Toyota Camry: Seat belt pretensioners
Seat belt pretensioners (front and outboard rear seats)
The pretensioners help the seat
belts to quickly restrain the occupants
by retracting the seat belts
when the vehicle is subjected to
certain types of severe frontal or
side collision or a vehicle rollover.
The pretensioners do not activate
in the event of a minor frontal
impact, a minor side impact or a
■Emergency locking retractor (ELR)
The retractor will lock the belt during a sudden stop or on impact. It may
lock if you lean forward too quickly. A slow, easy motion will allow the belt to
extend so that you can move around fully.
■Automatic locking retractor (ALR)
When a passenger's shoulder belt is completely extended and then retracted
even slightly, the belt is locked in that position and cannot be extended. This
feature is used to hold the child restraint system (CRS) firmly. To free the
again, fully retract the belt and then pull the belt out once more.
■Child seat belt usage
The seat belts of your vehicle were principally designed for persons of adult
- Use a child restraint system appropriate for the child, until the child
becomes large enough to properly wear the vehicle's seat belt.
- When the child becomes large enough to properly wear the vehicle's seat
belt, follow the instructions regarding seat belt usage.
■Replacing the belt after the pretensioner has been activated
If the vehicle is involved in multiple collisions, the pretensioner will
the first collision, but will not activate for the second or subsequent
■Seat belt extender
If your seat belts cannot be fastened
securely because they are not long
enough, a personalized seat belt
extender is available from your Toyota
dealer free of charge.
■Rear seat belt
Use the seat belt after passing it through
the guide if the seat belt comes free from
Observe the following precautions to reduce the risk of injury in the
sudden braking, sudden swerving or an accident.
Failure to do so may cause death or serious injury.
■Wearing a seat belt
- Ensure that all passengers wear a seat belt.
- Always wear a seat belt properly.
- Each seat belt should be used by one person only. Do not use a seat
for more than one person at once, including children.
- Toyota recommends that children be seated in the rear seat and always
use a seat belt and/or an appropriate child restraint system.
- To achieve a proper seating position, do not recline the seat more
necessary. The seat belt is most effective when the occupants are sitting
up straight and well back in the seats.
- Do not wear the shoulder belt under your arm.
- Always wear your seat belt low and snug across your hips.
Obtain medical advice and wear the seat
belt in the proper way.
Women who are pregnant should position
the lap belt as low as possible over
the hips in the same manner as other
occupants, extending the shoulder belt
completely over the shoulder and avoiding
belt contact with the rounding of the
If the seat belt is not worn properly, not
only the pregnant woman, but also the
fetus could suffer death or serious injury
as a result of sudden braking or a collision.
■People suffering illness
Obtain medical advice and wear the seat belt in the proper way.
■Seat belt pretensioners
- Do not place anything, such as a cushion, on the front passenger's
Doing so will disperse the passenger's weight, which prevents the sensor
from detecting the passenger's weight properly. As a result, the seat belt
pretensioner for the front passenger's seat may not activate in the event of
- If the pretensioner has activated, the SRS warning light will come
that case, the seat belt cannot be used again and must be replaced at
your Toyota dealer.
■Adjustable shoulder anchor
Always make sure the shoulder belt is positioned across the center of your
shoulder. The belt should be kept away from your neck, but not falling off
your shoulder. Failure to do so could reduce the amount of protection in an
accident and cause death or serious injuries in the event of a sudden stop,
sudden swerve or accident.
■Seat belt damage and wear
- Do not damage the seat belts by allowing the belt, plate, or buckle
jammed in the door.
- Inspect the seat belt system periodically. Check for cuts, fraying,
parts. Do not use a damaged seat belt until it is replaced. Damaged seat
belts cannot protect an occupant from death or serious injury.
- Ensure that the belt and plate are locked and the belt is not
If the seat belt does not function correctly, immediately contact your
- Replace the seat assembly, including the belts, if your vehicle has
involved in a serious accident, even if there is no obvious damage.
- Do not attempt to install, remove, modify, disassemble or dispose of
seat belts. Have any necessary repairs carried out by your Toyota dealer.
Inappropriate handling may lead to incorrect operation.
- Always make sure the shoulder belt passes through the guide when
the seat belt. Failure to properly position the belt may reduce the amount
of protection in an accident and could lead to death or serious injury in a
collision or sudden stop.
- Always make sure that the seat belt is not twisted, does not get
the guide or the seatback and is arranged in the proper position.
■Using a seat belt extender
- Do not wear the seat belt extender if you can fasten the seat belt
- Do not use the seat belt extender when installing a child restraint
because the belt will not securely hold the child restraint system,
the risk of death or serious injury in the event of an accident.
- The personalized extender may not be safe on another vehicle, when
used by another person, or at a different seating position other than the
one originally intended.
■When using a seat belt extender
When releasing the seat belt, press on the buckle release button on the
extender, not on the seat belt.
This helps prevent damage to the vehicle interior and the extender itself.
The SRS airbags inflate when the vehicle is subjected to certain
types of severe impacts that may cause significant injury to the
occupants. They work together with the seat belts to help reduce
Front impact sensors
Front passenger occupant
classification system (ECU
Side impact sensors (front
Side impact sensors (front)
Front passenger ai
Your vehicle is equipped with a front passenger occupant classification
system. This system detects the conditions of the front
passenger seat and activates or deactivates the front passenger
The following procedures may be used to start the engine if the
vehicle's battery is discharged.
You can also call your Toyota dealer or a qualified repair shop.
If you have a set of jumper (or booster) cables and a second vehicle
with a 12-volt battery, you can jump start your vehicle by foll
Seat position adjustment lever
Seatback angle adjustment
Vertical height adjustment lever
Seat position adjustment switch
Seatback angle adjustment
Seat cushion (front) angle
Vertical height adju