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The inside pages of this manual containFOREWORD                                              READ FIRST—THEN DRIVE SAFELY ...
The inside pages of this manual containWHEN READING THE MANUAL                                                            ...
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF NISSAN                                                                                            ...
NISSAN CUSTOMER CARE PROGRAMNISSAN CARES . . .Both NISSAN and your NISSAN dealer are dedicated to serving all your automot...
Table of   Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems   1Contents   Instruments and controls                      ...
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1 Seats, restraints and supplemental airbag systemsSeats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....
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WRS0175                                               WRS0176                                               WRS0211Forward...
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WARNINGNever allow anyone to ride in the cargoarea or on the rear seat when it is in thefold-down position. Use of these a...
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ARS1133                                      ARS1041                                                                      ...
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● Never install a rear-facing child re-                                                                                   ...
These systems are designed to meet optional                                                                               ...
els, the supplemental air bag system has dual         Seat belts should be correctly worn and the             ● Right afte...
● Work around and on the supplemental               Pre-tensioner seat belt system (For            ● Work around and on th...
cause irritation and choking. Those with a historyof a breathing condition should get fresh airpromptly.If any abnormality...
PASSENGER SUPPLEMENTAL AIR                             The ON/OFF switch should ONLY be used to                position. T...
supplemental air bag OFF indicator light on the                                                        ● Keep the passenge...
● If the supplemental air bag warning  light located in the instrument panel  next to the speedometer comes on  when the p...
If any of the following system conditions occur,    and replacement of these supplemental air bag      ● If you need to di...
SEAT BELTS                                                            SSS0136PRECAUTIONS ON SEAT BELTUSAGEIf you are weari...
SSS0134                                       SSS0016                 WARNING                                             ...
● Be sure the seat belt tongue is securely     ● Removal and installation of the pre-                                     ...
facing child restraints. Front facing child re-   ● Infants and children need special pro-              Infants and small ...
WARNING                         THREE-POINT TYPE SEAT BELT                                                   WITH RETRACTO...
The automatic locking mode should be                                                                                      ...
● Grasp the shoulder belt and pull forward                                                        quickly. The retractor s...
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2003 FRONTIER OWNER'S MANUAL

  1. 1. The inside pages of this manual containFOREWORD READ FIRST—THEN DRIVE SAFELY a minimum of 50% recycled fibers, including 10% post-consumer fibers.Welcome to the growing family of new NISSAN Before driving your vehicle please read this Own- drive models correctly may result in loss ofowners. This vehicle is delivered to you with er’s Manual carefully. This will ensure familiarity control or an accident. Be sure to readconfidence. It was produced using the latest with controls and maintenance requirements, as- “Driving safety precautions” in the “Start-techniques and strict quality control. sisting you in the safe operation of your vehicle. ing and driving” section of this manual.This manual was prepared to help you under- ON-PAVEMENT AND OFF-ROAD DRIVING WARNINGstand the operation and maintenance of your This vehicle will handle and maneuvervehicle so that you may enjoy many miles (kilome- IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION RE-ters) of driving pleasure. Please read through this MINDERS FOR SAFETY! differently from an ordinary passengermanual before operating your vehicle. car because it has a higher center of Follow these important driving rules to gravity for off-road use. As with otherA separate Warranty Information Booklet help ensure a safe and comfortable trip for you and your passengers! vehicles with features of this type, fail-explains details about the warranties cov- ure to operate this vehicle correctly mayering your vehicle. The “NISSAN Service ● NEVER drive under the influence of al-and Maintenance Guide” explains details cohol or drugs. result in loss of control or an accident.about maintaining and servicing your ve- ● ALWAYS observe posted speed limits Be sure to read “On-pavement and off-hicle. Additionally, a separate Customer and never drive too fast for conditions. road driving precautions”, and “Avoid-Care/Lemon Law Booklet (U.S. only) will ing collision and rollover”, and “Driving ● ALWAYS use your seat belts and appro-explain how to resolve any concerns you safety precautions”, in the “Starting and priate child restraint systems. Pre-teenmay have with your vehicle, as well as driving” section of this manual. children should be seated in the rear seat.clarify your rights under your state’s lemonlaw. ● ALWAYS provide information about the MODIFICATION OF YOUR VEHICLE proper use of vehicle safety features toYour NISSAN dealership knows your vehicle all occupants of the vehicle. This vehicle should not be modified.best. When you require any service or have any Modification could affect its ● ALWAYS review this owner’s manual forquestions, they will be glad to assist you with the performance, safety or durability, and important safety information.extensive resources available to them. may even violate governmental For descriptions specified for four-wheel drive regulations. In addition, damage or per- models, a mark is placed at the begin- formance problems resulting from ning of the applicable sections/items. modifications may not be covered un- As with other vehicles with features for der NISSAN warranties. off-road use, failure to operate four-wheel ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  2. 