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VW Passat B8 Owner's Manual ➜ Transporting children safely

· Never attach objects to the deck or in the  
deployment area of the knee airbag.  
· Never leave a child unattended in the child  
seat.  
· The knee airbag deploys in front of the driver's  
knees. Adjust the driver's seat so that there is  
a minimum distance of 10 cm between the knees  
and the place where the knee airbag is mounted.  
If due to physical conditions you cannot maintain  
this distance, contact a specialized workshop  
without fail.  
· Never allow children to travel without being  
protected by a restraint system, or to stand up  
in the vehicle or kneel on the seats while  
driving, or to adopt an incorrect position while  
driving. This is especially important if the child  
is traveling in the front passenger seat. In the  
event of an accident, the child could be seriously  
injured or cause injury to others.  
· In order for the child seat to offer the maximum  
possible protection, it is very important that the  
seat belt is correctly positioned. Be sure to  
observe the instructions of the child seat  
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manufacturer regarding the correct positioning  
of the seat belt. Wearing the seat belt incorrectly  
can cause injuries even in minor accidents.  
Introduction to the topic  
Child seats reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident.  
Therefore, always use child seats when transporting children!  
· After an accident, replace the child seats that  
were being used at the time of the accident, as  
they may have suffered damage that is not  
visible to the naked eye.  
Consider the following:  
— Child seats are classified into different groups depending on  
the height, age and weight of the child.  
WARNING  
— There are different fixing systems for fixing child seats to the  
vehicle.  
Improper use of the integrated child seat can cause serious  
injury or death.  
For safety reasons, child seats should always be installed in  
the rear seat ÿ p. 64.  
· The vehicle's seat belt can cause injuries to the  
abdominal and neck area if it is positioned  
incorrectly.  
Volkswagen recommends using child seats from its range of  
accessories. These child seats have been designed and tested  
· Always put children in the seat belt correctly  
and make sure they are seated correctly.  
for use in Volkswagen vehicles.  
· Only have a specialized workshop carry out  
modifications on the integrated child seat.  
WARNING  
If children are not secured in a restraint system, or not  
secured enough, they can be seriously injured or killed.  
Therefore, please note the following: · Do not transport a child  
under 12 years of age or less than 150 cm tall without using a  
· Have seat parts that are damaged or subjected  
to great stress during an accident replaced.  
suitable child seat. Please note the country-specific provisions  
in this regard.  
NOTICE  
Observe the notes and information regarding vehicles in category  
N1 ÿ p. 384, Important information for vehicles in category N1  
(light commercial vehicle).  
· Always protect children by using a suitable child  
seat. The seat must be suitable for the height,  
age and weight of the child.  
· Never use a child seat to transport several  
children at the same time.  
· Under no circumstances carry a child or baby in the  
lap.  
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Weight group 0/0+: From birth to approx. From  
18 months of age, it is most appropriate to use the  
baby car seats facing the opposite direction to the  
direction of travel ÿ fig. 51 from group 0/0+ or 0/1.  
Types of child seats  
Please note and  
at the beginning of this ca  
chapter, on page 62.  
Weight group 1: Once the weight limit of the  
previous group has been reached, it is most  
appropriate to use child seats in group 1 (up to  
approx. 4 years) and group 1/2 (up to approx. 7  
years). years) with an integrated restraint harness  
system.  
Weight groups 2/3: Child seats with backrests  
and booster cushions without backrest belong to  
groups 2 and 3. Back-supported child seats offer  
greater protection than backless booster cushions  
because they have an integrated seat belt webbing  
guide and side impact protectors. Therefore,  
Volkswagen recommends using child seats with a  
backrest. Group 2 child seats are suitable for  
children up to approx. 7 years, and group 3 child  
seats are suitable for children from approx. 7 years.  
Fig. 51 Representation of some child seats.  
Only use child seats that are officially approved and  
suitable for the child in question.  
Child seat rules  
Not all children will fit in the seat of the weight group  
to which they belong and not all child seats are  
suitable for all vehicles. Therefore, always check  
whether the child fits well in the child seat and whether  
it can be securely attached to the vehicle.  
In countries that apply the regulations of the  
European Union, the regulation ECE-R 44 or ECE-R  
129 applies to child seats1). Both regulations are  
valid. Child seats approved according to these  
regulations carry the orange ECE approval label  
(CEPE in Spanish). This label may contain, among  
other things, the following information about the child  
seat:  
Child seats by approval categories Child seats can  
have the universal, semi-universal, specific for a vehicle  
(all according to the ECE R 44 regulation) or i-Size  
(according to the ECE-R 129 regulation) category of  
— Weight group  
— Class by size  
approval.  
