2005 ALTIMA OWNER'S MANUAL

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2005 ALTIMA OWNER'S MANUAL

  1. 1. FOREWORD READ FIRST—THEN DRIVE SAFELYWelcome to the growing family of new NISSAN Before driving your vehicle please read this Own- MODIFICATION OF YOUR VEHICLEowners. This vehicle is delivered to you with er’s Manual carefully. This will ensure familiarityconfidence. It was produced using the latest with controls and maintenance requirements, as- This vehicle should not be modified.techniques and strict quality control. sisting you in the safe operation of your vehicle. Modification could affect its performance, safety or durability, andThis manual was prepared to help you under- WARNING may even violate governmentalstand the operation and maintenance of yourvehicle so that you may enjoy many miles (kilome- regulations. In addition, damage or per- IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION RE-ters) of driving pleasure. Please read through this MINDERS FOR SAFETY! formance problems resulting frommanual before operating your vehicle. modifications may not be covered under Follow these important driving rules to NISSAN warranties.A separate Warranty Information Booklet help ensure a safe and complete trip forexplains details about the warranties cov- you and your passengers!ering your vehicle. The “NISSAN Service ● NEVER drive under the influence of al-and Maintenance Guide” explains details cohol or drugs.about maintaining and servicing your ve-hicle. Additionally, a separate Customer ● ALWAYS observe posted speed limitsCare/Lemon Law Booklet (U.S. only) will and never drive too fast for conditions.explain how to resolve any concerns you ● ALWAYS use your seat belts and appro-may have with your vehicle, as well as priate child restraint systems. Preteenclarify your rights under your state’s lemon children should be seated in the rearlaw. seat.Your NISSAN dealership knows your vehicle ● ALWAYS provide information about thebest. When you require any service or have any proper use of vehicle safety features toquestions, they will be glad to assist you with the all occupants of the vehicle.extensive resources available to them. ● ALWAYS review this owner’s manual for important safety information. ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  2. 2. WHEN READING THE MANUALThis manual includes information for all options CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65available on this model. Therefore, you may find WARNINGsome information that does not apply to yourvehicle. WARNINGAll information, specifications and illustrations in Engine exhaust, some of its constituents,this manual are those in effect at the time of and certain vehicle components containprinting. NISSAN reserves the right to change or emit chemicals known to the State ofspecifications or design without notice and with- California to cause cancer and birth de-out obligation. fects or other reproductive harm. In addi-IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT tion, certain fluids contained in vehiclesTHIS MANUAL and certain products of component wear contain or emit chemicals known to theYou will see various symbols in this manual. They State of California to cause cancer andare used in the following ways: APD1005 birth defects or other reproductive harm. If you see this symbol, it means “Do not do this” WARNING or “Do not let this happen.”This is used to indicate the presence of ahazard that could cause death or seriouspersonal injury. To avoid or reduce the If you see a symbol similar to these in an illustra-risk, the procedures must be followed tion, it means the arrow points to the front of theprecisely. © 2004 NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC. vehicle. GARDENA, CALIFORNIA CAUTION All rights reserved. No part of this Owner’sThis is used to indicate the presence of a Arrows in an illustration that are similar to these Manual may be reproduced or stored in a retrievalhazard that could cause minor or moder- indicate movement or action. system, or transmitted in any form, or by anyate personal injury or damage to your ve- means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying,hicle. To avoid or reduce the risk, the pro- recording or otherwise, without the prior writtencedures must be followed carefully. Arrows in an illustration that are similar to these permission of Nissan North America, Inc., Gar- call attention to an item in the illustration. dena, California. ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  3. 3. WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF NISSAN NISSAN pioneered the use of electronics and com- puters in automobiles, and has led the industry in improving both performance and fuel efficiency through new engine designs and the use of syn- thetic materials to reduce vehicle weight. The com- pany has also developed ways to build quality into its vehicles at each stage of the production process, both through extensive use of automation and — most importantly — through an awareness that people are the central element in quality control. From the time the parts arrived from our suppliers until you took delivery of your new NISSAN, dozens of checks were made to ensure that only the best job was being done in producing and delivering your vehicle. NISSAN also takes great care to ensure that when you take your NISSAN to your dealer for WFW0002 maintenance, the service technician will perform his work according to the quality standards that haveYour new NISSAN is the result of our dedication to styling design at NISSAN Design America, Inc. in been established by NISSAN.produce the finest in safe, reliable and economical San Diego, California, and engineering at NISSANtransportation. Your vehicle is the product of a suc- Technical Center North America in Farmington Hills, Safety has also been built into your NISSAN. As