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VW Passat B8 Owner's Manual ➜ Seat belts

For your own safety and to reduce injuries in the  
event of a sudden stop or accident, Volkswagen  
recommends the following settings:  
— Position the seat back almost upright so that your  
back rests completely on it.  
— Move the seat as far back as possible so that the  
airbag can best protect you if it is deployed.  
Valid for all occupants of the vehicle:  
— Adjust the head restraint so that the top edge of  
the head restraint is level with the top of the  
head, but never below the eyes. Always keep  
the back of your head as close as possible to the  
headrest ÿ fig. 28.  
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— If you are short, lower the headrest as far as it  
will go even if your head is below the top edge  
of the headrest.  
Introduction to the topic  
Regularly check the condition of all seat belts. In  
the event of damage to the fabric or to the joints of  
a seat belt, to the automatic winder or to the closure,  
go immediately to a specialized workshop and  
request the replacement of the belt in question ÿ .  
The  
— If you are tall, raise the headrest as far as it will  
go.  
— While walking, keep your feet in the footrest area.  
— Fasten and put on the seat belt as  
correctly ÿ p. 44.  
specialized workshop must use the appropriate  
spare parts that correspond to the vehicle,  
equipment and model year. Volkswagen  
The following also applies to the driver:  
recommends going to a Volkswagen dealer for this.  
— If the vehicle is equipped with head restraints  
lengthwise adjustable, move the headrest as  
close as possible to the rear of the head  
for.  
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Not wearing a seat belt or wearing it incorrectly  
increases the risk of serious injury or death. Seat  
belts only offer optimum protection if they are fitted  
and used correctly.  
— Adjust the steering wheel so that it is at a  
distance of at least 25 cm from the sternum ÿ  
fig. 28 A and you can hold it with both hands on  
the sides, on the outside, with your arms slightly  
bent.  
· Seat belts are the most  
effective in reducing the risk of serious injury  
and death in the event of an accident. To help  
protect you, always wear your seat belt correctly  
— The steering wheel should always point in the direction of the  
thorax, never towards the face.  
while the vehicle is in motion.  
— Position the seat back almost upright so that your  
back rests completely on it.  
· Before starting the walk, always sit down  
Prepare in the correct position, always wear the  
seat belt corresponding to your seat correctly  
and always wear it correctly throughout the  
journey. This applies to all occupants of the  
vehicle and also for urban journeys.  
— Adjust the seat so that you can fully depress the  
pedals with your knees slightly bent and that  
there is a distance between the knee area and  
the instrument panel of at least 10 cm ÿ fig. 28 b.  
— Adjust the seat height so that it reaches the  
highest point of the steering wheel.  
· To transport children, use a restraint system  
suitable for their weight and height with the seat  
belt correctly positioned ÿ p. 62.  
— Always keep your feet in the footrest area to  
maintain control over the vehicle at all times.  
· Start driving only when all the occupants of the  
vehicle have the seat belt correctly positioned.  
The following also applies to the accompanying person:  
— If the vehicle is equipped with head restraints  
lengthwise adjustable, move the headrest as  
close as possible to the rear of the head  
for.  
· Always insert the belt tongue into the  
corresponding seat belt buckle and engage it  
correctly. Using the belt buckle corresponding  
to another seat reduces the protective function  
of the seat belt.  
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safety feature and may cause serious injury.  
know.  
warning light  
· Always prevent foreign bodies and liquids from  
entering the seat belt latch slot. Otherwise, the  
operation of the lock and the seat belt could be  
affected.  
Please note on  
page 44.  
,at the beginning of this chapter,  
Never remove your seat belt during  
during the march  
The use of a seat belt is compulsory.  
security per occupant.  
· Never carry a child or baby on your lap or fasten  
them with the same seat belt you are wearing.  
· Do not wear thick, loose-fitting clothing (eg a  
coat over a jacket), as they make it difficult to  
fit the seat belt correctly and thus reduce its  
ability to protect you.  
Fig. 29 On the instrument panel display: warning light.  
WARNING  
Damaged seat belts present a great danger and  
can cause serious injury or death.  
· Never pinch the seat belt in the door or seat  
mechanism, otherwise it could be damaged.  
Fig. 30 On the instrument panel screen: indication of  
the status of the rear seat belts.  
· If the fabric of the belt or other parts of it are  
damaged, the belt could break in the event  
of an accident or sudden braking.  