— Approval category (universal, semi-universal,  
specific for a vehicle or i-Size)  
Universal: Child seats with universal approval can  
be installed in all vehicles. No need to refer to any  
model list. In the case of universal approval for  
ISOFIX, the child seat must additionally be secured  
with a top attachment belt (Top Tether).  
— Approval number For child  
seats approved according to ECE-R 44, the eight-  
digit approval number on the ECE approval label  
must start with 03 or 04. This indicates that seating is  
allowed.  
Semi-universal: The semi-universal approval  
requires, in addition to the standard requirements  
of the universal approval, safety devices to fix the  
child seat that require additional tests. Child seats  
with semi-universal approval are accompanied by  
a list of vehicle models in which they can be  
installed.  
Older child seats with an approval number beginning  
with 01 or 02 are no longer permitted.  
Child seats by weight groups  
child weight  
Group  
Group 0  
Group 0+  
Group 1  
Group 2  
Group 3  
up to 10kg  
up to 13kg  
Vehicle- specific: Vehicle - specific approval  
requires a dynamic test of the child seat for each  
vehicle model  
From 9 to 18 kg  
From 15 to 25 kg  
From 22 to 36 kg  
3 G 0 0 1 2 7 6 0 A H  
1) The ECE-R 129 regulation is not yet applied by the national authorities of all countries.  
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ass separately. Child seats with vehicle-specific  
approval also include a list of vehicle models in  
which they can be installed.  
Instructions for installing a child seat  
When installing a child seat, please observe the  
following general instructions. They are valid for all  
child seats, regardless of the fixing system they have.  
i-Size: Child seats with i-Size approval must  
meet the requirements laid down in regulation  
ECE-R 129 with regard to mounting and safety.  
Child seat manufacturers will be able to tell you  
which seats are i-Size approved for this vehicle.  
— Read and observe the instructions of the  
manufacturer of the child seat ÿ .  
— It is best to mount the child seat in the position  
behind the front passenger seat so that the child  
can get out of the vehicle on the curb side.  
— Adjust the height of the seat belt so that the  
webbing of the seat belt fits the child seat  
naturally, without deviating too much.  
Fitting and using a child seat  
If a rear-facing child seat is fitted, set the seat belt  
height adjuster to its lowest position.  
Note and , at the beginning of this ca  
chapter, on page 62.  
— If you mount the child seat facing in the  
in the opposite direction of travel on the front  
passenger seat, deactivate the front passenger  
airbag.  
— If you install the child seat on the front passenger  
seat, move this seat all the way back and raise  
it as far as it will go. Place the seat back in the  
upright position ÿ p. 42.  
— Always leave sufficient free space around the  
child seat. If necessary, adjust the front seat  
accordingly, taking into account and following the  
Fig. 52 Schematic representation: airbag sticker on  
the sun visor.  
instructions for the correct position of the driver's  
and front passenger's seats ÿ p. 42.  
— The back of the child seat should be as close as  
possible to the back of the vehicle seat. If  
necessary, adjust the inclination of the vehicle  
seat back so that the child seat lies completely  
against it. If, after mounting, the child seat touches  
the vehicle's headrest and therefore cannot be  
attached to the seatback, raise the vehicle's  
headrest as far as it will go or remove it and store  
it safely in the vehicle ÿ p. 42.  
Fig. 53 Schematic representation: airbag sticker on  
the B-pillar.  
Airbag related sticker  
There may be stickers on the vehicle with important  
Country-specific provisions  
information about the front passenger airbag.  
The rules and regulations on the use of child seats  
Information may vary by country. The stickers can  
and their mounting options vary from country to  
country. Not in all countries it is allowed to carry  
children in the passenger seat. Legal provisions and  
be stuck in the following places:  
— on the driver's sun visor and, if necessary, on the  
front passenger ÿ fig. 52;  
regulations always take precedence over the  
descriptions in this instruction manual.  
— on the B-pillar on the passenger side ÿ fig. 53.  
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If your child is facing the opposite direction  
Before installing a rear-facing child seat, always  
observe the warnings ÿ .  
of travel, set the seat belt height adjuster to its  
lowest position.  
