt is notavailable to absorb the impact. This puts more force on the bones beneath the belt,which could cause serious injury or death. So, if your seat belt is twisted, you muststraighten the seat belt to remove any twists and to allow the full width of the belt tobe used.Never use one seat belt on more than one person at a time:Using one seat belt for more than one person at a time is dangerous. A seat beltused in this way cannot spread the impact forces properly and the two passengerscould be crushed together and seriously injured or even killed. Never use one belt formore than one person at a time and always operate the vehicle with each occupantproperly restrained.Do not operate a vehicle with a damaged seat belt:Using a damaged seat belt is dangerous. An accident could damage the beltwebbing of the seat belt in use. A damaged seat belt cannot provide adequateprotection in a collision. Have an Authorized Mazda Dealer inspect all seat beltsystems in use during an accident before they are used again.Have your seat belts changed immediately if the pretensioner or load limiter hasbeen expended:Always have an Authorized Mazda Dealer immediately inspect the front seat beltpretensioners and air bags after any collision. Like the air bags, the front seat beltpretensioners and load limiters will only function once and must be replaced afterany collision that caused them to deploy. A seat belt with an expended pretensioneror load limiter is still better than wearing no seat belt at all; however, if the frontseat belt pretensioners and load limiters are not replaced, the risk of injury in acollision will increase.2-10 20. Essential Safety EquipmentSeat Belt SystemsCAUTIONBelt retraction may become difficult if the belts and rings are soiled, so try to keepthem clean. For more details about cleaning the seat belts, refer to Cleaning theLap/Shoulder Belt Webbing (page 8-52).qPregnantWomen and Persons with Serious Medical ConditionsPregnant women should always wear seat belts. Ask your doctor for specificrecommendations.The lap belt should be worn SNUGLYAND AS LOWAS POSSIBLE OVER THE HIPS.The shoulder belt should be worn across your shoulder properly, but never across thestomach area.Persons with serious medical conditions also should wear seat belts. Check with yourdoctor for any special instructions regarding specific medical conditions.qEmergency Locking ModeIn the emergency locking mode, the belt remains comfortable on the occupant and theretractor will lock in position during a collision. When the seat belt is fastened, it willalways be in the emergency locking mode until it is switched to automatic locking mode bypulling it all the way out to its full length. If the belt feels tight and hinders comfortablemovement while the vehicle is stopped or in motion, it may be in the automatic lockingmode because the belt has been pulled too far out. To return the belt to the morecomfortable emergency locking mode, wait until the vehicle has stopped in a safe, levelarea, retract the belt fully to convert it back to emergency locking mode and then extend itaround you again.If the belt is locked and cannot be pulled out, retract the belt once, and then try pulling itout slowly. If this fails, pull the belt strongly one time and loosen, then pull it out againslowly.2-11 21. Essential Safety EquipmentSeat Belt SystemsqAutomatic Locking ModeAlways use the automatic locking mode to keep the child-restraint system from shifting toan unsafe position in the event of an accident. To enable seat belt automatic locking mode,pull it all the way out and connect it as instructed on the child-restraint system. It willretract down to the child-restraint system and stay locked on it. See the section on childrestraint (page 2-21).2-12 22. Seat BeltqFastening the Seat Belt1. Grasp the seat belt tongue.2. Slowly pull out the lap/shoulder belt.Lap/shoulderbeltSeat belttongue3. Insert the seat belt tongue into the seatbelt buckle until you hear a clicksound.Seat belt tongueSeat beltbuckleSeat Belt SystemsWARNINGEssential Safety EquipmentPositioning the Shoulder Portion of theSeat Belt:Improper positioning of the shoulderportion of the seat belt is dangerous.Always make sure the shoulderportion of the seat belt is positionedacross your shoulder and near yourneck, but never under your arm, onyour neck, or on your upper arm.4. Position the lap belt as low as possible,not on the abdominal area, then adjustthe shoulder belt so that it fits snuglyagainst your body.Keep low onhip boneTake up slackToo highWARNINGPositioning the Lap Portion of the SeatBelt:The lap portion of the seat belt worntoo high is dangerous. In a collision,this would concentrate the impactforce directly on the abdominal area,causing serious injury. Wear the lapportion of the belt snugly and as lowas possible.2-13 23. Essential Safety EquipmentSeat Belt SystemsqUnfastening the Seat BeltDepress the button on the seat belt buckle.If the belt does not fully retract, pull it outand check for kinks or twists. Then makesure it remains untwisted as it retracts.ButtonNOTEIf a belt does not fully retract, inspect it forkinks and twists. If it is still not retractingproperly, have it inspected at an AuthorizedMazda Dealer.qShoulder Belt AdjusterAdjust the height of the shoulder belt ifthe seat belt touches your neck, or if itcrosses your arm instead of your shoulder.To raise the shoulder belt adjuster, pushthe adjuster up. To lower the shoulder beltadjuster, pull the adjuster and slide itdown. Make sure the adjuster is locked.To raise To lowerWARNINGPositioning the Shoulder Portion of theSeat Belt:Improper positioning of the shoulderportion of the seat belt is dangerous.Always make sure the shoulderportion of the seat belt is positionedacross your shoulder and near yourneck, but never under your arm, onyour neck, or on your upper arm.2-14 24. Front Seat Belt Pretensionerand Load Limiting SystemsFor optimum protection, the driver andfront passenger seat belts are equippedwith pretensioner and load limitingsystems. For both these systems to workproperly you must wear the seat beltproperly.Pretensioners:In moderate or severe frontal or near-frontalaccidents, the front air bag andpretensioner systems deploysimultaneously. The front seat beltretractors remove slack quickly as the airbags are expanding. Any time the air bagsand front seat belt pretensioners havedeployed they must be replaced.In addition, the pretensioner system forthe front passenger, like the frontpassenger air bag, is designed to onlydeploy in accordance with the total seatedweight on the front passenger seat.For details, refer to the front passengerseat weight sensors (page 2-50).Load limiter:The load limiting system releases beltwebbing in a controlled manner to reducebelt force on the occupant's chest. Whilethe most severe load on a seat belt occursin frontal collisions, the load limiter hasan automatic mechanical function and canactivate in any accident mode withsufficient occupant movement.Even if the pretensioners have notdeployed, the load limiting function mustbe checked by an Authorized MazdaDealer after any collision.Seat Belt SystemsWARNINGEssential Safety EquipmentWear seat belts only as recommendedin this owner's manual:Incorrect positioning of the driver andfront passenger seat belts isdangerous. Without properpositioning, the pretensioner andload limiting systems cannot provideadequate protection in an accidentand this could result in serious injury.For more details about wearing seatbelts, refer to Fastening the seatbelts (page 2-13).Have your seat belts changedimmediately if the pretensioner or loadlimiter has been expended:Always have an Authorized MazdaDealer immediately inspect the frontseat belt pretensioners and air bagsafter any collision. Like the air bags,the front seat belt pretensioners andload limiters will only function onceand must be replaced after anycollision that caused them to deploy.A seat belt with an expendedpretensioner or load limiter is stillbetter than wearing no seat belt atall; however, if the front seat beltpretensioners and load limiters arenot replaced, the risk of injury in acollision will increase.2-15 25. Essential Safety EquipmentSeat Belt SystemsDo not modify the components orwiring, or use