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Audi Q3: Securing child safety seats belt

Observe the safety precautions. The front passenger's seat is a dangerous location for a child, even with an advanced airbag system. 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.

Securing child safety seats

  • Applies to: vehicles with forward/back adjustable rear bench seat: Move the rear seat all the way back.
  • Activate the child safety lock.
  • If you secure a child safety seat to the rear seat, secure any unused safety belts that are within reach of the child.
  • If you secure a child safety seat to the front passenger's seat, adjust the front passenger's seat to the highest position.
  • Secure the child safety seat according to the child safety seat manufacturer instructions.
  • If necessary, activate the belt retractor lock.
  • If the child safety seat is secured on the front passenger's seat, adjust the front passenger's seat backrest until it rests flat against the child safety seat. Also make sure that the upper safety belt fixture is behind the child safety seat.
  • If you secure a child safety seat on the rear seat, also secure it to the correct top tether anchor if possible.

Activating the belt retractor lock

If you secure a child safety seat using the vehicle safety belt, you must activate the belt retractor lock. Follow the child safety seat manufacturer instructions.

The belt retractor lock prevents the safety belt from becoming loose while driving, which could result in the child safety seat no longer being adequately secured.

  • Secure the child safety seat according to the child safety seat manufacturer instructions.

    While doing so, pull out the safety belt. Insert the safety belt into the belt latch that belongs to that seat until it audibly locks.

  • Pull the upper belt out completely and then allow it to retract. You will hear a clicking sound while the belt is retracting. It will not be possible to pull the safety belt out any farther.
  • Push the child safety seat into the seat and allow the belt to retract more.
  • Make sure that the child safety seat cannot move more than 1 inch (2.5 cm).

Deactivating the belt retractor lock

  • Unbuckle the safety belt from the belt latch.
  • Remove the child safety seat according to the manufacturer instructions.
  • Allow the safety belt to retract completely. The belt retractor lock is deactivated.

WARNING

  • A safety belt that is not locked by the belt retractor lock or a locking device cannot secure a child safety seat while driving or in the event of an accident, which increases the risk of fatal injury. Always make sure the belt retractor lock on the safety belt is activated if the child safety seat manufacturer instructions require it.
  • Due to the risk of fatal injury, never place a rear-facing child safety seat on the front passenger's seat when the front passenger's airbag is switched on.
  • For the child safety seat to offer the maximum protection, it is especially important to route the vehicle safety belt correctly. Always follow the instructions from the child safety seat manufacturer for routing the safety belt correctly. Incorrectly fastened safety belts can cause injuries, even during minor accidents.

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