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PDF Content Summary: Navigation Key Several warranties protect your new vehicle. Read the warranty booklet thoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rights Your Vehicle at a Glance and responsibilities. 00X31-TA5-6400 © 2011 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. - All Rights Reserved 2012 Accord Sedan Chapter Table of Contents Maintaining your vehicle according to the Maintenance Minder shown in the instrument panel helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment. When your vehicle needs maintenance, keep in mind that your dealer’s staff is specially trained in servicing the many systems unique to your vehicle. Your dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will be pleased to answer any questions and concerns. TM Index Book Table of Contents One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new vehicle is to read this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and convenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner’s manual in your vehicle so you can refer to it at any time. Congratulations! Your selection of a 2012 Honda Accord was a wise investment. It will give you years of driving pleasure. IntroductionAs you read this manual, you will find information that is preceded by a symbol. This information is intended to help you avoid damage to your vehicle, other property, or the environment. i Introduction California Proposition 65 Warning WARNING: This product contains or emits chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Event Data Recorders This vehicle is equipped with one or more devices commonly referred to as event data recorders. These devices record front seat belt use, front passenger seat occupancy, airbag deployment data, and the failure of any airbag system component. This data belongs to the vehicle owner and may not be accessed by anyone else except as legally required or with the permission of the vehicle owner. Service Diagnostic Recorders This vehicle is equipped with service-related devices that record information about powertrain performance. The data can be used to verify emissions law requirements and/or help technicians diagnose and solve service problems. It may also be combined with data from other sources for research purposes, but it remains confidential. California Perchlorate Contamination Prevention Act The airbags, seat belt tensioners, and CR type batteries in this vehicle may contain perchlorate materials special handling may apply. See www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate/ ii 2012 Accord Sedan ɻ A Few Words About Safety Your safety, and the safety of others, You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms, is very important. And operating this including: vehicle safely is an important ɻ responsibility. preceded by a safety alert symbol and one of three signal words: DANGER , WARNING , or CAUTION . To help you make informed These signal words mean: decisions about safety, we have provided operating procedures and other information on labels and in this manual. This information alerts you to potential hazards that could hurt you or others. Of course, it is not practical or possible to warn you about all the hazards associated with operating or maintaining your vehicle. You must such as Important Safety Reminders or Important use your own good judgement. Safety Precautions. such as Driver and Passenger Safety. how to use this vehicle correctly and safely. This entire book is filled with important safety information please read it carefully. iii Safety Labels on the vehicle. Safety Messages Safety Headings Safety Section Instructions ɻYou WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow instructions. You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow instructions. You CAN be HURT if you don’t follow instructions. ɻɻɻ ɻ 2012 Accord Sedan Navigation Key Your Vehicle at a Glance 2012 Accord Sedan Online Owner's Manual Contents Chapter Table of Contents Index Book Table of Contents Owner's Identification Form Your Vehicle at a Glance (main controls) ............................................................................................... . 3 Driver and Passenger Safety (seat belts, SRS, and child protection) ............................................................ . 5 Instruments and Controls (indicators, gauges, dashboard, and steering column) .......................................... . 55 Features ( climate control, audio, steering wheel, security, cruise control, HomeLink , and other convenience items ) .............. . 123 Before Driving (fuel, vehicle break-in, and cargo loading) ....................................................................... . 287 Driving (engine and transmission operation) ......................................................................................... . 307 Maintenance (minder, fluid checking, minor services, and vehicle storage) ................................................. . 333 Taking Care of the Unexpected (flat tire, jump starting, overheating, and fuses) ........................................ . 383 Technical Information (vehicle specifications, tires, and emissions controls) .............................................. . 409 Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada only) (warranty and contact information) .................. . 427 Authorized Manuals (U.S. only) (how to order) .................................................................................. . 431Index ................................................................................................................................................ . I Service Information Summary (fluid capacities and tire pressures) 2012 Accord Sedan 1 Overview of Contents Contents A convenient reference to the sections in this manual. Your Vehicle at a Glance A quick reference to the main controls in your vehicle. Driver and Passenger Safety Important information about the proper use and care of your vehicle’s seat belts, an overview of the supplemental restraint system, and valuable information on how to protect children with child restraints. Instruments and Controls Explains the purpose of each instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use the controls on the dashboard and steering column. Features How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features. 2 Before Driving What gasoline to use, how to break- in your new vehicle, and how to load luggage and other cargo. Driving The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park; plus what you need to know if you’re planning to tow a trailer. Maintenance The Maintenance Minder TM shows you when you need to take your vehicle to the dealer for maintenance service. There is also a list of things to check and instructions on how to check them. Taking Care of the Unexpected This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and details how to handle them. 2012 Accord Sedan Technical Information ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information. Technical Information ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information. Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada only) A summary of the warranties covering your new vehicle, and how to contact us for any reason. Refer to your warranty manual for detailed information. Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada only) A summary of the warranties covering your new vehicle, and how to contact us for any reason. Refer to your warranty manual for detailed information. Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada only) A summary of the warranties covering your new vehicle, and how to contact us for any reason. Refer to your warranty manual for detailed information. Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada only) A summary of the warranties covering your new vehicle, and how to contact us for any reason. Refer to your warranty manual for detailed information. Authorized Manuals (U.S. only) How to order manuals and other technical literature. Authorized Manuals (U.S. only) How to order manuals and other technical literature. Authorized Manuals (U.S. only) How to order manuals and other technical literature. Index Service Information Summary A summary of the information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump. Service Information Summary A summary of the information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump. Service Information Summary A summary of the information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump. Your Vehicle at a GlanceINSTRUMENT INDICATORS GAUGES (P.65) (P.77) PANEL MOONROOF (P.112) SWITCH ˎ HOMELINK (P.258) BUTTONS ˎ MIRROR CONTROL AUTO (P.106) BUTTON ˎ DRIVER’S FRONT CLOCK AIRBAG COMPASS ˎ (P.103) (P.246) (P.9, 23) (P.251) DRIVING MEMORY POSITION SYSTEM BUTTONS ˎ PASSENGER’S FRONT (P.9, 23) AIRBAG MIRROR CONTROLS (P.107) POWER DOOR LOCK MASTER (P.81) SWITCH HEATING/COOLING CONTROLS CLIMATE CONTROL (P.124) SYSTEM (P.130) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES AUDIO SYSTEM (P.138) (P.108) MANUAL HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.293) TRUNK RELEASE TRANSMISSION (P.310) AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION LEVER (P.90) (P.312) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE LEVER (P.290) ACCESSORY POWER USB ADAPTER CABLE ˎ AUXILIARY INPUT SOCKET (P.116) (P.169, 180, 220, 230) JACK (P.244) ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET (P.117) U.S. EX-L V6 model without navigation system is shown. ˎ : If equipped 2012 Accord Sedan 3 Your Vehicle at a Glance INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR (P.74) (P.70) (P.32) HEADLIGHTS/TURN FOG (P.71, LIGHTS 74) ˎ 2 REMOTE (P.242) AUDIO CONTROLS (P.322) (P.262) (P.77) 4 SIGNALS/ HAZARD WARNING BUTTON VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST (VSA) SYSTEM OFF SWITCH BLUETOOTH HANDSFREELINK CONTROL BUTTONS VOICE ˎ22 NAVIGATION CONTROL BUTTONS SYSTEM ˎ 3 VOICE CRUISE CONTROL BUTTONS STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENTS To use the horn, press the center pad of the steering wheel. If equipped 3 : Only on vehicles equipped with navigation system. Refer to the navigation system manual. 2012 Accord Sedan (P.75) INTERFACE DIAL ˎ ˎ 3 2 (P.186) REAR HEATED WINDOW MIRROR DEFOGGER/ BUTTON ˎ (P.76, 107) HORN ˎ 1 SEAT HEATER SWITCHES (P.102) (P.255) ˎ1 : ˎ 2 : ˎ This section gives you important information about how to protect yourself and your passengers. It shows you how to use seat belts. It explains how your airbags work. And it tells you how to properly restrain infants and children in your vehicle. ......... Important Safety Precautions . 6 ....... Your Vehicle’s Safety Features . 7 ....................................... Seat Belts . 8 ........................................... Airbags . 9 ......... Protecting Adults and Teens . 11 ..... 1. Close and Lock the Doors . 11 ........... 2. Adjust the Front Seats . 11 ............ 3. Adjust the Seat-Backs . 12 ... 4. Adjust the Head Restraints . 13 5. Fasten and Position the ............................. Seat Belts . 14 6. Maintain a Proper Sitting ................................ Position . 15 ..... Advice for Pregnant Women . 16 ... Additional Safety Precautions . 17 Driver and Passenger SafetyAdditional Information About All Children Should Sit in a Your Seat Belts ....................... . 18 Back Seat ................................. . 36 Seat Belt System Components .. . 18 The Passenger’s Front Airbag Lap/Shoulder Belt ...................... . 19 Can Pose Serious Risks ......... . 36 Automatic Seat Belt If You Must Drive with Several Tensioners ............................... . 20 Children ................................... . 38 Seat Belt Maintenance ............... . 20 If a Child Requires Close Additional Information About Attention .................................. . 38 Your Airbags ........................... . 22 Additional Safety Precautions ... . 38 Airbag System Components ...... . 22 Protecting Infants and How Your Front Airbags Small Children ......................... . 40 Work ......................................... . 24 Protecting Infants ....................... . 40 How Your Side Airbags Work ... . 29 Protecting Small Children ......... . 41 How Your Side Curtain Airbags Selecting a Child Seat ..................... . 42 Work ......................................... . 30 Installing a Child Seat .................... . 43 How the SRS Indicator Works .. . 31 With LATCH ............................... . 44 How the Side Airbag Off With a Lap/Shoulder Belt ......... . 46 Indicator Works ...................... . 31 With a Tether .............................. . 48 How the Passenger Airbag Off Protecting Larger Children ........... . 49 Indicator Works ...................... . 32 Checking Seat Belt Fit ............... . 49 Airbag Service ............................. . 33 Using a Booster Seat .................. . 50 Additional Safety Precautions ... . 34 When Can a Larger Child Sit in Protecting Children ɻ General Front ......................................... . 