electronic testing deviceson the pretensioner system:Modifying the components or wiringof the pretensioner system, includingthe use of electronic testing devices isdangerous. You could accidentallyactivate it or make it inoperablewhich would prevent it fromactivating in an accident. Theoccupants or repairers could beseriously injured.Properly dispose of the pretensionersystem:Improper disposal of the pretensionersystem or a vehicle with non-deactivatedpretensioners isdangerous. Unless all safetyprocedures are followed, injury couldresult. Ask an Authorized MazdaDealer how to safely dispose of thepretensioner system or how to scrapa pretensioner-equipped vehicle.NOTEl The pretensioner system will activate in amoderate or greater frontal or near-frontalcollision. It will not activate in mostrollovers, side or rear impacts.In addition, the pretensioner system for thefront passenger is designed to only deployin accordance with the total seated weighton the front passenger seat.l Some smoke (non-toxic gas) will bereleased when the air bags andpretensioners deploy. This does not indicatea fire. This gas normally has no effect onoccupants, however, those with sensitiveskin may experience light skin irritation. Ifresidue from the deployment of the air bagsor the front pretensioner system gets on theskin or in the eyes, wash it off as soon aspossible.qAir Bag/Front Seat BeltPretensioner System Warning LightIf the air bag/front seat belt pretensionersystem is working properly, the warninglight illuminates when the ignition isswitched ON or after the engine iscranked. The warning light turns off aftera specified period of time.A system malfunction is indicated if thewarning light constantly flashes,constantly illuminates or does notilluminate at all when the ignition isswitched ON. If any of these occur,consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer assoon as possible. The system may notoperate in an accident.WARNINGNever tamper with the air bag/pretensioner systems and always havean Authorized Mazda Dealer performall servicing and repairs:Self-servicing or tampering with thesystems is dangerous. An air bag/pretensioner could accidentallyactivate or become disabled causingserious injury or death.2-16 26. qAir Bag/Front Seat BeltPretensioner System Warning BeepIf a malfunction is detected in the air bag/front seat belt pretensioner systems andthe warning light, a warning beep soundwill be heard for about 5 seconds everyminute.The air bag and seat belt pretensionersystem warning beep sound will continueto be heard for approximately 35 minutes.Have your vehicle inspected at anAuthorized Mazda Dealer as soon aspossible.WARNINGDo not drive the vehicle with the airbag/front seat belt pretensioner systemwarning beep sounding:Driving the vehicle with the air bag/front seat belt pretensioner systemwarning beep sounding is dangerous.In a collision, the air bags and thefront seat belt pretensioner systemwill not deploy and this could resultin death or serious injury.Contact an Authorized Mazda Dealerto have the vehicle inspected as soonas possible.Essential Safety EquipmentSeat Belt SystemsSeat Belt ExtenderIf your seat belt is not long enough, evenwhen fully extended, a seat belt extendermay be available to you at no charge fromyour Authorized Mazda Dealer.This extender will be only for you and forthe particular vehicle and seat. Even if itplugs into other seat belts, it may not holdin the critical moment of a crash.When ordering an extender, only orderone that provides the necessary additionallength to fasten the seat belt properly.Please contact your Authorized MazdaDealer for more information.WARNINGDo not use a seat belt extender unlessit is necessary:Using a seat belt extender when notnecessary is dangerous. The seat beltwill be too long and not fit properly.In an accident, the seat belt will notprovide adequate protection and youcould be seriously injured. Only usethe extender when it is required tofasten the seat belt properly.2-17 27. Essential Safety EquipmentSeat Belt SystemsDo not use an improper extender:Using a seat belt extender that is foranother person or a different vehicleor seat is dangerous. The seat beltwill not provide adequate protectionand the user could be seriouslyinjured in an accident. Only use theextender provided for you and for theparticular vehicle and seat. NEVERuse the extender in a different vehicleor seat. If you sell your Mazda, donot leave your seat belt extender inthe vehicle. It could be usedaccidentally by the new owner of thevehicle. After removing the seat beltextender, discard it. Never use theseat belt extender in any othervehicle you may own in the future.Do not use an extender that is toolong:Using an extender that is too long isdangerous. The seat belt will not fitproperly. In an accident, the seat beltwill not provide adequate protectionand you could be seriously injured.Do not use the extender or chooseone shorter in length if the distancebetween the extender's buckle andthe center of the user's body is lessthan 15 cm (6 in).Do not leave a seat belt extenderconnected to the buckle:Leaving a seat belt extenderconnected to the buckle withoutusing the seat belt is dangerous.When the seat belt extender isconnected to the driver's seat beltbuckle (or front passenger) seat, theSRS driver's (or front passenger's) airbag system will determine that thedriver (or front passenger) is wearingthe seat belt even if the driver (orfront passenger) is not wearing it.This condition could cause thedriver's (or front passenger's) air bagto not activate correctly and result indeath or serious injury in the event ofcollision. Always wear the seat beltwith the seat belt extender.Do not use the seat belt extender wheninstalling a child-restraint system onthe front or rear passenger seat:Using a seat belt extender to fasten achild-restraint system on any seat isdangerous. Always follow the child-restraintsystem manufacturer'sinstallation instructions and neveruse a seat belt extender.NOTEWhen not in use, remove the seat belt extenderand store it in the vehicle. If the seat beltextender is left connected, the seat beltextender might get damaged as it will notretract with the rest of the seat belt and caneasily fall out of the door when not in use andbe damaged. In addition, the seat belt warninglight will not illuminate and function properly.2-18 28. Seat Belt Warning LightDriver's seatFront passenger's seatThe seat belt warning light illuminates ifthe driver or front passenger's seat isoccupied and the seat belt is not fastenedwith the ignition switched ON.Essential Safety EquipmentSeat Belt SystemsSeat Belt ReminderNOTEConsult an Authorized Mazda Dealer todeactivate or restore the belt reminder. Thoughthe belt reminder can be deactivated, doing sowill defeat the purpose of the system to warnthe driver and the front passenger in the eventthat their seat belts are not fastened. For thesafety of the driver and front passenger, Mazdarecommends not deactivating the beltreminder.If the vehicle is driven with the driver orfront passenger's seat belt unfastened, theseat belt warning light illuminates and awarning chime sounds.If the driver or front passenger's seat beltis unfastened (only when the frontpassenger seat is occupied) and thevehicle is driven at a speed faster thanabout 20 km/h (12 mph), the warninglight will flash and a beep sound will beheard. After a short time, the warninglight stops flashing, but remainsilluminated, and the beep sound stops.Until a seat belt is fastened or a givenperiod of time has elapsed, the beep soundwill not stop even if the vehicle speedfalls below 20 km/h (12 mph).2-19 29. Essential Safety EquipmentSeat Belt SystemsNOTEl The warning light flashes and a beep soundwill be heard for about 6 seconds if thedriver's seat belt is not fastened when theignition is switched ON.l If a driver or front passenger's seat belt isunfastened after the beep sound turns off(warning light remains illuminated), andthe vehicle speed exceeds 20 km/h (12mph), the warning light flashes and beepsound activates again.l Placing heavy items on the front passengerseat may cause the front passenger seat beltwarning function to operate depending onthe weight of the item.l To allow the front passenger seat