youcessful worldwide company that manufactures cars Michigan. Additionally, NISSAN employs more than know, seat belts are an integral part of the safetyand trucks in over 17 countries and distributes them 21,000 people throughout the United States, systems that will help protect you and your passen-in 170 nations. Canada, and Mexico. An additional 60,000 people gers in the event of a sudden stop or an accident. work for the 1,250 NISSAN and INFINITI dealers We urge you to use the seat belts every time youNISSAN vehicles are designed and manufactured drive the vehicle.by NISSAN Motor Co., Ltd. which was founded in across North America.Tokyo, Japan in 1933, and NISSAN affiliates world- The NISSAN story of growth and achievement re-wide, collectively growing to become the fifth largest NISSAN is also a substantial contributor to the flects our major goal: to provide you, our customer,automaker in the world. In addition to cars and Canadian economy. NISSAN Canada Inc., its sup- with a vehicle that is built with quality and craftsman-trucks, NISSAN also makes forklift trucks, marine pliers and over 150 dealers employ approximately ship — a product that we can be proud to build andengines, boats and other diversified products. 4,500 people. These include company employees you can be proud to own. and the staffs of NISSAN dealers all across Canada.NISSAN has made a substantial and growing in- In addition, many Canadians work for companiesvestment in North America. NISSAN’s commitment that supply NISSAN and NISSAN dealers with ma-is over $6 billion dollars in capital investments in terials and services ranging from the operation offacilities across the continent. Some of the facilities port facilities and transportation services, to theinclude the NISSAN Manufacturing facilities in Can- supply of lubricants, parts and accessories.ton, Mississippi and in Smyrna, Tennessee, vehicle ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  4. 4. NISSAN CUSTOMER CARE PROGRAMNISSAN CARES . . .Both NISSAN and your NISSAN dealer are dedicated to serving all your automotive needs. Your satisfaction with your vehicle and your NISSAN dealer areour primary concerns. Your NISSAN dealer is always available to assist you with all your automobile sales and service needs.However, if there is something that your NISSAN The Consumer Affairs Department will ask for You can write to NISSAN with the information at:dealer cannot assist you with or you would like to the following information: For U.S. customersprovide NISSAN directly with comments or – Your name, address, and telephone number Nissan North America, Inc.questions, please contact the NISSAN Con- – Vehicle identification number (attached to the Consumer Affairs Departmentsumer Affairs Department using our toll-free top of the instrument panel on the driver’s P.O. Box 191number: side) Gardena, California 90248-0191For U.S. customers – Date of purchase For Canadian customers 1-800-NISSAN-1 Nissan Canada Inc. (1-800-647-7261) – Current odometer reading 5290 Orbitor DriveFor Canadian customers – Your NISSAN dealer’s name Mississauga, Ontario L4W 4Z5 1-800-387-0122 – Your comments or questions OR We appreciate your interest in NISSAN and thank you for buying a quality NISSAN vehicle. ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  5. 5. Table of Illustrated table of contents 0Contents Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1 Instruments and controls 2 Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4 Starting and driving 5 In case of emergency 6 Appearance and care 7 Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8 Technical and consumer information 9 Index 10
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  7. 7. 0 Illustrated table of contentsAirbags, seat belts and child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-2 Instrument panel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-6Exterior front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-3 Engine compartment check locations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-8Exterior rear. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-4 Warning/indicator lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-10Passenger compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  8. 8. AIRBAGS, SEAT BELTS AND CHILDRESTRAINTS 1. Supplemental front impact air bags (P. 1-33) 2. Supplemental curtain side-impact air bag (if so equipped) (P. 1-33) 3. Supplemental side impact air bag (if so equipped) (P. 1-33) 4. Seat belt pretensioners (P. 1-47) 5. Front seat belts (P. 1-9) 6. Rear seat belts (P. 1-9) 7. Top tether anchor point (P. 1-25) 8. LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) (P. 1-24) 9. Seats (P. 1-2) 10. Front head restraint (P. 1-7) 11. Rear head restraint (P. 1-7) 12. Occupant classification sensor (weight sensor) (P.1-41) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. WII00460-2 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  9. 9. EXTERIOR FRONT 1. Engine hood (P. 3-9) 2. Headlight and turn signal switch (P. 2-21) 3. Replacing bulbs (P. 8-30) 4. Windshield wiper and washer switch (P. 2-19) 5. Windshield (P. 8-24) 6. Power windows (P. 2-37) 7. Door locks, keyfob, keys (P. 3-3, 3-5, 3-2) 8. Mirrors (P. 3-15) 9. Tire pressure (P. 8-39) 10. Flat tire (P. 6-2) 11. Tire chains (P. 8-46) 12. Fog light switch (if so equipped) (P. 2-25) 13. Tie down/towing hooks (P. 6-11) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. LII0044 Illustrated table of contents 0-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  10. 10. EXTERIOR REAR 1. Rear window defroster switch (P. 2-20) 2. Trunk lid (P. 3-10) 3. Vehicle loading (P.9-13) 4. Interior trunk lid release (P. 3-11) 5. Replacing bulbs (P. 8-30) 6. Fuel filler cap, fuel recommendation (P. 3-12, P. 9-3) 7. Fuel filler lid (P. 3-12) 8. Child safety locks (P. 3-5) LII00230-4 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/05/05—arosenma ੭