51 Guidelines ................................ . 35 Additional Safety Precautions ... . 52 All Children Must Be Carbon Monoxide Hazard ............. . 53 Restrained ............................... . 35 Safety Labels ................................... . 54 2012 Accord Sedan 5 Important Safety Precautions You’ll find many safety ɻ recommendations throughout this section, and throughout this manual. The recommendations on this page are the ones we consider to be the most important. Always Wear Your Seat Belt A seat belt is your best protection in all types of collisions. Airbags are designed to supplement seat belts, not replace them. So even though your vehicle is equipped with airbags, make sure you and your passengers always wear your seat belts, and wear them properly (see page ). Restrain All Children Children age 12 and under should ride properly restrained in a back seat, not the front seat. Infants and small children should be restrained in a child seat. Larger children should use a booster seat and a lap/ shoulder belt until they can use the belt properly without a booster seat (see pages 35 52 ). to the road, other vehicles and pedestrians could lead to a crash. Be Aware of Airbag Hazards Remember, situations can change While airbags can save lives, they quickly, and only you can decide can cause serious or fatal injuries to when it is safe to divert attention occupants who sit too close to them, away from driving. or are not properly restrained. Infants, young children, and short Control Your Speed adults are at the greatest risk. Be sure to follow all instructions and warnings in this manual. Don’t Drink and Drive Alcohol and driving don’t mix. Even one drink can reduce your ability to respond to changing conditions, and your reaction time gets worse with every additional drink. So don’t drink and drive, and don’t let your friends drink and drive, either. Having a tire blowout or a mechanical failure can be extremely Pay Appropriate Attention to the hazardous. To reduce the possibility Task of Driving Safely of such problems, check your tire Engaging in mobile phone pressures and condition frequently, conversation or other activities that and perform all regularly scheduled keep you from paying close attention maintenance (see page 335 ). 6 2012 Accord Sedan Excessive speed is a major factor in crash injuries and deaths. Generally, the higher the speed, the greater the risk, but serious injuries can also occur at lower speeds. Never drive faster than is safe for current conditions, regardless of the 14 maximum speed posted. Keep Your Vehicle in Safe Condition (12) (8) (3) (10)(7) (5) (6) (9) (9) (4) (7)(8) (2) (2) (10) (11)(1) (1) Safety Cage (2) Crush Zones (3) (4) Seats Head Restraints and Seat-Backs (5) (6) Collapsible Seat Belts Steering Column (7) Front Airbags (8) (9) Side Side Airbags Curtain Airbags (10) (11) Door Automatic Locks Seat Belt Tensioners (12) Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) Sensors 2012 Accord Sedan Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Your vehicle is equipped with many features that work together to protect you and your passengers during a crash. Some features do not require any action on your part. These include a strong steel framework that forms a safety cage around the passenger compartment, front and rear crush zones, a collapsible steering column, and tensioners that tighten the front seat belts in a crash. However, you and your passengers can’t take full advantage of these features unless you remain sitting in the correct position and always wear your seat belts . In fact, some safety features can contribute to injuries if they are not used properly. The following pages explain how you can take an active role in protecting yourself and your passengers. 7 Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Seat Belts Help keep you from being thrown Your vehicle is equipped with seat against the inside of the vehicle belts in all seating positions. Not wearing a seat belt properly and against other occupants. increases the chance of serious Your seat belt system also includes injury or death in a crash, even Keep you from being thrown out an indicator on the instrument panel though your vehicle has airbags. of the vehicle. and a beeper to remind you and your passengers to fasten your seat belts. Be sure you and your Help keep you in a good position passengers always wear seat should the airbags ever deploy. A Why Wear Seat Belts belts and wear them properly. good position reduces the risk of Seat belts are the single most injury from an inflating airbag and effective safety device for adults and allows you to get the best larger children. (Infants and smaller When properly worn, seat belts: advantage from the airbag. children must be properly restrained in child seats.) Keep you connected to the vehicle Of course, seat belts cannot so you can take advantage of the completely protect you in every Not wearing a seat belt properly vehicle’s built-in safety features. crash. But in most cases, seat belts increases the chance of serious can reduce your risk of serious injury or death in a crash, even Help protect you in almost every injury. though your vehicle has airbags. type of crash, including: ɻfrontal impacts What You Should Do: In addition, most states and all ɻside impacts Always wear your seat belt, and Canadian provinces and territories ɻrear impacts make sure you wear it properly. require you to wear seat belts. ɻ rollovers 8 2012 Accord Sedan Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Airbags Your vehicle also has side airbags to In addition, your vehicle has side Your vehicle has a supplemental restraint system (SRS) with front airbags to help protect the heads and chests of the driver and a front seat passenger during a moderate to severe frontal collision (see page help protect the upper torso of the curtain airbags to help protect the driver or a front seat passenger heads of the driver, front passenger, during a moderate to severe side and passengers in the outer rear impact (see page for more seating positions during a moderate information on how your side airbags to severe side impact (see page work). for more information on how 24 for more information on how your side curtain airbags work). your front airbags work). 2012 Accord Sedan 9 29 30 CONTINUED Your Vehicle’s Safety FeaturesThe most important things you need What you should do: to know about your airbags are: Airbags do not replace seat belts. Airbags offer no protection in rear collisions, or minor frontal or side collisions. Airbags can pose serious hazards. 10 2012 Accord Sedan Always wear your seat belt properly, and sit upright and as far back from the steering wheel as possible while They are designed to supplement allowing full control of the vehicle. A the seat belts. front passenger should move their seat as far back from the dashboard as possible. To do their job, airbags must inflate with tremendous force. So while airbags help save lives, they can cause minor injuries or more serious or even fatal injuries if occupants are not properly restrained or sitting properly. The rest of this section gives more detailed information about how you can maximize your safety. Remember, however, that no safety system can prevent all injuries or deaths that can occur in a severe crash, even when seat belts are properly worn and the airbags deploy. Protecting Adults and Teens Introduction Adjust the Front Seats 1. Close and Lock the Doors Locking the doors reduces the 2. The following pages provide chance of someone being thrown out instructions on how to properly of the vehicle during a crash, and it protect the driver, adult passengers, helps prevent passengers from and teenage children who are large accidentally opening a door and enough and mature enough to drive falling out. or ride in the front. Locking the doors also helps prevent See pages 35 ɻ 52 for important an outsider from unexpectedly guidelines on how to properly opening a door when you come to a protect infants, small children, and stop. larger children who ride in your vehicle. See page 81 for how to lock the doors, and page 62 for how the door and trunk open monitor system Adjust the driver’s seat as far to the After everyone has entered the works. rear as possible while allowing you to vehicle, be sure the doors are closed maintain full control of the vehicle. and locked. Your vehicle has a programmable Have a front passenger adjust their auto door locking/unlocking feature. seat as far to the rear as possible. Your vehicle has a door and For more information, see page 82 . trunk open indicator on the instrument panel to indicate when a specific door or the trunk is not tightly closed. CONTINUED 2012 Accord Sedan 11 Protecting Adults and Teens If you sit too close to the steering 3. Adjust the Seat-Backs wheel or dashboard, you can be seriously injured by an inflating front Sitting too close to a front airbag, or by striking the steering airbag can result in serious wheel or dashboard. injury or death if the front airbags inflate. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Always sit as far back from the Canada recommend that drivers front airbags as possible. allow at least 10 inches (25 cm) between the center of the steering wheel and the chest. In addition to On manual adjustable seats adjusting the seat, you can adjust the Once your seat is adjusted correctly, steering wheel up and down, and in rock it back and forth to make sure and out (see page 77 ). the seat is locked in position. Adjust the driver’s seat-back to a comfortable, upright position, If you cannot get far enough away See page 94 for how to adjust a leaving ample space between your from the steering wheel and still front seat (power adjustment) and chest and the airbag cover in the reach the controls, we recommend page 95 for a manual adjustment. center of the steering wheel. that you investigate whether some type of adaptive equipment may help. Passengers with adjustable seat- backs should also adjust their seat- back to a comfortable, upright position. 12 2012 Accord Sedan Protecting Adults and Teens 4. Adjust the Head Restraints Reclining the seat-back too far Improperly positioning head can result in serious injury or restraints reduces their death in a crash. effectiveness and you can be seriously injured in a crash. Adjust the seat-back to an upright position, and sit well Make sure head restraints are back in the seat. in place and positioned properly before driving. Reclining a seat-back so that the shoulder part of the belt no longer rests against the occupant’s chest reduces the protective capability of the belt. It also increases the chance of sliding under the belt in a crash and being seriously injured. The farther a seat-back is reclined, the greater the risk of injury. See page for how to adjust the manual adjustable seat-back, and page for the power adjustable seat-back. 2012 Accord Sedan 13 Properly adjusted head restraints will help protect occupants from Adjust the driver’s head restraint so whiplash and other crash injuries. the center of the back of your head rests against the center of the restraint. See page 97 for how to adjust the head restraints and how the driver’s and front passenger’s active head restraints work. 95 94 Have passengers adjust their head restraints properly as well. Taller persons should adjust their restraint as high as possible. Protecting Adults and Teens 5.Fasten and Position 14 This spreads the forces of a crash the Seat Belts over the strongest bones in your Insert the latch plate into the buckle, upper body. then tug on the belt to make sure the belt is securely latched. Check that the belt is not twisted, because a twisted belt can cause serious injuries in a crash. Position the lap part of the belt as low as possible across your hips, then pull up on the shoulder part of the belt so the lap part fits snugly. This lets your strong pelvic bones take the force of a crash and reduces the chance of internal injuries. If necessary, pull up on the belt again to remove any slack, then check that the belt rests across the center of your chest and over your shoulder. 2012 Accord Sedan Improperly positioning the seat belts can cause serious injury or death in a crash. Make sure all seat belts are properly positioned before driving. If the seat belt touches or crosses your neck, or if it crosses your arm instead of your shoulder, you need to adjust the seat belt anchor height. Protecting Adults and Teens RELEASE BUTTON Never place the shoulder portion of a 6. Maintain a Proper lap/shoulder belt under your arm or Sitting Position behind your back. This could cause After all occupants have adjusted very serious injuries in a crash. their seats and head restraints, and put on their seat belts, it is very If a seat belt does not seem to work important that they continue to sit properly, it may not protect the upright, well back in their seats, with occupant in a crash. their feet on the floor, until the vehicle is safely parked and the No one should sit in a seat with an engine is off. inoperative seat belt. Using a seat belt that is not working properly can result in serious injury or death. The front seats have adjustable seat Have your dealer check the belt as belt anchors. To adjust the height of soon as possible. an anchor, press and hold the release button and slide the anchor up or See page for additional down as needed (it has four information about your seat belts positions). and how to take care of them. 2012 Accord Sedan 15 Sitting improperly can increase the chance of injury during a crash. For example, if an occupant slouches, lies down, turns sideways, sits forward, leans forward or sideways, 18 or puts one or both feet up, the chance of injury during a crash is greatly increased. CONTINUED Protecting Adults and Teens Advice for Pregnant Women Sitting improperly or out of position can result in serious injury or death in a crash. Always sit upright, well back in the seat, with your feet on the floor. 