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Available at Naples Mazda, 2012 Mazda Mazda 3 Sedan and Hatchback owners manual. Naples Mazda is a pre-owned and new car dealership located in Naples near Fort Myers Florida. Our address is 6387 Airport Rd. N. Naples FL 34109. Tel (239)597-9607. See us online at naplesmazda.com. Or visit our sister dealership, Naples Dodge Chrysler Jeep at naplesdodge.com for pre-owned vehicle sales.

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  1. 1. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page1Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (1,1)Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  2. 2. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page2Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (2,1)Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  3. 3. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page3Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (3,1) A Word to Mazda Owners Thank you for choosing a Mazda. We at Mazda design and build vehicles with complete customer satisfaction in mind. To help ensure enjoyable and trouble-free operation of your Mazda, read this manual carefully and follow its recommendations. An Authorized Mazda Dealer knows your vehicle best. So when maintenance or service is necessary, thats the place to go. Our nationwide network of Mazda professionals is dedicated to providing you with the best possible service. We assure you that all of us at Mazda have an ongoing interest in your motoring pleasure and in your full satisfaction with your Mazda product. Mazda Motor Corporation Important Notes About This Manual Keep this manual in the glove box as a handy reference for the safe and enjoyable use of your Mazda. Should you resell 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 at Mazda, we reserve the right to make changes in specifications at any time without notice and without obligation. Air Conditioning and the Environment Your Mazdas genuine air conditioner is filled with HFC134a (R134a), a refrigerant that has been found not to damage the earths ozone layer. If the air conditioner does not operate properly, consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer. Perchlorate Certain components of this vehicle such as [air bag modules, seat belt pretensioners, lithium batteries, ...] may contain Perchlorate Material– Special handling may apply for service or vehicle end of life disposal. See www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate. Please be aware that this manual applies to all models, equipment and options. As a result, you may find some explanations for equipment not installed on your vehicle. ©2011 Mazda Motor Corporation Printed in Japan June 2011 (Print1)Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  4. 4. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page4Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (4,1)How to Use This ManualWe want to help you get the most driving NOTEpleasure from your vehicle. Your owners A NOTE provides information and sometimesmanual, when read from cover to cover, suggests how to make better use of yourcan do that in many ways. vehicle.Illustrations complement the words of the The symbol below, located on some partsmanual to best explain how to enjoy your of the vehicle, indicates that this manualMazda. By reading your manual, you can contains information related to the part.find out about the features, important Please refer to the manual for a detailedsafety information, and driving under explanation.various road conditions.The symbol below in this manual means“Do 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.Youll find several WARNINGs,CAUTIONs, and NOTEs in the manual. WARNING A WARNING indicates a situation in which serious injury or death could result if the warning is ignored. CAUTION A CAUTION indicates a situation in which bodily injury or damage to your vehicle, or both, could result if the caution is ignored.Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  5. 5. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page5Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (5,1) Table of Contents Your Vehicle at a Glance 1 Interior, exterior views and part identification of your Mazda. Essential Safety Equipment 2 Use of safety equipment, including seats, seat belt system, child-restraint systems and SRS air bags. Knowing Your Mazda 3 Explanation of basic operations and controls; opening/closing and adjustment of various parts. Before Driving Your Mazda 4 Important information about driving your Mazda. Driving Your Mazda 5 Explanation of instruments and controls. Interior Comfort 6 Use of various features for drive comfort, including air-conditioning and audio system. In Case of an Emergency 7 Helpful information on what to do in an emergency. Maintenance and Care 8 How to keep your Mazda in top condition. Customer Information 9 Important consumer information including warranties and add-on equipment. Specifications 10 Technical information about your Mazda. Index 11Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  6. 6. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page6Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (6,1)Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  7. 7. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page7Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (7,1) 1 Your Vehicle at a Glance Interior, exterior views and part identification of your Mazda. Interior Overview .......................................................................... 1-2 Interior Equipment (View A) .................................................... 1-2 Interior Equipment (View B) .................................................... 1-3 Interior Equipment (View C) .................................................... 1-4 Exterior Overview ......................................................................... 1-5 Front (4 Door) ........................................................................... 1-5 Rear (4 Door) ............................................................................ 1-6 Front (5 Door) ........................................................................... 1-7 Rear (5 Door) ............................................................................ 1-8 1-1Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  8. 8. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page8Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (8,1)Your Vehicle at a GlanceInterior Overview Interior Equipment (View A) Door-lock knob .................................................................................................. page 3-33 Power door lock switch ..................................................................................... page 3-33 DSC OFF switch ............................................................................................... page 5-28 BSM OFF switch ............................................................................................... page 5-40 Turn and lane-change signals ............................................................................ page 5-69 Lighting control ................................................................................................. page 5-64 Dashboard illumination knob ............................................................................ page 5-45 Instrument cluster .............................................................................................. page 5-42 Wiper and washer lever ..................................................................................... page 5-70 Lock release lever .............................................................................................. page 3-65 AFS OFF switch ................................................................................................ page 5-68 Outside mirror switch ........................................................................................ page 3-65 Power window switches .................................................................................... page 3-45 Power window lock switch ................................................................................ page 3-471-2 The equipment and installation position varies by vehicleForm No.8BY6-EA-11F
