BMW 3 Series 2020-2023 Sitting Safely User Manual
An ideal seat position that meets the needs of the occupants can make a vital contribution to relaxed, fatigue-free driving.
In the event of an accident, the correct seat position plays an important role. Follow the information in the following chapters.
- Seats, refer to page 109.
- Safety belts, refer to page 112.
- Head restraints, refer to page 115.
- Airbags, refer to page 179.
Seat setting while driving can lead to unexpected movements of the seat. Vehicle control could be lost. There is a risk of accident. Only adjust the seat on the driver’s side when the vehicle is stationary.
With a backrest inclined too far to the rear, the protective effect of the safety belt can no longer be ensured. There is a risk of sliding under the safety belt in an accident. There is a risk of injury or danger to life. Adjust the seat prior to starting the trip. Adjust the backrest so that it is in the most upright position as possible and do not adjust again while driving.
There is a risk of jamming when moving the seats. There is a risk of injury or risk of damage to property. Make sure that the area of movement of the seat is clear prior to any adjustment.
Manually adjustable seats
- Longitudinal direction
- Thigh support
- Seat tilt
- Backrest width
- Lumbar support
- Backrest tilt
Unexpected movements of the seat while driving may occur if the seat is unlocked. Vehicle control could be lost. There is a risk of accident. After adjusting, move the seat forward or back slightly, making sure the seat engages properly.
Pull the lever and slide the seat in the desired direction.
Pull the lever up or press it down as often as needed until the seat has reached the desired tilt.
Pull the lever up or press it down as often as needed until the seat has reached the desired height.
Pull the lever and apply your weight to the back‐rest or lift it off, as necessary.
Electrically adjustable seats
The seat setting for the driver’s seat is stored for the driver profile currently used. When a driver profile is selected, the stored position is called up automatically.
The current seat position can be stored using the memory function.
- Backrest width
- Forward/backward, height, seat tilt 3 Backrest tilt, head restraint
- Lumbar support
Press switch forward or backward.
Press switch up or down.
Tilt switch up or down.
Tilt switch forward or backward.
Pull the lever at the front of the seat and push the thigh support forward or back.
The curvature of the seat backrest can be adjusted in a way that it supports the lumbar region of the spine. The lower back and the spine are supported for upright sitting position.
- Press the front/rear section of the button:
The curvature is increased/decreased.
- Press the upper/lower section of the button:
The curvature is shifted up/down.
It may not be possible to adjust the lumbar sup‐port at very high and very low temperatures.
Adjusting the backrest width may improve lateral support when taking corners.
The backrest width is changed by adjusting the side sections of the backrest.
- Press the front section of the button:
The backrest width de‐creases.
- Press the rear section of the button:
The backrest width increases.
It may not be possible to adjust the backrest width at very high and very low temperatures.
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