162012 Accord Sedan In addition, an occupant who is out of When driving, remember to sit position in the front seat can be upright and adjust the seat as far seriously or fatally injured in a crash back as possible while allowing full by striking interior parts of the control of the vehicle. When riding vehicle or being struck by an as a front passenger, adjust the seat inflating front airbag. as far back as possible. This will reduce the risk of injuries to both you and your unborn child that can be caused by a crash or an inflating front airbag. Each time you have a checkup, ask your doctor if it’s okay for you to If you are pregnant, the best way to drive. protect yourself and your unborn child when driving or riding in a vehicle is to always wear a seat belt, and keep the lap part of the belt as low as possible across the hips. Protecting Adults and Teens Additional Safety Precautions Keep your hands and arms away Do not cover or replace front seat- Two people should never use the from the airbag covers. If your back covers without consulting same seat belt. hands or arms are close to an your dealer. airbag cover, they could be injured if the airbag inflates. Do not attach or place objects on the front airbag covers. Objects on the covers marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’ could interfere with the proper operation of the airbags or be propelled inside the vehicle and hurt someone if the airbags inflate. Do not place hard or sharp objects between yourself and a front airbag. 2012 Accord Sedan 17 If they do, they Improperly replacing could be very seriously injured in a or covering front seat-back covers crash. can prevent your side airbags from inflating during a side impact. Do not put any accessories on seat belts. Devices intended to improve occupant comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can reduce the protective capability of the belt and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash. Do not attach hard objects on or near a door. If a side airbag or a Carrying hard or sharp side curtain airbag inflates, a cup objects on your lap, or driving with holder or other hard object a pipe or other sharp object in attached on or near the door could your mouth, can result in injuries be propelled inside the vehicle and if your front airbag inflates. hurt someone. Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Seat Belt System Components If a front passenger does not fasten Your seat belt system includes lap/ their seat belt, the indicator will shoulder belts in all seating positions. come on about 6 seconds after the The front seat belts are also ignition switch is turned to the ON equipped with automatic seat belt (II) position. tensioners. If either the driver or a front The seat belt system passenger does not fasten their seat includes an indicator on the belt while driving, the beeper will instrument panel and a beeper to sound and the indicator will flash remind you and your passengers to again at regular intervals. fasten your seat belts. When no one is sitting in the front This system monitors the front seat passenger’s seat, or a child or small belts. If you turn the ignition switch adult is riding there, the indicator to the ON (II) position before your should not come on and the beeper seat belt is fastened, the beeper will should not sound. sound and the indicator will flash. If your seat belt is not fastened before the beeper stops, the indicator will stop flashing but remain on. 18 2012 Accord Sedan If the indicator comes on or the beeper sounds when the driver’s seat belt is latched and there is no front seat passenger and no items on the front seat, something may be interfering with the monitoring system. Look for and remove: Any items under the front passenger’s seat. Any object(s) hanging on the seat or in the seat-back pocket. Any object(s) touching the rear of the seat-back. If no obstructions are found, have your vehicle checked by a dealer. Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Lap/Shoulder Belt All seat belts have an emergency The lap and shoulder belt goes over locking retractor. In normal driving, your shoulder, across your chest, the retractor lets you move freely in Allowing a child to play with a and across your hips. your seat while it keeps some seat belt or wrap one around tension on the belt. During a collision their neck can result in serious To fasten the belt, insert the latch or sudden stop, the retractor injury or death. plate into the buckle, then tug on the automatically locks the belt to help belt to make sure the buckle is restrain your body. Instruct children not to play with latched (see page 14 for how to any seat belt and make sure properly position the belt). The seat belts in all positions except any unused seat belt a child the driver’s have a lockable retractor can reach is buckled, fully To unlock the belt, press the red that must be activated to secure a retracted, and locked. PRESS button on the buckle. Guide child seat (see page 46 ). the belt across your body so that it retracts completely. After exiting the If the shoulder part of the belt is vehicle, be sure the belt is out of the pulled all the way out, the lockable way and will not get closed in the retractor will activate. The belt will door. retract, but it will not allow the passenger to move freely. To deactivate the lockable retractor, unlatch the buckle and let the seat belt fully retract. To refasten the seat belt, pull it out only as far as needed. 2012 Accord Sedan 19 Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners The tensioners can be activated Seat Belt Maintenance during a collision in which the front airbags . In this case, the airbags would not be needed, but the additional restraint could be helpful. If the tensioner is activated, the SRS indicator comes on and the tensioner must be replaced. For added protection, the front seat belts are equipped with automatic seat belt tensioners. When activated, the tensioners immediately tighten the belts to help hold the driver and a front passenger in position. 20 2012 Accord Sedan For safety, you should check the do not deploy condition of your seat belts regularly. Pull each belt out fully, and look for frays, cuts, burns, and wear. Check that the latches work smoothly and the belts retract easily. If a belt does not retract easily, cleaning the belt may correct the problem (see page 367 ). Any belt that is not in good condition or working properly will not provide good protection and should be replaced as soon as possible. Honda provides a limited warranty on seat belts. See yourHonda Warranty Information booklet for details. If a seat belt is worn during a crash, you should have your dealer inspect the belt, and replace it if necessary. A belt that has been worn during a crash may not provide the same level of protection in a subsequent crash. The dealer should also inspect the anchors for damage and replace them if needed. If the automatic seat belt tensioners activate during a crash, they must be replaced. Additional Information About Your Seat BeltsNot checking or maintaining seat belts can result in serious injury or death if the seat belts do not work properly when needed. Check your seat belts regularly and have any problem corrected as soon as possible. 2012 Accord Sedan 21 Additional Information About Your Airbags Airbag System Components 22 (13) (9) (8) (2) (10) (4) (14) (11) (1) (8) (3) (1) (2) Driver’s Passenger’s Front Front Airbag Airbag (5) (3) (4) Control Front Seat Unit Belt Tensioners (5) (6) Side Driver’s Airbags Seat Position Sensor (6) (7) Front Passenger’s Weight Sensors (8) (9) Front Passenger Impact Airbag Sensors Off Indicator (10) (11) Side Occupant Impact Position Sensors Detection (First) System (OPDS) Sensors (12) Front OPDS Passenger’s Sensors Control Weight Unit Sensors Control Unit/ (13) SRS Indicator (14) Side Curtain Airbags (16) (15) Safing Sensor (16) Side Impact Sensors (Second) 2012 Accord Sedan (15) (7) (12) (14) (16) (5) (4) Your airbag system includes: Two SRS (supplemental restraint system) front airbags. The driver’s airbag is stored in the center of the steering wheel; the front passenger’s airbag is stored in the dashboard. Both are marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’ (see page ). Two side airbags, one for the driver and one for a front passenger. The airbags are stored in the outer edges of the seat- backs. Both are marked ‘‘SIDE AIRBAG’’ (see page ). Two side curtain airbags, one for each side of the vehicle. The airbags are stored in the ceiling above the side windows. The front and rear pillars are marked ‘‘SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG’’ (see page ). 2429 30 Additional Information About Your AirbagsAutomatic front seat belt Weight sensors that monitor the tensioners (see page 20 ). weight on the front passenger’s seat. If the weight is about 65 lbs Sensors that can detect a (29 kg) or less (the weight of an moderate to severe front impact or infant or small child), the side impact. passenger’s front airbag will be turned off (see page 27). Sensors that can detect whether a child is in the passenger’s side A sophisticated electronic system airbag path and signal the control that continually monitors and unit to turn the airbag off (see records information about the page 29 ). sensors, the control unit, the airbag activators, the seat belt Sensors that can detect whether tensioners, and driver and front the driver’s seat belt and the front passenger seat belt use when the passenger’s seat belt are latched ignition switch is in the ON (II) or unlatched (see page 18 ). position. A driver’s seat position sensor that An indicator on the instrument monitors the distance of the seat panel that alerts you to a possible from the front airbag. If the seat is problem with your airbag system too far forward, the airbag will components (see page 31). inflate with less force (see page 27 ). CONTINUED 2012 Accord Sedan 23 Additional Information About Your Airbags An indicator on the instrument How Your Front Airbags Work panel that alerts you that the passenger’s side airbag has been turned off (see page ).31 An indicator on the dashboard that alerts you that the passenger’s front airbag has been turned off (see page 32 ). Emergency backup power in case your vehicle’s electrical system is disconnected in a crash. If you ever have a moderate to severe frontal collision, sensors will detect the vehicle’s rapid deceleration. If the rate of deceleration is high enough, the control unit will inflate the driver’s and front passenger’s airbags, at the time and with the force needed. 24 2012 Accord Sedan During a frontal crash, your seat belt restrains your lower body and torso, and the front airbag helps protect your head and chest. Although both airbags normally inflate within a split second of each other, it is possible for only one airbag to deploy. This can happen if the severity of a collision is at the margin, or threshold, that determines whether or not the airbags will deploy. In such cases, the seat belt will provide sufficient protection, and the supplemental protection offered by the airbag would be minimal. Additional Information About Your AirbagsOnly the driver’s airbag can deploy if After a crash, you may see what there is no passenger in the front looks like smoke. This is actually seat, or if the advanced airbag powder from the airbag’s surface. system has turned the passenger’s Although the powder is not harmful, airbag off (see page ).26 people with respiratory problems may experience some temporary discomfort. If this occurs, get out of the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. After inflating, the front airbags immediately deflate, so they won’t interfere with the driver’s visibility, or the ability to steer or operate other controls. The total time for inflation and deflation is one-tenth of a second, so fast that most occupants are not aware that the airbags deployed until they see them lying in their laps. CONTINUED 2012 Accord Sedan 25 Additional Information About Your Airbags Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Advanced Airbags Failure to follow these instructions Front Airbags (SRS) Your front airbags are also advanced could damage the sensors or prevent Your vehicle is equipped with dual- airbags. The main purpose of this them from working properly. stage, multiple-threshold front feature is to help prevent airbag- airbags (SRS). During a frontal crash caused injuries to short drivers and severe enough to cause one or both children or small-statured adults who front airbags to deploy, the airbags ride in front. can inflate at different rates, depending on the severity of the For both advanced airbags to work crash, whether or not the seat belts properly: are latched, and/or other factors. Front airbags are designed to Occupants must sit upright and supplement the seat belts to help wear their seat belts properly. reduce the likelihood of head and chest injuries in frontal crashes. Do not spill any liquids on or under the seats, cover the sensors, or put any objects or metal items under the front seats. Objects placed or pushed under the front passenger’s seat may cause the sensor to malfunction, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. 