  11. 11. PASSENGER COMPARTMENT 1. Glove box (P. 2-32) 2. Automatic anti-glare inside mirror (if so equipped) (P. 3-15) 3. Sun visors (P. 3-14) 4. Interior lights, illuminated entry (P. 2-40) 5. Front seat (P. 1-2) 6. Sunroof (if so equipped) (P. 2-39) 7. Interior trunk access (P. 1-6) 8. Rear seat (P. 1-6) 9. Front console (P. 2-33) 10. Front cup holders (P. 2-31) 11. Park brake, parking on hills (P. 5-14, P. 5-18) 12. HomeLinkா (if so equipped) (P. 2-42) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. LII0026 Illustrated table of contents 0-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  12. 12. INSTRUMENT PANEL 1. Driver, center and passenger ventila- tors (P. 4-11) 2. Headlight/fog light (if so equipped)/turn signal switch (P. 2-21) 3. Steering wheel switch for audio control (if so equipped) (P. 4-41) 4. Driver supplemental air bag/horn (P. 1-33, 2-26) 5. Meters and gauges (P. 2-3) 6. Cruise control main/set switch (if so equipped) (P. 5-15) 7. Windshield wiper/washer switch (P. 2-19) 8. Storage (if so equipped) (P. 2-30) 9. Glove box (P. 2-32) 10. Front passenger supplemental air bag (P. 1-33) 11. Heater and air conditioner (manual or automatic) (P. 4-11, P. 4-20) 12. Power outlet or cigarette lighter (if so equipped) (P. 2-28, P. 2-29) 13. Heated seat switch (if so equipped) (P. 2-26) 14. Shift selector lever (P. 5-7) 15. Hazard warning flasher switch (P. 2-25) 16. Storage or ashtray (if so equipped) WIC0745 (P. 2-30, P. 2-29)0-6 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  13. 13. 17 Front passenger air bag status light (P. 1-43)18. Audio system controls (if so equipped) (P. 4-23)19. Ignition switch (P. 5-4)20. Tilt/telescopic steering wheel controls (P. 3-13)21. Traction control system (TCS) off switch (if so equipped) (P. 2-27)22. Instrument brightness control (P. 2-24)23. Trunk opener (P. 3-10)24. Meters and guages (if so equipped) (P. 2-3)25. Navigation system* (if so equipped) (P. 4-2)26. Navigation system* controls (if so equipped) (P. 4-2)*: Refer to the separate Navigation System Own-er’s Manual.See the page number indicated in paren-theses for operating details. Illustrated table of contents 0-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  14. 14. ENGINE COMPARTMENT CHECKLOCATIONS QR25DE engine 1. Power steering fluid reservoir (P. 8-15) 2. Spark plug caps (P. 8-20) 3. Brake fluid reservoir (P. 8-16) 4. Clutch fluid reservoir (M/T model) (P. 8-16) 5. Air cleaner (P. 8-21) 6. Battery (P. 8-17) 7. Fuse/fusible link box (P. 8-26) 8. Transmission dipstick (A/T models) (P. 8-13) 9. Engine oil dipstick (P. 8-9) 10. Radiator cap (P. 8-8) 11. Fuse block (P. 8-26) 12. Windshield washer fluid reservoir (P. 8-16) 13. Engine coolant reservoir (P. 8-8) 14. Engine oil filler cap (P. 8-9) NOTE: Engine cover removed for clarity. See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. LDI04180-8 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  15. 15. VQ35DE engine 1. Power steering fluid reservoir (P. 8-15) 2. Engine oil filler cap (P. 8-9) 3. Brake fluid reservoir (P. 8-16) 4. Clutch fluid reservoir (M/T model) (P. 8-16) 5. Air cleaner (P. 8-21) 6. Battery (P. 8-17) 7. Fuse/fusible link box (P. 8-26) 8. Transmission dipstick (A/T models) (P. 8-15) 9. Engine oil dipstick (P. 8-9) 10. Radiator cap (P. 8-8) 11. Fuse block (P. 8-26) 12. Windshield washer fluid reservoir (P. 8-16) 13. Engine coolant reservoir (P. 8-8) NOTE: Engine cover removed for clarity. See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details. LDI0417 Illustrated table of contents 0-9੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30)Owners Manual—USA_English (nna)01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  16. 16. WARNING/INDICATOR LIGHTS Warning Name Page Warning Name Page Indicator Name Page light light light Engine oil pres- 2-12 Automatic 5-4 Anti-lock brake 2-11 sure warning transmission or warning light light position indica- (if so equipped) tor light (A/T Low fuel warn- 2-13 models) or ing light Automatic 2-12 CRUISE main 5-15 transmission switch indicator check warning light (if so light (if so Low windshield 2-13 equipped) equipped) washer fluid warning light Cruise SET 5-15 Brake warning 2-12 switch indicator light Seat belt warn- 2-13 or light (if so ing light and equipped) chime Front passenger 2-14 Charge warning 2-12 Supplemental 1-49 or air bag status light air bag warning light Door open 2-12 light warning light Trunk lid open 2-13 warning light0-10 Illustrated table of contents ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  17. 17. Indicator Name Page light High beam in- 2-14 dicator light (blue) Malfunction 2-14 indicator lamp (MIL) Slip indicator 2-15 light (if so equipped) Traction control 2-15 system off indi- cator light (if so equipped) Turn 2-15 signal/hazard indicator lights Illustrated table of contents 0-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  18. 18. MEMO0-12 Illustrated table of contents