2. The inside pages of this manual containWHEN READING THE MANUAL a minimum of 50% recycled fibers, including 10% post-consumer fibers.This 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. vehicle. © 2003 NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC. 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:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  3. 3. WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF NISSAN 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 maintenance, the service technician will perform his work according to the quality standards that have WFW0002 been established by NISSAN.Your new NISSAN is the result of our dedication to America, Inc. in San Diego, California, and engineer- Safety has also been built into your NISSAN. As youproduce the finest in safe, reliable and economical ing at Nissan Technical Center North America in know, seat belts are an integral part of the safetytransportation. Your vehicle is the product of a suc- Farmington Hills, Michigan. Additionally, NISSAN systems that will help protect you and your passen-cessful worldwide company that manufactures cars employs nearly 19,000 people throughout the gers in the event of a sudden stop or an accident.and trucks in over 17 countries and distributes them United States, Canada, and Mexico. An additional We urge you to use the seat belts every time youin 170 nations. 60,000 people work for the 1,250 NISSAN and drive the vehicle. INFINITI dealers across North America.NISSAN vehicles are designed and manufactured The NISSAN story of growth and achievement re-by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. which was founded in NISSAN is also a substantial contributor to the flects our major goal: to provide you, our customer,Tokyo, Japan in 1933, and NISSAN affiliates world- Canadian economy. Nissan Canada Inc., its suppli- with a vehicle that is built with quality and craftsman-wide, collectively growing to become the fifth largest ers and over 150 dealers employ approximately ship — a product that we can be proud to build andautomaker in the world. In addition to cars and 4,500 people. These include company employees you can be proud to own.trucks, NISSAN also makes forklift trucks, marine and the staffs of NISSAN dealers all across Canada.engines, boats and other diversified products. In addition, many Canadians work for companies that supply NISSAN and NISSAN dealers with ma-NISSAN has made a substantial and growing in- terials and services ranging from the operation ofvestment in North America. NISSAN’s commitment port facilities and transportation services, to theis over $6 billion dollars in capital investments in supply of lubricants, parts and accessories.facilities across the continent. Some of the facilitiesinclude the Nissan Manufacturing facility in Smyrna, NISSAN pioneered the use of electronics and com-Tennessee, vehicle styling design at Nissan Design puters in automobiles, and has led the industry in ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—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 the For U.S. mainland and Alaska customersdealer cannot assist you with or you would like to following information: Nissan North America, Inc.provide NISSAN directly with comments or ques- Consumer Affairs Departmenttions, please contact the NISSAN Consumer Affairs – Your name, address, and telephone numberDepartment using our toll-free number: P.O. Box 191 – Vehicle identification number (attached to the Gardena, California 90248-0191For U.S. mainland and Alaska customers top of the instrument panel on the driver’s 1-800-NISSAN-1 side) For Hawaii customers (1-800-647-7261) Nissan Motor Corporation in Hawaii – Date of purchase 2880 Kilihau St.For Hawaii customers – Current odometer reading Honolulu, Hawaii 96819 1-808-836-0888 (Oahu Number) – Your NISSAN dealer’s name For Canadian customersFor Canadian customers Nissan Canada Inc. 1-800-387-0122 – Your comments or questions 5290 Orbitor Drive OR Mississauga, Ontario L4W 4Z5 You can write to NISSAN with the information at: We appreciate your interest in NISSAN and thank you for buying a quality NISSAN vehicle. ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  5. 5. Table of Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems 1Contents Instruments and controls 2 Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3 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. 1 Seats, restraints and supplemental airbag systemsSeats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2 Injured persons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-23 Front manual seat adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2 Three-point type seat belt with retractor . . . . . . . . . . 1-23 Tilting rear bench seat (Crew Cab models Two-point type seat belt without retractor only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4 (jump seat in King Cab models and center of Jump seat (if so equipped). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5 rear seat in Crew Cab models). