Hyundai Tucson Owners Manual

Installing a Child Restraint System (CRS)
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WARNING

Before installing your child restraint system always:

  • Read and follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the child restraint.
  • Read and follow the instructions regarding child restraint systems in this manual. Failure to follow all warnings and instructions could increase the risk of the SERIOUS INJURY or DEATH if an accident occurs.

After selecting a proper child seat for your child, check to make sure it fits properly in your vehicle. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer when installing the child seat. Note these general steps when installing the seat to your vehicle:

  • Properly secure the child restraint to the vehicle. All child restraints must be secured to the vehicle with the lap part of a lap/shoulder belt or with the LATCH system.
  • Make sure the child restraint is firmly secured. After installing a child restraint to the vehicle, push and pull the seat forward and from side-to-side to verify that it is securely attached to the seat. A child restraint secured with a seat belt should be installed as firmly as possible. However, some side-toside movement can be expected.

WARNING

A child restraint in a closed vehicle can become very hot.To prevent burns, check the seating surface and buckles before placing your child in the child restraint.

Lower Anchors and Tether for Children (LATCH) System

The LATCH system holds a child restraint during driving and in an accident.

This system is designed to make installation of the child restraint easier and reduce the possibility of improperly installing your child restraint. The LATCH system uses anchors in the vehicle and attachments on the child restraint. The LATCH system eliminates the need to use seat belts to secure the child restraint to the rear seats.

Lower anchors are metal bars built into the vehicle. There are two lower anchors for each LATCH seating position that will accommodate a child restraint with lower attachments.

To use the LATCH system in your vehicle, you must have a child restraint with LATCH attachments.

The child seat manufacturer will provide you with instructions on how to use the child seat with its attachments for the LATCH lower anchors.

Hyundai Tucson: <b>Installing a Child Restraint System (CRS)</b>. LATCH anchors have been provided in the left and right outboard rear seating

LATCH anchors have been provided in the left and right outboard rear seating positions. Their locations are shown in the illustration. There are no LATCH anchors provided for the center rear seating position.

WARNING

Do not attempt to install a child restraint system using LATCH anchors in the rear center seating position.There are no LATCH anchors provided for this seat. Using the outboard seat anchors can damage the anchors which may break or fail in a collision resulting in serious injury or death.

Hyundai Tucson: <b>Installing a Child Restraint System (CRS)</b>. The lower anchor position indicator symbols are located on the left and right

The lower anchor position indicator symbols are located on the left and right rear seat backs to identify the position of the lower anchors in your vehicle (see arrows in illustration).

Hyundai Tucson: <b>Installing a Child Restraint System (CRS)</b>. The LATCH anchors are located between the seatback and the seat cushion of the

The LATCH anchors are located between the seatback and the seat cushion of the rear seat left and right outboard seating positions.

Securing a child restraint with the LATCH anchors system

To install a LATCH-compatible child restraint in either of the rear outboard seating positions:

1. Move the seat belt buckle away from the lower anchors.

2. Move any other objects away from the anchors that could prevent a secure connection between the child restraint and the lower anchors.

3. Place the child restraint on the vehicle seat, then attach the seat to the lower anchors according to the instructions provided by the child restraint manufacturer.

4. Follow the child restraint instructions for properly adjusting and tightening the lower attachments on the child restraint to the lower anchors.

WARNING

Take the following precautions when using the LATCH system:

  • Read and follow all installation instructions provided with your child restraint system.
  • To prevent the child from reaching and taking hold of unretracted seat belts, buckle all unused rear seat belts and retract the seat belt webbing behind the child. Children can be strangled if a shoulder belt becomes wrapped around their neck and the seat belt tightens.
  • NEVER attach more than one child restraint to a single anchor. This could cause the anchor or attachment to come loose or break.
  • Always have the LATCH system inspected by your authorized HYUNDAI dealer after an accident. An accident can damage the LATCH system and may not properly secure the child restraint.

Hyundai Tucson: <b>Installing a Child Restraint System (CRS)</b>. Installing the tether strap

Installing the tether strap

First, secure the child restraint with the LATCH lower anchors or the seat belt. If the child seat manufacturer recommends that the tether strap be attached, attach and tighten the tether strap to the tether anchor.

Tether anchors are located on the back of the rear seats.