  19. 19. 1 Safety—Seats, seat belts andsupplemental restraint systemSeats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2 Child restraint installation on rear seat center Front manual seat adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2 or outboard positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-18 Front power seat adjustment LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for (if so equipped for driver’s seat) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4 CHildren) system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-24 Folding rear seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6 Top tether strap child restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-25 Head restraint adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7 Child restraint installation on front passenger seat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-26 Active head restraint (front seats). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8 Booster seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-29Seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9 Precautions on booster seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-29 Precautions on seat belt usage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9 Booster seat installation on rear seat center Child safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-11 or outboard positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-31 Pregnant women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-13 Booster seat installation on front passenger Injured persons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-13 seat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-32 Three-point type seat belt with retractor . . . . . . . . . . 1-13 Supplemental restraint system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-33 Seat belt extenders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16 Precautions on supplemental restraint Seat belt maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16 system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-33Child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16 Supplemental air bag warning labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-48 Precautions on child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16 Supplemental air bag warning light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-49 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  20. 20. SEATS FRONT MANUAL SEAT ADJUSTMENT WARNING ● Do not adjust the driver’s seat while driving so full attention may be given to vehicle operation. The seat may move suddenly and could cause loss of con- trol of the vehicle. ● After adjustment, gently rock in the seat to make sure it is securely locked. ARS1152 WARNING ● For the most effective protection when the vehicle is in motion, the seat should● Do not ride in a moving vehicle when be upright. Always sit well back in the the seatback is reclined. This can be seat and adjust the seat properly. See dangerous. The shoulder belt will not “Precautions on Seat Belt Usage” later be against your body. In an accident, in this section. you could be thrown into it and receive neck or other serious injuries. You could also slide under the lap belt and receive serious internal injuries.1-2 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  21. 21. WARNING After adjustment, gently rock in the seat to make sure it is securely locked. WRS0175 WRS0176Forward and backward RecliningPull the lever up and hold it while you slide the To recline the seatback, pull the lever up and leanseat forward or backward to the desired position. back. To bring the seatback forward, pull the leverRelease the lever to lock the seat in position. up and lean your body forward. Release the lever to lock the seatback in position. The reclining feature allows adjustment of the seatback for occupants of different sizes for added comfort and to help obtain proper seat belt fit. See “Precautions on seat belt usage” later in this section. Also, the seatback can be reclined to allow occupants to rest when the vehicle is stopped. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  22. 22. WRS0131 WRS0163Seat lifter (if so equipped for driver’s FRONT POWER SEAT ● Do not leave children unattended insideseat) ADJUSTMENT (if so equipped for the vehicle. They could unknowingly ac- driver’s seat) tivate switches or controls. UnattendedTurn either dial to adjust the angle and height of children could become involved in seri-the seat cushion to the desired position. ous accidents. WARNING ● Do not adjust the driver’s seat while Operating tips driving so full attention may be given to ● The power seat motor has an auto-reset vehicle operation. The seat may move suddenly and could cause loss of con- overload protection circuit. If the motor trol of the vehicle. stops during operation, wait 30 seconds, then reactivate the switch. ● Do not operate the power seat switch for a long period of time when the engine is off. This will discharge the battery.1-4 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  23. 23. Forward and backwardMoving the switch forward or backward will slidethe seat forward or backward to the desiredposition.RecliningMove the recline switch backward until the de-sired angle is obtained. To bring the seatbackforward again, move the switch forward andmove your body forward. The seatback will moveforward.The reclining feature allows adjustment of theseatback for occupants of different sizes foradded comfort and to help obtain proper seat WRS0164 WRS0389belt fit (see “Precautions on seat belt usage” later Seat lifter (if so equipped for driver’s Lumbar support (if so equipped forin this section). Also, the seatback can be re- seat) driver’s seat)clined to allow occupants to rest when the ve-hicle is stopped. Push the front or rear end of the switch up or The lumbar support feature provides lower back down to adjust the angle and height of the seat support to the driver. Move the lever forward or cushion. backward to adjust the seat lumbar area. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  24. 