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-26 Head restraint adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5 Seat belt extenders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-28Supplemental restraint system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6 Seat belt maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-28 Precautions on supplemental restraint sys- Child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-29 tem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6 Precautions on child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-29 Passenger supplemental air bag on/off Installation on rear bench seat center switch and light (except Crew Cab models) . . . . . . 1-15 position (Crew Cab models only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-31 Supplemental air bag warning labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-17 Installation on rear bench seat outboard Supplemental air bag warning light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-17 positions (Crew Cab models only). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-34Seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-19 LATCH ͑lower anchors and tether for children͒ Precautions on seat belt usage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-19 system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-38 Child safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-21 Top tether strap child restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-40 Pregnant women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-23 Installation on front passenger seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-41 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/15/03—arosenma ੭
  8. 8. SEATS FRONT MANUAL SEAT0 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 Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  9. 9. WRS0175 WRS0176 WRS0211Forward and backward Reclining Passenger seat onlyPull the lever up and hold it while you slide the To recline the seatback, pull the lever up and lean Tiltingseat forward or backward to the desired position. back. To bring the seatback forward, pull the lever The front passenger’s seat can be tilted to make itRelease the lever to lock the seat in position. up and lean your body forward. Release the lever easier for jump seat passengers to get in and out. to lock the seatback in position. To tilt the seatback, pull the reclining lever up or push the tilt lever down. The seat automatically WARNING moves forward. After adjustment, gently rock in the seat to To return the seat, move the whole seat back- make sure it is securely locked. ward, then push the seatback up until it locks. WARNING After adjustment, gently rock in the seat to make sure it is securely locked. Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems 1-3 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  10. 10. WRS0131 WRS0165 WRS0212Seat lifter (if so equipped for driver’s Lumbar support (if so equipped for TILTING REAR BENCH SEAT (Crewseat) driver’s seat) Cab models only)Turn either dial to adjust the angle and height of The lumbar support feature provides lower back The rear bench seat can be tilted to remove thethe seat cushion to the desired position. support to the driver. Move the lever up or down jacking tools from the storage area. to adjust the seat lumbar area. To tilt the seatback, pull the strap up ᭺ and tilt 1 ᭺ the seatback forward. 21-4 Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  11. 11. WARNINGNever allow anyone to ride in the cargoarea or on the rear seat when it is in thefold-down position. Use of these areas bypassengers without proper restraintscould result in serious injury in an acci-dent or sudden stop. ARS1026 JUMP SEAT (if so equipped) HEAD RESTRAINT ADJUSTMENT WARNING To raise the head restraint, pull it up. To lower, push and hold the lock knob and push the head ● Do not use a child restraint in the jump restraint down. seats (King Cab model). These seats are not suitable for child restraint installation. WARNING ● When folding the jump seat, be careful Head restraints should be adjusted prop- not to squeeze your finger between the erly as they may provide significant pro- seat cushion and the body side. tection against injury in an accident. Do not remove them. Check the adjustment after someone else uses the seat. Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems 1-5 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  12. 12. SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM the driver and front passenger seat belts and are not a substitute for them. Seat belts should always be correctly worn and the driver and front passenger seated a suitable distance away from the steering wheel and instrument panel. (See “Seat belts” later in this section for instructions and precautions on seat belt usage.) The supplemental air bags operate only when the ignition switch is in the ON or START position. After turning the ignition key to the ON position, the supplemental air bag warning light illuminates. The supplemental air bag WRS0213 WRS0134 warning light will turn off after about 7 seconds if the system is operational.Adjust the head restraint so the center is level PRECAUTIONS ONwith the center of your ears. SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM This Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) sec- tion contains important information concerning the driver and passenger supplemental front air bags and pre-tensioner seat belts. Supplemental front impact air bag system: This system can help cushion the impact force to the face and chest of the driver and front passen- ger in certain frontal collisions. The supplemental air bags are designed to supplement the crash protection provided by1-6 Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  13. 