26 2012 Accord Sedan Additional Information About Your AirbagsThe driver’s advanced front airbag system includes a seat position sensor under the seat. If the seat is too far forward, the airbag will inflate with less force, regardless of the severity of the impact. DRIVER’S SEAT POSITION SENSOR PASSENGER’S SENSORS SEAT WEIGHT If there is a problem with the sensor, The passenger’s advanced front the SRS indicator will come on, and airbag system has weight sensors the airbag will inflate in the normal under the seat. Although Honda manner regardless of the driver’s does not encourage carrying an seating position. infant or small child in front, if the sensors detect the weight of an infant or small child (up to about 65 lbs or 29 kg), the system will automatically turn the passenger’s front airbag off. CONTINUED 2012 Accord Sedan 27 Additional Information About Your Airbags Be aware that objects placed on the To ensure that the passenger’s Back seat passengers should not passenger’s seat can also cause the advanced front airbag system will wedge objects or intentionally airbag to be turned off. work properly, do not do anything force their feet under the front that would increase or decrease the passenger seat. When the passenger airbag gets weight on the front passenger’s seat. turned off by the weight sensors, a This includes: Also, make sure the floor mat ‘‘passenger airbag off’’ indicator in behind the front passenger’s seat the center of the dashboard comes A rear passenger pushing or is properly positioned on the floor on (see page 32 ). pulling on the back of the front (see page 367 ). If it is not, the mat passenger’s seat. may interfere with the proper If the weight sensors detect there is operation of the front passenger’s no passenger in the front seat, the Moving the front seat or seat-back seat and its sensors. airbag is automatically turned off. forcibly back against cargo on the However, the passenger airbag off seat or floor behind it. indicator in this situation will not come on. Hanging heavy items on the front passenger seat, or placing heavy items in the seat-back pocket. Moving the front seat or seat-back forcibly back against the folded rear seat. 28 2012 Accord Sedan Additional Information About Your Airbags How Your Side Airbags Work Only one airbag will deploy during a Side Airbag Cutoff System side impact. If the impact is on the passenger’s side, the passenger’s side airbag will deploy even if there is no passenger. If you ever have a moderate to severe side impact, sensors will detect rapid acceleration and signal the control unit to instantly inflate either the driver’s or the passenger’s side airbag. 2012 Accord Sedan 29 Your vehicle has a side airbag cutoff system designed primarily to protect a child riding in the front passenger’s seat. To get the best protection from the Although Honda does not encourage side airbags, front seat occupants children to ride in front, if the should wear their seat belts and sit position sensors detect a child has upright and well back in their seats. leaned into the side airbag’s deployment path, the airbag will shut off. The side airbag may also shut off if a short adult leans sideways, or a larger adult slouches and leans sideways into the airbag’s deployment path. Objects placed on the front passenger seat can also cause the side airbag to be shut off. CONTINUED Additional Information About Your Airbags If the side airbag off indicator comes How Your Side Curtain If the impact is on the passenger’s on (see page 32 ), have the Airbags Work side, the passenger’s side curtain passenger sit upright. Once the airbag will inflate even if there are no passenger is out of the airbag’s occupants on that side of the vehicle. deployment path, the system will turn the airbag back on, and the One or both side curtain airbags may indicator will go out. inflate in a moderate to severe frontal collision which causes the There will be some delay between front airbags to deploy. the moment the passenger moves into or out of the airbag deployment To get the best protection from the path and when the indicator comes side curtain airbags, occupants on or goes off. should wear their seat belts and sit A front seat passenger should not SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG upright and well back in their seats. use a cushion or another object as a In a moderate to severe side impact, backrest. It may prevent the cutoff sensors will detect rapid acceleration system from working properly. and signal the control unit to instantly inflate the side curtain airbag. 30 2012 Accord Sedan Additional Information About Your AirbagsHow the SRS If you see any of these indications, U.S. Canada Indicator Works the airbag system components may The SRS indicator alerts you to a not work properly when you need potential problem with your airbag them. How the Side Airbag Off system components. Indicator Works This indicator alerts you that the When you turn the ignition switch to passenger’s side airbag has been the ON (II) position, this indicator automatically shut off. It does comes on briefly then goes off. This mean there is a problem with your tells you the system is working side airbags. properly. If the indicator comes on at any other time, or does not come on at all, you should have the system checked by your dealer. For example: If the SRS indicator does not come on after you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. If the indicator stays on after the engine starts. If the indicator comes on or flashes on and off while you drive. 2012 Accord Sedan 31 Ignoring the SRS indicator can result in serious injury or death if the airbag systems or tensioners do not work properly. Have your vehicle checked by a dealer as soon as possible if the SRS indicator alerts you to a possible problem. not When you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, the indicator should come on briefly and then go out (see page 59 ). If it doesn’t come on, stays on, or comes on while driving without a passenger in the front seat, have the system checked. Additional Information About Your Airbags How the Passenger Airbag Off Indicator Works PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR not mean 32Be aware that objects placed on the front seat can cause the indicator to come on. If no weight is detected on the front seat, the airbag will be automatically shut off. However, the indicator will U.S. Canada not come on. The passenger airbag off indicator may come on and off repeatedly if the total weight on the seat is near the airbag cutoff threshold. If an adult or teenage passenger is This indicator alerts you that the riding in front, move the seat as far passenger’s front airbag has been to the rear as possible, and have the shut off because weight sensors passenger sit upright and wear the detect about 65 lbs (29 kg) or less seat belt properly. (the weight of an infant or small child) on the front passenger’s seat. It does there is a problem with the airbag. 2012 Accord Sedan If the indicator comes on with no front seat passenger and no objects on the seat, or with an adult riding there, something may be interfering with the weight sensors. Look for and remove: Any items under the front passenger’s seat. Any object hanging on the seat or in the seat-back pocket. Any object(s) touching the rear of the seat-back. If no obstructions are found, have your vehicle checked by a dealer as soon as possible. Additional Information About Your Airbags Airbag Service An airbag ever inflates. Any airbag The SRS indicator alerts you to a Your airbag systems are virtually that has deployed must be problem. Take your vehicle to an maintenance free, and there are no replaced along with the control authorized dealer as soon as parts you can safely service. unit and other related parts. Any possible. If you ignore this However, you must have your seat belt tensioner that activates indication, your airbags may not vehicle serviced if: must also be replaced. operate properly.We recommend against the use of If your vehicle has a moderate to salvaged airbag system severe impact. Even if your components, including the airbag, airbags do not inflate, your dealer tensioners, sensors, and control should inspect the driver’s seat unit. position sensor, the front passenger’s weight sensors, the Do not try to remove or replace front seat belt tensioners, and all any airbag by yourself. This must seat belts and their anchors worn be done by an authorized dealer or during a crash to make sure they a knowledgeable body shop. are operating properly. 2012 Accord Sedan 33 Additional Information About Your Airbags Additional Safety Precautions Do not attempt to deactivate your airbags. Do not tamper with airbag components or wiring for any reason. Do not expose the front passenger’s seat-back to liquid. Do not remove or modify a front seat without consulting your Together, airbags and dealer. This could make the seat belts provide the best driver’s seat position sensor or the protection. front passenger’s weight sensors ineffective. If it is necessary to remove or modify a front seat to accommodate a person with Tampering could cause disabilities, first contact Honda the airbags to deploy, possibly Automobile Customer Service at causing very serious injury. (800) 999-1009 in the US, or Honda Customer Relations at 1- 888-9-HONDA-9 in Canada. If water or another liquid soaks into a seat- back, it can prevent the side airbag cutoff system from working properly. 34 2012 Accord Sedan ɻ If you have children, or ever need to drive with a child in your vehicle, be sure to read this section. It begins with important general guidelines, then presents special information for infants, small children, and larger children. Protecting Children General GuidelinesAll Children Must Be Restrained Each year, many children are injured or killed in vehicle crashes because Children who are unrestrained they are either unrestrained or not or improperly restrained can be properly restrained. In fact, traffic seriously injured or killed in a collisions are the number one cause crash. of death of children age 12 and under. Any child too small for a seat belt should be properly To reduce the number of child restrained in a child seat. A deaths and injuries, every state, larger child should be properly Canadian province and territory restrained with a seat belt and requires that infants and children be use a booster seat if necessary. Children depend on adults to protect properly restrained when they ride in them. However, despite their best a vehicle.intentions, many adults do not know Larger children must be restrained how to properly protect child Infants and small children must be with a lap/shoulder belt and ride on passengers. restrained in an approved child seat a booster seat until the seat belt fits that is properly secured to the them properly (see pages 49 52 ). vehicle (see pages 40 ɻ 48 ). 2012 Accord Sedan 35 ɻ ɻ Protecting Children General Guidelines All Children Should Sit The Passenger’s Front Airbag Small Children in a Back Seat Can Pose Serious Risks Placing a forward-facing child seat in According to crash statistics, Front airbags have been designed to the front seat of a vehicle equipped children of all ages and sizes are help protect adults in a moderate to with a passenger’s front airbag can safer when they are restrained in a severe frontal collision. To do this, be hazardous. back seat. the passenger’s front airbag is quite large, and it can inflate with enough force to cause very serious injuries. Larger Children Children who have outgrown child seats are also at risk of being injured or killed by an inflating passenger’s Children who ride in back are less front airbag. likely to be injured by striking interior vehicle parts during a Never put a rear-facing child seat in collision or hard braking. Also, the front seat of a vehicle equipped children cannot be injured by an with a passenger’s front airbag. inflating front airbag when they ride in the back. 36 2012 Accord Sedan If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the child’s head is thrown forward during a collision, an The National Highway Traffic Safety inflating front airbag can strike the Administration and Transport child with enough force to kill or Canada recommend that all children Even though your vehicle has an very seriously injure a small child. aged 12 and under be properly advanced front airbag system that restrained in a back seat. Some automatically turns the passenger’s states have laws restricting where front airbag off under certain children may ride. circumstances (see page ), please follow these guidelines: Whenever possible, larger children should sit in the back seat, on a booster seat if needed, and be properly restrained with a seat If belt (see page for important the airbag inflates, it can hit the back information about protecting larger of the child seat with enough force children). to kill or very seriously injure an infant. 