Subaru Forester 2019-2021 Owners Manual / Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags / Child restraint systems / Installing child restraint systems with ALR/ELR seatbelt. Rearward facing child restraint

Subaru Forester: Child restraint systems / Installing child restraint systems with ALR/ELR seatbelt. Rearward facing child restraint

CAUTION

When installing a child restraint system in the rear center seating position, set both seatbacks to the original position. Otherwise, the child restraint system cannot be securely restrained, which may result in death or serious injuries in the event of sudden stop, sudden steering maneuver or an accident.

Rearward facing child restraint

WARNING

  • NEVER INSTALL A CHILD SEAT IN THE FRONT SEAT. DOING SO RISKS SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH TO THE CHILD BY PLACING THE CHILD’S HEAD TOO CLOSE TO THE SRS AIRBAG.
  • Before installing a child restraint system, be sure to confirm that the seatback is securely locked into place. Otherwise, in an accident, serious injury or death could result.

Subaru Forester. Installing child restraint systems with ALR/ELR seatbelt. Rearward facing child restraint

  1. Shake the seatback slightly to confirm that it is securely locked into place.
    • Check the red colored unlocking marker which is attached to the bottom of the lock release knob is invisible. For details, refer to “Folding down the rear seatback”.
  2. Place the child restraint system in the rear seating position.

    WARNING

    When you intend to install a child restraint system in the rear center seating position, if the child restraint system does not fit snugly against the contours of the rear center seat cushion, install the child restraint system in the window-side seating position to be safe. For details, refer to “Where to place a child restraint system”.

  3. Run the lap and shoulder belt through or around the child restraint system following the instructions provided by its manufacturer.
  4. Insert the tongue plate into the buckle until you hear a click.

    Subaru Forester. Installing child restraint systems with ALR/ELR seatbelt. Rearward facing child restraint

  5. Take up the slack in the lap belt.
  6. If using the seatbelt in the ALR mode is recommended by the manufacturer’s instructions supplied with the child restraint system, perform the following procedure.

    (1) Pull out the seatbelt fully from the retractor to change the retractor over from the Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) to the Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) mode.

    (2) Allow the belt to rewind into the retractor. As the belt is rewinding, clicks will be heard which indicate the retractor functions as ALR.

    Subaru Forester. Installing child restraint systems with ALR/ELR seatbelt. Rearward facing child restraint

  7. Push and pull the child restraint system forward and from side to side to check if it is firmly secured. Sometimes a child restraint can be more firmly secured by pushing it down into the seat cushion and then tightening the seatbelt.
  8. If the seatbelt has been set to the ALR mode in step 5, pull at the shoulder portion of the belt to confirm that it cannot be pulled out (ALR properly functioning).

    Subaru Forester. Installing child restraint systems with ALR/ELR seatbelt. Rearward facing child restraint

  9. To remove the child restraint system, press the release button on the seatbelt buckle and allow the belt to retract completely. The belt will return to the ELR mode.

NOTE

When the child restraint system is no longer in use, remove it and restore the ELR function of the retractor. That function is restored by allowing the seatbelt to retract fully.

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