weightsensor to function properly, do not placeand sit on an additional seat cushion on thefront passenger seat. The sensor may notfunction properly because the additionalseat cushion could cause sensorinterference.l When a small child sits on the frontpassenger seat, it is possible that thewarning light will not operate.2-20 30. Child Restraint PrecautionsEssential Safety EquipmentChild RestraintMazda strongly urges the use of child-restraint systems for children small enough to usethem.You are required by law to use a child-restraint system for children in the U.S. and Canada.Check your local and state or provincial laws for specific requirements regarding the safetyof children riding in your vehicle.Whatever child-restraint system you consider, please pick the appropriate one for the ageand size of the child, obey the law and follow the instructions that come with the individualchild-restraint system.A child who has outgrown child-restraint systems should sit in the rear and use seat belts,both lap and shoulder. If the shoulder belt crosses the neck or face, move the child closer tothe center of the vehicle in the outboard seats, and towards the buckle on the right if thechild is seated on the center seat.Statistics confirm that the rear seat is the best place for all children up to 12 years of age,and more so with a supplemental restraint system (air bags).A rear-facing child-restraint system should NEVER be used on the front seat with the airbag system activated. The front passenger's seat is also the least preferred seat for otherchild-restraint systems.To reduce the chance of injuries caused by deployment of the front passenger air bag, thefront passenger seat weight sensors work as a part of the supplemental restraint system.This system deactivates the front passenger front and side air bags and also the frontpassenger seat belt pretensioner system when the front passenger air bag deactivationindicator light illuminates.When an infant or small child sits on the front passenger seat, the system shuts off the frontpassenger front and side air bags and seat belt pretensioner system, so make sure the frontpassenger air bag deactivation indicator light illuminates.Even if the front passenger air bag is shut off, Mazda strongly recommends that children beproperly restrained and child-restraint systems of all kinds are properly secured on the rearseats which are the best place for children.For more details, refer to Front passenger seat weight sensors (page 2-50).2-21 31. Essential Safety EquipmentChild RestraintWARNINGUse the correct size child-restraint system:For effective protection in vehicle accidents and sudden stops, a child must beproperly restrained using a seat belt or child-restraint system depending on age andsize. If not, the child could be seriously injured or even killed in an accident.Follow the manufacturer's instructions and always keep the child-restraint systembuckled down:An unsecured child-restraint system is dangerous. In a sudden stop or a collision itcould move causing serious injury or death to the child or other occupants. Makesure any child-restraint system is properly secured in place according to the child-restraintsystem manufacturer's instructions. When not in use, remove it from thevehicle or fasten it with a seat belt, or latch it down to BOTH LATCH lower anchorsfor LATCH child-restraint systems and the corresponding tether anchor.Always secure a child in a proper child-restraint system:Holding a child in your arms while the vehicle is moving is extremely dangerous. Nomatter how strong the person may be, he or she cannot hold onto a child in asudden stop or collision and it could result in serious injury or death to the child orother occupants. Even in a moderate accident, the child may be exposed to air bagforces that could result in serious injury or death to the child, or the child may beslammed into an adult, causing injury to both child and adult.Never use a rear-facing child-restraint system in the front seat with an air bag thatcould deploy:Rear-facing child-restraint systems on the front seat are particularly dangerous eventhough you may feel assured that a front passenger air bag will not deploy based onthe fact that the front passenger air bag deactivation indicator light illuminates. Thechild-restraint system can be hit by a deploying air bag and moved violentlybackward resulting in serious injury or death to the child.2-22 32. Essential Safety EquipmentChild RestraintDo not install a front-facing child-restraint system on the front passenger seat unlessit is unavoidable:In a collision, the force of a deploying air bag could cause serious injury or death tothe child. If installing a front-facing child-restraint system on the front passengerseat is unavoidable, move the front passenger seat as far back as possible.Seating a child in a child-restraint system on the front passenger seat is dangerousunder certain conditions:Your vehicle is equipped with front passenger seat weight sensors. Even with thefront passenger seat weight sensors, if you must use the front passenger seat to seata child, using a child-restraint system on the front passenger seat under thefollowing conditions increases the danger of the front passenger air bag deployingand could result in serious injury or death to the child. The front passenger air bag deactivation indicator light does not illuminate whenseating a child in the child-restraint system. Luggage or other items are placed on the seat with the child in the child-restraintsystem. A rear passenger or luggage pushing or pulling down on the front passengerseatback. A rear passenger puts their feet on the front seat rails. Luggage or other items are placed on the seatback or hung on the head restraint. The seat is washed. Liquids are spilled on the seat. The front passenger seat is moved backward, pushing into luggage or other itemsplaced behind it. The front passenger seatback contacts the rear seat. Luggage or other items are placed between the front passenger seat and driverseat. Any accessories, which might increase the total seated weight on the frontpassenger seat, are attached to the front passenger seat.The designated positions with seat belts on the rear seats are the safest places forchildren. Always use seat belts and child restraints.2-23 33. Essential Safety EquipmentChild RestraintDo not allow a child or anyone to lean over or against the side window of a vehiclewith side and curtain air bags:It is dangerous to allow anyone to lean over or against the side window, the area ofthe front passenger seat, the front and rear window pillars and the roof edge alongboth sides from which the side and curtain air bags deploy, even if a child-restraintsystem is used. The impact of inflation from a side or curtain air bag could causeserious injury or death to an out of position child. Furthermore, leaning over oragainst the front door could block the side and curtain air bags and eliminate theadvantages of supplemental protection. With the front air bag and the additionalside air bag that comes out of the front seat, the rear seat is always a better locationfor children. Take special care not to allow a child to lean over or against the sidewindow, even if the child is seated in a child-restraint system.Never use one seat belt on more than one person at a time:Using one seat belt for more than one person at a time is dangerous. A seat beltused in this way cannot spread the impact forces properly and the two passengerscould be crushed together and seriously injured or even killed. Never use one belt formore than one person at a time and always operate the vehicle with each occupantproperly restrained.CAUTIONA seat belt or child-restraint system can become very hot in a closed vehicle duringwarm weather. To avoid burning yourself or a child, check them before you or yourchild touches them.NOTEYour Mazda is equipped with LATCH lower anchors for attachment of specially designed LATCHchild-restraint systems in the rear seat. When using these anchors to secure a child-restraint system,refer to LATCH Child-Restraint Systems (page 2-32).2-24 34. Child-Restraint SystemInstallation PositionIn this owner's manual, explanation ofchild-restraint systems is provided