32 Infants 49 ɻ To remind you of the passenger’s front airbag hazards, and that children must be properly restrained in a back seat, your vehicle has warning labels on the dashboard (U.S. models) and on the front visors. Please read and follow the instructions on these labels. Protecting Children General GuidelinesU.S. Models DASHBOARD SUN VISORS Canadian Models SUN VISORS 2012 Accord Sedan 37 ɻ Protecting Children General Guidelines If You Must Drive with If a Child Requires Additional Safety Precautions Several Children Close Attention Never hold an infant or child on Many parents say they prefer to put your lap. an infant or a small child in the front passenger seat so they can watch the child, or because the child requires attention. Placing a child in the front seat exposes the child to hazards in a frontal collision, and paying close attention to a child distracts the Never put a seat belt over yourself driver from the important tasks of and a child. driving, placing both of you at risk. Never let two children use the same seat belt. 382012 Accord Sedan Your vehicle has a back seat where If you are not wearing a children can be properly restrained. seat belt in a crash, you could be If you ever have to carry a group of thrown forward and crush the children, and a child must ride in child against the dashboard or a front: seat-back. If you are wearing a seat belt, the child can be torn Place the largest child in the front from your arms and be seriously seat, provided the child is large hurt or killed.enough to wear the lap/shoulder belt properly (see page 49 ). During a crash, the Move the vehicle seat as far to the belt could press deep into the child rear as possible (see pages and cause serious or fatal injuries. 94 and 95 ). If a child requires close physical attention or frequent visual Have the child sit upright and well contact, we strongly recommend If they do, they back in the seat (see page ). that another adult ride with the could be very seriously injured in a child in a back seat. The back seat crash. Make sure the seat belt is properly is far safer for a child than the positioned and secured (see page front. ). 15 14 ɻ Even very young children learn how to unlock vehicle doors, turn on the ignition switch, and open the trunk, which can lead to accidental injury or 46 death. Children who play in vehicles can accidentally get trapped inside. Teach your children not to play in or around vehicles. Know how to operate the emergency trunk opener and decide if your children should be shown how to use this feature (see page ). Protecting Children General Guidelines Make sure any unused seat belt Do not leave children alone in a Keep vehicle keys/remote that a child can reach is buckled, vehicle. Leaving children without transmitters out of the reach of the lockable retractor is activated, adult supervision is illegal in most children. and the belt is fully retracted and states, Canadian provinces and locked. If a child wraps a loose territories, and can be very seat belt around their neck, they hazardous. can be seriously or fatally injured. (See pages and 47 for how to For example, infants and small activate and deactivate the children left in a vehicle on a hot lockable retractor.) day can die from heatstroke. A child left alone with the key in the Use the childproof door locks to ignition switch can accidentally set prevent children from opening the the vehicle in motion, possibly rear doors. This can prevent injuring themselves or others. children from accidentally falling out (see page 88 ). Lock all doors and the trunk when your vehicle is not in use. 932012 Accord Sedan 39 Protecting Infants and Small Children Protecting Infants moving their seat as far back as recommended, or from locking their seat-back in the desired position. Do not put a rear-facing child seat in a forward-facing position. In any of these situations, we strongly recommend that you install the child seat directly behind the front passenger’s seat, move the seat as far forward as needed, and leave it unoccupied. Or, you may wish to get Child Seat Type a smaller rear-facing child seat. 40 Two types of seats may be used: a seat designed exclusively for infants, or a convertible seat used in the rear- facing, reclining mode. If placed facing forward, an infant could be very seriously injured during a frontal collision. Only a rear-facing child seat provides proper support for a baby’s head, neck, and back. It can also interfere with proper operation of the passenger’s advanced front airbag system. Rear-facing Child Seat Placement A rear-facing child seat can be placed in any seating position in the back seat, but not in the front. Never put a An infant must be properly rear-facing child seat in the front restrained in a rear-facing, reclining seat. child seat until the child reaches the seat maker’s weight or height limit If the passenger’s front airbag for the seat, and the child is at least inflates, it can hit the back of the one year old. child seat with enough force to kill or seriously injure an infant. When properly installed, a rear- facing child seat may prevent the driver or a front passenger from Placing a rear-facing child seat in the front seat can result in serious injury or death during a crash. Always place a rear-facing child seat in the back seat, not the front. 2012 Accord Sedan Protecting Infants and Small Children Protecting Small Children Child Seat Type and weight are appropriate for a rear-facing seat. Of the different seats available, we recommend those that have a five- point harness system as shown. We also recommend that a small child use the child seat until the child reaches the weight or height limit for the seat. Child Seat Placement We strongly recommend placing a forward-facing child seat in a back seat, not the front. Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger’s airbag can be hazardous. If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the child’s head is thrown forward during a collision, an inflating airbag can strike the child with enough force to cause very serious or fatal injuries. Many states, Canadian provinces and Even with advanced front airbags territories allow a child one year of that automatically turn the age or older who also meets the passenger’s front airbag off (see minimum size and weight page 32 ), a back seat is the safest requirements to transition from a place for a small child. rear-facing child seat to a forward facing seat. Know the requirements where you are driving and follow the child seat instructions. Many experts recommend use of a rear-facing seat up to age two, if the child’s height CONTINUED 2012 Accord Sedan 41 Protecting Infants and Small Children, Selecting a Child Seat If it is necessary to put a forward- Selecting a Child Seat In seating positions and vehicles not facing child seat in the front, move Most child seats are LATCH- equipped with LATCH, a LATCH- the vehicle seat as far to the rear as compatible (Lower Anchors and compatible child seat can be installed possible, and be sure the child seat is Tethers for CHildren). Some have a using the seat belt and a top tether firmly secured to the vehicle and the rigid-type connector, while others for added security. This is because child is properly strapped in the seat. have a flexible-type connector. Both all child seats are required to be are equally easy to use. Some designed so that they can be secured existing and previously owned child with a lap belt or the lap part of a seats can only be installed using the lap/shoulder belt. Placing a forward-facing child seat belt. Whichever type you seat in the front seat can result choose, follow the child seat In addition, the child seat in serious injury or death if the manufacturer’s use and care manufacturer may advise that a seat front airbag inflates. instructions as well as the belt be used to attach a LATCH- instructions in this manual. Proper compatible seat once a child reaches If you must place a forward- installation is key to maximizing your a specified weight. Please read the facing child seat in front, move child’s safety. child seat owner’s manual for proper the vehicle seat as far back as installation instructions. possible, and properly restrain the child. 422012 Accord Sedan Selecting a Child Seat, Installing a Child SeatImportant considerations when Installing a Child Seat movement can be expected and selecting a child seat After selecting a proper child seat should not reduce the child seat’s Make sure the child seat meets the and a good place to install the seat, effectiveness. following three requirements: there are three main steps in installing the seat: If the child seat is not secure, try The child seat is the correct type installing it in a different seating and size for the child. 1.Properly secure the child seat to position, or use a different style of the vehicle. All child seats must be child seat that can be firmly secured. The child seat is the correct type secured to the vehicle with the lap for the seating position. part of a lap/shoulder belt or with 3. Secure the child in the child seat. the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Make sure the child is properly The child seat is compliant with Tethers for CHildren) system. A strapped in the child seat Federal Motor Vehicle Safety child whose seat is not properly according to the child seat maker’s Standard 213 or Canadian Motor secured to the vehicle can be instructions. A child who is not Vehicle Safety Standard 213. endangered in a crash. properly secured in a child seat can be seriously injured in a crash. 2. Make sure the child seat is firmly secured. After installing a child The following pages provide seat, push and pull the seat guidelines on how to properly install forward and from side-to-side to a child seat. A forward-facing child verify that it is secure. seat is used in all examples, but the instructions are the same for rear- A child seat secured with a seat belt facing child seats. should be installed as firmly as possible. However, it does not need to be ‘‘rock solid.’’ Some side-to-side 2012 Accord Sedan 43 Installing a Child Seat Installing a Child Seat with LATCH BUTTON Your vehicle is equipped with LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) at the outer rear seats. The lower anchors are located between the seat-back and seat bottom, and are to be used only with a child seat designed for use with LATCH. LOWER ANCHORS Rigid type The location of each lower anchor is To install a LATCH-compatible child 3. Place the child seat on the vehicle indicated by a small button above the seat: seat, then attach the seat to the anchor point. lower anchors according to the 1.Move the seat belt buckle or child seat maker’s instructions. tongue away from the lower anchors. Some LATCH-compatible seats have a rigid-type connector as 2. Make sure there are no objects shown above. near the anchors that could prevent a secure connection between the child seat and the anchors. 44 2012 Accord Sedan Installing a Child SeatTETHER STRAP HOOK ANCHOR COVER 8. Push and pull the child seat forward and from side-to-side to verify that it is secure. Flexible type ANCHOR Other LATCH-compatible seats 5.Lift the head restraint (see page have a flexible-type connector as 97 ), then route the tether strap shown above. through the legs of the head restraint and over the seat-back, 4. Whatever type you have, follow making sure the strap is not the child seat maker’s instructions twisted. for adjusting or tightening the fit. 6.Open the anchor cover. 7. Attach the tether strap hook to the tether anchor, then tighten the strap as instructed by the child seat maker. 2012 Accord Sedan 45 Installing a Child Seat Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/Shoulder Belt When not using the LATCH system, all child seats must be secured to the vehicle with the lap part of a lap/ shoulder belt. In addition, the lap/shoulder belts in all seating positions except the driver’s have a lockable retractor that must be activated to secure a child seat. 1. With the child seat in the desired 2.To activate the lockable retractor, seating position, route the belt slowly pull the shoulder part of the through the child seat according belt all the way out until it stops, to the seat maker’s instructions, then let the belt feed back into the then insert the latch plate into the retractor. buckle and remove any slack from the lap portion of the belt. 3. After the belt has retracted, tug on it. If the belt is locked, you will not be able to pull it out. If you can pull the belt out, it is not locked, and you will need to repeat these steps. After the belt has retracted, tug on it. If the belt is locked, you will not be able to pull it out. If you can pull the belt out, it is not locked, and you will need to repeat these steps. 