Toyota Avalon Owners Manual: Installing child restraints

Follow the child restraint system manufacturer's instructions.

Firmly secure child restraints to the seats using the LATCH anchors or a seat belt. Attach the top tether strap when installing a child restraint.

The lap/shoulder belt can be used if your child restraint system is not compatible with the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system.

Child restraint LATCH anchors

LATCH anchors are provided for the outboard rear seats. (Marks displaying the location of the anchors are attached to the seats.)

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Seat belts equipped with a child restraint locking mechanism (ALR/ELR belts except driver's seat belt)

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Anchor brackets (for top tether strap)

An anchor bracket is provided for each rear seat.

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Installation with LATCH system

■ When installing in the rear outboard seats Install the child restraint system in accordance to the operation manual enclosed with the child restraint system.

1. If the head restraint interferes with the child restraint system installation and the head restraint can be removed, remove the head restraint.

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2. Remove the cover.

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With flexible lower attachments

3. Latch the hooks of the lower straps onto the LATCH anchors.

For owners in Canada: The symbol on a child restraint system indicates the presence of a lower connector system.

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With rigid lower attachments

4. Latch the buckles onto the LATCH anchors.

For owners in Canada: The symbol on a child restraint system indicates the presence of a lower connector system.

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4. If the child restraint has a top tether strap, follow the child restraint manufacturer's operation manual regarding the installation, using the top tether strap to latch onto the top tether strap anchor.

5. After installing the child restraint system, rock it back and forth to ensure that it is installed securely.

■ When installing in the rear center seat There are no LATCH anchors behind the rear center seat. However, the inboard LATCH anchors of the outboard seats, which are 16.9 in. (430 mm) apart, can be used if the child restraint system manufacturer's instructions permit use of those anchors with the anchor spacing stated.

Child restraint systems with rigid lower attachments cannot be installed in the center seat. This type of child restraint system can only be installed in the outboard seat.

Installing child restraints using a seat belt (child restraint lock function belt)

■ Rear-facing - Infant seat/convertible seat

1. Place the child restraint system on the rear seat facing the rear of the vehicle.

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2. Run the seat belt through the child restraint system and insert the plate into the buckle. Make sure that the belt is not twisted.

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3. Fully extend the shoulder belt and allow it to retract to put it in lock mode. In lock mode, the belt cannot be extended.

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4. While pushing the child restraint system down into the rear seat, allow the shoulder belt to retract until the child restraint system is securely in place.

After the shoulder belt has retracted to a point where there is no slack in the belt, pull the belt to check that it cannot be extended.

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■ Forward-facing - Convertible seat

1. If the head restraint interferes with the child restraint system installation and the head restraint can be removed, remove the head restraint.

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2. Place the child restraint system on the seat facing the front of the vehicle.

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3. Run the seat belt through the child restraint system and insert the plate into the buckle. Make sure that the belt is not twisted.

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4. Fully extend the shoulder belt and allow it to retract to put it in lock mode. In lock mode, the belt cannot be extended.

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5. While pushing the child restraint system into the rear seat, allow the shoulder belt to retract until the child restraint system is securely in place.

After the shoulder belt has retracted to a point where there is no slack in the belt, pull the belt to check that it cannot be extended.

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6. If the child restraint has a top tether strap, the top tether strap should be latched onto the top tether strap anchor.

■ Booster seat

1. Place the child restraint system on the seat facing the front of the vehicle.

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2. Sit the child in the child restraint system. Fit the seat belt to the child restraint system according to the manufacturer's instructions and insert the plate into the buckle. Make sure that the belt is not twisted.

Check that the shoulder belt is correctly positioned over the child's shoulder and that the lap belt is as low as possible.

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Removing a child restraint installed with a seat belt

Push the buckle release button and fully retract the seat belt.

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Child restraint systems with a top tether strap

Install the child restraint system in accordance to the operation manual enclosed with the child restraint system.

1. Adjust the head restraint to the upmost position.

If the head restraint interferes with the child restraint system installation and the head restraint can be removed, remove the head restraint.

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2. Secure the child restraint system using the seat belt or LATCH anchors.

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3. Open the anchor bracket cover, latch the hook onto the anchor bracket and tighten the top tether strap.

Make sure the top tether strap is securely latched.

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■Laws and regulations pertaining to anchorages

The LATCH system conforms to FMVSS225 or CMVSS210.2.

Child restraint systems conforming to FMVSS213 or CMVSS213 specifications can be used.

This vehicle is designed to conform to the SAE J1819.

WARNING

■When installing a booster seat To prevent the belt from going into ALR lock mode, do not fully extend the shoulder belt. ALR mode causes the belt to tighten only. This could cause injury or discomfort to the child.

■When installing a child restraint system Follow the directions given in the child restraint system installation manual and fix the child restraint system securely in place.

If the child restraint system is not correctly fixed in place, the child or other passengers may be seriously injured or even killed in the event of sudden braking, sudden swerving or an accident.

  • If the driver's seat interferes with the child restraint system and prevents it from being attached correctly, attach the child restraint system to the right-hand rear seat.
  • Adjust the front passenger seat so that it does not interfere with the child restraint system.

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  • Only put a forward-facing child restraint system on the front seat when unavoidable.

    When installing a forward-facing child restraint system on the front passenger seat, move the seat as far back as possible even if the "AIR BAG OFF" indicator light is illuminated. Failure to do so may result in death or serious injury if the airbags deploy (inflate).

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WARNING

■When installing a child restraint system

  • When a booster seat is installed, always ensure that the shoulder belt is positioned across the center of the child's shoulder. The belt should be kept away from the child's neck, but not so that it could fall off the child's shoulder. Failing to do so may result in death or serious injury in the event of sudden braking, sudden swerving or an accident.
  • Ensure that the belt and plate are securely locked and the seat belt is not twisted.
  • Shake the child restraint system left and right, and forward and backward to ensure that it has been securely installed.
  • After securing a child restraint system, never adjust the seat.
  • Follow all installation instructions provided by the child restraint system manufacturer.
  • When securing some types of child restraint systems in rear seats, it may not be possible to properly use the seat belts in positions next to the child restraint without interfering with it or affecting seat belt effectiveness. Be sure your seat belt fits snugly across your shoulder and low on your hips. If it does not, or if it interferes with the child restraint, move to a different position. Failure to do so may result in death or serious injury.

■Do not use a seat belt extender If a seat belt extender is used when installing a child restraint system, the seat belt will not securely hold the child restraint system, which could cause death or serious injury to the child or other passengers in the event of a sudden braking, sudden swerving or an accident.

■To correctly attach a child restraint system to the anchors When using the LATCH anchors, be sure that there are no foreign objects around the anchors and that the seat belt is not caught behind the child restraint. Make sure the child restraint system is securely attached, or it may cause death or serious injury to the child or other passengers in the event of sudden braking, sudden swerve or an accident.

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