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Quick Links. Download this manual. Table of Contents. Automobile Chevrolet Cavalier Owner's Manual pages. If you do this, it will help you learn about the features and controls for your vehicle. In the notice area, we tell you about something that can damage your vehicle. Many times, this damage would not be covered by your warranty, and it could be costly. Page 6 These are some examples of vehicle symbols you may find on your vehicle You can also learn about some things you should not do with air bags and safety belts.

Page 8: Seats And Seat Controls Seats and Seat Controls This section tells you how to adjust the seats and explains reclining seatbacks and head restraints. Page 9 Six-Way Power Seat If Equipped If your vehicle has this feature, the control is located on the outboard side of the front seats toward the front of the seat cushion.

To adjust the seat do any of the following: Move the seat forward or rearward by sliding the control to the front or the rear. Press LO to warm the seat to a lower temperature. Press HI to warm the seat to a higher temperature. Page Head Restraints Head Restraints Adjust your head restraint so that the top of the restraint is closest to the top of your head.

This position reduces the chance of a neck injury in a crash. Split Folding Rear Seat If Equipped You can fold either side of the seatback down in your vehicle for more cargo space. Page 13 2. Pull forward on the seat tab located on the outboard side of the seatback cushion to fold the seat cushion down. Fold the seatback down. This will allow you direct access to the trunk. To raise the rear seatback, follow these steps: 1. Page Safety Belts: They're For Everyone When the seat is not in use, it should be kept in the upright locked position.

If you plan to load items into the trunk through the split folding rear seat, you must first turn off the trunk release sensor. In a collision, people riding in these areas are more likely to be seriously injured or killed. Do not allow people to ride in any area of your vehicle that is not equipped with seats and safety belts.

Put someone on it. Take the simplest vehicle. Page 17 Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. The person keeps going until stopped by something. In a real vehicle, it could be the windshield Page 18 or the instrument panel With safety belts, you slow down as the vehicle does. You get more time to stop. You stop over more distance, and your strongest bones take the forces. Be aware that there are special things to know about safety belts and children. And there are different rules for smaller children and babies.

Page 21 4. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks. Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure. Make sure the release button on the buckle is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to. Page 22 Shoulder Belt Height Adjuster Before you begin to drive, move the shoulder belt adjuster to the height that is right for you.

The shoulder belt is too loose. In a crash, you would move forward too much, which could increase injury. The shoulder belt should fit against your body. The belt is buckled in the wrong place. In a crash, the belt would go up over your abdomen. The belt forces would be there, not at the pelvic bones.

The shoulder belt is worn under the arm. It should be worn over the shoulder at all times. In a crash, your body would move too far forward, which would increase the chance of head and neck injury. The belt is twisted across the body. If a belt is twisted, make it straight so it can work properly, or ask your dealer to fix it. The belt should go back out of the way. Before you close the door, be sure the belt is out of the way. If you slam the door on it, you can damage both the belt and your vehicle.

For pregnant women, as for anyone, the key to making safety belts effective is wearing them properly. Page 29 Frontal air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of injury from the force of an inflating frontal air bag. But these air bags must inflate very quickly to do their job and comply with federal regulations.

Safety belts help keep you in position for air bag inflation before and during a crash. Page 31 There is an air bag readiness light on the instrument panel, which shows the air bag symbol.

The system checks the air bag electrical system for malfunctions. The light tells you if there is an electrical problem. Page 33 CAUTION: If something is between an occupant and an air bag, the bag might not inflate properly or it might force the object into that person causing severe injury or even death. The path of an inflating air bag must be kept clear.

Page 35 What will you see after an air bag inflates? After an air bag inflates, it quickly deflates, so quickly that some people may not even realize the air bag inflated.

Page 36 In many crashes severe enough to inflate an air bag, windshields are broken by vehicle deformation. Additional windshield breakage may also occur from the right front passenger air bag.

Air bags are designed to inflate only once. There are parts of the air bag systems in several places around your vehicle. Your dealer and the service manual have information about servicing your vehicle and the air bag systems. Page Lap Belt Lap Belt If your vehicle has a front bench seat, someone can sit in the center position. When you sit in the center front seating position, you have a lap safety belt, which has no retractor.

To make the belt longer, tilt the latch plate and pull it along the belt. Accident statistics show that unbelted people in the rear seat are hurt more often in crashes than those who are wearing safety belts. Page 40 Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure. When the shoulder belt is pulled out all the way, it will lock. If it does, let it go back all the way and start again.

When installed on a shoulder belt, the comfort guide better positions the belt away from the neck and head. Page 43 2. Slide the guide under and past the belt.

The elastic cord must be under the belt. Then, place the guide over the belt, and insert the two edges of the belt into the slots of the guide. Be sure that the belt is not twisted and it lies flat. The elastic cord must be under the belt and the guide on top. Page Children 4. Make sure that the shoulder belt crosses the shoulder. During a crash a baby will become so heavy it is not possible to hold it. Air bags plus lap shoulder belts offer outstanding protection for adults and older children, but not for young children and infants.

Page Restraint Systems For Children Restraint Systems for Children An infant car bed A , a special bed made for use in a motor vehicle, is an infant restraint system designed to restrain or position a child on a continuous flat surface.

Some like shields. Page 50 How do child restraints work? A child restraint system is any device designed for use in a motor vehicle to restrain, seat, or position children. A built in child restraint system is a permanent part of the motor vehicle. Page 51 Where to Put the Restraint Accident statistics show that children are safer if they are restrained in the rear rather than the front seat. General Motors, therefore, recommends that child restraints be secured in the rear seat including an infant riding in a rear facing infant seat, a child riding in a forward For it to work, a top strap must be properly anchored to the vehicle.


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