If when starting the march you exceed 25  
· Immediately order the replacement of  
those seat belts that are damaged by new  
ones authorized by Volks wagen for this  
vehicle. After an accident, have a specialized  
workshop replace any seat belts that have  
km/h (15 mph) approx. without wearing the seat  
belts or if they are unfastened while driving, an  
acoustic signal will sound for a few seconds. In  
addition, the warning light will flash ÿ fig. 29.  
become excessively stretched due to the stress  
The warning light will only go out when the driver  
and front passenger put on their seat belts with the  
ignition on.  
to which they have been subjected. They may  
need to be replaced even when there is no  
noticeable damage. The seat belt anchorages  
should also be checked.  
Rear seat belt status indicator  
· Seat belts cannot be repaired; If necessary, they  
must be replaced.  
When the ignition is switched on, the seat belt  
status indicator ÿ fig. 30 informs the driver on the  
instrument panel screen whether the occupants in  
the rear seats are wearing the correct seat belt.  
· Never try to repair, modify or remove the seat  
belts yourself.  
Always have the seat belts, automatic retractors  
and locks repaired by a specialized workshop.  
This symbol indicates that the occupant of  
that seat is wearing "his" seat belt.  
Always wear seat belts  
clean.  
This symbol indicates that the occupant of  
that seat is not wearing "his" seat belt.  
3 G 0 0 1 2 7 6 0 A H  
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If a rear seat occupant puts on or removes the seat belt,  
the belt status is displayed for approx. 30 seconds. The  
display can be hidden by pressing the button on the  
instrument panel display.  
It is easy to explain how physical laws act in the event of  
a frontal accident: as soon as a vehicle  
is set in motion, the so-called “kinetic energy” is  
generated both in the vehicle and in its occupants ÿ fig. 31.  
If a rear seat occupant unfastens the seat belt while  
driving, the corresponding symbol flashes for a maximum  
of 30 seconds. If you are driving at a speed greater than  
approx. 25 km/h (15 mph), an acoustic signal will also  
sound.  
The greater the speed and weight of the vehicle, the  
greater the energy that must be absorbed in the event of  
an accident.  
However, the most important factor is the speed of the  
vehicle. For example, if the speed doubles from approx.  
25 km/h (15 mph) at approx. 50 km/h (31 mph), the  
corresponding kinetic energy is quadrupled!  
WARNING  
Not wearing a seat belt or wearing it incorrectly  
increases the risk of serious injury or death. Seat belts  
only offer optimum protection if they are fitted and used  
correctly.  
The magnitude of the “kinetic energy” basically depends  
on the speed at which the vehicle is moving and the  
weight of the vehicle and its occupants. The greater the  
speed and the weight, the greater the energy that will  
have to be absorbed in the event of an accident.  
Vehicle occupants not wearing seat belts will not be  
“attached” to the vehicle. Therefore, in the event of a  
frontal collision, these people will continue to move at  
the same speed the vehicle was traveling at before the  
collision until something stops them! Since the occupants  
of the vehicle in our example are not wearing seat belts,  
in the event of a collision with the wall, all the kinetic  
energy of the occupants will be absorbed only by said  
collision ÿ fig. 32.  
Frontal accidents and the laws  
of physics  
,
Please note on  
page 44.  
at the beginning of this chapter,  
Driving at a speed between approx. 30 km/h (19  
mph) and 50 km/h (31 mph), the forces acting on the  
body in the event of an accident can easily exceed one  
ton (1000 kg). The forces that act on the body increase  
the higher the speed at which it circulates.  
This example is not only valid for frontal accidents, but  
also for all types of accidents and collisions.  
Fig. 31 Vehicle about to hit a wall.  
The occupants are not wearing seat belts.  
Fig. 32 Vehicle colliding with a wall. The occupants  
are not wearing seat belts.  
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airbags, they only offer additional protection.  
Airbags do not go off in any type of accident. Even  
if the vehicle is equipped with an air bag system,  
all occupants (including the driver) must wear their  
seat belts and keep them secure during the entire  
journey. This reduces the risk of serious or fatal  
injuries in the event of an accident, regardless of  
whether the seat has an airbag or not.  
Dangers of not wearing a seat  
belt  
,
Please note on  
page 44.  
at the beginning of this chapter,  
Each airbag is only triggered once. To achieve  
the best possible protection, it is essential to  
always wear the seat belt correctly. In this way you  
will also be protected in the event of accidents in  
which the airbag does not trigger. Unbelted  
occupants could be thrown out of the vehicle,  
resulting in even more serious injury or death.  