462012 Accord Sedan Installing a Child SeatTo deactivate the lockable retractor and remove a child seat, unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let the belt fully retract. 4. After confirming that the belt is 5. locked, grab the shoulder part of the belt near the buckle, and pull up to remove any slack from the lap part of the belt. Remember, if the lap part of the belt is not tight, the child seat will not be secure. To remove slack, it may help to put weight on the child seat, or push on the back of the seat while pulling up on the belt. 2012 Accord Sedan 47 Push and pull the child seat forward and from side-to-side to verify that it is secure enough to stay upright during normal driving maneuvers. If the child seat is not secure, unlatch the belt, allow it to retract fully, then repeat these steps. 2012 Accord Sedan 47 Push and pull the child seat forward and from side-to-side to verify that it is secure enough to stay upright during normal driving maneuvers. If the child seat is not secure, unlatch the belt, allow it to retract fully, then repeat these steps. Installing a Child Seat Installing a Child Seat Using an Anchor with a Tether TETHER STRAP HOOK TETHER STRAP HOOK TETHER ANCHORAGE POINTS Center Position Outer Position 48 2012 Accord Sedan ANCHOR ANCHOR 3. 46 Tighten the strap according to the 1.After properly securing the child seat maker’s instructions. A child seat with a tether can be seat (see page ), lift the head installed in any seating position in restraint, then route the tether the back seat, using one of the strap through the head restraint anchorage points shown above. legs. Since a tether can provide additional 2. Lift the anchor cover, then attach security to the lap/shoulder belt the tether strap hook to the installation, we recommend using a anchor, making sure the strap is tether whenever one is required or not twisted. available. Protecting Larger Children When a child reaches the Checking Seat Belt Fit recommended weight or height limit for a forward-facing child seat, the Allowing a child age 12 or under child should sit in a back seat on a to sit in front can result in injury booster seat and wear the lap/ or death if the passenger’s front shoulder belt. airbag inflates. The following pages give If a child must ride in front, instructions on how to check proper move the vehicle seat as far seat belt fit, what kind of booster back as possible, use a booster seat to use if one is needed, and seat if needed, have the child important precautions for a child sit up properly and wear the who must sit in front. seat belt properly. To determine if a lap/shoulder belt properly fits a child, have the child put on the seat belt, then ask yourself: 1.Does the child sit all the way back against the seat? 2. Do the child’s knees bend comfortably over the edge of the seat? CONTINUED 2012 Accord Sedan 49 Protecting Larger Children 50 2012 Accord Sedan 3. Does the shoulder belt cross Using a Booster Seat Some states, Canadian provinces and between the child’s neck and arm? territories also require children to use a booster seat until they reach a 4.Is the lap part of the belt as low as given age or weight (e.g., 6 years or possible, touching the child’s 60 lbs). Be sure to check current thighs? laws in the states, provinces or territories where you intend to drive. 5.Will the child be able to stay seated like this for the whole trip? Booster seats can be high-back or low-back. Whichever style you select, If you answer yes to all these make sure the booster seat meets questions, the child is ready to wear federal safety standards (see page the lap/shoulder belt correctly. If 43 ) and that you follow the booster you answer no to any question, the seat maker’s instructions. child needs to ride on a booster seat. A child who has outgrown a forward- facing child seat should ride in a If a child who uses a booster seat back seat and use a booster seat must ride in front, move the vehicle until the lap/shoulder belt fits them seat as far back as possible and be properly without the booster. sure the child is wearing the seat belt properly. Protecting Larger Children A child may continue using a booster When Can a Larger Child Sit in Of course, children vary widely. And seat until the tops of their ears are Front while age may be one indicator of even with the top of the vehicle’s or The National Highway Traffic Safety when a child can safely ride in front, booster’s seat-back. A child of this Administration and Transport there are other important factors you height should be tall enough to use Canada recommend that all children should consider. the lap/shoulder belt without a age 12 and under be properly booster seat. restrained in a back seat. Physical Size Physically, a child must be large If the passenger’s front airbag enough for the lap/shoulder belt to inflates in a moderate to severe properly fit (see pages 14 and 49 ). If frontal collision, the airbag can cause the seat belt does not fit properly, serious injuries to a child who is with or without the child sitting on a unrestrained, improperly restrained, booster seat, the child should not sit sitting too close to the airbag, or out in front. of position. Maturity A side airbag also poses risks. If any To safely ride in front, a child must part of a larger child’s body is in the be able to follow the rules, including path of a deploying side airbag, the sitting properly, and wearing the seat child could receive possibly serious belt properly throughout a ride. injuries. CONTINUED 2012 Accord Sedan 51 Protecting Larger Children If you decide that a child can safely Do not put any accessories on a ride up front, be sure to: Do not let a child wear a seat belt seat belt. across the neck. Carefully read the owner’s manual, and make sure you understand all seat belt instructions and all safety information. Do not let a child put the shoulder part of a seat belt behind the back Move the vehicle seat to the rear- or under the arm. most position. Have the child sit up straight, back against the seat, and feet on or near the floor. Check that the child’s seat belt is Two children should never use the properly and securely positioned. same seat belt. Supervise the child. Even mature children sometimes need to be reminded to fasten the seat belts or sit properly. Additional Safety Precautions 52 2012 Accord Sedan Devices intended to This could result improve a child’s comfort or in serious neck injuries during a reposition the shoulder part of a crash. seat belt can make the belt less effective and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash. This could cause very serious injuries during a crash. It also increases the chance that the child will slide under the belt in a crash and be injured. If they do, they could be very seriously injured in a crash. Your vehicle’s exhaust contains carbon monoxide gas. Carbon monoxide should not enter the Carbon monoxide gas is toxic. vehicle in normal driving if you Breathing it can cause maintain your vehicle properly and unconsciousness and even kill follow the information on this page. you. Have the exhaust system inspected Avoid any enclosed areas or for leaks whenever: activities that expose you to carbon monoxide. The vehicle is raised for an oil change. High levels of carbon monoxide can You notice a change in the sound collect rapidly in enclosed areas, of the exhaust. such as a garage. Do not run the engine with the garage door closed. The vehicle was in a collision that Even with the door open, run the may have damaged the underside. engine only long enough to move the vehicle out of the garage. 2012 Accord Sedan Carbon Monoxide HazardWith the trunk open, airflow can pull exhaust gas into your vehicle’s interior and create a hazardous condition. If you must drive with the trunk open, open all the windows and set the heating and cooling system/ climate control system as shown below. If you must sit in your parked vehicle with the engine running, even in an unconfined area, adjust the heating and cooling system/climate control system as follows: 1.Select the fresh air mode. 2.Select the mode. 3.Turn the fan on high speed. 4. Set the temperature control to a comfortable setting. 53 Safety Labels These labels are in the locations SUN VISORS shown. They warn you of potential U.S. models Canadian models hazards that could cause serious injury or death. Read these labels carefully. If a label comes off or becomes hard to read (except for the U.S. dashboard label which may be removed by the owner), contact your dealer for a replacement. DASHBOARD U.S. models only DOORJAMBS U.S. models Canadian models RADIATOR CAP54 2012 Accord Sedan This section gives information about the controls and displays that contribute to the daily operation of your vehicle. All the essential controls are within easy reach. ........................... Control Locations . 56 ............................ Instrument Panel . 57 .......... Instrument Panel Indicators . 58 ............................................. Gauges . 65 .................... Information Display . 66 ..................................... Odometer . 66 Outside Temperature ................................... Indicator . 67 ................................... Trip Meter . 67 Check Fuel Cap Message .......... . 68 Maintenance Minder TM ............... . 68 Temperature Gauge ................... . 68 Fuel Gauge .................................. . 68 Controls Near the Steering Wheel ........................................... . 69 Windshield Wipers and Washers . . 70 Turn Signals and Headlights ......... . 71 Fog Lights ........................................ . 74 Instrument Panel Brightness ........ . 74 Hazard Warning Button ................. . 75 Rear Window Defogger ................. . 76 Steering Wheel Adjustments ........ . 77 Keys and Locks ............................... . 78 Immobilizer System ........................ . 79 Ignition Switch ................................ . 80 Door Locks ...................................... . 81 Auto Door Locking/Unlocking . . 82 Childproof Door Locks .............. . 88 Remote Transmitter ....................... . 88 Trunk ................................................ . 92 Emergency Trunk Opener ........ . 93 Seats ................................................. . 94 Front Seat Power Adjustments . . 94 2012 Accord Sedan Instruments and ControlsFront Seat Manual Adjustments ............................ . 95 Driver’s Seat Manual Height Adjustment .............................. . 96 Head Restraints .......................... . 96 Folding Rear Seat ....................... . 99 Armrests .................................... . 100 Seat Heaters .................................. . 102 Driving Position Memory System ........................................ . 103 Mirrors ........................................... . 106 Power Windows ............................ . 108 Moonroof ....................................... . 112 Parking Brake ............................... . 114 Interior Convenience Items ......... . 115 Beverage Holders ..................... . 116 Accessory Power Sockets ........ . 116 Console Compartment ............. . 117 Glove Box .................................. . 118 Sunglasses Holder .................... . 118 Sun Visors .................................. . 119 Vanity Mirror ............................ . 120 Coat Hook .................................. . 120 Center Pockets .......................... . 120 Interior Lights ............................... . 121 Instruments and ControlsFront Seat Manual Adjustments ............................ . 95 Driver’s Seat Manual Height Adjustment .............................. . 96 Head Restraints .......................... . 96 Folding Rear Seat ....................... . 99 Armrests .................................... . 100 Seat Heaters .................................. . 102 Driving Position Memory System ........................................ . 103 Mirrors ........................................... . 106 Power Windows ............................ . 108 Moonroof ....................................... . 112 Parking Brake ............................... . 114 Interior Convenience Items ......... . 115 Beverage Holders ..................... . 116 Accessory Power Sockets ........ . 116 Console Compartment ............. . 117 Glove Box .................................. . 118 Sunglasses Holder .................... . 118 Sun Visors .................................. . 119 Vanity Mirror ............................ . 120 Coat Hook .................................. . 120 Center Pockets .......................... . 