24. ᭺ 1 Push down on the button on the rear parcel ● Closely supervise children when they shelf. are around cars to prevent them from ᭺ 2 Fold down the passenger side seatback. playing and becoming locked in the trunk where they could be seriously in- WARNING jured. Keep the car locked, with the rear seatback and trunk lid securely latched ● Never allow anyone to ride in the cargo when not in use, and prevent children’s area or on the rear seat when it is in the access to car keys. fold-down position. Use of these areas by passengers without proper restraints could result in serious injury in an acci- dent or sudden stop. ● Properly secure all cargo with ropes or straps to help prevent it from sliding or shifting. Do not place cargo higher than the seatbacks. In a sudden stop or col- lision, unsecured cargo could cause personal injury. ● When returning the seatbacks to the upright position, be certain they are completely secured in the latched posi- tion. If they are not completely secured, WRS0166 passengers may be injured in an acci- dent or sudden stop.FOLDING REAR SEATInterior trunk accessThe trunk can be accessed from the passengerside of the rear seat for loading and unloading, asshown.1-6 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  25. 25. LRS0225 WRS0167 WRS0133To fold down the driver side of the rear seat, reach Center armrest HEAD RESTRAINT ADJUSTMENTthrough the opening and pull on the strap ᭺ 1located behind the seat. Pull the armrest forward until it is horizontal. To raise the head restraint, pull it up. To lower, push and hold the lock knob and push the headThe rear seats can be locked using the master restraint down.key to prevent unauthorized access. The valet keycannot be used to lock or unlock the release WARNINGbutton. For more information on keys, refer to“Keys” in the “Pre-driving checks and adjust- Head restraints should be adjusted prop-ments” section of this manual. erly as they may provide significant pro- tection against injury in an accident. Do not remove them. Check the adjustment after someone else uses the seat. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  26. 26. ● Do not attach anything to the head re- straint stalks. Doing so could impair active head restraint function. The head restraint moves forward utilizing the force that the seatback receives from the occu- pant in a rear-end collision. The movement of the head restraint helps support the occupant’s head by reducing its backward movement and helping absorb some of the forces that may lead to whip- lash type injuries. Active head restraints are effective for collisions at low to medium speeds in which it is said that whiplash injury occurs most. WRS0134 SPA1025Adjust the head restraint so the center is level Active head restraints operate only in certain ACTIVE HEAD RESTRAINT (front rear-end collisions. After the collision, the headwith the center of your ears. seats) restraints return to their original positions. Properly adjust the active head restraints as de- WARNING scribed earlier in this section. ● Always adjust the head restraints prop- erly as specified in the previous section. Failure to do so can reduce the effec- tiveness of the active head restraint. ● Active head restraints are designed to supplement other safety systems. Al- ways wear seat belts. No system can prevent all injuries in any accident.1-8 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  27. 27. SEAT BELTS SSS0136PRECAUTIONS ON SEAT BELTUSAGEIf you are wearing your seat belt properly ad-justed and you are sitting upright and well back inyour seat, your chances of being injured or killedin an accident and/or the severity of injury may begreatly reduced. NISSAN strongly encouragesyou and all of your passengers to buckle up everytime you drive, even if your seating position in-cludes a supplemental air bag.Most U.S. states and Canadian provincesor territories specify that seat belts be wornat all times when a vehicle is being driven. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  28. 28. SSS0134 SSS0016 WARNING WARNING● Every person who drives or rides in this ● The seat belt should be properly ad- vehicle should use a seat belt at all justed to a snug fit. Failure to do so may times. Children should be properly re- reduce the effectiveness of the entire strained in the rear seat and, if appro- restraint system and increase the priate, in a child restraint. chance or severity of injury in an acci- dent. Serious injury or death can occur if the seat belt is not worn properly.1-10 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  29. 29. ● Be sure the seat belt tongue is securely ● All seat belt assemblies, including re- fastened to the proper buckle. tractors and attaching hardware, should be inspected after any collision ● Do not wear the seat belt inside out or by a NISSAN dealer. NISSAN recom- twisted. Doing so may reduce its mends that all seat belt assemblies in effectiveness. use during a collision be replaced un- ● Do not allow more than one person to less the collision was minor and the use the same seat belt. belts show no damage and continue to ● Never carry more people in the vehicle operate properly. Seat belt assemblies than there are seat belts. not in use during a collision should also be inspected and replaced if either ● If the seat belt warning light glows con- damage or improper operation is noted. tinuously while the ignition is turned ON with all doors closed and all seat ● All child restraints and attaching hard- SSS0014 belts fastened, it may indicate a mal- ware should be inspected after any col- function in the system. Have the system lision. Always follow the restraint WARNING checked by a NISSAN dealer. manufacturer’s inspection instructions and replacement recommendations.● Always route the shoulder belt over ● Once the pre-tensioner seat belt has The child restraints should be replaced your shoulder and across your chest. activated, it cannot be reused and must if they are damaged. Never run the belt behind your back, be replaced together with the retractor. under your arm or across your neck. The See your NISSAN dealer. CHILD SAFETY belt should be away from your face and neck, but not falling off your shoulder. ● Removal and installation of the pre- Children need adults to help protect them. tensioner seat belt system components They need to be properly restrained.