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Volkswagen Tiguan Owners Manual: Safety belt position

Fig. 63 Proper safety belt positioning and head restraint adjustment.

Fig. 64 Proper safety belt positioning for expectant mothers.

Read and follow the introductory information and safety information firstIntroduction to the subject 

Wearing safety belts improperly can cause serious injury or death. Safety belts can only work when they are correctly positioned on the body. A properly worn safety belt also helps to position the occupant so that an airbag can provide maximum protection when deployed. Therefore, always fasten your safety belt and make sure that it is properly positioned over your body.

Improper seating positions reduce the effectiveness of safety belts and even increase the risk of injury or death by moving the safety belt to critical areas of the body. Improper seating positions also increase the risk of severe injury or death when an airbag deploys and strikes an occupant who is not seated properly ⇒ Adjusting the seating position .

Proper safety belt position

  • The shoulder portion of the safety belt must always run over the center of the shoulder and never over the throat, over the arm, under the arm or behind the back.
  • The lap portion of the safety belt must always run as low as possible over the pelvis and never over the abdomen.
  • Always wear the safety belt flat and snug against the body. Pull on the safety belt to tighten if necessary.

Expectant mothers must always wear the lap portion of the safety belt as low as possible across the pelvis and below the rounding of the abdomen – throughout the pregnancy. The safety belt must lie flat against the body to avoid pressure against the abdomen ⇒ Fig. 64 .

Adjusting safety belt height

The safety belt position can be adjusted using the following features:

  • Safety belt height adjusters for the front seats.
  • Front seats with height adjustment.

Warning

Improperly positioned safety belts can cause serious personal injury in an accident or a sudden braking maneuver.
  • Always make sure that all vehicle occupants are correctly restrained and stay in a correct seating position whenever the vehicle is being used.
  • Safety belts offer optimum protection only when the seat backrest is upright and belts are correctly positioned on the body.
  • A loose-fitting safety belt can cause serious injuries by shifting its position on your body from the strong bones to more vulnerable soft tissue and cause serious injury.
  • The shoulder belt portion of the safety belt must be positioned over the middle of the occupant's shoulder and never across the neck or throat.
  • The safety belt must lie flat and snug on the occupant's upper body.
  • Never wear the shoulder part of the safety belt under your arm or otherwise out of position.
  • The lap portion of the safety belt must be positioned as low as possible across the pelvis and never over the abdomen. Make sure the belt lies flat and snug against the pelvis. Pull on the safety belt to tighten if necessary.
  • Expectant mothers must always wear the lap portion of the safety belt as low as possible across the pelvis and below the rounding of the abdomen.
  • Do not twist the belt when attaching it. If you cannot untwist a twisted safety belt, wear it anyway, but make sure the twisted part is not in contact with your body. Have the problem corrected right away by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
  • Never hold the safety belt away from your body with your hand.
  • Never wear belts over rigid or breakable objects, such as eye glasses, pens or keys.
  • Never modify the position of the belt using comfort clips, loops or similar devices.
  • If you have a physical impairment or condition that prevents you from sitting properly on the seat with the safety belt properly fastened, special modifications to your vehicle may be necessary.
  • Contact your authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility or call the Volkswagen Customer CARE Center at 1-800-822-8987 for information about possible modifications to your vehicle.
    Fastening and unfastening safety belts
    Fig. 61 Inserting the buckle tongue into the belt buckle. Fig. 62 Releasing the buckle tongue from the belt buckle. Read and follow the introductory information and safety information first⇒ ...

    Safety belt height adjusters
    Fig. 65 Next to the front seats: Safety belt height adjuster. Read and follow the introductory information and safety information first⇒Introduction to the subject Safety belt height adjust ...

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