· Only use a child seat that  
Dangers of transporting a child in the front  
passenger seat If a rear-facing child seat is  
is approved by the manufacturer for use on  
front passenger seats with front and side  
airbags.  
used and the front passenger air bag deploys, this  
could cause very serious or fatal injuries ÿ . Only  
use rear-facing child seats  
WARNING  
If the child seat is installed incorrectly, there is a  
risk of injury.  
the opposite direction of travel on the front passenger  
· Keep in mind and always follow the instructions  
mounting instructions and warnings from the  
child seat manufacturer.  
seat if the front airbag for this seat is deactivated ÿ p.  
53. Deactivation of the front passenger airbag is  
indicated by the PASSENGER AIR BAG control  
indicator located in the driver's field of visi,orne,mwahinicsh  
on ÿ p. 55.  
WARNING  
If a forward-facing child seat is used on the front  
passenger seat, there is a risk of injury.  
If you use a forward-facing child seat , do not  
deactivate the front passenger airbag. When  
installing the child seat, keep as much distance as  
possible from the front passenger airbag. If the front  
passenger airbag is triggered, it can cause serious  
injury ÿ .  
· Move the front passenger seat as far back as  
possible and raise it as far as possible in order  
to leave as much distance as possible in  
relation to the front passenger airbag.  
· Place the back of the vehicle seat in an upright  
position.  
Not all child seats are approved for use in the  
passenger seat. The child seat must be specially  
approved by the manufacturer for use on the  
passenger seat of vehicles with front and side  
airbags. An up-to-date list of approved child seats  
can be found at Volkswagen dealers.  
· Adjust the height of the seat belt so that the  
web of the seat belt fits the child seat  
naturally, without deviating too much. If a rear-  
facing child seat is fitted, set the seat belt height  
adjuster to its lowest position.  
· Only use a child seat that  
is approved by the manufacturer for use on  
DANGER  
If a rear-facing child seat is used on the front  
passenger seat, the risk of very serious or fatal  
front passenger seats with front and side  
airbags.  
injuries to the child in the event of an accident  
increases.  
WARNING  
To prevent injury in the event of a deploying  
head or side air bag: · Make sure the child is not  
· Deactivate the front passenger airbag. If the  
front passenger airbag cannot be deactivated,  
do not use a rear-facing child seat.  
in the air bag deployment areas ÿ p. 53.  
· Do not leave any objects in the side airbag  
deployment area.  
· Move the front passenger seat as far back as  
possible and raise it as far as possible in order  
to leave as much distance as possible in  
relation to the front passenger airbag.  
· Place the back of the vehicle seat in an upright  
position.  
· Adjust the height of the seat belt so that the  
web of the seat belt fits the child seat  
naturally, without deviating too much. If a child  
seat is mounted  
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fixed with a hook to an anchor point. In the  
saloon, the anchoring points are located on the  
tray located behind the rear seat, and in the  
Variant, in the rear part of the backrest of the rear  
seat on the boot side ÿ p. 69.  
fixing systems  
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The rings for fixing the Top Tet her belt are  
marked with the symbol of an anchor.  
Depending on the country, different fastening  
systems are used to mount child seats safely.  
Support leg : Some child seats rest on the  
floor of the vehicle with a support leg. This leg  
prevents the child seat from tipping forward in the  
event of an impact. Only use child seats with  
kickstands on the front passenger seat and on  
the outboard seats in the rear seat ÿ .  
Overview of fixing systems  
ISOFIX: ISOFIX is a standardized fastening  
system that allows a fast and safe fastening of  
child seats in the vehicle. The ISOFIX mounting  
establishes a rigid connection between the child  
seat and the body.  
Recommended systems for attaching child seats  
The child seat has two rigid fixing brackets called  
connectors. These connectors fit into ISOFIX rings  
that are located between the bench and the back of  
the rear seat of the vehicle (in the side seats). ISOFIX  
mounting systems are mainly used in Europe ÿ p. 67.  
If necessary, the ISOFIX mounting may have to be  
supplemented with a top mounting belt (Top Tether)  
or a kickstand.  
Volkswagen recommends attaching child seats as  
follows:  
Baby seats or child seats facing the opposite  
direction of travel: ISO FIX and support leg.  
Forward- facing child seats: ISOFIX and Top  
Tether and, if necessary, also a kickstand.  
Seat belt with three anchor points.  
Whenever possible, it is preferable to secure  
child seats with the ISOFIX system than with a  
three-point seat belt je ÿ p. 70.  
WARNING  
Improper use of the kickstand can cause serious  
injury or death.  
Additional fixings:  
· Make sure the support leg is installed correctly  
and securely.  
Top Tether: The top tether belt is routed over the  
rear seat backrest and is  
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