● Position the lap belt as low and snug as should be done by a NISSAN dealer. possible AROUND THE HIPS, NOT THE In addition to the general information in this WAIST. A lap belt worn too high could manual, child safety information is available from increase the risk of internal injuries in many other sources, including doctors, teachers, an accident. government traffic safety offices, and community organizations. Every child is different, so be sure to learn the best way to transport your child. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  30. 30. There are three basic types of child restraint for infants and small children. See “Child Re- placed in a forward facing child restraint. Refer tosystems: straints” later in this section. the manufacturer’s instructions for minimum and maximum weight and height recommendations. ● Rear facing child restraint Also, there are other types of child restraints NISSAN recommends that small children be available for larger children for additional protec- ● Front facing child restraint placed in child restraints that comply with Federal tion. Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Canadian Mo- ● Booster seat NISSAN recommends that all pre-teens tor Vehicle Safety Standards. You should chooseThe proper restraint depends on the child’s size. and children be restrained in the rear seat. a child restraint that fits your vehicle and alwaysGenerally, infants up to about 1 year and less According to accident statistics, children follow the manufacturer’s instructions for instal-than 20 pounds (9 kg) should be placed in rear are safer when properly restrained in the lation and use.facing child restraints. Front facing child re- rear seat than in the front seat.straints are available for children who outgrow Larger children This is especially important because yourrear facing child restraints and are at least 1 year vehicle has a supplemental restraint sys- Children who are too large for child restraintsold. Booster seats are used to help position a tem (Air bag system) for the front passen- should be seated and restrained by the seat beltsvehicle lap/shoulder belt on a child who can no ger. See “Supplemental restraint system” which are provided. The seat belt may not fitlonger use a front facing child restraint. later in this section. properly if the child is less than 4 feet 9 inches (142.5 cm) tall and weighs between 40 lbs (18 WARNING Infants kg) and 80 lbs (36 kg). A booster seat should be Infants up to at least 1 year old should be placed used to obtain proper seat belt fit.Infants and children need special protec-tion. The vehicle’s seat belts may not fit in a rear facing child restraint. NISSAN recom- NISSAN recommends that a child be placed in athem properly. The shoulder belt may mends that infants be placed in child restraints commercially available booster seat if the shoul-come too close to the face or neck. The that comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety der belt in the child’s seating position fits close tolap belt may not fit over their small hip Standards or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety the face or neck or if the lap portion of the seatbones. In an accident, an improperly fit- Standards. You should choose a child restraint belt goes across the abdomen. The booster seatting seat belt could cause serious or fatal that fits your vehicle and always follow the manu- should raise the child so that the shoulder belt isinjury. Always use appropriate child facturer’s instructions for installation and use. properly positioned across the top, middle por-restraints. tion of the shoulder and the lap belt is low on the Small Children hips. A booster seat can only be used in seatingAll U.S. states and Canadian provinces or terri- Children that are over one year old and weigh positions that have a three-point type seat belt.tories require the use of approved child restraints between 20 lbs (9 kg) and 40 lbs (18 kgs) can be The booster seat should fit the vehicle seat and1-12 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  31. 31. have a label certifying that it complies with Fed- THREE-POINT TYPE SEAT BELTeral Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Canadian WITH RETRACTORMotor Vehicle Safety Standards. Once the childhas grown so the shoulder belt is no longer on or WARNINGnear the face and neck, use the shoulder beltwithout the booster seat. ● Every person who drives or rides in this vehicle should use a seat belt at all WARNING times.Never let a child stand or kneel on any ● Do not ride in a moving vehicle whenseat and do not allow a child in the cargo the seatback is reclined. This can beareas while the vehicle is moving. The dangerous. The shoulder belt will notchild could be seriously injured or killed in be against your body. In an accident,an accident or sudden stop. you could be thrown into it and receive neck or other serious injuries. YouPREGNANT WOMEN could also slide under the lap belt and WRS0174 receive serious internal injuries. Manual front seat shownNISSAN recommends that pregnant women useseat belts. The seat belt should be worn snug, ● For the most effective protection when Fastening the seat beltsand always position the lap belt as low as pos- the vehicle is in motion, the seat shouldsible around the hips, not the waist. Place the be upright. Always sit well back in the ᭺ 1 Adjust the seat. See “Seats” earlier in this section.shoulder belt over your shoulder and across your seat and adjust the seat belt properly.chest. Never run the lap/shoulder belt over yourabdominal area. Contact your doctor for specificrecommendations.INJURED PERSONSNISSAN recommends that injured persons useseat belts. Check with your doctor for specificrecommendations. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  32. 