for thefollowing three types of popular child-restraintsystems: infant seat, child seat,booster seat.NOTEl Installation position is determined by thetype of child-restraint system. Always readthe manufacturer's instructions and thisowner's manual carefully.l Due to variations in the design of child-restraintsystems, vehicle seats and seatbelts, all child-restraint systems may not fitall seating positions. Before purchasing achild-restraint system, it should be tested inthe specific vehicle seating position (orpositions) where it is intended to be used. Ifa previously purchased child-restraintsystem does not fit, you may need topurchase a different one that will.Infant seatAn infant seat provides restraint bybracing the infant's head, neck and backagainst the seating surface.Essential Safety EquipmentChild RestraintChild seatA child seat restrains a child's body usingthe harness.Booster seatA booster seat is a child restraintaccessory designed to improve the fit ofthe seat belt system around the child'sbody.2-25 35. Essential Safety EquipmentChild RestraintInstalling Child-RestraintSystemsAccident statistics reveal that a child issafer in the rear seat. The front passenger'sseat is clearly the worst choice for anychild under 12, and with rear-facing child-restraintsystems it is clearly unsafe due toair bags.NOTEEven if your vehicle is equipped with frontpassenger seat weight sensors (page 2-50),which automatically deactivates the frontpassenger air bag, a rear seat is the safestplace for a child of any age or size.Some child-restraint systems now comewith tethers and therefore must beinstalled on the seats that take tethers tobe effective. In your Mazda, tetheredchild-restraint systems can only beaccommodated in the three positions onthe rear seat.Some child-restraint systems also employspecially designed LATCH attachments;refer to LATCH Child-RestraintSystems (page 2-32).WARNINGTethered Child-Restraint Systems WorkOnly on Tether-Equipped Rear Seats:Installation of a tether equippedchild-restraint system in the frontpassenger's seat defeats the safetydesign of the system and will result inan increased chance of serious injuryif the child-restraint system goesforward without benefit of beingtethered.Place tether equipped child-restraintsystems where there are tetheranchors.qRear Seat Child-Restraint SystemInstallationFollow these instructions when using achild-restraint system, unless you areattaching a LATCH-equipped child-restraintsystem to the rear LATCH loweranchors. Refer to LATCH Child-Restraint Systems (page 2-32).NOTEFollow the child-restraint systemmanufacturer's instructions carefully. If youare not sure whether you have a LATCHsystem or tether, check in the child-restraintsystem manufacturer's instructions and followthem accordingly. Depending on the type ofchild-restraint system, it may use LATCHsystem instead of seat belts or if the belt goesacross the child's chest, may recommendagainst using automatic locking mode.1. Make sure the seatback is securelylatched by pushing it back until it isfully locked.2. Raise the head restraint to the toplocked position (except center seatposition).Refer to Head Restraints on page 2-7.2-26 36. 3. Secure the child-restraint system withthe lap portion of the lap/shoulder belt.See the manufacturer's instructions onthe child-restraint system for beltrouting instructions.4. To get the retractor into the automaticlocking mode, pull the shoulder beltportion of the seat belt until the entirelength of the belt is out of the retractor.5. Push the child-restraint system firmlyinto the vehicle seat. Be sure the beltretracts as snugly as possible. Aclicking noise from the retractor will beheard during retraction if the system isin the automatic locking mode. If thebelt does not lock the seat down tight,repeat this step.NOTEInspect this function before each use of thechild-restraint system. You should not be ableto pull the shoulder belt out of the retractorwhile the system is in the automatic lockingmode. When you remove the child-restraintsystem, be sure the belt fully retracts to returnthe system to emergency locking mode beforeoccupants use the seat belts.6. If your child-restraint system requiresthe use of a tether strap, refer to themanufacturer's instructions to hook andtighten the tether strap after raising thehead restraint.Anchor bracket location (Outboardposition)Tether strap position (Outboardposition)Tether strapForwardEssential Safety EquipmentChild Restraint2-27 37. Essential Safety EquipmentChild RestraintAnchor bracket location (Centerposition)Tether strap position (Center position)WARNINGUse the tether and tether anchor onlyfor a child-restraint system:Using the tether or tether anchor tosecure anything but a child-restraintsystem is dangerous. This couldweaken or damage the tether ortether anchor and result in injury.Always route the tether strap betweenthe head restraint and the seatback(Except center position):Routing the tether strap on top of thehead restraint is dangerous. In acollision the tether strap could slideoff the head restraint and loosen thechild-restraint system. The child-restraintsystem could move whichmay result in death or injury to thechild.Always attach the tether strap to thecorrect tether anchor position:Attaching the tether strap to theincorrect tether anchor position isdangerous. In a collision, the tetherstrap could come off and loosen thechild-restraint system. If the child-restraintsystem moves it could resultin death or injury to the child.2-28 38. qIf You Must Use the Front Seatfor ChildrenIf you cannot put all children in the rearseat, at least put the smallest children inthe rear and be sure the largest child upfront uses the shoulder belt over theshoulder.NEVER put a rear-facing child-restraintsystem on the front passenger seatwhether your vehicle is equipped with aseat weight sensor or not.This seat is also not set up for tetheredchild-restraint systems, put them in one ofthe rear seat positions set up with tetheranchors.Likewise the LATCH child-restraintsystem cannot be secured in the frontpassenger's seat and should be used in therear seat.Do not allow anyone to sleep against theside window if you have optional side andcurtain air bags, it could cause seriousinjuries to an out of position occupant. Aschildren more often sleep in cars, it isbetter to put them in the rear seat. Ifinstalling the child-restraint system on thefront seat is unavoidable, follow theseinstructions when using a front-facingchild-restraint system in the frontpassenger's seat.NOTEl To check if your front seats have side airbags:Mazda vehicles equipped with side air bagwill have a SRS AIRBAG tag on theoutboard shoulder of the front seats.l To check if your vehicle has curtain airbags:Mazda vehicles equipped with curtain airbag will have an SRS AIRBAG markingon the window pillars along the roof edge.Essential Safety EquipmentChild RestraintWARNINGAlways move the front passenger seatas far back as possible if installing afront-facing child-restraint system on itis unavoidable:As your vehicle has front air bagsand doubly so because your vehiclehas side air bags, a front-facingchild-restraint system should be puton the front passenger seat onlywhen it is unavoidable.Even if the front passenger air bagdeactivation indicator lightilluminates, always move the seat asfar back as possible, because theforce of a deploying air bag couldcause serious injury or death to thechild.Never use a rear-facing child-restraintsystem in the front seat with an air bagthat could deploy:Rear-facing child-restraint systemson the front seat are particularlydangerous.Even in a moderate collision, thechild-restraint system can be hit by adeploying air bag and movedviolently backward resulting inserious injury or death to the child.Even though you may feel assuredthat the front passenger air bag willnot deploy based on the fact that thefront passenger air bag deactivationindicator light illuminates, youshould not use a rear-facing child-restraintsystem in the front seat.2-29 39. Essential Safety EquipmentChild RestraintDo not allow a child or anyone to leanover or against the side window of avehicle with side and curtain air bags:It is dangerous to allow anyone tolean over or against the side