13. ● The driver and front passenger seat belt buckles are equipped with sensors that detect if the seat belts are fastened. The air bag system monitors the severity of a collision and then inflates the air bags based on belt usage. Failure to properly wear seat belts can increase the risk or severity of injury in an accident. ● Keep hands on the outside of the steer- ing wheel. Placing them inside the steering wheel rim could increase the risk that they are injured when the supplemental front air bag inflates. WRS0031 WARNING ● The seat belts and the supplemental front air bags are most effective when● The supplemental front air bags ordi- you are sitting well back and upright in narily will not inflate in the event of a the seat. The front air bags inflate with side impact, rear impact, rollover, or great force. If you are unrestrained, lower severity frontal collision. Always leaning forward, sitting sideways or out wear your seat belts to help reduce the of position in any way, you are at risk or severity of injury in various kinds greater risk of injury or death in a crash. of accidents. You may also receive serious or fatal injuries from the supplemental front air bag if you are up against it when it inflates. Always sit back against the seatback and as far away as practical from the steering wheel or instrument panel. Always use the seat belts. Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems 1-7 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  14. 14. ARS1133 ARS1041 WARNING Never let children ride unrestrained or ex- tend their hands or face out of the win- dow. Do not attempt to hold them in your lap or arms. Some examples of dangerous riding positions are shown in the illustrations.1-8 Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  15. 15. ARS1042 ARS1043 ARS1044 Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems 1-9 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  16. 16. ● Never install a rear-facing child re- straint in the front seat of a model equipped with a supplemental air bag ON/OFF switch unless you first turn OFF the air bag. An inflating supple- mental air bag could seriously injure or kill your child. See “Child restraints” later in this section for details. ARS1045 WRS0256 WARNING ● Children may be severely injured or killed when the supplemental front air bags inflate if they are not properly re- strained. Pre-teens and children should be properly restrained in the rear seat, if available.1-10 Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  17. 17. These systems are designed to meet optional certification requirements under U.S. regulations. They are also permitted in Canada. The optional certification allows the front air bags to be de- signed to inflate somewhat less forcefully than previously. However, all of the information, cautions and warnings in this manual still apply and must be followed. The supplemental front air bag system is de- signed to inflate in higher severity frontal colli- sions, although it may inflate if the forces in an- other type of collision are similar to those of a higher severity frontal impact. It may not inflate in certain frontal collisions. Vehicle damage (or lack of it) is not always an indication of proper supple- mental front air bag system operation. King Cab models are equipped with a supple- mental front passenger air bag ON/OFF switch. Because no rear seat exists where a rear facing child restraint can be secured as in other models, the switch is designed to turn OFF the passenger WRS0214 supplemental air bag so that a rear facing child restraint can be used in the front passenger seat.1. Diagnosis sensor unit Supplemental front air bag system See “Passenger supplemental air bag ON/OFF2. Seat belt pre-tensioner retractors switch and light” later in this section for details. The driver supplemental front air bag is located in3. Supplemental air bag modules the center of the steering wheel. The passenger Crew Cab models are not equipped with a4. Passenger air bag ON/OFF switch supplemental front air bag is mounted in the supplemental front passenger air bag ON/OFF5. Passenger air bag OFF indicator dashboard above the glove box. switch because they have a rear seat for child restraint installation. Further, for Crew Cab mod- Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems 1-11 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  18. 18. els, the supplemental air bag system has dual Seat belts should be correctly worn and the ● Right after inflation, several front airstage inflators for both the driver and passenger driver and passenger seated upright as far as bag system components will be hot. Doair bags. The system monitors information from practical away from the steering wheel or instru- not touch them; you may severely burnthe crash zone sensor, the diagnosis sensor unit ment panel. The supplemental front air bags in- yourself.and seat belt buckle sensors that detect if the flate quickly in order to help protect the frontseat belts are fastened. Inflator operation is occupants. Because of this, the force of the front ● No unauthorized changes should be made to any components or wiring ofbased on the severity of a collision and whether air bag inflating can increase the risk of injury if the supplemental air bag system. This isthe seat belts are being used. Only one front air the occupant is too close to, or is against, the to prevent accidental inflation of thebag may inflate in a crash, depending on the front air bag module during inflation. supplemental air bag or damage to thecrash severity and whether the front occupants supplemental air bag system. The front air bags deflate quickly after a collision.are belted or unbelted. This does not indicateimproper performance of the system. If you have The supplemental front air bags operate ● Do not make unauthorized changes toany questions about the performance of your air only when the ignition switch is in the ON your vehicle’s electrical system, sus-bag system, please contact your NISSAN dealer. or START position. pension system or front end structure. This could affect proper operation ofWhen the supplemental front air bag inflates, a After turning the ignition key to the ON the supplemental front air bag system.fairly loud noise may be heard, followed by the position, the supplemental air bag warning ● Tampering with the supplemental frontrelease of smoke. This smoke is not harmful and light illuminates. The supplemental air bag air bag system may