120 Interior Lights ............................... . 121 Instruments and ControlsFront Seat Manual Adjustments ............................ . 95 Driver’s Seat Manual Height Adjustment .............................. . 96 Head Restraints .......................... . 96 Folding Rear Seat ....................... . 99 Armrests .................................... . 100 Seat Heaters .................................. . 102 Driving Position Memory System ........................................ . 103 Mirrors ........................................... . 106 Power Windows ............................ . 108 Moonroof ....................................... . 112 Parking Brake ............................... . 114 Interior Convenience Items ......... . 115 Beverage Holders ..................... . 116 Accessory Power Sockets ........ . 116 Console Compartment ............. . 117 Glove Box .................................. . 118 Sunglasses Holder .................... . 118 Sun Visors .................................. . 119 Vanity Mirror ............................ . 120 Coat Hook .................................. . 120 Center Pockets .......................... . 120 Interior Lights ............................... . 121 55 Control Locations INSTRUMENT INDICATORS (P.57) PANEL MOONROOF (P.65) MIRROR CONTROLS CLIMATE SYSTEM CONTROL 56SWITCH ˎ (P.112) HOMELINK BUTTONS ˎ (P.258) MIRROR CONTROL AUTO (P.106) BUTTON CLOCK COMPASS (P.246) ˎ (P.251) (P.103) (P.107) (P.81) (P.138) (P.108) (P.310) (P.293) (P.312) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE (P.290) LEVER ACCESSORY (P.116) POWER SOCKET USB ADAPTER CABLE ˎ (P.169, 180, 220, 230) AUXILIARY (P.244) INPUT JACK (P.117) ˎ GAUGES DRIVING POSITION MEMORY BUTTONS SYSTEM ˎ AUDIO SYSTEM HOOD RELEASE HANDLE U.S. EX-L V6 model without navigation system is shown. : If equipped HEATING/COOLING CONTROLS POWER MASTER DOOR SWITCH LOCK POWER WINDOW SWITCHES TRUNK LEVER RELEASE (P.124) 2012 Accord Sedan (P.130) MANUAL TRANSMISSION AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (P.92) ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET ˎ Instrument Panel DOOR AND TRUNK OPEN INDICATOR (P.62) MAINTENANCE MINDER INDICATOR (P.64) DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS INDICATOR (P.63) SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR ˎ (P.63) PARKING BRAKE AND BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.59) CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.58, 397) LIGHTS ON INDICATOR (P.62) LOW OIL PRESSURE FOG LIGHT INDICATOR (P.64) INDICATOR (P.58, 397) IMMOBILIZER INDICATOR (P.64) SYSTEM CRUISE CONTROL MAIN INDICATOR (P.58, 398) LOW TIRE PRESSURE INDICATOR (P.61) TIRE SYSTEM PRESSURE (TPMS) MONITORING INDICATOR (P.61) SIDE INDICATOR AIRBAG OFF VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST (VSA) SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.60) SEAT BELT REMINDER VSA OFF INDICATOR(P.60) INDICATOR FUEL ECONOMY INDICATOR (P.61) U.S. instrument panel is shown. Differences for the Canadian models are noted in the text. ˎ : If equipped 2012 Accord Sedan 57 ˎ MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP ˎ (P.64) CRUISE INDICATOR CONTROL (P.64) (P.59) LOW FUEL INDICATOR (P.63) (P.58) ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS) INDICATOR HIGH BEAM INDICATOR (P.63) SUPPLEMENTAL SYSTEM INDICATOR RESTRAINT (P.59) (P.60) Instrument Panel Indicators The instrument panel has many If your front passenger does not Low Oil Pressure indicators to give you important fasten their seat belt, the indicator Indicator information about your vehicle. comes on about 6 seconds after the The engine can be severely damaged ignition switch is turned to the ON if this indicator flashes or stays on Seat Belt (II) position. when the engine is running. For more information, see page . If either of you do not fasten your seat belt while driving, the beeper Charging System will sound and the indicator will flash Indicator again at regular intervals. For more If this indicator comes on when the information, see page . engine is running, the battery is not being charged. For more information, see page . Malfunction Indicator Lamp See page . 58 Reminder Indicator 397 This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. It reminds you and your passengers to fasten your seat belts. A beeper also sounds if you have not 18 fastened your seat belt. 397 If you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position before fastening your seat belt, the beeper sounds and the indicator flashes. If you do 398 not fasten your seat belt before the beeper stops, the indicator stops flashing but remains on. 2012 Accord Sedan Instrument Panel IndicatorsU.S. Canada Parking Brake and Brake System Indicator Supplemental Restraint System Indicator U.S. Canada Side Airbag Off This indicator comes on briefly when Indicator you turn the ignition switch to the This indicator comes on briefly when ON (II) position. If it comes on at you turn the ignition switch to the any other time, it indicates a ON (II) position. If it comes on at potential problem with your front any other time, it indicates that the airbags. This indicator will also alert passenger’s side airbag has you to a potential problem with your automatically shut off. For more airbag system components. For information, see page . more information, see page 31 . 2012 Accord Sedan 59 This indicator has two functions: 1.It comes on when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. It is a reminder to check the parking brake. A beeper sounds if you drive with the 31 parking brake not fully released. Driving with the parking brake not fully released can damage the brakes and tires. 2. If it remains lit after you fully release the parking brake while the engine is running, or if it comes on while driving, there could be a problem with the brake system. For more information, see page 399 . Instrument Panel Indicators Anti-lock Brake System Vehicle Stability Assist (ABS) Indicator (VSA) System Indicator VSA OFF Indicator This indicator normally comes on for This indicator normally comes on for This indicator comes on as a a few seconds when you turn the a few seconds when you turn the reminder that you have turned off ignition switch to the ON (II) ignition switch to the ON (II) the vehicle stability assist (VSA) position. If it comes on at any other position. system. time, there is a problem with the ABS. If this happens, have your This indicator has two functions: This indicator normally comes on for vehicle checked at a dealer. With a few seconds when you turn the this indicator on, your vehicle still 1. It flashes when VSA is active (see ignition switch to the ON (II) has normal braking ability but no page 321 ). position. For more information, see anti-lock function. For more page 321 . information, see page 319 . 2.If it comes on and stays on at any other time, there is a problem with the VSA system. Take your vehicle to a dealer to have it checked. Without VSA, your vehicle still has normal driving ability, but will not have VSA traction and stability enhancement. For more information, see page 321 . 60 2012 Accord Sedan Instrument Panel IndicatorsLow Tire Pressure Indicator Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Indicator ECO Fuel Economy Indicator This indicator normally comes on for This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) ignition switch to the ON (II) position. If it comes on while driving, position. it indicates that one or more of your vehicle’s tires are significantly low If this indicator comes on and stays on pressure. on at any other time, or if it does not come on when you turn the ignition If this happens, pull to the side of the switch to the ON (II) position, there road when it is safe, check which tire is a problem with the TPMS. With has lost pressure, and determine the this indicator on, the low tire cause. If it is because of a flat tire, pressure indicator will not come on replace the flat tire with the compact when a tire loses pressure. Take the spare (see page ), and have the vehicle to your dealer to have the flat tire repaired as soon as possible. system checked. For more If two or more tires are underinflated, information, see page . call a professional towing service (see page ). For more information, see page . 2012 Accord Sedan 61 While the engine is operating in its most economical range, this indicator may come on and stay on. 385 407 323 324 V6 models Instrument Panel Indicators Lights On Indicator Door and Trunk Open Indicator 62 Turn Signal and Hazard Warning Indicators The left or right turn signal indicator blinks when you signal a lane change or turn. If an indicator does not blink This indicator reminds you that the exterior lights are on. It comes on when the light switch is in either the or position. If you turn the ignition switch to the ACCESSORY (I) or the LOCK (0) position without turning off the light switch, this indicator will remain on. A reminder chime will also sound when you open the driver’s door. This indicator will also come on when the light switch is in AUTO and the lights turn on automatically. 2012 Accord Sedan DRIVER’S DOOR OPEN INDICATOR or blinks rapidly, it usually means one of the turn signal bulbs is burned out (see pages and ). Replace the bulb as soon as possible, since other drivers cannot see that you are signaling. TRUNK OPEN When you press the hazard warning INDICATOR button, both turn signal indicators and all turn signals on the outside of the vehicle flash. 360 362 If equipped The appropriate indicator comes on if the trunk or any door is not closed tightly. All the indicators come on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. Instrument Panel IndicatorsLow Fuel Indicator Security System Indicator High Beam Indicator This indicator comes on as a SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR reminder that you must refuel soon. When the indicator comes on, there 71 are about 2.8 U.S. gal (10.5 ) of fuel remaining in the tank. When the needle reaches E, there is a very small amount of fuel in the 73 tank. Daytime Running Lights Indicator If equipped 249 2012 Accord Sedan 63 This indicator comes on with the high beam headlights. For more information, see page . This indicator also comes on with reduced brightness when the daytime running lights (DRL) are on (see page ). If this indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch to the ON This indicator comes on when the (II) position and release the parking security system is set. See page brake, it means there is a problem for more information on the with the DRL. There may also be a security system. problem with the high beam headlights. Have your vehicle checked by your dealer. Instrument Panel Indicators 64 Cruise Control Main Indicator Fog Light Indicator Maintenance Minder Immobilizer System Indicator Indicator This indicator comes on when you This indicator comes on for a few This indicator comes on briefly when turn on the cruise control system by seconds when you turn the ignition you turn the ignition switch to the pressing the CRUISE button (see switch to the ON (II) position. It ON (II) position. It will then go off if page 255 ). reminds you that it is time to take you have inserted a properly coded your vehicle in for scheduled ignition key. If it is not a properly Cruise Control Indicator maintenance. The maintenance main coded key, the indicator will blink, items and sub items will be displayed and the engine’s fuel system will be This indicator comes on when you in the information display. See page disabled (see page ). set the cruise control. See page for more information on the 255 for information on operating the Maintenance Minder . Washer Level Indicator cruise control. This indicator goes off when your dealer resets it after completing the This indicator comes on when the required maintenance service. washer fluid level is low. Add washer fluid when you see this indicator This indicator comes on when you (see page ). turn on the fog lights. For more information, see page 74 . 335 79 TM 350 2012 Accord Sedan Canadian models only If equipped TACHOMETER 2012 Accord Sedan SPEEDOMETER TEMPERATURE GAUGE FUEL GAUGE OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE INDICATOR ˎ TRIP METER SELECT/RESET KNOB U.S. model is shown.INFORMATION DISPLAY ˎ : If equipped ODOMETER / CHECK FUEL CAP MESSAGE Gauges65 Gauges INFORMATION DISPLAY Odometer TRIP METER A TRIP METER B Information Display 66ODOMETER The odometer shows the total distance your vehicle has been driven. It measures miles in U.S. models and kilometers in Canadian ENGINE LIFE OIL OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE INDICATOR models. It is illegal under U.S. federal law and Canadian provincial/ territorial regulations to disconnect, reset, or alter the odometer with the intent to change the number of miles or kilometers indicated. : Press the select/reset knob. U.S. model with outside temperature indicator is shown. To switch the display, press and The information display shows the release the select/reset knob odometer, trip meter, engine oil life, repeatedly. When you turn the outside temperature (if equipped), ignition switch to the ON (II) and maintenance item code(s). position, your last selection is displayed. 