window,the area of the front passenger seat,the front and rear window pillars andthe roof edge along both sides fromwhich the side and curtain air bagsdeploy, even if a child-restraintsystem is used. The impact ofinflation from a side or curtain airbag could cause serious injury ordeath to an out of position child.Furthermore, leaning over or againstthe front door could block the sideand curtain air bags and eliminatethe advantages of supplementalprotection. With the front air bag andthe additional side air bag thatcomes out of the front seat, the rearseat is always a better location forchildren. Take special care not toallow a child to lean over or againstthe side window, even if the child isseated in a child-restraint system.qFront Passenger's Seat Child-Restraint System Installation1. Switch the ignition ON.2. Slide the seat as far back as possible.3. Place the child-restraint system on theseat without putting your weight on theseat and fasten the seat belt. See themanufacturer's instructions on thechild-restraint system for belt routinginstructions.4. To get the retractor into the automaticlocking mode, pull the shoulder beltportion of the seat belt until the entirelength of the belt is out of the retractor.5. Push the child-restraint system firmlyinto the vehicle seat. Be sure the beltretracts as snugly as possible. Aclicking noise from the retractor will beheard during retraction if the system isin automatic locking mode. If the beltdoes not lock the seat down tight,repeat the previous step and also thisone.NOTEl Inspect this function before each use of thechild-restraint system. You should not beable to pull the shoulder belt out of theretractor while the system is in theautomatic locking mode. When you removethe child-restraint system, be sure the beltfully retracts to return the system toemergency locking mode before occupantsuse the seat belts.l Follow the child-restraint systemmanufacturer's instructions carefully.Depending on the type of child-restraintsystem, it may not employ seat belts whichare in automatic locking mode.6. Seat your child safely in the child-restraintsystem and secure the childaccording to the instructions from thechild-restraint system manufacturer.2-30 40. 7. Make sure the front passenger air bagdeactivation indicator light illuminatesafter installing a child-restraint systemon the front passenger seat.If the front passenger air bagdeactivation indicator light does notilluminate, remove the child-restraintsystem, switch the ignition to OFF orACC, and then re-install the child-restraintsystem.Refer to Front Passenger Seat WeightSensors on page 2-50.Essential Safety EquipmentChild RestraintWARNINGDo not seat a child in a child-restraintsystem on the front passenger seat ifthe front passenger air bagdeactivation indicator light does notilluminate:While it is always better to install anychild-restraint system on the rearseat, it is imperative that a child-restraintsystem ONLY be used on thefront passenger seat if thedeactivation indicator lightilluminates when the child is seatedin the child-restraint system (page2-50). Seating a child in a child-restraintsystem installed on the frontpassenger seat with the frontpassenger air bag deactivationindicator light not illuminated isdangerous. If this indicator light doesnot illuminate, this means that thefront passenger front and side airbags, and seat belt pretensioner areready for deployment. If an accidentwere to deploy an air bag, a child ina child-restraint system sitting in thefront passenger seat could beseriously injured or killed. If theindicator light does not illuminateafter seating a child in a child-restraintsystem on the frontpassenger seat, seat a child in achild-restraint system on the rearseat and consult an AuthorizedMazda Dealer as soon as possible.2-31 41. Essential Safety EquipmentChild RestraintLATCH Child-Restraint SystemsYour Mazda is equipped with LATCH lower anchors for attachment of specially designedLATCH child-restraint systems in the rear seats. Both anchors must be used, otherwise theseat will bounce around and put the child in danger. Most LATCH child-restraint systemsmust also be used in conjunction with a tether to be effective. If they have a tether youmust use it to better assure your child's safety.WARNINGFollow the manufacturer's instructions for the use of the child-restraint system:An unsecured child-restraint system is dangerous. In a sudden stop or a collision itcould move causing serious injury or death to the child or other occupants. Makesure the child-restraint system is properly secured in place according to the child-restraintsystem manufacturer's instructions.Never attach two child-restraint systems to the same LATCH lower anchor:Attaching two child-restraint systems to the same LATCH lower anchor is dangerous.In a collision, one anchor may not be strong enough to hold two child-restraintsystem attachments, and it may break, causing serious injury or death. If you use theseat position for another child-restraint system when an outboard LATCH position isoccupied, use the center seat belts instead, and the tether if tether-equipped.Make sure the child-restraint system is properly secured:An unsecured child-restraint system is dangerous. In a sudden stop or a collision itcould move causing serious injury or death to the child or other occupants. Followthe child-restraint system manufacturer's instructions on belt routing to secure theseat just as you would with a child in it so that nobody is tempted to put a child inan improperly secured seat later on. When not in use, remove it from the vehicle orfasten it with a seat belt, or latch it down to BOTH LATCH lower anchors for LATCHchild-restraint systems.Make sure there are no seat belts or foreign objects near or around the LATCH child-restraintsystem:Not following the child-restraint system manufacturer's instructions when installingthe child-restraint system is dangerous. If seat belts or a foreign object prevent thechild-restraint system from being securely attached to the LATCH lower anchors andthe child-restraint system is installed improperly, the child-restraint system couldmove in a sudden stop or collision causing serious injury or death to the child orother occupants. When installing the child-restraint system, make sure there are noseat belts or foreign objects near or around the LATCH lower anchors. Always followthe child-restraint system manufacturer's instructions.2-32 42. qLATCH Child-Restraint SystemInstallation Procedure (RearOutboard Seats)1. First, adjust the front seat to allowclearance between the child-restraintsystem and the front seat (page 2-2).2. Make sure the seatback is securelylatched by pushing it back until it isfully locked.3. Expand the area between the seatbottom and the seatback slightly toverify the locations of the LATCHlower anchors.NOTEThe markings above the LATCH lower anchorsindicate the locations of LATCH loweranchors for the attachment of a child-restraintsystem.4. Raise the head restraint to the toplocked position.Refer to Head Restraints on page 2-7.5. Secure the child-restraint system usingBOTH LATCH lower anchors,following the child-restraint systemmanufacturer's instruction. Pull on thechild-restraint to be sure both anchorsare engaged.6. If your child-restraint system cameequipped with a tether, that means it isvery important to properly secure thetether for child safety. Please carefullyfollow the child-restraint systemmanufacturer's instructions wheninstalling tethers.Anchor bracket locationTether strap positionTether strapForwardEssential Safety EquipmentChild Restraint2-33 43. Essential Safety EquipmentChild RestraintWARNINGUse the tether and tether anchor onlyfor a child-restraint system:Using the tether or tether anchor tosecure anything but a child-restraintsystem is dangerous. This couldweaken or damage the tether ortether anchor and result in injury.Always route the tether strap betweenthe head restraint and the seatback:Routing the tether strap on top of thehead restraint is dangerous. In acollision the tether strap could slideoff the head restraint and loosen thechild-restraint system. The child-restraintsystem could move whichmay result in death or injury to thechild.Always attach the tether strap