result in seriousdoes not indicate a fire. Care should be taken to warning light will turn off after about 7 personal injury. Tampering includesnot inhale it, as it may cause irritation and chok- seconds if the system is operational. changes to the steering wheel and theing. Those with a history of a breathing condition instrument panel assembly by placingshould get fresh air promptly. WARNING material over the steering wheel padSupplemental front air bags, along with the use of ● Do not place any objects on the steer- and above the instrument panel or byseat belts, help to cushion the impact force on ing wheel pad or on the instrument installing additional trim material panel. Also, do not place any objects around the air bag system.the face and chest of the front occupants. Theycan help save lives and reduce serious injuries. between any occupant and the steeringHowever, an inflating front air bag may cause wheel or instrument panel. Such ob-facial abrasions or other injuries. Front air bags jects may become dangerous projec- tiles and cause injury if the supplemen-do not provide restraint to the lower body. tal front air bag inflates.1-12 Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  19. 19. ● Work around and on the supplemental Pre-tensioner seat belt system (For ● Work around and on the pre-tensioner front air bag system should be done by front seats) system should be done by a NISSAN a NISSAN dealer. Installation of electri- dealer. Installation of electrical equip- cal equipment should also be done by a WARNING ment should also be done by a NISSAN NISSAN dealer. The Supplemental Re- dealer. Unauthorized electrical test straint System (SRS) wiring should not ● The pre-tensioner seat belt cannot be equipment and probing devices should be modified or disconnected. Unautho- reused after activation. It must be re- not be used on the pre-tensioner seat rized electrical test equipment and placed together with the retractor and belt system. probing devices should not be used on buckle as a unit. ● If you need to dispose of the pre- the air bag system. ● If the vehicle becomes involved in a tensioner or scrap the vehicle, contact a● A cracked windshield should be re- frontal collision but the pre-tensioner is NISSAN dealer. Correct pre-tensioner placed immediately by a qualified re- not activated, be sure to have the pre- disposal procedures are set forth in the pair facility. A cracked windshield could tensioner system checked and, if nec- appropriate NISSAN Service Manual. affect inflation of the supplemental air essary, replaced by your NISSAN Incorrect disposal procedures could bag system. dealer. cause personal injury.● The SRS wiring harness connectors are ● No unauthorized changes should be made to any components or wiring of The front seat pre-tensioner seat belt system yellow and orange for easy activates in conjunction with the supplemental identification. the pre-tensioner seat belt system. This is to prevent accidental activation of front air bag. Working with the seat belt retractor,When selling your vehicle, we request that you the pre-tensioner seat belt or damage it helps tighten the seat belt the instant the ve-inform the buyer about the supplemental front air to the pre-tensioner seat belt operation. hicle becomes involved in certain types of colli-bag system and guide the buyer to the appropri- Tampering with the pre-tensioner seat sions, thereby restraining seat occupants.ate sections in this Owner’s Manual. belt system may result in serious per- The pre-tensioner is encased with the seat belt’s sonal injury. retractor. These seat belts are used the same as conventional seat belts. When the pre-tensioner seat belt activates, smoke is released and a loud noise may be heard. This smoke is not harmful and does not indicate a fire. Care should be taken not to inhale it, as it may Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems 1-13 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  20. 20. cause irritation and choking. Those with a historyof a breathing condition should get fresh airpromptly.If any abnormality occurs in the pre-tensionersystem, the supplemental air bag warninglight will flash intermittently after the igni-tion key is turned to the ON or START position. Inthis case, the pre-tensioner seat belt will notfunction properly. They must be checked andrepaired. Take your vehicle to the nearestNISSAN dealer.When selling your vehicle, we request that youinform the buyer about the pre-tensioner seat beltsystem and guide the buyer to the appropriatesections in this Owner’s Manual. WRS01111-14 Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  21. 21. PASSENGER SUPPLEMENTAL AIR The ON/OFF switch should ONLY be used to position. Then remove the key. When the ignitionBAG ON/OFF SWITCH AND LIGHT turn the passenger supplemental air bag OFF is turned to the ON or START position the pas- when the following government criteria exists: senger air bag OFF indicator light will illuminate(except Crew Cab models) for 7 seconds to indicate the system is working ● Infants (less than 1 year old) in rear facing child properly and then go out to indicate that the WARNING restraints MUST be placed in the front pas- passenger supplemental air bag is ON. senger seat.Air bags and seat belts are designed to 1. Do not operate the passenger supplementalwork as a unit. Do not switch the air bag ● Children ages 1-12 years MUST be placed in air bag ON/OFF switch when the ignition isOFF unless you meet federal government the front passenger seat. ON.criteria. Switching off the air bag may in-crease the risk of serious or fatal injuries ● The passenger has a medical condition which, 2. Fully turn the passenger supplemental airin a collision where the air bag would have according to a physician, causes the air bag to bag ON/OFF switch to either the ON or OFFinflated. pose a special risk and makes the potential position. harm from the air bag greater than the potentialIn rare instances, some passengers are exposed harm from turning off the air bag. 