2012 Accord Sedan Gauges Outside Temperature Indicator incorrectly displayed, you can adjust Trip Meter If equipped it up to ʁ 5°F in U.S. models ( ʁ3°C The trip meter shows the number of This indicator displays the outside in Canadian models) warmer or miles (U.S.) or kilometers (Canada) temperature in Fahrenheit (U.S. cooler. driven since you last reset it. models) or Celsius (Canadian models). To see the outside NOTE:The temperature must be There are two trip meters: Trip A temperature, press and release the stabilized before doing this and Trip B. Switch between these select/reset knob until the procedure. displays by pressing the select/reset temperature is displayed. knob repeatedly. Select the outside temperature The temperature sensor is in the display, then press and hold the Each trip meter works independently, front bumper. Therefore, the select/reset knob for 10 seconds. so you can keep track of two temperature reading can be affected The following sequence will appear different distances. by heat reflection from the road for 1 second each: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ɻ 5, surface, engine heat, and the ɻ 4, ɻ 3, ɻ 2, ɻ 1, 0 (U.S.) or 0, 1, 2, When you turn the ignition switch to exhaust from surrounding traffic. 3, ɻ 3, ɻ 2, ɻ 1, 0 (Canada). the ON (II) position, your last This can cause an incorrect selection is displayed. temperature reading when your When the temperature reaches the speed is under 19 mph (30 km/h). desired value, release the select/ To reset a trip meter, display it, and reset knob. You should see the new then press and hold the select/reset The sensor delays the display update outside temperature displayed. knob until the number resets to ‘‘0.0’’. until it reaches the correct outside temperature. This may take several In certain weather conditions, minutes. temperature readings near freezing (32°F, 0°C) could mean that ice is If the outside temperature is forming on the road surface. 2012 Accord Sedan 67 Gauges Check Fuel Cap Message Temperature Gauge Fuel Gauge Maintenance Minder 68 If your fuel fill cap is loose or This shows the temperature of the This shows how much fuel you have. missing, a ‘‘CHECK FUEL CAP’’ engine’s coolant. During normal It may show slightly more or less message appears on the information operation, the pointer should rise than the actual amount. The needle display after you start the engine. from the bottom mark to about the returns to the bottom after you turn For more information, see page . middle of the gauge. In severe off the ignition. driving conditions, such as very hot weather or a long period of uphill The information display in the driving, the pointer may rise to the instrument panel shows you the upper zone. If it reaches the red engine oil life and maintenance (hot) mark, pull safely to the side of service items when the ignition the road. Turn to page for switch is in the ON (II) position. This instructions and precautions on information helps to keep you aware checking the engine cooling system. of the periodic maintenance your vehicle needs for continued trouble- free driving. Refer to page for more information. 291 TM Avoid driving with an extremely low f uel level. Running out of f uel could 395 cause the engine to misf ire, damaging the catalytic converter. 335 2012 Accord Sedan Controls Near the Steering Wheel INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR (P.74) (P.70) (P.32) HEADLIGHT/TURN SIGNALS/ FOG (P.71, LIGHTS 74) ˎ 2 HAZARD WARNING BUTTON (P.75) REMOTE AUDIO CONTROLS (P.242) INTERFACE DIAL ˎ (P.186) (P.322) ˎ 2 (P.262) (P.76, 107) ˎ 2 HORN ˎ NAVIGATION SYSTEM VOICE ˎ 2 (P.102) CONTROL BUTTONS ˎ3(P.255) (P.77) If equipped Only on vehicles equipped with navigation system, refer to the navigation system manual. 2012 Accord Sedan 69 3 VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST (VSA) SYSTEM OFF SWITCH BLUETOOTH HANDSFREELINK VOICE CONTROL BUTTONS REAR HEATED WINDOW MIRROR DEFOGGER/ BUTTON 1 SEAT HEATER SWITCHES CRUISE CONTROL BUTTONS STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENTS ˎ1 : To use the horn, press the center pad of the steering wheel. ˎ2 : ˎ 3 : Windshield Wipers and Washers Windshield Wipers Push the right lever up or down to LOɻThe wipers run at low speed. select a position. HI ɻ The wipers run at high speed. MIST ɻThe wipers run at high speed until you release the lever. Windshield Washer OFF ɻ The wipers are not activated. INT ɻ Vary the delay by turning the adjustment ring. If you turn it to the shortest delay ( position), the wipers change to low speed operation when the vehicle speed exceeds 12 mph (20 km/h). 70 ɻ MIST OFF INT Intermittent LO Low speed HI High speed Windshield washers Pull the wiper control lever toward you, and hold it. The washers spray until you release the lever. The wipers run at low speed, then complete a few more sweeps after you release the lever. 220.127.116.11.5.6. The length of the wipe interval is varied automatically according to vehicle’s speed. ADJUSTMENT RING ɻɻɻ 2012 Accord Sedan Turn Signals and Headlights Turn Signal ɻ Push down on the left lever to signal a left turn and up to signal a right turn. To signal a lane change, push lightly on the lever and hold it. The lever will return to the center when you release it or complete a turn. Headlights ɻ High Beams ɻ ˎ 71 When the light switch is in either of these positions, the lights on indicator comes on as a reminder. This indicator stays on if you leave the lights on and turn the ignition switch to the ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0) position.To switch from low beams to high beams, push the left lever forward until you hear a click. The blue high beam indicator will come on (see page ). Pull it back to return to low beams. To flash the high beams, pull the lever back lightly, then release it. The high beams stay on as long as you hold the lever back. If equipped Turning the switch to the ‘‘ ’’ position turns on the parking lights, taillights, instrument EX-L V6 model is shown. panel lights, side-marker lights, and rear license plate lights. 1.Turn signal 2.Off 3.Parking and indicator lights Turning the switch to the ‘‘ ’’ position turns on the headlights. 4.AUTO 5.Headlights on If you leave the lights on with the key removed from the ignition 6.High beams 7.Flash high beams 8.Fog lights off switch, you will hear a reminder chime when you open the driver’s door. 9.Fog lights on : 2012 Accord Sedan 63 ˎ ˎˎ CONTINUED Turn Signals and Headlights 72 If equipped Even with the automatic lighting AUTO ɻ The automatic lighting feature turned on, we recommend LIGHT SENSOR feature turns on the headlights and that you turn on the lights manually all other exterior lights, when it when driving at night or in a dense senses low ambient light. fog, or when you enter dark areas such as long tunnels or parking To turn on automatic lighting, turn facilities. the light switch to AUTO. The lights will come on automatically when the Do not leave the light switch in outside light level becomes low (at AUTO if you will not be driving the dusk, for example). The lights on vehicle for an extended period (a indicator comes on as a reminder. week or more). You should also turn The lights and indicator will turn off off the lights if you plan to leave the automatically when the system engine idling or off for a long time. senses high ambient light. The lights will remain on when you turn off the ignition switch. They will turn off automatically when you remove the key and open the driver’s door. To turn them on again, either turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position or turn the light switch to the position. 2012 Accord Sedan The automatic lighting feature is controlled by a sensor located on top of the dashboard. Do not cover this sensor or spill liquids on it. Turn Signals and HeadlightsAutomatic Lighting Off Feature If you turn the ignition switch to the Daytime Running Lights This feature turns off the headlights, LOCK (0) position with the With the headlight switch off or in all other exterior lights, and the headlight switch on, but do not open the position, the high beam instrument panel lights within 15 the door, the lights turn off after 10 headlights and the high beam seconds after you remove the key minutes (3 minutes, if the switch is indicator come on with reduced and close the driver’s door. in the ‘‘AUTO’’ position). brightness when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) The automatic lighting off feature The lights will turn on again when position and release the parking activates if you leave the headlight you unlock or open the driver’s door. brake. They remain on until you turn switch in the ‘‘ ’’ or ‘‘ ’’ If you unlock the door, but do not the ignition switch off, even if you position or if the lights are turned on open it within 15 seconds, the lights set the parking brake. by setting the switch in the ‘‘AUTO’’ will go off. With the driver’s door position (if equipped), and you open, you will hear a lights-on The headlights revert to normal remove the key, then open and close reminder chime. operation when you turn them on the driver’s door. with the switch. 2012 Accord Sedan 73 Fog Lights, Instrument Panel Brightness Fog Lights Instrument Panel Brightness 74 You can use the fog lights only when the headlights are on low beam. Turn the fog lights on and off by turning the switch next to the headlight switch. With the light switch in the AUTO position, you can also use the fog lights when the headlights turn on automatically. They will go off when the headlights turn off, or the daytime running lights are on. V6 model is shown. SELECT/RESET KNOB If equipped 2012 Accord Sedan The select/reset knob on the instrument panel controls the brightness of the instrument panel lights. Turn the knob to adjust the brightness with the ignition switch in the ON (II) position and the parking lights on. Instrument Panel Brightness, Hazard Warning ButtonThe instrument panel will illuminate Hazard Warning Button with reduced brightness when you unlock and open the driver’s door. The brightness will increase slightly when you insert the key in the ignition switch, then go to normal brightness when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. BRIGHTNESS LEVEL If you do not insert the key in the ignition switch after opening the The level of brightness is shown on the information display while you adjust it. It goes out about 5 seconds If you insert the key but do not turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, the illumination turns off in about 10 seconds. 75 driver’s door, the illumination turns off about 30 seconds after you close the door. U.S. model is shown. after you finish adjusting. To reduce glare at night, the instrument panel illumination dims when you turn the light switch to or . Turning the select/ reset knob to the right until you hear a beep will cancel the reduced brightness. 2012 Accord Sedan Push the button between the center vents to turn on the hazard warning lights (four-way flashers). This causes all four outside turn signals and both turn indicators in the instrument panel to flash. Use the hazard warning lights if you need to park in a dangerous area near heavy traffic, or if your vehicle is disabled. Rear Window Defogger 76 U.S. LX, LX-P, SE Manual A/C type Except LX-P, SE U.S. LX, Auto A/C type On models with navigation system 2012 Accord Sedan The rear window defogger will clear The defogger and antenna wires on fog, frost, and thin ice from the the inside of the rear window can be window. Push the defogger button to accidentally damaged. When turn it on and off. The indicator in cleaning the glass, always wipe side the button comes on to show the to side. defogger is on. It also shuts off when you turn off the ignition switch. You have to turn the defogger on again when you restart the vehicle. On models with automatic air conditioning system The defogger will shut itself off within about 10 to 30 minutes according to the outside temperature (over 32°F, 0°C). Except U.S. LX, LX-P and SE Make sure the rear window is clear Pushing this button also turns the and you have good visibility before mirror heaters on or off. For more starting to drive. information, see page 107 . Steering Wheel AdjustmentsMake any steering wheel 3.Push the lever up to lock the adjustments before you start driving. steering wheel in position. 4. Make sure you have securely locked the steering wheel in place Adjusting the steering wheel by trying to move it up, down, in, position while driving may and out. cause you to lose control of the vehicle and be seriously injured in a crash. Adjust the steering wheel only when the vehicle is stopped. 2. Move the steering wheel up or down, and in or out, so it points 1. Push the lever under the steering toward your chest, not toward column all the way down. your face. Make sure you can see the instrument panel gauges and indicators. 2012 Accord Sedan 77
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