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Seat Ibiza: Proper sitting position for occupants

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Proper sitting position for driver

The proper sitting position for the driver is important for safe and relaxed driving.


Fig. 1 The proper distance between driver and steering wheel


Fig. 2 Proper head restraint position for driver

For your own safety and to reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident, we recommend the following adjustments for the driver: – Adjust the steering wheel so that there is a distance of at least 25 cm between the steering wheel and the centre of your chest ⇒ fig. 1. – Move the driver's seat forwards or backwards so that you are able to press the accelerator, brake and clutch pedals to the floor with your knees still slightly angled ⇒   .


– Ensure that you can reach the highest point of the steering wheel. – Adjust the head restraint so that its upper edge is at the same level as the top of your head, or as close as possible to the same level as the top of your head ⇒ fig. 2. – Move the backrest to an upright position so that your back rests completely against it.

– Fasten your seat belt correctly. – Keep both feet in the foot well so that you have the vehicle under control at all times. Adjustment of the driver's seat.

WARNING

An incorrect sitting position of the driver can lead to severe injuries.

• Adjust the driver's seat so that there is at least 25 cm distance between the centre of the chest and the hub of the steering wheel, fig. 1. If you are sitting nearer than 25 cm, the airbag system cannot protect you properly.

• If your physical constitution prevents you from maintaining the minimum distance of 25 cm, contact a qualified workshop. The workshop will help you decide if special specific modifications are necessary.

• When driving, always hold the steering wheel with both hands on the outside of the ring at the 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock positions. This reduces the risk of injury when the driver airbag is triggered.

• Never hold the steering wheel at the 12 o'clock position, or in any other manner (e.g. in the centre of the steering wheel). In such cases, you may sustain injuries to the arms, hands and head.

• To reduce the risk of injury to the driver during sudden braking manoeuvres or an accident, never drive with the backrest tilted far back! The airbag system and seat belts can only provide optimal protection when the backrest is in an upright position and the driver is wearing his or her seat belt properly. The further the backrests are tilted to the rear, the greater the risk of injury due to incorrect positioning of the belt web or the incorrect sitting position!

• Adjust the head restraint properly to achieve optimal protection.

Proper sitting position for front passenger

The front passenger must sit at least 25 cm away from the dash panel so that the airbag can provide the greatest possible protection in the event that it is triggered. For your own safety and to reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident, we recommend the following adjustments for the front passenger: – Move the front passenger seat back as far as possible ⇒ .


– Move the backrest to an upright position so that your back rests completely against it. – Adjust the head restraint so that its upper edge is at the same level as the top of your head, or as close as possible to the same level as the top of your head. – Keep both feet in the foot well in front of the front passenger seat. – Fasten your seat belt correctly. The passenger airbag can be deactivated in exceptional circumstances. For detailed information on how to adjust the front passenger's seat, see.

WARNING

• An incorrect sitting position of the front passenger can lead to severe injuries.

• Adjust the front passenger seat so that there is at least 25 cm between your breastbone and the dash panel. If you are sitting nearer than 25 cm, the airbag system cannot protect you properly.

• If your physical constitution prevents you from maintaining the minimum distance of 25 cm, contact a qualified workshop. The workshop will help you decide if special specific modifications are necessary.

• Always keep your feet in the foot well when the vehicle is moving; never rest them on the instrument panel, out the window or on the seat. An incorrect sitting position exposes you to an increased risk of injury in the event of a braking manoeuvre or an accident. If the airbag is triggered, you could sustain severe injuries due to an incorrect sitting position.

• To reduce the risk of injury to the front passenger during sudden braking manoeuvres or an accident, never travel with the backrest tilted far back! The airbag system and seat belts can only provide optimal protection when the backrest is in an upright position and the front passenger is wearing his or her seat belt properly. The further the backrests are tilted to the rear, the greater the risk of injury due to incorrect positioning of the belt web or the incorrect sitting position!