3. Always remove the ignition key after usingto serious injury risks from inflating air bags, es- the passenger supplemental air bagpecially if not properly restrained. The U.S. and Seat belts and child restraints should always be ON/OFF switch.Canadian federal governments recognize other properly used. See “Precautions on seat belt 4. The passenger air bag OFF indicator lightlimited circumstances in which an air bag could usage” and “Child restraints” later in this section should illuminate for 7 seconds after thereduce safety. The passenger air bag ON/OFF for details. ignition is turned to the ON or START posi-switch is, therefore, allowed in models without full To turn the passenger supplemental air bag OFF, tion. If not, the vehicle should be taken to arear seats. Because the overall benefits of air insert the ignition key in the passenger supple- NISSAN dealer.bags are great, in most situations air bags should mental air bag ON/OFF switch and turn the Items 2 and 3 above are intended to preventnot be switched off unless special government switch clockwise to the OFF position. Then re- improper use of the ignition key.criteria exist. move the key. When the ignition is turned to the ON or START position the passenger air bag When the switch is turned to the ON position, theThe passenger air bag ON/OFF switch is located OFF indicator light will illuminate to indicate the passenger supplemental air bag is enabled andin the center of the instrument panel, near the air bag is OFF. To turn the passenger supplemen- could inflate in a frontal collision. When theashtray. It can be used to turn the passenger tal air bag ON, insert the ignition key in the switch is turned to the OFF position, the passen-supplemental air bag OFF. passenger supplemental air bag ON/OFF switch ger supplemental air bag is disabled and will not and turn the switch counter clockwise to the ON inflate in a frontal collision. The passenger Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems 1-15 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  22. 22. supplemental air bag OFF indicator light on the ● Keep the passenger supplemental air WARNINGinstrument panel illuminates when the passenger bag ON/OFF switch turned ON unless asupplemental air bag ON/OFF switch is turned to ● Do not switch the air bag OFF unless rear-facing child restraint must be usedthe OFF position. The driver’s side supplemental you meet the federal government crite- in the front seat, if children ages 1-12air bag always remains enabled and is not af- ria outlined previously. This vehicle (ex- must be placed in the front seat, or if thefected by the passenger supplemental air bag cept Crew Cab models) is equipped passenger has a medical condition,ON/OFF switch. with seat belts with a “load limiter” fea- which, according to a physician, causes ture. The seat belts are designed to the air bag to pose a special risk ofThe passenger supplemental air bag light, dis- work with the air bags to reduce the risk harm (the federal government criteria).playing OFF in the center of the instrument panel, of injury in a collision. The seat belts are If the switch is OFF, the air bag will notmonitors the position of the passenger supple- designed to release additional belt inflate in a collision as designed andmental air bag ON/OFF switch. When the igni- webbing during some collisions to re- the extra protection provided by the airtion key is in the ON or START position, the light duce the concentration of force on the bag may be lost.illuminates for about 7 seconds and then turns off occupant’s chest area. In a collisionif the air bag ON/OFF switch is in the ON posi- with the airbag turned OFF, the seat ● Be sure to turn the passenger supple-tion, or stays on if the passenger supplemental air belt may allow the occupant enough mental air bag ON/OFF switch OFF forward movement to incur serious or when using a rear facing child restraintbag ON/OFF switch is in the OFF position. fatal injuries. in the front passenger seat. If it is not OFF, the air bag may inflate in a colli- sion. The force of the rapidly inflating air bag could cause serious injury or kill the child in the child restraint. Children ages 1-12 and persons with special medical conditions may also be at risk from an inflating air bag.1-16 Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  23. 23. ● If the supplemental air bag warning light located in the instrument panel next to the speedometer comes on when the passenger supplemental air bag OFF light is also illuminated, some- thing may be wrong with the air bag system. Infants, children ages 1-12 or persons with special medical condi- tions should not use the front passen- ger seat until the system is checked by your NISSAN dealer. WRS0215 LRS0100 SUPPLEMENTAL AIR BAG SUPPLEMENTAL AIR BAG WARNING LABELS WARNING LIGHT Warning labels about the supplemental front air The supplemental air bag warning light, bag system are placed in the vehicle as shown in displaying in the instrument panel, moni- the illustration. tors the circuits of the supplemental air bag and pre-tensioner seat belt systems. The circuits monitored by the supplemental air bag warning light are the diagnosis sensor unit, crash zone sensor, supplemental air bag modules, pre- tensioner seat belts and all related wiring. When the ignition key is in the ON or START position, the supplemental air bag warning light illuminates for about 7 seconds and then turns off. This means the system is operational. Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems 1-17 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  24. 