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2023 Nissan FRONTIER Seat belts and Child safety Guidelines

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Nissan FRONTIER 2023 Seat belts and Child safety 

The 2023 Nissan Frontier has cutting-edge child safety and seat belt technologies that are intended to offer the best possible protection for all occupants. It highlights how crucial it is for all passengers to buckle up properly, with particular attention paid to pregnant women and the use of seat belt extenders where needed. For various situations, such as installing kid restraints, the car has both Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) and Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) modes. With specific rules on choosing and utilizing the proper child restraints—from forward-facing and rear-facing child restraints to booster seats—based on the kid’s age, weight, and height, child safety is a top priority. In order to further improve passenger safety during travel, the Frontier also has safety features like seat belt warning lights and chimes that make sure all passengers are securely fastened.

2023 Nissan Frontier Specs, Price, Features and Mileage (Brochure)

Seat belts

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PRECAUTIONS ON SEAT BELT USAGE

If you are wearing your seat belt properly adjusted and you are sitting upright and well back in your seat with both feet on the floor, your chances of being injured or killed in a collision and/or the severity of injury may be greatly reduced. NISSAN strongly encourages you and all of your passengers to buckle up every time you drive, even if your seating position includes a supplemental air bag.
Most U.S. states and Canadian provinces or territories specify that seat belts be worn at all times when a vehicle is being driven.

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WARNING

  • Every person who drives or rides in this vehicle should use a seat belt at all times. Children should be in the rear seats and in an appropriate restraint.

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WARNING

  • The seat belt should be properly adjusted to a snug fit. Failure to do so may reduce the effectiveness of the entire restraint system and increase the chance or severity of injury in an accident. Serious injury or death can occur if the seat belt is not worn properly.

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WARNING

  • Always route the shoulder belt over your shoulder and across your chest. Never put the belt behind your back, under your arm or across your neck. The belt should be away from your face and neck, but not falling off your shoulder.
  • Position the lap belt as low and snug as possible AROUND THE HIPS, NOT THE WAIST. A lap belt worn too high could increase the risk of internal in-juries in an accident.
  • Be sure the seat belt tongue is securely fastened to the proper buckle.
  • Do not wear the seat belt inside out or twisted. Doing so may reduce its effectiveness.
  • Do not allow more than one person to use the same seat belt.
  • Never carry more people in the vehicle than there are seat belts.
  • If the seat belt warning light glows continuously while the ignition is placed in the ON position with all doors closed and all seat belts fastened, it may indicate a malfunction in the system. Have the system checked. It is recommended that you visit a NISSAN dealer for this
  • No changes should be made to the seat belt system. For example, do not modify the seat belt, add material, or install devices that may change the seat belt routing or tension. Doing so may affect the operation of the seat belt system. Modifying or tampering with the seat belt system may result in serious personal injury.
  • Once seat belt pre-tensioner (s) have activated, they cannot be reused and must be replaced together with the retractor. It is recommended that you visit a NISSAN dealer for this service.
  • All seat belt assemblies, including retractors and attaching hardware, should be inspected after any collision. It is recommended that you visit a NISSAN dealer for this service. NISSAN recommends that all seat belt assemblies in use during a collision be replaced unless the collision is minor and the belts show no damage and continue to operate properly. Seat belt assemblies not in use during a collision should also be inspected and replaced if either damage or improper operation is noted.
  • All child restraints and attaching hardware should be inspected after any collision. Always follow the restraint manufacturer’s inspection instructions and replacement recommendations. The child restraints should be replaced if they are damaged.
  • “Seat belt warning light and chime”.
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SEAT BELT WARNING LIGHT AND CHIME
The light and chime remind you to fasten the driver, front passenger and rear passenger seat belts. A visual and audible alert will operate in the following conditions:

  • If the driver seat belt is not fastened.
  • The front passenger’s seat belt is not fastened and the seat is occupied by a passenger for 7 seconds after the ignition switch is placed in the ON position.
  •  The front passenger’s seat belt is not fastened and objects or external force on the passenger seat change the seat belt reminder classification to “occupied”.
  • Any rear passenger seat belt is operated from fastened to unfastened.

For additional information, see:

  •  “Seat belt warning light and chime”.
  • “Rear seat belt warning”.