  9. 9. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page9Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (9,1) Your Vehicle at a Glance Interior Overview Interior Equipment (View B) Audio control switches ...................................................................................... page 6-56 SRS air bags ...................................................................................................... page 2-44 Multi information display .................................................................................. page 6-99 Navigation system (if equipped) .......................................... Refer to the separate manual Audio system ..................................................................................................... page 6-17 Information display ............................................................................................ page 6-97 Hazard warning flasher switch .......................................................................... page 5-76 Climate control system ........................................................................................ page 6-2 Parking brake ....................................................................................................... page 5-6 Accessory socket ............................................................................................. page 6-114 MT shift lever .................................................................................................... page 5-10 AT shift lever ...................................................................................................... page 5-13 Push button start ................................................................................................ page 3-12 Cruise control switches ...................................................................................... page 5-22 Hood release handle .......................................................................................... page 3-49 The equipment and installation position varies by vehicle 1-3Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  10. 10. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page10Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (10,1)Your Vehicle at a GlanceInterior Overview Interior Equipment (View C) Seat belts ............................................................................................................ page 2-14 SRS air bag ........................................................................................................ page 2-44 Remote fuel-filler lid release ............................................................................. page 3-48 Trunk release lever ............................................................................................. page 3-41 Bottle holder .................................................................................................... page 6-110 Vanity mirror ...................................................................................................... page 6-95 Overhead lights .................................................................................................. page 6-96 Rearview mirror ................................................................................................. page 3-66 Sunvisor ............................................................................................................. page 6-95 Seat warmer switches ........................................................................................ page 2-12 Cup holders ...................................................................................................... page 6-109 Front seats ............................................................................................................ page 2-2 Center console ................................................................................................. page 6-111 Rear seat .............................................................................................................. page 2-71-4 The equipment and installation position varies by vehicleForm No.8BY6-EA-11F
  11. 11. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page11Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (11,1) Your Vehicle at a Glance Exterior Overview Front (4 Door) Hood .................................................................................................................. page 3-49 Windshield wiper blades .................................................................................... page 8-29 Moonroof ........................................................................................................... page 3-51 Child safety locks .............................................................................................. page 3-36 Tires ................................................................................................................... page 8-37 Door lock ........................................................................................................... page 3-32 Light bulbs ......................................................................................................... page 8-44 The equipment and installation position varies by vehicle 1-5Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  12. 12. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page12Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (12,1)Your Vehicle at a GlanceExterior Overview Rear (4 Door) Trunk lid ............................................................................................................ page 3-41 Outside mirror .................................................................................................... page 3-65 Tires ................................................................................................................... page 8-37 Fuel-filler lid ...................................................................................................... page 3-48 Light bulbs ......................................................................................................... page 8-441-6 The equipment and installation position varies by vehicleForm No.8BY6-EA-11F
  13. 13. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page13Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (13,1) Your Vehicle at a Glance Exterior Overview Front (5 Door) Hood .................................................................................................................. page 3-49 Windshield wiper blades .................................................................................... page 8-29 Moonroof ........................................................................................................... page 3-51 Door lock ........................................................................................................... page 3-32 Tires ................................................................................................................... page 8-37 Light bulbs ......................................................................................................... page 8-44 The equipment and installation position varies by vehicle 1-7Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  14. 14. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page14Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (14,1)Your Vehicle at a GlanceExterior Overview Rear (5 Door) Rear wiper blade ................................................................................................ page 8-30 Liftgate .............................................................................................................. page 3-37 Antenna ............................................................................................................. page 6-16 Fuel-filler lid ...................................................................................................... page 3-48 Child safety lock ................................................................................................ page 3-36 Outside mirror .................................................................................................... page 3-65 Tires ................................................................................................................... page 8-37 Light bulbs ......................................................................................................... page 8-441-8 The equipment and installation position varies by vehicleForm No.8BY6-EA-11F