24. If any of the following system conditions occur, and replacement of these supplemental air bag ● If you need to dispose of the supple-the supplemental air bag and pre-tensioner seat systems should be done only by a NISSAN mental air bag, pre-tensioner seat beltbelt systems need servicing: dealer. system or scrap the vehicle, contact a● The supplemental air bag warning light re- When maintenance work is required on the ve- NISSAN dealer. Correct supplemental mains on after approximately 7 seconds. hicle, the supplemental front air bags, pre- air bag and pre-tensioner seat belt sys- tensioner seat belts and related parts should be tem disposal procedures are set forth in● The supplemental air bag warning light flashes the appropriate NISSAN Service pointed out to the person performing the mainte- intermittently. Manual. Incorrect disposal procedures nance. The ignition key should always be in the could cause personal injury.● The supplemental air bag warning light does LOCK position when working under the hood or not come on at all. inside the vehicle.Under these conditions, the Supplemental Re- WARNINGstraint System (supplemental front air bag orpre-tensioner seat belt systems) may not operate ● Once a supplemental front air bag hasproperly. It must be checked and repaired. Take inflated, the air bag module will notyour vehicle to the nearest NISSAN dealer. function and must be replaced. Addi- tionally, if any of the supplemental front WARNING air bags inflate, the activated pre- tensioner seat belts must also be re-If the supplemental air bag warning light placed. The air bag module and pre-is on, it could mean that the supplemental tensioner seat belt system should befront air bag or pre-tensioner seat belt replaced by a NISSAN dealer. The airsystems will not operate in an accident. bag module and pre-tensioner seat belt system cannot be repaired.Repair and replacement procedure ● The supplemental front air bag systemThe supplemental front air bag and pre-tensioner and pre-tensioner seat belt systemseat belts are designed to inflate on a one-time- should be inspected by a NISSANonly basis. As a reminder, unless it is damaged, dealer if there is any damage to thethe supplemental air bag warning light remains front end portion of the vehicle.illuminated after inflation has occurred. Repair1-18 Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  25. 25. SEAT BELTS SSS0136PRECAUTIONS ON SEAT BELTUSAGEIf you are wearing your seat belt properly ad-justed, your chances of being injured or killed inan 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.0 Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems 1-19 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  26. 26. 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 (Crew Cab restraint system and increase the models) and, if appropriate, in a child chance or severity of injury in an acci- restraint. dent. Serious injury or death can occur if the seat belt is not worn properly.1-20 Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  27. 27. ● Be sure the seat belt tongue is securely ● Removal and installation of the pre- fastened to the proper buckle. tensioner seat belt system components should be done by a NISSAN dealer. ● Do not wear the seat belt inside out or twisted. Doing so may reduce its ● All seat belt assemblies, including re- effectiveness. tractors and attaching hardware, should be inspected after any collision ● Do not allow more than one person to by a NISSAN dealer. NISSAN recom- use the same seat belt. mends that all seat belt assemblies in ● Never carry more people in the vehicle use during a collision be replaced un- than there are seat belts. less the collision was minor and the ● Once the pre-tensioner seat belt has belts show no damage and continue to activated, it cannot be reused and must operate properly. Seat belt assemblies be replaced together with the retractor. not in use during a collision should also SSS0014 See your NISSAN dealer. be inspected and replaced if either damage or improper operation is noted. WARNING ● Never allow anyone to ride in the cargo area or in a slide-in camper or other ● All child restraints and attaching hard-● Always route the shoulder belt over type cargo area cover while the vehicle ware should be inspected after any col- your shoulder and across your chest. is in motion. These areas do not contain lision. Always follow the restraint Never run the belt behind your back, seat belts. It is not designed for passen- manufacturer’s inspection instructions under your arm or across your neck. The gers. They could be injured in sudden and replacement recommendations. belt should be away from your face and braking or a collision. The child restraints should be replaced neck, but not falling off your shoulder. if they are damaged. ● If the seat belt warning light glows con-● Position the lap belt as low and snug as tinuously while the ignition is turned CHILD SAFETY possible AROUND THE HIPS, NOT THE ON with all doors closed and all seat WAIST. A lap belt worn too high could belts fastened, it may indicate a mal- Children need adults to help protect them. increase the risk of internal injuries in function in the system. Have the system They need to be properly restrained. an accident. checked by a NISSAN dealer. The proper restraint depends on the child’s size. Generally, infants up to about 1 year and less than 20 pounds, (9 kg) should be placed in rear Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems 1-21 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  28. 28. facing child restraints. Front facing child re- ● Infants and children need special pro- Infants and small childrenstraints are available for children who outgrow tection. The vehicle’s seat belts may notrear facing child restraints. NISSAN recommends that infants and small chil- fit them properly. The shoulder belt may dren be placed in child restraints that comply with come too close to the face or neck. The WARNING Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Ca- lap belt may not fit over their small hip bones. In an accident, an improperly nadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. You● Be sure to turn the passenger supple- should choose a child restraint that fits your ve- mental air bag ON/OFF switch OFF fitting seat belt could cause serious or fatal injury. Always use appropriate hicle and always follow the manufacturer’s in- when using a rear facing child restraint structions for