Audi Q3 Owners & Service Manuals

Audi Q3: Child safety seats

General information

When installing and using child safety seats, follow the information in this Owner's Manual, the applicable state and federal regulations, and the manufacturer instructions for the child safety seat.


To reduce the risk of serious or fatal injuries, children must always be secured in the vehicle with a child safety seat that is appropriate for their body size, weight, and age.

  • Children ages 12 and under must be transported using the appropriate child safety seat. Note differences in regulations between states and countries.
  • Child safety seats secured incorrectly in the vehicle may cause serious or fatal injuries in the event of an accident. Always secure the child safety seat according to the manufacturer instructions.
  • Children or babies must not under any circumstances be held on the lap of the driver or other passengers while driving.
  • Do not secure more than one child in a child safety seat.
  • Never allow a child to sit in a child safety seat unsupervised.
  • Never allow children to ride unsecured in the vehicle or to stand or kneel on the seats while driving. In the event of an accident, a child could be propelled through the vehicle.

    This can cause serious or fatal injuries for the child and passengers.

  • If children use an incorrect seating position while driving, they have a higher risk of injury during a sudden braking maneuver or accident. This especially applies to children in the front passenger's seat or children who have their head near the side airbag deployment area, if the airbag system is deployed during an accident. This incorrect seating position can cause severe or even fatal injuries.
  • Make sure there is enough space in front of the child in the child safety seat. If necessary, adjust the angle and position of the seat in front of the child safety seat.
  • The rear side of a forward-facing child safety seat should be positioned as close as possible to the backrest on the vehicle seat. If the head restraints make it difficult to install a child safety seat, adjust or remove them if necessary. Reinstall the head restraints immediately once the child safety seat has been removed.
  • Always make sure that the backrest on the seat where the child safety seat is installed is securely locked in place and cannot move forward. Otherwise, the backrest where the child safety seat is secured could move forward in the event of an accident or other emergency situation.
    • Always secure child safety seats on the rear seats. If exceptional circumstances require the child safety seat to be placed on the front passenger's seat, then the front passenger's airbag must be deactivated.

      Always make sure that PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF stays on while driving. If PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF does not turn on, remove the child safety seat and install it again according to the child safety seat manufacturer instructions. If PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF still does not turn on, the front passenger's seat must not be used. Drive to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility and have the airbag system inspected.

  • If you must use a forward-facing child safety seat on the front passenger's seat, move the seat as far back as possible so that it is as far as possible from the front passenger's airbag. While doing this, make sure the seat can be adjusted all the way. A child in a child safety seat on the front passenger's seat can receive a severe impact if the front passenger's airbag deploys, which increases the risk of serious or fatal injury.
  • Replace the child safety seat after an accident because there could be damage that is not visible.
  • Even if a child is not sitting in the child safety seat, the child safety seat must be secured.

    An unsecured child safety seat may be thrown through the vehicle interior during sudden braking maneuvers or an accident.


     Correct positioning for children

    Always secure children in a child safety seat designed for the body size, weight, and age of the child. You can secure child safety seats in your vehicle using the lower LATCH anchors or the safety b

     Securing child safety seats to the lower LATCH anchors

    Fig. 65 Rear bench seat: lower LATCH anchors In the United States and Canada, child safety seats can be secured without safety belts using the LATCH system. LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers

     Securing child safety seats belt

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