  15. 15. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page15Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (15,1) 2 Essential Safety Equipment Use of safety equipment, including seats, seat belt system, child-restraint systems and SRS air bags. Seats ............................................................................................... 2-2 Front Seats (Manually Operated Seats) ..................................... 2-2 Front Seats (Electrically Operated Seats) .................................. 2-4 Rear Seat ................................................................................... 2-7 Head Restraints ....................................................................... 2-10 Seat Warmer í ......................................................................... 2-12 Seat Belt Systems ........................................................................ 2-14 Seat Belt Precautions .............................................................. 2-14 Seat Belt .................................................................................. 2-18 Front Seat Belt Pretensioner and Load Limiting Systems ....... 2-20 Seat Belt Extender ................................................................... 2-23 Seat Belt Warning Light .......................................................... 2-24 Seat Belt Reminder ................................................................. 2-25 Child Restraint ............................................................................ 2-26 Child Restraint Precautions ..................................................... 2-26 Child-Restraint System Installation Position .......................... 2-31 Installing Child-Restraint Systems .......................................... 2-32 LATCH Child-Restraint Systems ............................................ 2-39 SRS Air Bags ............................................................................... 2-44 Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Precautions ................ 2-44 Supplemental Restraint System Components ......................... 2-49 How the SRS Air Bags Work .................................................. 2-50 SRS Air Bag Deployment Criteria .......................................... 2-54 Limitations to SRS Air Bag .................................................... 2-55 Driver and Front Passenger Occupant Classification System í .................................................................................. 2-57 Monitoring and Maintenance .................................................. 2-62 í Some models. 2-1Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  16. 16. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page16Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (16,1)Essential Safety EquipmentSeats Make sure the adjustable components Front Seats (Manually of a seat are locked in place: Operated Seats) Adjustable seats and seatbacks that are not securely locked are WARNING dangerous. In a sudden stop or collision, the seat or seatback couldDo not modify or replace the front move, causing injury. Make sure theseats: adjustable components of the seat Modifying or replacing the front seats are locked in place by attempting to such as replacing the upholstery or slide the seat forward and backward loosening any bolts is dangerous. The and rocking the seatback. front seats contain air bag components essential to the Adjust the drivers seat only when the supplemental restraint system. Such vehicle is stopped: modifications could damage the Adjusting the drivers seat while the supplemental restraint system and vehicle is moving is dangerous. The result in serious injury. Consult an driver could lose control of the vehicle Authorized Mazda Dealer if there is and have an accident. any need to remove or reinstall the front seats. CAUTIONDo not drive with damaged front seats: Be careful not to place your hands Driving with damaged front seats is and fingers around moving parts of dangerous. A collision, even one not the front seat when adjusting the strong enough to inflate the air bags, seat positions to prevent injury. could damage the front seats which contain essential air bag qSeat Slide components. If there was a subsequent collision, an air bag may To move a seat forward or backward, raise not deploy which could lead to the lever and slide the seat to the desired injuries. Always have an Authorized position and release the lever. Mazda Dealer inspect the front seats, front seat belt pretensioners and air bags after a collision.2-2Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  17. 17. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page17Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (17,1) Essential Safety Equipment Seats Make sure the lever returns to its original Do not drive with the seatback position and the seat is locked in place by unlocked: attempting to push it forward and All of the seatbacks play an backward. important role in your protection in a vehicle. Leaving the seatback qSeat Recline unlocked is dangerous as it can allow passengers to be ejected or thrown WARNING around and baggage to strike occupants in a sudden stop or Do not drive with either front seat collision, resulting in severe injury. reclined: After adjusting the seatback at any Sitting in a reclined position while the time, even when there are no other vehicle is moving is dangerous passengers, rock the seatback to because you do not get the full make sure it is locked in place. protection from seat belts. During sudden braking or a collision, you To change the seatback angle, lean can slide under the lap belt and forward slightly while raising the lever. suffer serious internal injuries. For Then lean back to the desired position and maximum protection, sit well back release the lever. and upright. Always sit in the front passenger seat properly with the seatback upright and feet on the floor (With Driver and Front Passenger Occupant Classification System): Your front passenger seat has weight sensors, sitting in the front passenger seat improperly out of position or with the seatback reclined too far while the vehicle is moving is dangerous as it can take off weight from the seat bottom and affect the Make sure the lever returns to its original weight determination of the front position and the seatback is locked in passenger sensing system. As a result place by attempting to push it forward and the front passenger will not have the backward. supplementary protection of the air bag and seat belt pretensioner, which could result in serious injury. Always sit upright against the seatback with your feet on the floor. 2-3Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  18. 18. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page18Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (18,1)Essential Safety EquipmentSeats CAUTION Front Seats (Electrically When returning a rear-reclined Operated Seats) seatback to its upright position, make sure you hold onto the The power operated seat is available only seatback with your other hand while on the drivers seat. The front passenger operating the lever. If the seatback is seat is manually operated. not supported, it will flip forward Refer to Front Seats (Manually Operated suddenly and could cause injury. Seats) (page 2-2) for adjustment instructions.qHeight Adjustment (Drivers Seat)To adjust the seat height, move the leverup or down. Up Down2-4Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  19. 19. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page19Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (19,1) Essential Safety Equipment Seats WARNING CAUTION Do not modify or replace the front Ø The seat-bottom power seats: adjustment is operated by motors. Modifying or replacing the front seats Avoid extended operation because such as replacing the upholstery or excessive use can damage the loosening any bolts is dangerous. The motors. front seats contain air bag Ø To prevent the battery from components essential to the running down, avoid using the supplemental restraint system. Such power adjustment when the modifications could damage the engine is stopped. The adjuster supplemental restraint system and uses a large amount of electrical result in serious injury. Consult an power. Authorized Mazda Dealer if there is Ø Do not use the switch to make any need to remove or reinstall the more than one adjustment at a front seats. time. Ø Be careful not to place your hands Do not drive with damaged front seats: and fingers around moving parts Driving with damaged front seats is of the front seat when adjusting dangerous. A collision, even one not the seat positions to prevent strong enough to inflate the air bags, injury. could damage the front seats which contain essential air bag components. If there was a qSeat Slide subsequent collision, an air bag may To slide the seat, move the slide lifter not deploy which could lead to switch on the outside of the seat to the injuries. Always have an Authorized front or back and hold it. Release the Mazda Dealer inspect the front seats, switch at the desired position. front seat belt pretensioners and air bags after a collision. Adjust the drivers seat only when the vehicle is stopped: Adjusting the drivers seat while the vehicle is moving is dangerous. The driver could lose control of the vehicle and have an accident. 2-5Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  20. 20. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page20Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (20,1)Essential Safety EquipmentSeatsqSeat Recline qHeight Adjustment WARNING To adjust the seat height, move the switch up or down.Do not drive with either front seatreclined: Sitting in a reclined position while the vehicle is moving is dangerous because you do not get the full protection from seat belts. During sudden braking or a collision, you can slide under the lap belt and suffer serious internal injuries. For maximum protection, sit well back and upright.To change the seatback angle, press thefront or rear side of the reclining switch.Release the switch at the desired position.2-6Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  21. 21. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page21Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (21,1) Essential Safety Equipment Seats Never allow a passenger to sit or stand Rear Seat on the folded seatback while the vehicle is moving: WARNING Driving with a passenger on the Do not stack cargo higher than the folded seatback is dangerous. seatbacks or place articles on the rear Allowing a child to sit up on the package tray or on the luggage folded seatback while the vehicle is compartment cover: moving is particularly dangerous. In Stacking luggage or other cargo a sudden stop or even a minor higher than the seatbacks, and collision, a child not in a proper seat placing articles on the rear package or child-restraint system and seat tray or on the luggage compartment belt could be thrown forward, back cover is dangerous. During sudden or even out of the vehicle resulting in braking or a collision, objects can fly serious injuries or death. The child in around and become projectiles that the baggage area could be thrown may hit and injure passengers. into other occupants and cause serious injury. Make sure luggage and cargo are secured before driving: Never give the car keys to children and Not securing cargo while driving is do not allow them to play in the vehicle dangerous as it could move or be (4 Door): crushed during sudden braking or a Playing with the folding rear seats is collision and cause injury. dangerous. The folding rear seatbacks cannot be folded down Do not drive with the seatback from inside the trunk. Once the unlocked: seatbacks are back up, a child in the All of the seatbacks play an trunk would not be able to get out important role in your protection in a the way they had entered. If you have vehicle. Leaving the seatback small children, keep the seatbacks unlocked is dangerous as it can allow locked. passengers to be ejected or thrown around and baggage to strike occupants in a sudden stop or collision, resulting in severe injury. After returning the seatback at any time, even when there are no other passengers, rock the seatback to make sure it is locked in place. 2-7Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  22. 22. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page22Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (22,1)Essential Safety EquipmentSeatsAlways leave your car locked and keep qSplit-Folding Rear Seatbackthe car keys safely away from children: Leaving your car unlocked or the To fold the seatbacks keys in reach of children is dangerous. Children who find their CAUTION way into the trunk through an When operating the rear seatback unlocked rear seatback or an open knob, make sure you support the trunk can become accidentally locked seatback with your hand. If the in the trunk. This could result in seatback is not supported with your death or brain damage from heat hand, it will flip forward suddenly prostration, particularly in the and could cause injury to the finger summer. Always lock the doors and that pushes the rear seatback knob the trunk, and as an added measure, down. keep the rear seatbacks locked, whether you have children in your 1. Support the seatback with your hand. home or not. 2. Push the rear seatback knob down.Do not leave the key in your vehiclewith children and keep them in a placewhere your children will not find orplay with them: Leaving children in a vehicle with the key is dangerous. This could result in someone being badly injured or even killed. Children may find these new kinds of keys to be an interesting toy to play with and could cause the power windows or other controls to operate, or even make the vehicle move. To return the seatbacks to the upright positionNOTEWhen returning a rear seat to its original 1. Lift the seatbacks upright.position, also replace the seat belt to its 2. Pull on the top of the seatbacks fromnormal position. Verify that the seat belt pulls inside the vehicle to make sure they areout and retracts. locked.2-8Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  23. 23. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page23Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (23,1) Essential Safety Equipment Seats qArmrest í WARNING Always make sure the seat belts are The rear armrest in the center of the rear fully pulled out from under the seatback can be used (no occupant in the seatbacks: center seat) or placed upright. A seat belt caught under a seatback after the seatback is returned to its upright position is dangerous. In a collision or sudden stop, the seat belt cannot provide adequate protection. When returning the seatback to the upright position, make sure there is no red indication: A rear seatback not fully returned and locked in the upright position is dangerous. Sudden stops or maneuvering could cause a seatback to flip forward suddenly resulting in injury. If the red indicator is visible on the back of the rear seatback knob, the seatback is not locked in the upright position. Locked position Unlocked position Red indicator í Some models. 2-9Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  24. 24. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page24Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (24,1)Essential Safety EquipmentSeats Rear outboard seat Head RestraintsYour 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: Driving with the head restraints adjusted too low or removed is Removal/Installation dangerous. With no support behind To remove the head restraint, pull it up your head, your neck could be while pressing the stop-catch. seriously injured in a collision. To install the head restraint, press the uprights into the holes while pressing theqNormal Head Restraints stop-catch.Height adjustment WARNINGTo raise a head restraint, pull it up to the Always drive with the head restraintsdesired position. set up when seats are being used andTo lower the head restraint, press the stop- make sure they are properly set up:catch release, then push the head restraint Driving with the head restraints notdown. set up is dangerous. With no supportAdjust the head restraint so that the top is behind your head, your neck could beeven with the top of the passengers ears, seriously injured in a collision.never the passengers neck to preventinjury.Front outboard seat2-10Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  25. 25. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page25Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (25,1) Essential Safety Equipment Seats Active Head Restraints í NOTE The front seats are equipped with active l The active head restraints operate in a head restraints. rear-end collision. The head restraints In a rear-end collision, the active head return to their original position after the restraints use the force applied by the collision. occupant on the seatback to l The method for adjusting the active head instantaneously move the head restraints restraints is the same as non-active head in the forward direction, reducing restraint. excessive rearward tilting of the head and reducing the load on the neck. The active qFoldable Head Restraints í head restraints are also highly effective at The rear seats are equipped with foldable reducing whip-lash injuries which head restraints. commonly occur in rear-end collisions at low to mid-range vehicle speeds. NOTE The foldable head restraints cannot be adjusted or removed. To fold the head restraint, pull the strap and fold the head restraint downward. To return the head restraint to its upright position, lift it upward. WARNING Ø Always adjust the head restraints properly as specified in this section. Failure to do so can reduce the effectiveness of the active head restraint. Ø Do not attach any accessories such WARNING as a TV screen to a front seatback and/or a front head restraint. Also Always drive with the head restraints in do not place heavy items or thick their upright positions when the rear items, or both in the seatback seats are occupied, and make sure they pocket. Doing so could reduce the are securely locked in place: effectiveness of the active head Driving with the head restraints restraint in a rear-end collision. folded down is dangerous. With no support behind your head, your neck could be seriously injured in a collision. í Some models. 2-11Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  26. 26. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page26Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (26,1)Essential Safety EquipmentSeats Seat Warmer í WARNINGThe driver and front passenger seats can Ø Be careful when using the seatbe warmed by rotating the applicable seat warmer. The heat from the seatwarmer dial while the ignition is switched warmer may be too hot for someON. people, as indicated below, andThe seat temperature increases as the could cause a low-temperaturenumber on the dial increases. When the burn.seat warmers are not in use, rotate the seat Ø Infants, small babies, elderlywarmer dials to 0. people, and physically challenged people Ø People with delicate skin Ø People who are excessively fatigued Ø People who are intoxicated Ø People who have taken sleep- inducing medicine such as sleeping pills or cold medicine Ø Do not use the seat warmer with anything having high moisture- retention ability such as a blanket or cushion on the seat. The seat may be heated excessively and cause a low-temperature burn. Ø Do not use the seat warmer even when taking a short nap in the vehicle. The seat may be heated excessively and cause a low- temperature burn. Ø Do not place heavy objects with sharp projections on the seat, or insert needles or pins into it. This could cause the seat to become excessively heated and result in injury from a minor burn. CAUTION Do not use organic solvents to clean the seat. It may damage the seat surface and the heater. í2-12 Some models.Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  27. 27. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page27Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (27,1) Essential Safety Equipment Seats NOTE Use the seat warmer when the engine is running, and do not continue to use it for a long period of time. 2-13Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  28. 28. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page28Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (28,1)Essential Safety EquipmentSeat Belt Systems Seat Belt PrecautionsSeat 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 drivers 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 passengers 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.2-14Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  29. 29. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page29Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (29,1) Essential Safety Equipment Seat Belt Systems WARNING Always wear your seat belt and make sure all occupants are properly restrained: Not wearing a seat belt is extremely dangerous. During a collision, occupants not wearing seat belts could hit someone or things inside the vehicle or even be thrown out of the vehicle. They could be seriously injured or even killed. In the same collision, 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 not available 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 must straighten the seat belt to remove any twists and to allow the full width of the belt to be 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 belt used in this way cannot spread the impact forces properly and the two passengers could be crushed together and seriously injured or even killed. Never use one belt for more than one person at a time and always operate the vehicle with each occupant properly restrained. Do not operate a vehicle with a damaged seat belt: Using a damaged seat belt is dangerous. An accident could damage the belt webbing of the seat belt in use. A damaged seat belt cannot provide adequate protection in a collision. Have an Authorized Mazda Dealer inspect all seat belt systems in use during an accident before they are used again. Have your seat belts changed immediately if the pretensioner or load limiter has been expended: Always have an Authorized Mazda Dealer immediately inspect the front seat belt pretensioners and air bags after any collision. Like the air bags, the front seat belt pretensioners and load limiters will only function once and must be replaced after any collision that caused them to deploy. A seat belt with an expended pretensioner or load limiter is still better than wearing no seat belt at all; however, if the front seat belt pretensioners and load limiters are not replaced, the risk of injury in a collision will increase. 2-15Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  30. 30. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page30Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (30,1)Essential Safety EquipmentSeat Belt Systems CAUTION Belt retraction may become difficult if the belts and rings are soiled, so try to keep them clean. For more details about cleaning the seat belts, refer to “Cleaning the Lap/Shoulder Belt Webbing” (page 8-71).qPregnant Women and Persons with Serious Medical ConditionsPregnant women should always wear seat belts. Ask your doctor for specificrecommendations.The lap belt should be worn SNUGLY AND AS LOW AS 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.2-16Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  31. 31. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page31Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (31,1) Essential Safety Equipment Seat Belt Systems qAutomatic Locking Mode Always use the automatic locking mode to keep the child-restraint system from shifting to an 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 will retract down to the child-restraint system and stay locked on it. See the section on child restraint (page 2-26). 2-17Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  32. 32. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page32Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (32,1)Essential Safety EquipmentSeat Belt Systems Seat Belt WARNING Positioning the Shoulder Portion of theqFastening the Seat Belt Seat Belt:1. Grasp the seat belt tongue. Improper positioning of the shoulder portion of the seat belt is dangerous.2. Slowly pull out the lap/shoulder belt. Always make sure the shoulder portion of the seat belt is positioned across your shoulder and near your neck, but never under your arm, on Lap/shoulder belt your neck, or on your upper arm. 4. Position the lap belt as low as possible, Seat belt not on the abdominal area, then adjust tongue the shoulder belt so that it fits snugly against your body.3. Insert the seat belt tongue into the seat belt buckle until you hear a click Take up slack sound. Keep low on hip bone Too high Seat belt tongue WARNING Positioning the Lap Portion of the Seat Belt: Seat belt The lap portion of the seat belt worn buckle too high is dangerous. In a collision, this would concentrate the impact force directly on the abdominal area, causing serious injury. Wear the lap portion of the belt snugly and as low as possible.2-18Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  33. 33. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page33Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (33,1) Essential Safety Equipment Seat Belt Systems qUnfastening the Seat Belt qFront Shoulder Belt Adjuster Depress the button on the seat belt buckle. Adjust the height of the shoulder belt if If the belt does not fully retract, pull it out the seat belt touches your neck, or if it and check for kinks or twists. Then make crosses your arm instead of your shoulder. sure it remains untwisted as it retracts. To raise the shoulder belt adjuster, push the adjuster up. To lower the shoulder belt adjuster, pull the adjuster and slide it down. Make sure the adjuster is locked. To raise To lower Button NOTE If a belt does not fully retract, inspect it for kinks and twists. If it is still not retracting properly, have it inspected at an Authorized Mazda Dealer. WARNING Positioning the Shoulder Portion of the Seat Belt: Improper positioning of the shoulder portion of the seat belt is dangerous. Always make sure the shoulder portion of the seat belt is positioned across your shoulder and near your neck, but never under your arm, on your neck, or on your upper arm. 2-19Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  34. 34. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page34Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (34,1)Essential Safety EquipmentSeat Belt Systems Load limiter: Front Seat Belt Pretensioner The load limiting system releases belt and Load Limiting Systems webbing in a controlled manner to reduce belt force on the occupants chest. WhileFor optimum protection, the driver and the most severe load on a seat belt occursfront passenger seat belts are equipped in frontal collisions, the load limiter haswith pretensioner and load limiting an automatic mechanical function and cansystems. For both these systems to work activate in any accident mode withproperly you must wear the seat belt sufficient occupant movement.properly. Even if the pretensioners have not deployed, the load limiting function mustPretensioners: be checked by an Authorized MazdaIn moderate or severe frontal or near- Dealer after any collision.frontal accidents, the front air bag andpretensioner systems deploy WARNINGsimultaneously. The front seat belt Wear seat belts only as recommendedretractors remove slack quickly as the air in this owners manual:bags are expanding. Any time the air bags Incorrect positioning of the driver andand front seat belt pretensioners have front passenger seat belts isdeployed they must be replaced. dangerous. Without proper(With Driver and Front Passenger positioning, the pretensioner andOccupant Classification System) load limiting systems cannot provideDuring a side collision, the side air bag, adequate protection in an accidentcurtain air bag, and pretensioner system and this could result in serious injury.operate simultaneously on the side in For more details about wearing seatwhich the collision occurs. belts, refer to “Fastening the seatIn addition, the pretensioner system for belts” (page 2-18).the front passenger, like the front and sidepassenger 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 2-57).2-20Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  35. 35. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page35Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (35,1) Essential Safety Equipment Seat Belt Systems Have your seat belts changed NOTE immediately if the pretensioner or load l The pretensioner system will activate in a limiter has been expended: moderate or greater frontal or near-frontal Always have an Authorized Mazda collision. It will not activate in most Dealer immediately inspect the front rollovers, side or rear impacts. seat belt pretensioners and air bags (With Driver and Front Passenger after any collision. Like the air bags, Occupant Classification System) the front seat belt pretensioners and The pretensioner system will activate in a load limiters will only function once severe side collision. and must be replaced after any In addition, the pretensioner system for the collision that caused them to deploy. front passenger is designed to only deploy A seat belt with an expended in accordance with the total seated weight pretensioner or load limiter is still on the front passenger seat. better than wearing no seat belt at l Some smoke (non-toxic gas) will be all; however, if the front seat belt released when the air bags and pretensioners and load limiters are pretensioners deploy. This does not indicate not replaced, the risk of injury in a a fire. This gas normally has no effect on collision will increase. occupants, however, those with sensitive skin may experience light skin irritation. If Do not modify the components or residue from the deployment of the air bags wiring, or use electronic testing devices or the front pretensioner system gets on the on the pretensioner system: skin or in the eyes, wash it off as soon as Modifying the components or wiring possible. of the pretensioner system, including the use of electronic testing devices is qAir Bag/Front Seat Belt dangerous. You could accidentally Pretensioner System Warning Light activate it or make it inoperable which would prevent it from activating in an accident. The occupants or repairers could be seriously injured. Properly dispose of the pretensioner system: Improper disposal of the pretensioner If the air bag/front seat belt pretensioner system or a vehicle with non- system is working properly, the warning deactivated pretensioners is light illuminates when the ignition is dangerous. Unless all safety switched ON or after the engine is procedures are followed, injury could cranked. The warning light turns off after result. Ask an Authorized Mazda a specified period of time. Dealer how to safely dispose of the pretensioner system or how to scrap a pretensioner-equipped vehicle. 2-21Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  36. 36. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page36Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (36,1)Essential Safety EquipmentSeat Belt SystemsA system malfunction is indicated if thewarning light constantly flashes, WARNINGconstantly illuminates or does not Do not drive the vehicle with the airilluminate at all when the ignition is bag/front seat belt pretensioner systemswitched ON. If any of these occur, warning beep sounding:consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer as Driving the vehicle with the air bag/soon as possible. The system may not front seat belt pretensioner systemoperate in an accident. warning beep sounding is dangerous. In a collision, the air bags and the WARNING front seat belt pretensioner systemNever tamper with the air bag/ will not deploy and this could resultpretensioner systems and always have in death or serious injury.an Authorized Mazda Dealer perform Contact an Authorized Mazda Dealerall servicing and repairs: to have the vehicle inspected as soon Self-servicing or tampering with the as possible. systems is dangerous. An air bag/ pretensioner could 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 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.2-22Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  37. 37. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page37Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (37,1) Essential Safety Equipment Seat Belt Systems Do not use an improper extender: Seat Belt Extender Using a seat belt extender that is for If your seat belt is not long enough, even another person or a different vehicle when fully extended, a seat belt extender or seat is dangerous. The seat belt may be available to you at no charge from will not provide adequate protection your Authorized Mazda Dealer. and the user could be seriously This extender will be only for you and for injured in an accident. Only use the the particular vehicle and seat. Even if it extender provided for you and for the plugs into other seat belts, it may not hold particular vehicle and seat. NEVER in the critical moment of a crash. use the extender in a different vehicle When ordering an extender, only order or seat. If you sell your Mazda, do one that provides the necessary additional not leave your seat belt extender in length to fasten the seat belt properly. the vehicle. It could be used Please contact your Authorized Mazda accidentally by the new owner of the Dealer for more information. vehicle. After removing the seat belt extender, discard it. Never use the WARNING seat belt extender in any other vehicle you may own in the future. Do not use a seat belt extender unless it is necessary: Do not use an extender that is too Using a seat belt extender when not long: necessary is dangerous. The seat belt Using an extender that is too long is will be too long and not fit properly. dangerous. The seat belt will not fit In an accident, the seat belt will not properly. In an accident, the seat belt provide adequate protection and you will not provide adequate protection could be seriously injured. Only use and you could be seriously injured. the extender when it is required to Do not use the extender or choose fasten the seat belt properly. one shorter in length if the distance between the extenders buckle and the center of the users body is less than 15 cm (6 in). 2-23Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  38. 38. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page38Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (38,1)Essential Safety EquipmentSeat Belt SystemsDo not leave a seat belt extenderconnected to the buckle: Seat Belt Warning Light Leaving a seat belt extender connected to the buckle without using the seat belt is dangerous. When the seat belt extender is connected to the drivers seat belt buckle (or front passenger) seat, the SRS drivers (or front passengers) air bag system will determine that the With warning light for front driver (or front passenger) is wearing passengers seat the seat belt even if the driver (or front passenger) is not wearing it. The seat belt warning light illuminates if This condition could cause the the driver or front passengers seat belt is drivers (or front passengers) air bag not fastened (only when the front to not activate correctly and result in passenger seat is occupied) when the death or serious injury in the event of ignition is switched ON. collision. Always wear the seat belt Without warning light for front with the seat belt extender. passengers seatDo not use the seat belt extender when The seat belt warning light illuminates ifinstalling a child-restraint system on the drivers seat belt is not fastened whenthe front or rear passenger seat: the ignition is switched ON. Using a seat belt extender to fasten a child-restraint system on any seat is dangerous. Always follow the child- restraint system manufacturers installation instructions and never use 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.2-24Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  39. 39. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page39Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (39,1) Essential Safety Equipment Seat Belt Systems NOTE Seat Belt Reminder l The warning light flashes and a beep sound NOTE will be heard for about 6 seconds if the Consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer to drivers seat belt is not fastened when the deactivate or restore the belt reminder. Though ignition is switched ON. the belt reminder can be deactivated, doing so l If a driver or front passengers seat belt is will defeat the purpose of the system to warn unfastened after the beep sound turns off the driver and the front passenger in the event (warning light remains illuminated), and that their seat belts are not fastened. For the the vehicle speed exceeds 20 km/h (12 safety of the driver and front passenger, Mazda mph), the warning light flashes and beep recommends not deactivating the belt sound activates again. reminder. l Placing heavy items on the front passenger seat may cause the front passenger seat belt If the vehicle is driven with the driver or warning function to operate depending on front passengers seat belt unfastened, the the weight of the item. seat belt warning light illuminates and a l To allow the front passenger seat weight warning chime sounds. sensor to function properly, do not place and sit on an additional seat cushion on the NOTE front passenger seat. The sensor may not Some models do not have the seat belt function properly because the additional reminder function for the front passengers seat cushion could cause sensor seat. interference. If the driver or front passengers seat belt l When a small child sits on the front is unfastened (only when the front passenger seat, it is possible that the passenger seat is occupied) and the warning light will not operate. vehicle is driven at a speed faster than about 20 km/h (12 mph), the warning light will flash and a beep sound will be heard. After a short time, the warning light stops flashing, but remains illuminated, and the beep sound stops. Until a seat belt is fastened or a given period of time has elapsed, the beep sound will not stop even if the vehicle speed falls below 20 km/h (12 mph). 2-25Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  40. 40. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page40Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (40,1)Essential Safety EquipmentChild Restraint Child Restraint PrecautionsMazda 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 passengers seat is also the least preferred seat for otherchild-restraint systems.(With Driver and Front Passenger Occupant Classification System)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 2-57).2-26Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  41. 41. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page41Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (41,1) Essential Safety Equipment Child Restraint WARNING Use the correct size child-restraint system: For effective protection in vehicle accidents and sudden stops, a child must be properly restrained using a seat belt or child-restraint system depending on age and size. If not, the child could be seriously injured or even killed in an accident. Follow the manufacturers instructions and always keep the child-restraint system buckled down: An unsecured child-restraint system is dangerous. In a sudden stop or a collision it could move causing serious injury or death to the child or other occupants. Make sure any child-restraint system is properly secured in place according to the child- restraint system manufacturers instructions. When not in use, remove it from the vehicle or fasten it with a seat belt, or latch it down to BOTH LATCH lower anchors for 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. No matter how strong the person may be, he or she cannot hold onto a child in a sudden stop or collision and it could result in serious injury or death to the child or other occupants. Even in a moderate accident, the child may be exposed to air bag forces that could result in serious injury or death to the child, or the child may be slammed 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 that could deploy: Rear-facing child-restraint systems on the front seat are particularly dangerous even though you may feel assured that a front passenger air bag will not deploy based on the fact that the front passenger air bag deactivation indicator light illuminates. The child-restraint system can be hit by a deploying air bag and moved violently backward resulting in serious injury or death to the child. 