Likewise, it is very important that the occupants of  
the rear seats wear the seat belt correctly, otherwise  
they will be thrown around the passenger  
compartment in an uncontrolled manner in the event  
of an accident. If a rear seat occupant is not wearing  
a seat belt, they endanger not only themselves, but  
Fig. 33 The driver without a seat belt on is thrown  
forward.  
also the driver and other occupants of the vehicle ÿ  
fig. 3. 4.  
Protective function of  
seat belts  
,
Please note on  
at the beginning of this chapter,  
page 44.  
Fig. 34 The occupant in the rear seat without a seat  
belt on is thrown forward, colliding with the driver, who  
is wearing it.  
There is a widespread idea that in the event of a  
minor accident the blow can be stopped with your hands.  
That's not true!  
Even when driving at low speed, in the event of a  
collision, forces act on the body that cannot be  
counteracted simply by supporting yourself with your  
arms and hands. In the event of a frontal collision,  
occupants of the vehicle who are not wearing their  
seat belts will be thrown forwards and hit parts of the  
passenger compartment uncontrollably, e.g. the  
steering wheel, the instrument panel or the  
windscreen ÿ fig. 33.  
Fig. 35 Drivers who wear their seatbelts correctly  
positioned will not be thrown in the event of a sudden  
stop.  
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Seat belts properly worn two can make a big  
difference. The belt  
The function of the airbag system does not replace  
that of the seat belt. In case they shoot  
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Well-placed safety restraints keep occupants in  
the correct position and considerably reduce  
kinetic energy in the event of an accident. They  
also help prevent uncontrolled movements which,  
in turn, could cause serious injury. If the seat belt  
is worn correctly, the danger of being thrown out of  
the vehicle is also reduced ÿ fig. 35.  
How to use and maintain  
seat belts in good condition  
Please note on  
page 44.  
,at the beginning of this chapter,  
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Vehicle occupants wearing seat belts correctly  
positioned will greatly benefit from the fact that kinetic  
energy is absorbed by the seat belts. The structure  
of the front of the vehicle and other passive safety  
components of the vehicle, such as the airbag  
system, also guarantee a reduction in kinetic energy.  
This reduces the energy generated and thus the risk  
of being injured.  
How to use and maintain seat belts in good  
condition ÿ :  
ÿ Regularly check the condition of all seat belts. ÿ  
Keep seat belts clean. ÿ Keep foreign bodies  
and liquids away from the webbing, tongue and  
groove of the seat belts.  
ÿ Do not damage or trap the seat belt or its tongue,  
e.g. For example, when closing the door. ÿ  
The examples described correspond to frontal  
collisions. Of course, properly worn seat belts also  
greatly reduce the risk of injury in all other types of  
Never disassemble, modify or repair the seat belts  
or their fastening elements.  
accidents. For this reason, you should always put on  
your seatbelt before setting off, even if it is only to go  
“around the corner”. You have to make sure that all  
the other occupants of the vehicle have also put it on.  
ÿ Always wear the seat belt correctly before starting  
the journey and do not remove it during the  
journey.  
twisted seat belt  
Statistics relating to traffic accidents have shown  
If the seat belt cannot be easily pulled out of the  
guide, it may have become twisted inside the side  
trim if it was reeled in too quickly:  
that wearing the seat belt correctly significantly  
reduces the risk of injury and increases the chances  
of survival in the event of a serious accident. Properly  
positioned seat belts also reinforce the protective  
effect of airbags that are triggered in the event of an  
— Pull the belt by the tab, slowly and carefully,  
until it is completely removed.  
accident. For this reason, in most countries it is  
mandatory to wear seat belts.  
— Straighten the belt and allow it to roll up slowly,  
guiding it with your hand.  
If you cannot straighten the belt, put it on anyway,  
but in any case avoid that the twisted part lies  
across the body area. Immediately go to a  
specialized workshop to have the twisted belt  
straightened.  
Even if the vehicle is equipped with airbags, seat  
belts must be worn. Front airbags, e.g. For example,  
they are only triggered in some cases of frontal  
collision. They are not triggered in the event of a  
minor frontal or side collision, a rear-end collision, if  
the vehicle rolls over or in the event of an accident  
WARNING  
in which the airbag trigger value programmed in the  
control unit is not exceeded. This also applies to the  
other airbags in the vehicle.  
Improperly caring for seat belts increases the risk  
of serious or fatal injury.  
For this reason you must always wear the seat belt  
and make sure that the other occupants of the vehicle  
have it correctly before starting the journey!  
· Regularly check that the seat belts and their  
components are in good condition.  
Always wear seat belts  
clean.  
· Avoid rubbing the belt band with ends  
sharp, pinch or damage it.  
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