to thecorrect tether anchor position:Attaching the tether strap to theincorrect tether anchor position isdangerous. In a collision, the tetherstrap could come off and loosen thechild-restraint system. If the child-restraintsystem moves it could resultin death or injury to the child.qLATCH Child-Restraint SystemInstallation Procedure (RearCenter Seat)The LATCH lower anchors at the centerof the rear seat are much further apart thanthe sets of LATCH lower anchors forchild-restraint system installation at otherseating positions. Child-restraint systemswith rigid LATCH attachments cannot beinstalled on the center seating position.Some LATCH equipped child-restraintsystems can be placed in the centerposition and will reach the nearestLATCH lower anchors which are 390 mm(15.35 in) apart. LATCH compatiblechild-restraint systems (with attachmentson belt webbing) can be used at thisseating position only if the child-restraintsystem manufacturer's instructions statethat the child-restraint system can beinstalled to LATCH lower anchors that are390 mm (15.35 in) apart. Do not attachtwo child-restraint systems to the sameLATCH lower anchor. If your child-restraintsystem has a tether, it must alsobe used for your child's optimum safety.2-34 44. WARNINGUse the tether and tether anchor onlyfor a child-restraint system:Using the tether or tether anchor tosecure anything but a child-restraintsystem is dangerous. This couldweaken or damage the tether ortether anchor and result in injury.Always attach the tether strap to thecorrect tether anchor position:Attaching the tether strap to theincorrect tether anchor position isdangerous. In a collision, the tetherstrap could come off and loosen thechild-restraint system. If the child-restraintsystem moves it could resultin death or injury to the child.1. Make sure the seatback is securelylatched by pushing it back until it isfully locked.2. Expand the area between the seatbottom and the seatback slightly toverify the locations of the LATCHlower anchors.NOTEThe markings above the LATCH lower anchorsindicate the locations of LATCH loweranchors for the attachment of a child-restraintsystem.Essential Safety EquipmentChild Restraint3. Secure the child-restraint system usingBOTH LATCH lower anchors,following the child-restraint systemmanufacturer's instructions. Pull on thechild-restraint to be sure both anchorsare engaged.4. If your child-restraint system cameequipped with a tether, that means it isvery important to properly secure thetether for child safety. Please carefullyfollow the child-restraint systemmanufacturer's instructions wheninstalling tethers.Anchor bracket locationTether strap position2-35 45. Essential Safety EquipmentSRS Air BagsSupplemental Restraint System (SRS) PrecautionsThe front and side supplemental restraint systems (SRS) include 6 air bags. Please verifythe air bags equipped on your vehicle by locating the SRS AIRBAG locationindicators. These indicators are visible in the area where the air bags are installed.The air bags are installed in the following locations:l The steering wheel hub (driver air bag)l The front passenger dashboard (front passenger air bag)l The outboard sides of the front seatbacks (side air bags)l The front and rear window pillars, and the roof edge along both sides (curtain air bags)The air bag supplemental restraint systems are designed to provide supplemental protectionin certain situations, so seat belts are always important in the following ways:Without seat belt usage, the air bags cannot provide adequate protection during an accident.Seat belt usage is necessary to:l Keep the occupant from being thrown into an inflating air bag.l Reduce the possibility of injuries during an accident that is not designed for air baginflation, such as roll-over or rear impact.l Reduce the possibility of injuries in frontal, near frontal, side collisions that are notsevere enough to activate the air bags.l Reduce the possibility of being thrown from your vehicle.l Reduce the possibility of injuries to lower body and legs during an accident because theair bags provide no protection to these parts of the body.l Hold the driver in a position which allows better control of the vehicle.2-36 46. Essential Safety EquipmentSRS Air BagsIf your vehicle is also equipped with a driver and front passenger occupantclassification system, refer to the Driver and Front Passenger Occupant ClassificationSystem (page 2-50) for details.If your vehicle is equipped with a driver and front passenger occupant classificationsystem, the front passenger air bag deactivation indicator light illuminates for a specifiedtime after the ignition is switched ON.Small children must be protected by a child-restraint system as stipulated by law in everystate and province. In certain states and provinces, larger children must use a child-restraintsystem (page 2-21).Carefully consider which child-restraint system is necessary for your child and follow theinstallation directions in this Owner's Manual as well as the child-restraint systemmanufacturer's instructions.WARNINGSeat belts must be worn in air bag equipped vehicles:Depending only on the air bags for protection during an accident is dangerous.Alone, air bags may not prevent serious injuries. The appropriate air bags can beexpected to inflate only in the first accident, such as frontal, near frontal, sidecollisions that are at least moderate. Vehicle occupants should always wear seatbelts.Children should not ride in the front passenger seat:Placing a child, 12 years or under, in the front seat is dangerous. The child could behit by a deploying air bag and be seriously injured or even killed. Even if the frontpassenger air bag deactivation indicator light illuminates, always move the frontpassenger seat as far back as possible. A sleeping child is more likely to lean againstthe door and be hit by the side air bag in a moderate collision to the front-passengerside of the vehicle. Whenever possible, always secure a child 12 years and under onthe rear seat with an appropriate child-restraint system for the child's age and size.2-37 47. Essential Safety EquipmentSRS Air BagsNever use a rear-facing child-restraint system in the front seat with an air bag thatcould deploy:Rear-facing child-restraint systems on the front seat are particularly dangerous eventhough you may feel assured that a front passenger air bag will not deploy based onthe fact that the front passenger air bag deactivation indicator light illuminates. Thechild-restraint system can be hit by a deploying air bag and moved violentlybackward resulting in serious injury or death to the child.Do not sit too close to the driver and front passenger air bags:Sitting too close to the driver and front passenger air bag modules or placing handsor feet on them is extremely dangerous. The driver and front passenger air bagsinflate with great force and speed. Serious injuries could occur if someone is tooclose. The driver should always hold onto only the rim of the steering wheel. Thefront seat passenger should keep both feet on the floor. Front seat occupants shouldadjust their seats as far back as possible and always sit upright against theseatbacks with seat belts worn properly.Sit in the center of the seat and wear seat belts properly:Sitting too close to the side air bag modules or placing hands on them, or sleepingup against the door or hanging out the windows is extremely dangerous. The sideand curtain air bags inflate with great force and speed directly expanding along thedoor on the side the car is hit. Serious injury could occur if someone is sitting tooclose to the door or leaning against a window, or if rear seat occupants grab thesides of the front seatbacks. Give the side and curtain air bags room to work bysitting in the center of the seat while the vehicle is moving with seat belts wornproperly.Do not attach objects on or around the area where driver and front passenger airbags deploy:Attaching an object to the driver and front passenger air bag modules or placingsomething in front of them is dangerous. In an accident, an object could interferewith air bag inflation and injure the occupants.2-38 48. Essential Safety EquipmentSRS Air BagsDo not attach objects on or around the area where a side