The below situations could result in the seat belt warning function operating, even with no occupant present in the front passenger seat:

  • Heavy objects are placed on the seat.
  • Someone pushing or pulling on the front passenger seat.
  • An object was placed under the front passenger seat.
  • An object placed between the seat cushion and center console or between the seat cushion and the door.
  • An object hanging on the seat or placed in the seatback pocket.
  • A child restraint or other object pressing against the rear of the seatback.

The rear seat belt reminder may operate if the rear seat belts are used without occupants.

PREGNANT WOMEN
NISSAN recommends that pregnant women use seat belts. The seat belt should be worn snugly and always position the lap belt as low as possible around the hips, not the waist. Place the shoulder belt over your shoulder and across your chest. Never run the lap/shoulder belt over your abdominal area. Contact your doctor for specific recommendations.

INJURED PERSONS
NISSAN recommends that injured persons use seat belts. Check with your doctor for specific recommendations.

THREE-POINT TYPE SEAT BELT WITH RETRACTOR

  • Every person who drives or rides in this vehicle should use a seat belt at all times. Children should be in the rear seats and in an appropriate restraint.
  • Do not ride in a moving vehicle when the seatback is reclined. This can be dangerous. The shoulder belt will not be against your body. In an accident, 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.
  • For the most effective protection when the vehicle is in motion, the seat should be upright. Always sit well back and upright in the seat with both feet on the floor and adjust the seat belt properly.
  • Do not allow children to play with the seat belts. Most seating positions are equipped with Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) mode seat belts. If the seat belt becomes wrapped around a child’s neck with the ALR mode activated, the child can be seriously injured or killed if the seat belt retracts and becomes tight. This can occur even if the vehicle is parked. Unbuckle the seat belt to release the child. If the seat belt cannot be unbuckled or is already unbuckled, release the child by cutting the seat belt with a suitable tool (such as a knife or scissors) to release the seat belt.

Fastening the seat belts

  1. Adjust the seat. 
  2.  Slowly pull the seat belt out of the retractor and insert the tongue into the buckle OA until you hear and feel the latch engage.
    • The retractor is designed to lock during a sudden stop or nonimpact. A slow pulling motion permits the seat belt to move and allows you some freedom of movement in the seat.
    • If the seat belt cannot be pulled from its fully retracted position, firmly pull the belt and release it. Then smoothly pull the belt out of the retractor.
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  3. Position the lap belt portion low and snug on the hips OB as shown.
  4.  Pull the shoulder belt portion toward the retractor to take up extra slack OC. Be sure the shoulder belt is routed over your shoulder and across your chest.

The front passenger seat and the rear seating positions’ three-point seat belts have two modes of operation:

  • Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR)
  • Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR)

The ELR mode allows the seat belt to extend and retract to allow the driver and passengers some freedom of movement in the seat. The ELR locks the seat belt when the vehicle slows down rapidly or during certain impacts. The ALR mode (child restraint mode) locks the seat belt for child restraint installation. When the ALR mode is activated, the seat belt cannot be extended again until the seat belt tongue is detached from the buckle and fully retracted. The seat belt returns to the ELR mode after the seat belt fully retracts. The ALR mode should be used only for child restraint installation. During normal seat belt use by an occupant, the ALR mode should not be activated. If it is activated it may cause uncomfortable seat belt tension. It can also change the operation of the front passenger airbag. 

WARNING
When fastening the seat belts, be certain that the seatbacks are completely secured in the latched position. If they are not completely secured, passengers may be injured in an accident or sudden stop.

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Fastening the seat belts ( jump seats for King Cab® models)

  1. Open the jump seat. 
  2. Slowly pull the seat belt out of the retractor and insert the tongue into the buckle OA until you hear and feel the latch engage.
    • The retractor is designed to lock during a sudden stop or on impact. A slow pulling motion permits the seat belt to move and allows you some freedom of movement in the seat.
    • If the seat belt cannot be pulled from its fully retracted position, firmly pull the belt and release it. Then smoothly pull the belt out of the retractor.
  3.  Position the lap belt portion low and snug on the hips OB as shown.
  4.  Pull the shoulder belt portion toward the retractor to take up extra slack OC. Be sure the shoulder belt is routed over your shoulder and across your chest.

