2005 Hyundai Elantra User Manual

2005 Hyundai Elantra Owner Manual Excerpts

Larger Children
Children who are too large for child restraint systems should always occupy the rear seat and use the available lap/shoulder belts. The lap portion should be fastened snug on the hips and as low as possible. Check belt fit periodically. A child’s squirming could put the belt out of position.
Children are afforded the most safety in the event of an accident when they are restrained by a proper restraint system in the rear seat. If a larger child (over age 13) must be seated in the front seat, the child should be securely restrained by the available lap/shoulder belt and the seat should be placed in the rearmost position. Children under the age of 13 should be restrained securely in the rear seat. NEVER place a child under the age of 13 in the front seat. NEVER place a rear facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle.
Pregnant Women
The use of a seat belt is recommended for pregnant women to lessen the chance of injury in an accident. When a seat belt is used, it should be placed as low and snugly as possible on the hips, not across the abdomen. For specific recommendations, consult a physician.
Injured Person
A seat belt should be used when an injured person is being transported. When this is necessary, you should consult a physician for recommendations.
One Person Per Belt
Two people (including children) should never attempt to use a single seat belt. This could increase the severity of injuries in case of an accident.
Do Not Lie Down
To reduce the chance of injuries in the event of an accident and to achieve maximum effectiveness of the restraint system, all passengers should be sitting up and the front seats should be in an upright position when the car is moving. A seat belt cannot provide proper protection if the person is lying down in the rear seat or if the front seat is in a reclined position.
Sitting in a reclined position or lying down when your vehicle is in motion can be dangerous. Even if you buckle up, your seat belts can’t do their job when you’re reclined. The shoulder belt can’t do its job because it won’t be against your body.
Instead, it will be in front of you. In a crash, you could go into it with great force, receiving serious neck or other injuries.
The lap belt can’t do its job either. In a crash, the belt could go up over your abdomen. The belt forces would be applied there, not at your strong pelvic bones.
This could cause serious internal injuries. For proper protection when the vehicle is in motion, have the seatback upright.
Then sit back in the seat and wear your seat belt properly. See page 1-20.