air bag deploys:Attaching objects to the front seat in such a way as to cover the outboard side of theseat in any way is dangerous. In an accident the object could interfere with the sideair bag, which inflates from the outboard side of the front seats, impeding the addedprotection of the side air bag system or redirecting the air bag in a way that isdangerous. Furthermore, the bag could be cut open releasing the gas.Do not hang net bags, map pouches or backpacks with side straps on the frontseats. Never use seat covers on the front seats. Always keep the side air bag modulesin your front seats free to deploy in the event of a side collision.Do not attach objects on or around the area where a curtain air bag deploys:Attaching objects to the areas where the curtain air bag activates such as on thewindshield glass, side door glass, front and rear window pillars and along the roofedge and assist grips is dangerous. In an accident the object could interfere with thecurtain air bag, which inflates from the front and rear window pillars and along theroof edge, impeding the added protection of the curtain air bag system or redirectingthe air bag in a way that is dangerous. Furthermore, the bag could be cut openreleasing the gas.Do not place hangers or any other objects on the assist grips. When hanging clothes,hang them on the coat hook directly. Always keep the curtain air bag modules freeto deploy in the event of a side collision.Do not place luggage or other objects under the front seats:Placing luggage or other objects under the front seats is dangerous. The componentsessential to the supplemental restraint system could be damaged, and in the event ofa side collision, the appropriate air bags may not deploy, which could result in deathor serious injury. To prevent damage to the components essential to thesupplemental restraint system, do not place luggage or other objects under the frontseats.Do not touch the components of the supplemental restraint system after the air bagshave inflated:Touching the components of the supplemental restraint system after the air bagshave inflated is dangerous. Immediately after inflation, they are very hot. You couldget burned.Never install any front-end equipment to your vehicle:Installation of front-end equipment, such as frontal protection bar (kangaroo bar,bull bar, push bar, or other similar devices), snowplow, or winches, is dangerous. Theair bag crash sensor system could be affected. This could cause air bags to inflateunexpectedly, or it could prevent the air bags from inflating during an accident.Front occupants could be seriously injured.2-39 49. Essential Safety EquipmentSRS Air BagsDo not modify the suspension:Modifying the vehicle suspension is dangerous. If the vehicle's height or thesuspension is modified, the vehicle will be unable to accurately detect a collisionresulting in incorrect or unexpected air bag deployment and the possibility of seriousinjuries.Do not modify the supplemental restraint system:Modifying the components or wiring of the supplemental restraint system isdangerous. You could accidentally activate it or make it inoperable. Do not makeany modifications to the supplemental restraint system. This includes installing trim,badges, or anything else over the air bag modules. It also includes installing extraelectrical equipment on or near system components or wiring. An Authorized MazdaDealer can provide the special care needed in the removal and installation of frontseats. It is important to protect the air bag wiring and connections to assure that thebags do not accidentally deploy, the driver seat slide position sensor and frontpassenger seat weight sensors are not damaged and that the seats retain anundamaged air bag connection.NOTEl When an air bag deploys, a loud inflation noise can be heard and some smoke will be released.Neither is likely to cause injury, however, the texture of the air bags may cause light skin injurieson body parts not covered with clothing through friction.l Should you sell your Mazda, we urge you to tell the new owner of its air bag systems and thatfamiliarization with all instructions about them, from the Owner's Manual, is important.2-40 50. Essential Safety EquipmentSRS Air BagsSupplemental Restraint System ComponentsDriver/Front passenger inflators and air bagsCrash sensor, and diagnostic module (SAS unit)Front seat belt pretensioner and load limiting systems (page 2-15)Front air bag sensorSide crash sensorsAir bag/front seat belt pretensioner system warning light (page 2-45)Side and curtain inflators and air bagsFront passenger air bag deactivation indicator light (page 2-50)Front passenger seat weight sensors (page 2-50)Front passenger seat weight sensor control moduleDriver and front passenger seat belt buckle switches (page 2-54)Driver seat slide position sensor (page 2-50)2-41 51. How the SRS Air BagsWorkEssential Safety EquipmentSRS Air BagsYour Mazda is equipped with the following types of SRS air bags. SRS air bags aredesigned to work together with the seat belts to help to reduce injuries during an accident.The SRS air bags are designed to provide further protection for passengers in addition tothe seat belt functions. Be sure to wear seat belts properly.qFront Seat Belt PretensionersThe front seat belt pretensioners are designed to deploy in moderate or severe frontal, nearfrontal collisions.qDriver Air BagThe driver's air bag is mounted in the steering wheel.When air bag crash sensors detect a frontal impact of greater than moderate force, thedriver's air bag inflates quickly helping to reduce injury mainly to the driver's head or chestcaused by directly hitting the steering wheel.For more details about air bag deployment, refer to SRS Air Bag Deployment Criteria(page 2-47).The driver's dual-stage air bag controls air bag inflation in two energy stages. During animpact of moderate severity the driver's air bag deploys with lesser energy, whereas duringmore severe impacts, it deploys with more energy.2-42 52. Essential Safety EquipmentSRS Air BagsqFront Passenger Air BagThe front passenger air bag is mounted in the front passenger dashboard.The inflation mechanism for the front passenger air bag is the same as the driver's air bag,as mentioned above.For more details about air bag deployment, refer to SRS Air Bag Deployment Criteria(page 2-47).In addition, the front passenger air bag is designed to only deploy in accordance with thetotal seated weight on the front passenger seat. For details, refer to the driver and frontpassenger occupant classification system (page 2-50).2-43 53. Essential Safety EquipmentSRS Air BagsqSide Air BagsThe side air bags are mounted in the outboard sides of the front seatbacks.When the air bag crash sensors detect a side impact of greater than moderate force, thesystem inflates the side air bag only on the side in which the vehicle was hit. The side airbag inflates quickly to reduce injury to the driver or front passenger's chest caused bydirectly hitting interior parts such as a door or window.For more details about air bag deployment, refer to SRS Air Bag Deployment Criteria(page 2-47).In addition, the front passenger side air bag is designed to only deploy in accordance withthe total seated weight on the front passenger seat. For details, refer to the driver and frontpassenger occupant classification system (page 2-50).qCurtain Air BagsThe curtain air bags are mounted in the front and rear window pillars, and the roof edgealong both sides.When the air bag crash sensors detect a side impact of greater than moderate force, thecurtain air bag inflates quickly and helps to reduce injury mainly to the rear outboardpassenger's head caused by directly hitting interior parts such as a door or window.For more details about air bag deployment, refer to SRS Air Bag Deployment Criteria(page 2-47).2-44 54. Essential Safety EquipmentSRS Air BagsIn a side impact:Greater than moderate impact to one side of the vehicle will cause the curtain air bag onthat side only to inflate.The side and curtain air bags will deploy only on theside the vehicle receives the force of the impact.In an angled collision:During a collision, driver/front passenger air bag and the curtain air bag will deploy.qAir Bag/Front Seat