32. When automatic locking mechanism is activated the seat belt cannot be extended again until the seat belt tongue is detached from the buckle and fully retracted. Once retracted, the seat belt is in the emergency locking mode. See “Child re- straints” later in this section for more information. The automatic locking mode should be used only for child restraint installation. During normal seat belt use by a passen- ger, the locking mode should not be acti- vated. If it is activated it may cause uncom- fortable seat belt tension. It can also change the operation of the front passen- ger air bag. See “Front passenger air bag WRS0137 WRS0138 and status light” later in this section.᭺2 Slowly pull the seat belt out of the retractor ᭺ 3 Position the lap belt portion low and snug and insert the tongue into the buckle until on the hips as shown. WARNING you hear and feel the latch engage. ᭺ 4 Pull the shoulder belt portion toward the When fastening the seat belts, be certain ● The retractor is designed to lock during retractor to take up extra slack. Be sure the that the seatbacks are completely se- a sudden stop or on impact. A slow shoulder belt is routed over your shoulder cured in the latched position. If they are pulling motion permits the seat belt to and across your chest. not completely secured, passengers may move, and allows you some freedom of be injured in an accident or sudden stop. The front passenger seat and the rear seating movement in the seat. positions three-point seat belts have a locking ● If the seat belt cannot be pulled from mechanism for child restraint installation. It is its fully retracted position, firmly pull referred to as the automatic locking mode or child the belt and release it. Then smoothly restraint mode. pull the belt out of the retractor.1-14 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  33. 33. To increase your confidence in the seat belts, check the operation as follows. ● Grasp the shoulder belt and pull forward quickly. The retractor should lock and re- strict further belt movement. If the retractor does not lock during this check or if you have any questions about seat belt opera- tion, see a NISSAN dealer. WRS0139 WRS0171Unfastening the seat belts Shoulder belt height adjustment (Front᭺1 To unfasten the seat belt, press the button on seats) the buckle. The seat belt automatically re- The shoulder belt anchor height should be ad- tracts. justed to the position best for you. (See “Precau- tions on seat belt usage” earlier in this section.)Checking seat belt operation The belt should be away from your face and neck,Seat belt retractors are designed to lock seat belt but not falling off your shoulder.movement by two separate methods: To adjust the shoulder belt anchor height: ● When the seat belt is pulled quickly from the retractor. ᭺ 1 Push in the adjustment button. ● When the vehicle slows down rapidly. ᭺ 2 Move the shoulder belt anchor to the desired position so the belt passes over the center of the shoulder. Release the adjustment button to lock the shoulder belt anchor into position. Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  34. 34. CHILD RESTRAINTS WARNING ● Adults and children who can use the standard seat belt should not use an● After adjustment, release the adjust- extender. Such unnecessary use could ment button and try to move the shoul- result in serious personal injury in the der belt anchor up and down to make event of an accident. sure it is securely fixed in position. ● Never use seat belt extenders to install● The shoulder belt anchor height should child restraints. If the child restraint is be adjusted to the position best for you. not secured properly, the child could be Failure to do so may reduce the effec- seriously injured in a collision or a sud- tiveness of the entire restraint system den stop. and increase the chance or severity of injury in an accident. SEAT BELT MAINTENANCESEAT BELT EXTENDERS ● To clean the seat belt webbing, apply a mild soap solution or any solution recom- ARS1098If, because of body size or driving position, it is mended for cleaning upholstery or carpet.not possible to properly fit the lap-shoulder belt PRECAUTIONS ON CHILD Then wipe with a cloth and allow the seatand fasten it, an extender is available which is belts to dry in the shade. Do not allow the seat RESTRAINTScompatible with the installed seat belts. The ex- belts to retract until they are completely dry.tender adds approximately 8 inches (200 mm) of WARNINGlength and may be used for either the driver or ● If dirt builds up in the shoulder belt guide of the seat belt anchors, the seat ● Infants and small children should al-front passenger seating position. See a NISSAN ways be placed in an appropriate childdealer for assistance if an extender is required. belts may retract slowly. Wipe the shoulder belt guide with a clean, dry cloth. restraint while riding in the vehicle. Failure to use a child restraint can re- WARNING ● Periodically check to see that the seat sult in serious injury or death.● Only NISSAN seat belt extenders, made belt and the metal components, such as by the same company which made the buckles, tongues, retractors, flexible wires original equipment seat belts, should and anchors, work properly. If loose parts, be used with NISSAN seat belts. deterioration, cuts or other damage on the webbing is found, the entire seat belt as- sembly should be replaced.1-16 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  35. 