WARNING

Take the following precautions when installing the tether strap:

  • Read and follow all installation instructions provided with your child restraint system.
  • NEVER attach more than one child restraint to a single tether anchor. This could cause the anchor or attachment to come loose or break.
  • Do not attach the tether strap to anything other than the correct tether anchor. It may not work properly if attached to something else.
  • Do not use the tether anchors for adult seat belts or harnesses, or for attaching other items or equipment to the vehicle.

Hyundai Tucson: <b>Installing a Child Restraint System (CRS)</b>. To install the tether strap:

To install the tether strap:

1. Route the child restraint tether strap over the child restraint seatback.

Route the tether strap under the headrest and between the headrest posts, or route the tether strap over the top of the vehicle seatback. Make sure the strap is not twisted.

2. Connect the tether strap hook to the tether anchor, then tighten the tether strap according to the child seat manufacturer’s instructions to firmly secure the child restraint to the seat.

3. Check that the child restraint is securely attached to the seat by pushing and pulling the seat forward and from side-to-side.

Securing a child restraint with a lap belt or lap/shoulder belt

When not using the LATCH system, all child restraints must be secured to a vehicle rear seat with the lap part of a lap/shoulder belt.

WARNING

ALWAYS place a rear-facing child restraint in the rear seat of the vehicle. Placing a rear-facing child restraint in the front seat can result in serious injury or death if the child restraint is struck by an inflating air bag.

Hyundai Tucson: <b>Installing a Child Restraint System (CRS)</b>. Automatic lock mode

Automatic lock mode

Since all passenger seat belts move freely under normal conditions and only lock under extreme or emergency conditions (emergency locking mode), you must manually pull the seat belt all the way out to shift the retractor to the “Automatic Locking” mode to secure a child restraint.

The “Automatic Locking” mode will help prevent the normal movement of the child in the vehicle from causing the seat belt to loosen and compromise the child restraint system.To secure a child restraint system, use the following procedure.

To install a child restraint system on the rear seats, do the following:

1. Place the child restraint system on a rear seat and route the lap/shoulder belt around or through the child restraint, following the restraint manufacturer’s instructions.

Be sure the seat belt webbing is not twisted.

✽ NOTICE

When using the rear center seat belt, you should also refer to “3-point Rear Center Seat Belt” in this chapter.

Hyundai Tucson: <b>Installing a Child Restraint System (CRS)</b>. 2. Fasten the lap/shoulder belt latch into the buckle. Listen for the distinct

2. Fasten the lap/shoulder belt latch into the buckle. Listen for the distinct “click” sound.

✽ NOTICE

Position the release button so that it is easy to access in case of an emergency.

Hyundai Tucson: <b>Installing a Child Restraint System (CRS)</b>. 3. Pull the shoulder portion of the seat belt all the way out. When the shoulder

3. Pull the shoulder portion of the seat belt all the way out. When the shoulder portion of the seat belt is fully extended, it will shift the retractor to the “Automatic Locking” (child restraint) mode.

Hyundai Tucson: <b>Installing a Child Restraint System (CRS)</b>. 4. Slowly allow the shoulder portion of the seat belt to retract and listen for

4. Slowly allow the shoulder portion of the seat belt to retract and listen for an audible “clicking” or “ratcheting” sound. This indicates that the retractor is in the “Automatic Locking” mode. If no distinct sound is heard, repeat steps 3 and 4.

5. Remove as much slack from the belt as possible by pushing down on the child restraint system while feeding the shoulder belt back into the retractor.

6. Push and pull on the child restraint system to confirm that the seat belt is holding it firmly in place. If it is not, release the seat belt and repeat steps 2 through 6.

7. Double check that the retractor is in the “Automatic Locking” mode by attempting to pull more of the seat belt out of the retractor. If you cannot, the retractor is in the “Automatic Locking” mode.

If your CRS manufacturer instructs or recommends you to use a tether anchor with the lap/shoulder belt, refer to the previous pages for more information.

✽ NOTICE

When the seat belt is allowed to retract to its fully stowed position, the retractor will automatically switch from the “Automatic Locking” mode to the emergency lock mode for normal adult usage.

WARNING

If the retractor is not in the “Automatic Locking” mode, the child restraint can move when your vehicle turns or stops suddenly. A child can be seriously injured or killed if the child restraint is not properly anchored in the car, including manually pulling the seat belt all the way out to shift the rectractor to the “Automatic Locking” mode.

To remove the child restraint, press the release button on the buckle and then pull the lap/shoulder belt out of the restraint and allow the seat belt to retract fully.


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