Belt Pretensioner System Warning LightIf the air bag/front seat belt pretensioner system is working properly, the warning lightilluminates when the ignition is switched ON or after the engine is cranked. The warninglight turns off after a specified period of time.2-45 55. Essential Safety EquipmentSRS Air BagsA system malfunction is indicated if the warning light constantly flashes, constantlyilluminates or does not illuminate at all when the ignition is switched ON. If any of theseoccur, consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer as soon as possible. The system may notoperate in an accident.WARNINGNever tamper with the air bag/pretensioner systems and always have an AuthorizedMazda Dealer perform all servicing and repairs:Self-servicing or tampering with the systems is dangerous. An air bag/pretensionercould accidentally activate or become disabled causing serious injury or death.qAir Bag/Front Seat Belt Pretensioner System Warning BeepIf a malfunction is detected in the air bag/front seat belt pretensioner systems and thewarning light, a warning beep sound will be heard for about 5 seconds every minute.The air bag and seat belt pretensioner system warning beep sound will continue to be heardfor approximately 35 minutes.Have your vehicle inspected at an Authorized Mazda Dealer as soon as possible.WARNINGDo not drive the vehicle with the air bag/front seat belt pretensioner system warningbeep sounding:Driving the vehicle with the air bag/front seat belt pretensioner system warning beepsounding is dangerous. In a collision, the air bags and the front seat beltpretensioner system will not deploy and this could result in death or serious injury.Contact an Authorized Mazda Dealer to have the vehicle inspected as soon aspossible.2-46 56. SRS Air Bag Deployment CriteriaThis chart indicates the applicable SRS equipment that will deploy depending on the typeof collision.(The illustrations are the representative cases of collisions.)SRSequipmentTypes of collisionA severe frontal/near frontal collision A severe side collision A rear collisionFront seatbeltpretensionerX*1 (both sides)No air bag and front seatbelt pretensioner will beactivated in a rear collision.Driver airbagXFrontpassenger airbagX*1Side air bag X*1 (impact side only)Curtain airbagX*2 X (impact side only)X: The SRS air bag equipment is designed to deploy in a collision.*1: The front passenger front and side air bags and the seat belt pretensioner are designedto deploy depending on the condition of the total seated weight on the front passengerseat.*2: In an angled collision, the curtain air bag might deploy.Essential Safety EquipmentSRS Air Bags2-47 57. Limitations to SRS Air BagEssential Safety EquipmentSRS Air BagsIn severe collisions such as those described previously in SRS Air Bag DeploymentCriteria, the applicable SRS air bag equipment will deploy. However, in some accidents,the equipment may not deploy depending on the type of collision and its severity.Limitations to front/near front collision detection:The following illustrations are examples of front/near front collisions that may not bedetected as severe enough to deploy the SRS air bag equipment.Impacts involving trees or poles Frontal offset impact to the vehicleRear-ending or running under a truck's tail gateLimitations to side collision detection:The following illustrations are examples of side collisions that may not be detected assevere enough to deploy the SRS air bag equipment.Side impacts involving trees or poles Side impacts with two-wheeled vehicles2-48 58. Roll-overEssential Safety EquipmentSRS Air Bags2-49 59. Essential Safety EquipmentSRS Air BagsDriver and Front Passenger Occupant Classification SystemFirst, please read Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Precautions (page 2-36)carefully.qDriver Seat Slide Position SensorYour vehicle is equipped with a driver seat slide position sensor as a part of thesupplemental restraint system. The sensor is located under the driver seat. The sensordetermines whether the driver seat is fore or aft of a reference position and sends the seatposition to the diagnostic module (SAS unit). The SAS unit is designed to control thedeployment of the driver air bag depending on how close the driver seat is to the steeringwheel.The air bag/front seat belt pretensioner system warning light flashes if the sensor has apossible malfunction (page 2-45).qFront Passenger SeatWeight SensorsYour vehicle is equipped with a front passenger seat weight sensors as a part of thesupplemental restraint system. These sensors are located under both of the front passengerseat rails. These sensors determine the total seated weight on the front passenger seat andmonitor the seat belt buckle for the front passenger seat. The SAS unit is designed toprevent the front passenger front and side air bags and seat belt pretensioner system fromdeploying if the front passenger air bag deactivation indicator light illuminates.To reduce the chance of injuries caused by deployment of the front passenger air bag, thesystem deactivates the front passenger front and side air bags and also the seat beltpretensioner system when the front passenger air bag deactivation indicator lightilluminates. Refer to the following table for the front passenger air bag deactivationindicator light illumination conditions.This system shuts off the front passenger front and side air bags and seat belt pretensionersystem, so make sure the front passenger air bag deactivation indicator light illuminatesaccording to the following table.The air bag/front seat belt pretensioner system warning light flashes and the frontpassenger air bag deactivation indicator light illuminates if the sensors have a possiblemalfunction. If this happens, the front passenger front and side air bags and seat beltpretensioner system will not deploy.2-50 60. Essential Safety EquipmentSRS Air BagsFront passenger air bag deactivation indicator lightThis indicator light illuminates to remind you that the front passenger front and side airbags and seat belt pretensioner will not deploy during a collision.If the front passenger weight sensors are normal, the indicator light illuminates when theignition is switched ON. The light turns off after a few seconds.The front passenger air bag deactivation indicator light illuminates or is off under the following conditions:Condition detected by thefront passenger occupantclassification systemFront passenger air bagdeactivation indicator lightFront passenger front andside air bagsFront passenger seatbelt pretensionersystemEmpty (Not occupied)*1 Off Deactivated DeactivatedChild or child-restraintsystem*2 On Deactivated DeactivatedAdult*3 Off Ready Ready*1 : If the front passenger seat belt is buckled, the front passenger air bag deactivation indicator light illuminates,however this does not indicate a malfunction.*2 : If a larger child sits on the front passenger seat, the sensors might detect the child as being an adult dependingon the child's physique.*3 : If a smaller adult sits on the front passenger seat, the sensors might detect the person as being a childdepending on the person's physique.The curtain air bag is ready for inflating despite the chart above.If the front passenger air bag deactivation indicator light does not illuminate when theignition is switched ON and does not illuminate as indicated in the above chart, do notallow a child to sit in the front passenger seat and consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer assoon as possible. The system may not work properly in an accident.2-51 61. Essential Safety EquipmentSRS Air BagsWARNINGDo not decrease the total seated weight on the front passenger seat:When an adult or large child sits on the front passenger seat, decreasing the totalseated weight on the front passenger seat required for air bag deployment isdangerous. The front passenger seat weight sensors will detect the reduced totalseated weight condition and the front passenger front and side air bags and seatbelt pretensioner system will not deploy during an accident. The front passenger willnot have the supplementary protection of the air bag, which could result in seriousinjury. Decreasing the total seated weight on the front passenger seat could