installation and use. in the front passenger seat in models so child restraints. equipped. If it is not OFF, the air bag All U.S. states and Canadian provinces or terri- Larger children may inflate in a collision. The force of tories require the use of approved child restraints Children who are too large for child restraints the rapidly inflating air bag could cause for infants and small children. See “Child Re- should be seated and restrained by the seat belts serious injury or kill the child in the child restraint. See “Passenger supple- straints” later in this section. which are provided. mental air bag ON/OFF switch and In addition, there are many types of child re- If the child’s seating position has a shoulder belt light” earlier in this section. straints available for larger children which should that fits close to the face or neck, the use of a● In Crew Cab models, never install a rear be used for maximum protection. booster seat (commercially available) may help facing child restraint in the front pas- NISSAN recommends that all pre-teens overcome this. The booster seat should raise the senger seat. An inflating supplemental and children be restrained in the rear seat if child so that the shoulder belt is properly posi- air bag could seriously injure or kill your tioned across the top, middle portion of the available (Crew Cab models). According to child. A rear facing child restraint must shoulder and the lap belt is low on the hips. The accident statistics, children are safer when only be used in the rear seat. booster seat should fit the vehicle seat and have properly restrained in the rear seat than in● Do not install a child restraint in the the front seat. This is especially important a label certifying that it complies with Federal jump seats (King Cab model). These because your vehicle has a supplemental Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Canadian Mo- seats are not suitable for child restraint restraint system (Air bag system) for the tor Vehicle Safety Standards. Once the child has installation. front passenger. See “Supplemental re- grown so the shoulder belt is no longer on or near straint system” earlier in this section. Also, the face and neck, use the shoulder belt without see “Passenger air bag ON/OFF switch and the booster seat. light” earlier in this section.1-22 Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  29. 29. WARNING THREE-POINT TYPE SEAT BELT WITH RETRACTORNever let a child stand or kneel on anyseat and do not allow a child in the cargoareas while the vehicle is moving. The WARNINGchild could be seriously injured or killed in ● Every person who drives or rides in thisan accident or sudden stop. vehicle should use a seat belt at all times.PREGNANT WOMEN ● Do not ride in a moving vehicle whenNISSAN recommends that pregnant women use the seatback is reclined. This can beseat belts. The seat belt should be worn snug, dangerous. The shoulder belt will notand always position the lap belt as low as pos- be against your body. In an accident,sible around the hips, not the waist. Place the you could be thrown into it and receiveshoulder belt over your shoulder and across your neck or other serious injuries. You could also slide under the lap belt and WRS0174chest. Never run the lap/shoulder belt over yourabdominal area. Contact your doctor for specific receive serious internal injuries. Fastening the seat beltsrecommendations. ● For the most effective protection when the vehicle is in motion, the seat should ᭺ 1 Adjust the seat.INJURED PERSONS be upright. Always sit well back in theNISSAN recommends that injured persons use seat and adjust the seat belt properly.seat belts. Check with your doctor for specificrecommendations. Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems 1-23 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  30. 30. 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. WARNING When fastening the seat belts, be certain that the seatbacks are completely se- cured in the latched position. If they are not completely secured, passengers may be injured in an accident or sudden stop. WRS0137 WRS0138᭺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 you on the hips as shown. hear and feel the latch engage. ᭺ 4 Pull the shoulder belt portion toward theThe retractor is designed to lock during a retractor to take up extra slack.sudden stop or on impact. A slow pullingmotion permits the seat belt to move, and The front passenger seat belt and the rear three-allows you some freedom of movement in point seat belts (Crew Cab only) have a cinchingthe seat. mechanism for child restraint installation. It is referred to as the automatic locking mode. When automatic locking mode is activated the seat belt cannot be withdrawn 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 restraints” later in this section for more information.1-24 Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭
  31. 31. ● Grasp the shoulder belt and pull forward quickly. The retractor should lock and restrict 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 WRS0226Unfastening the seat belts Shoulder belt height adjustment (For᭺1 To unfasten the seat belt, press the button on front 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 To adjust, pull out the adjustment button ᭺ and 1Seat belt retractors are designed to lock seat belt move the shoulder belt anchor to the desiredmovement by two separate methods: position ᭺, so the belt passes over the center of 2 the shoulder. The belt should be away from your● When the seat belt is pulled quickly from the retractor. face and neck, but not falling off your shoulder. Release the adjustment button to lock the shoul-● When the vehicle slows down rapidly. der belt anchor into position.To increase your confidence in the seat belts,check the operation as follows. Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems 1-25 ੬ REVIEW COPY:—2003 Truck/Frontier (d22) Owners Manual (owners)—USA English (nna) 01/13/03—arosenma ੭

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