The jump seat position’s three-point seat belts have two modes of operation:

  • Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR)
  • Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR)

The ELR mode allows the seat belt to extend and retract to allow the passengers some freedom of movement in the seat. The ELR locks the seat belt when the vehicle slows down rapidly or during certain impacts. The ALR mode (child restraint mode) locks the seat belt for child restraint installation. When the ALR mode is activated, the seat belt cannot be extended again until the seat belt tongue is detached from the buckle and fully retracted. The seat belt returns to the ELR mode after the seat belt fully retracts. The ALR mode should be used only for child restraint installation. During normal seat belt use by an occupant, the ALR mode should not be activated. If it is activated it may cause uncomfortable seat belt tension. It can also change the operation of the front passenger airbag. 

WARNING
When fastening the seat belts, be certain that the seatbacks are completely secured in the latched position. If they are not completely secured, passengers may be injured in an accident or sudden stop.

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Unfastening the seat belts
To unfasten the seat belt, press the button on the buckle 1O. The seat belt automatically retracts.

Checking seat belt operation
Seat belt retractors are designed to lock seat belt movement by two separate methods:

  • When the seat belt is pulled quickly from the retractor
  • When the vehicle slows down rapidly

To increase your confidence in the seat belts, check the operation as follows:

  • 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, get the system checked. It is recommended that you visit a NISSAN dealer for this service or to learn more about seat belt operation.

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Shoulder belt height adjustment (front seats)
The shoulder belt anchor height should be adjusted to the position best for you. To adjust, pull out the adjustment button 1O and move the shoulder belt anchor to the desired position 2O, so the belt passes over the center of the shoulder. The belt should be away from your face and neck, but not falling off your shoulder. Release the adjustment button to lock the shoulder belt anchor into position.

WARNING

  • After adjustment, release the adjustment button and try to move the shoulder belt anchor up and down to make sure it is securely fixed in position.
  • The shoulder belt anchor height should be adjusted to the position best for you. Failure to do so may reduce the effectiveness of the entire restraint system and increase the chance or severity of injury in an accident.

SEAT BELT EXTENDERS
If, because of body size or driving position, it is not possible to properly fit the lap/shoulder belt and fasten it, an extender that is compatible with the installed seat belts is available for purchase. The extender adds approximately 8 in (200 mm) of length and may be used for either the driver or front passenger seating position. It is recommended that you visit a NISSAN dealer for assistance with purchasing an extender if an extender is required.

WARNING

  • Only NISSAN seat belt extenders, made by the same company that made the original equipment seat belts, should be used with NISSAN seat belts.
  • Adults and children who can use the standard seat belt should not use an extender. Such unnecessary use could result in serious personal injury in the event of an accident.
  • Never use seat belt extenders to install child restraints. If the child restraint is not secured properly, the child could be seriously injured or killed in a collision or a sudden stop.

SEAT BELT MAINTENANCE

  • To clean the seat belt webbing, apply a mild soap solution or any solution recommended for cleaning upholstery or carpet. Then wipe with a cloth and allow the seat belts to dry in the shade. Do not allow the seat belts to retract until they are completely dry.
  • If dirt builds up in the shoulder belt guide of the seat belt anchors, the seat belts may retract slowly. Wipe the shoulder belt guide with a clean, dry cloth.
  • Periodically check to see that the seat belt and the metal components, such as buckles, tongues, retractors, flexible wires, and anchors, work properly. If loose parts, deterioration, cuts, or other damage on the webbing is found, the entire seat belt assembly should be replaced.

CHILD SAFETY
Do not allow children to play with seat belts. Most seating positions are equipped with Automatic Locking Re-tractor (ALR) mode seat belts. If the seat belt becomes wrapped around a child’s neck with the ALR mode activated, the child can be seriously injured or killed if the seat belt retracts and becomes tight. This can occur even if the vehicle is parked. Unbuckle the seat belt to release the child. If the seat belt cannot be unbuckled or is already unbuckled, release the child by cutting the seat belt with a suitable tool (such as a knife or scissors) to release the seat belt.