• Adjust the head restraint properly to achieve maximum protection.

Correct sitting position for passengers in the rear seats

Passengers in the rear seats must sit up straight, keep their feet in the footwells, have the rear central head restraint positioned for use and wear their seat belts properly. To reduce the risk of injury in the event of a sudden braking manoeuvre or an accident, passengers on the rear bench seat must observe the following:

– Adjust the headrest to the correct position. – Keep both feet in the foot well in front of the rear seat. – Fasten your seat belt correctly. – Use an appropriate child restraint system when you take children in the vehicle.

WARNING

• If the passengers on the rear seat are not sitting properly, they could sustain severe injuries.

• Adjust the head restraint properly to achieve maximum protection.

• Seat belts can only provide optimal protection when backrests are in an upright position and the passengers are wearing their seat belts properly. If passengers on the rear seat are not sitting in an upright position, the risk of injury due to incorrect positioning of the belt web increases.

Correct adjustment of head restraints

Properly adjusted head restraints are an important part of occupant protection and can reduce the risk of injuries in most accident situations.


Fig. 3 Properly adjusted head restraint viewed from the front


Fig. 4 Properly adjusted head restraint viewed from the side

Adjust the head restraint properly to achieve maximum protection. – Adjust the head restraint so that its upper edge is at the same level as the top of your head, or as close as possible to the same level as the top of your head and, at the very least, at eye level ⇒ fig. 3 and ⇒ fig. 4. Adjusting the head restraints.

WARNING

increases the risk of severe injuries.

• Incorrectly adjusted head restraints could result in death in the event of a collision or accident.

• Incorrectly adjusted head restraints also increase the risk of injury during sudden or unexpected driving or braking manoeuvres.

• The head restraints must always be adjusted according to the occupant's size.

Centre rear head restraint


Fig. 5 Adjusting central rear head restraint

The central rear head restraint has 2 positions:

 - Raised position or position for use ⇒ fig. 5. In this position, the head
restraint is used normally, protecting the occupant of the rear central seat, along with the rear seat belts.

 - Rest position  ⇒ fig.
5. This position improves the driver's rear visibility.

To fit the head restraint in position for use , pull on the edges with both hands
in the direction of the arrow. To place it in rest position   , lower the head restraint.


WARNING

Whenever a passenger is seated in the rear central seat, the head restraint should be placed in the position for use

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Note

Note the instructions on the adjustment of the head restraints.

Examples of incorrect sitting positions

An incorrect sitting position can lead to severe injuries to occupants.

Seat belts can provide optimal protection only when the belt webs are properly positioned. Incorrect sitting positions substantially reduce the protective function of seat belts and increase the risk of injury due to incorrect belt web position. As the driver, you are responsible for all vehicle occupants, especially children.

– Never permit anyone to assume an incorrect sitting position in the vehicle while travelling ⇒  .


The following list contains examples of sitting positions that could be dangerous for all occupants. The list is not complete, but we would like to make you aware of this issue.

Therefore, whenever the vehicle is in motion:

• Never stand in the vehicle,

• never stand on the seats,

• never kneel on the seats,

• never tilt your backrest far to the rear,

• never lean against the dash panel,

• never lie on the rear bench,

• never sit on the front edge of a seat,

• never sit sideways,

• never lean out of a window,

• never put your feet out of a window,

• never put your feet on the dash panel,

• never put your feet on the surface of a seat,

• never travel in a foot well,

• never travel on a seat without wearing the seat belt,

• never carry any person in the luggage compartment.

WARNING

• Every incorrect sitting position increases the risk of severe injuries.

• Sitting in an incorrect position exposes the occupants to severe injuries if airbags deploy, striking an occupant who has assumed an incorrect sitting position.

• Before the vehicle moves, assume the proper sitting position and maintain it throughout the trip. Before every trip, instruct your passengers to assume the proper sitting position and to maintain it during the trip, “Proper sitting position for occupants”.

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