BMW 3 Series 2020-2023 Installing Child Restraint Systems User Manual
Installing Child Restraint Systems
Pay attention to the specifications and the operating and safety information of the child restraint system manufacturer when selecting, installing, and using child restraint systems.
The protective effect of child restraint systems and their fastening systems which have been damaged or exposed to an accident can be limited or lost. A child cannot be properly restrained in the event of an accident, braking or evasive maneuvers. There is a risk of injury or danger to life.
Do not use child restraint systems that have been damaged or exposed to an accident.
If a child restraint system and its fastening system have been damaged or exposed to an accident, have these systems checked and replaced by the dealer’s service center or another qualified service center or repair shop?
The stability of the child restraint system is limited or compromised by incorrect seat settings or improper installation of the child seat. There is a risk of injury or danger to life. Make sure that the child restraint system fits securely against the backrest. If possible, adjust the backrest tilt for all affected backrests and correctly adjust the seats. Make sure that seats and backrests are securely engaged or locked. If possible, adjust the height of the head restraints or remove them.
On the front passenger seat
Active front passenger airbags can injure a child in a child restraint system when the airbags are activated. There is a risk of injury. Make sure that the front passenger airbags are deactivated and that the PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF indicator light lights up.
Before installing a child restraint system in the front passenger seat, make sure that the front, knee and side airbags on the front passenger side are deactivated.
For automatic deactivation of front passenger airbags, refer to page 182.
Seat position and height
After installing a child restraint system, move the front passenger seat as far back as it will go and, if possible, bring it up to the highest position. This seat position and height ensure the best possible position for the belt and offers optimal protection in the event of an accident.
If the upper attachment point of the safety belt is located in front of the belt guide of the child seat, move the front passenger seat carefully forward until the best possible belt guide position is reached.
Adjustable backrest width: before installing a child restraint system in the front passenger seat, open the backrest width completely. Do not change the backrest width again and do not call up a memory position.
Child seat security
The safety belts in the rear and the front passenger safety belt can be permanently locked to fasten child restraint systems.
Locking the safety belt
- Pull out the belt strap completely.
- Secure the child restraint system with the safety belt.
- Allow the belt strap to be pulled in and pull it tight against the child restraint system. The safety belt is disabled.
Unlocking the safety belt
- Unbuckle the safety belt buckle.
- Remove the child restraint system.
- Allow the belt strap to be pulled in completely.
LATCH child seat mountings
Lower Anchors and Tether for Children.
Pay attention to the specifications and the operating and safety information from the child restraint system manufacturer when selecting, installing, and using LATCH child restraint fixing systems.
Mounts for the lower LATCH anchors
The lower anchors may be used to attach the CRS to the vehicle seat up to a combined child and CRS weight of 65 lbs/30 kg when the child is restrained by the internal harnesses.
If the LATCH child restraint fixing systems are not correctly engaged, the protective effect of the LATCH child restraint fixing system is limited. There is a risk of injury or danger to life. Make sure that the lower mountings are securely engaged and that the LATCH child restraint fixing system fits securely against the backrest.
The attachment points for child restraint systems in the vehicle are intended for attaching child restraint systems only. When other objects are mounted, the attachment points can be damaged. There is a risk of injury or risk of damage to property. Attach only child restraint systems at the corresponding attachment points.
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