Children need adults to help protect them. They need to be properly restrained.
In addition to the general information in this manual, child safety information is available from many other sources, including doctors, teachers, government traffic safety offices, and community organizations. Every child is different, so be sure to learn the best way to transport your child.

There are three basic types of child restraint systems:

  • Rear-facing child restraint
  • Forward-facing child restraint
  • Booster seat

The proper restraint depends on the child’s size. Generally, infants up to about 1 year and less than 20 lbs. (9 kg) should be placed in rear-facing child restraints. Forward-facing child restraints are available for children who outgrow rear-facing child restraints and are at least 1 year old. Booster seats are used to help position a vehicle lap/shoulder belt on a child who can no longer use a forward-facing child restraint.

WARNING
Infants and children need special protection. The vehicle’s seat belts may not fit properly. The shoulder belt may come too close to the face or neck. The lap belt may not fit over their small hip bones. In an accident, an improperly fitting seat belt could cause serious or fatal injury. Always use appropriate child restraints. All U.S. states and Canadian provinces or territories require the use of approved child restraints for infants and small children. A child restraint may be secured in the vehicle by using either the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system or with the vehicle seat belt. NISSAN recommends that all pre-teens and children be restrained in the rear seat if available (Crew Cab models). Studies show that children are safer when properly restrained in the rear seat than in the front seat.
This is especially important because your vehicle has a supplemental restraint system (air bag system) for the front passenger. 

INFANTS
Infants up to at least 1 year old should be placed in a rear-facing child restraint. NISSAN recommends that infants be placed in child restraints that comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. You should choose a child restraint that fits your vehicle and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and use.

SMALL CHILDREN
Children who are over 1 year old and weigh at least 20 lbs. (9 kg) should

FAQ

 

How should seat belts be worn in the Frontier?

Properly adjust the seat belt for a snug fit, with the shoulder belt over the shoulder and across the chest, and the lap belt low around the hips.

Is it mandatory for all passengers to use seat belts?

Yes, every person in the vehicle should use a seat belt at all times, with children recommended to be in the rear seats in appropriate restraints.

What is the function of the seat belt warning light and chime?

These alert drivers and passengers to fasten their seat belts in various conditions, such as when a seat belt is unfastened while the vehicle is in motion.

Are there special seat belt recommendations for pregnant women?

Yes, pregnant women should wear seat belts with the lap belt positioned low around the hips and the shoulder belt across the chest, avoiding the abdominal area.

What types of seat belts are in the Frontier?

The vehicle is equipped with three-point type seat belts with retractors.

How do you fasten the seat belts in the Frontier?

Pull the seat belt out of the retractor, insert the tongue into the buckle until it latches, and adjust the lap and shoulder portions for a snug fit.

What are the Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) and Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) modes?

ELR allows freedom of movement but locks in a rapid slowdown; ALR, used for child restraints, locks the seat belt to prevent extension until fully retracted.

Are seat belt extenders available for the Frontier?

Yes, extenders can be purchased for those who need additional belt length due to body size or driving position.

What should be considered for child safety in the Frontier?

Children should not play with seat belts, especially those with ALR mode, and should be properly restrained according to their size and age.

What types of child restraints are available?

The Frontier supports rear-facing, and forward-facing child restraints, and booster seats.

How should seat belts fit children?

Seat belts should fit properly, with the shoulder belt away from the face and neck, and the lap belt over the lower hips or upper thighs.

What are the guidelines for infant restraints?

Infants up to at least 1 year old should be in rear-facing child restraints.

What are the guidelines for small children in restraints?

Children over 1 year old and at least 20 lbs should stay in rear-facing restraints as long as possible, then move to forward-facing restraints with a harness.

When should larger children use booster seats?

Once they outgrow forward-facing restraints, they should use booster seats until they can properly fit into regular seat belts.

How to check if a child is ready to transition from a booster seat to a seat belt?

Ensure the child’s back and hips are against the seatback, they can sit without slouching, knees bend over the edge of the seat, and the seat belt fits properly.

Useful Link

View Full User Guide: Nissan FRONTIER 2023 User Guide

Download Manuals: https://www.nissanusa.com/owners/ownership/manuals-guides.html

2023 Nissan Frontier Specs, Price, Features and Mileage (Brochure)

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