2-27Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  42. 42. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page42Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (42,1)Essential Safety EquipmentChild Restraint Some vehicles with a front passenger air bag have a warning label attached as shown below. The warning label reminds you not to put a rear-facing child-restraint system on the front passenger seat at any time.Do 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 to the child. If installing a front-facing child-restraint system on the front passenger seat is unavoidable, move the front passenger seat as far back as possible.2-28Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  43. 43. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page43Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (43,1) Essential Safety Equipment Child Restraint Seating a child in a child-restraint system on the front passenger seat is dangerous under certain conditions (With Driver and Front Passenger Occupant Classification System): Your vehicle is equipped with front passenger seat weight sensors. Even with the front passenger seat weight sensors, if you must use the front passenger seat to seat a child, using a child-restraint system on the front passenger seat under the following conditions increases the danger of the front passenger air bag deploying and could result in serious injury or death to the child. Ø The front passenger air bag deactivation indicator light does not illuminate when seating a child in the child-restraint system. Ø Luggage or other items are placed on the seat with the child in the child-restraint system. Ø A rear passenger or luggage pushing or pulling down on the front passenger seatback. Ø A rear passenger puts their feet on the front seat rails. Ø Luggage or other items are placed on the seatback or hung on the head restraint. Ø Heavy items are placed in the seatback map pocket. Ø The seat is washed. Ø Liquids are spilled on the seat. Ø The front passenger seat is moved backward, pushing into luggage or other items placed behind it. Ø The front passenger seatback contacts the rear seat. Ø Luggage or other items are placed between the front passenger seat and driver seat. Ø Any accessories, which might increase the total seated weight on the front passenger seat, are attached to the front passenger seat. The designated positions with seat belts on the rear seats are the safest places for children. Always use seat belts and child restraints. Do not allow a child or anyone to lean over or against the side window of a vehicle with side and curtain air bags: It is dangerous to allow anyone to lean over or against the side window, the area of the front passenger seat, the front and rear window pillars and the roof edge along both sides from which the side and curtain air bags deploy, even if a child-restraint system is used. The impact of inflation from a side or curtain air bag could cause serious injury or death to an out of position child. Furthermore, leaning over or against the front door could block the side and curtain air bags and eliminate the advantages of supplemental protection. With the front air bag and the additional side air bag that comes out of the front seat, the rear seat is always a better location for children. Take special care not to allow a child to lean over or against the side window, even if the child is seated in a child-restraint system. 2-29Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  44. 44. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page44Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (44,1)Essential Safety EquipmentChild RestraintNever 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 belt used in this way cannot spread the impact forces properly and the two passengers could be crushed together and seriously injured or even killed. Never use one belt for more than one person at a time and always operate the vehicle with each occupant properly restrained. CAUTION A seat belt or child-restraint system can become very hot in a closed vehicle during warm weather. To avoid burning yourself or a child, check them before you or your child 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 2-39).2-30Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  45. 45. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page45Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (45,1) Essential Safety Equipment Child Restraint Child seat Child-Restraint System A child seat restrains a childs body using Installation Position the harness. In this owners manual, explanation of child-restraint systems is provided for the following three types of popular child- restraint systems: infant seat, child seat, booster seat. NOTE l Installation position is determined by the type of child-restraint system. Always read the manufacturers instructions and this owners manual carefully. l Due to variations in the design of child- restraint systems, vehicle seats and seat Booster seat belts, all child-restraint systems may not fit A booster seat is a child restraint all seating positions. Before purchasing a accessory designed to improve the fit of child-restraint system, it should be tested in the seat belt system around the childs the specific vehicle seating position (or body. positions) where it is intended to be used. If a previously purchased child-restraint system does not fit, you may need to purchase a different one that will. Infant seat An infant seat provides restraint by bracing the infants head, neck and back against the seating surface. 2-31Form No.8BY6-EA-11F
  46. 46. Mazda3_8BY6-EA-11F_Edition1 Page46Wednesday, June 15 2011 2:0 PM Black plate (46,1)Essential Safety EquipmentChild Restraint Installing Child-Restraint WARNING Systems Tethered Child-Restraint Systems Work Only on Tether-Equipped Rear Seats:Accident statistics reveal that a child is Installation of a tether equippedsafer in the rear seat. The front passengers child-restraint system in the frontseat is clearly the worst choice for any passengers seat defeats the safetychild under 12, and with rear-facing child- design of the system and will result inrestraint systems it is clearly unsafe due to an increased chance of serious injuryair bags. if the child-restraint system goes forward without benefit of beingNOTE tethered.Even if your vehicle is equipped with front Place tether equipped child-restraintpassenger seat weight sensors (page 2-57), systems where there are tetherwhich automatically deactivates the front anchors.passenger air bag, a rear seat is the safestplace for a child of any age or size. qRear Seat Child-Restraint SystemSome child-restraint systems now come Installationwith tethers and therefore must be Follow these instructions when using ainstalled on the seats that take tethers to child-restraint system, unless you arebe effective. In your Mazda, tethered attaching a LATCH-equipped child-child-restraint systems can only be restraint system to the rear LATCH loweraccommodated in the three positions on anchors. Refer to “LATCH Child-the rear seat. Restraint Systems” (page 2-39).Some child-restraint systems also employ NOTEspecially designed LATCH attachments; Follow the child-restraint systemrefer to “LATCH Child-Restraint manufacturers instructions carefully. If youSystems” (page 2-39). are not sure whether you have a LATCH system or tether, check in the child-restraint system manufacturers instructions and follow them accordingly. Depending on the type of child-restraint system, it may use LATCH system instead of seat belts or if the belt goes across the childs chest, may recommend against using automatic locking mode. 1. Make sure the seatback is securely latched by pushing it back until it is fully locked.2-32Form No.8BY6-EA-11F

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