35. ● Even with the NISSAN Advanced Air ers. When selecting any child restraint, keep the Bag System, never install a rear-facing following points in mind: child restraint in the front seat. An in- ● Choose only a restraint with a label certifying flating supplemental front air bag could that it complies with Federal Motor Vehicle seriously injure or kill your child. A rear- Safety Standard 213 or Canadian Motor facing child restraint must only be used Vehicle Safety Standard 213. in the rear seat. ● Check the child restraint in your vehicle to be ● NISSAN recommends that the child re- straint be installed in the rear seat. Ac- sure it is compatible with the vehicle’s seat cording to accident statistics, children and seat belt system. are safer when properly restrained in ● If the child restraint is compatible with your the rear seat than in the front seat. vehicle, place your child in the child restraint ● An improperly installed child restraint and check the various adjustments to be WRS0256 could lead to serious injury or death in sure the child restraint is compatible with an accident. your child. Choose a child restraint that is WARNING designed for your child’s height and weight.● Infants and small children should never In general, child restraints are designed to be Always follow all recommended procedures. be carried on your lap. It is not possible installed with the lap portion of a lap/shoulder seat belt. In addition, this vehicle is equipped with All U.S. states and Canadian provinces or for even the strongest adult to resist the forces of a severe accident. The child a universal child restraint lower anchor system, territories require that infants and small could be crushed between the adult and referred to as the LATCH (Lower Anchors and children be restrained in an approved child parts of the vehicle. Also, do not put the Tethers for CHildren) system. Some child re- restraint at all times while the vehicle is same seat belt around both your child straints include two rigid or webbing-mounted being operated. and yourself. attachments that can be connected to these lower anchors. For details, see the “LATCH WARNING (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) sys- ● Improper use of a child restraint can tem” later in this section. increase the risk or severity of injury for Child restraints for infants and small children of both the child and other occupants of the vehicle. various sizes are offered by several manufactur- Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  36. 36. ● Follow all of the child restraint manu- ● If you must install a front facing child ● Failure to use the retractor’s locking facturer’s instructions for installation restraint in the front seat, see “Child mode will result in the child restraint and use. When purchasing a child re- restraint installation on front passenger not being properly secured. The re- straint, be sure to select one which will seat” later in this section. straint could tip over or otherwise be fit your child and vehicle. It may not be unsecured and cause injury to the child ● When your child restraint is not in use, possible to properly install some types in a sudden stop or collision. keep it secured with a seat belt to pre- of child restraints in your vehicle. vent it from being thrown around in ● When installing a child restraint system● If the child restraint is not anchored case of a sudden stop or accident. in the rear center position, both the properly, the risk of a child being in- center seat belt connector tongue and jured in a collision or a sudden stop CAUTION buckle tongue must be secured. greatly increases. Remember that a child restraint left in a● Adjustable seatbacks should be posi- closed vehicle can become very hot. tioned to fit the child restraint, but as Check the seating surface and buckles upright as possible. before placing your child in the child● After attaching the child restraint, test it restraint. before you place the child in it. Push it from side to side. Try to tug it forward CHILD RESTRAINT INSTALLATION and check to see if the belt holds the ON REAR SEAT CENTER OR restraint in place. The child restraint OUTBOARD POSITIONS should not move more than 1 inch (25 mm). If the restraint is not secure, WARNING tighten the belt as necessary, or put the restraint in another seat and test it ● The three-point seat belt in your vehicle again. You may need to try a different is equipped with an automatic locking child restraint. Not all child restraints fit mode retractor which must be used in all types of vehicles. when installing a child restraint.1-18 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  37. 37. ᭺ 1 Position the child restraint on the seat. Al- ways follow the restraint manufacturer’s in- structions. The back of the child restraint should be secured against the vehicle seat back. If necessary, adjust or remove the head restraint to obtain the correct child restraint fit. See “Head restraint adjustment” earlier in this section. If the head restraint is removed, store it in a secure place. Be sure to install the head restraint when the child restraint is removed. If the seating position does not have an adjustable head restraint and it is interfering with the proper child restraint fit, try another seating position or a different LRS0412 child restraint. LRS0413 Front Facing (outboard) — step 1 Front Facing (center) — step 1Front facingWhen you install a child restraint in the rear seat,follow these steps: Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1-19 ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭
  38. 38. WRS0250 LRS0458 LRS0457 Front Facing — step 2 Front Facing — step 3 Front Facing — step 4᭺2 Route the seat belt tongue through the child ᭺ 3 Pull on the shoulder belt until all of the belt is ᭺ 4 Allow the seat belt to retract. Pull up on the restraint and insert it into the buckle until you fully extended. At this time, the seat belt shoulder belt to remove any slack in the belt. hear and feel the latch engage. retractor is in the automatic locking mode (child restraint mode). It reverts back to Be sure to follow the child restraint manu- emergency locking mode when the seat belt facturer’s instructions for belt routing. is fully retracted.1-20 Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system ੬ REVIEW COPY—2005 Altima (l30) Owners Manual—USA_English (nna) 01/04/05—arosenma ੭

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