BMW X5 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW X5: Safety belts

General information

The vehicle is fitted with five or seven safety belts to ensure occupant safety. However, they can only unfold their protective effect when adjusted correctly.

Always make sure that safety belts are being worn by the occupants before driving off. The airbags supplement the safety belts as an additional safety device. The airbags do not replace safety belts.

All belt fastening points are designed to achieve the best possible protective effect of the safety belts with proper use of the safety belts and correct seat setting. Notes on sitting safely.

The two outer safety belt buckles of the second row of seats are intended for the persons sitting on the left and right.

The center safety belt buckle of the second row of seats is intended for the person sitting in the middle.

Safety information

Warning

Use of a safety belt to buckle more than one person will potentially defeat the ability of the safety belt to serve its protective function.

There is a risk of injury or danger to life. Do not allow more than one person to wear a single safety belt. Infants and children are not allowed on an occupant's lap, but must be transported and secured in designated child restraint systems.

Warning

The protective effect of safety gear, including safety belts, can be limited or lost when safety belts are fastened incorrectly. An incorrectly fastened safety belt can cause additional injuries, for instance in the event of an accident, braking or evasive maneuvers. There is a risk of injury or danger to life. Make sure that all occupants are wearing safety belts correctly.

Warning

With a rear backrest that is not locked, the protective effect of the middle safety belt is not guaranteed. There is a risk of injury or danger to life. If you are using the middle safety belt, lock the wider rear seat backrest.

Warning

The protective effect of safety gear, including safety belts, may not be fully functional or fail in the following situations:

Safety belts can be imperceptibly damaged in the event of an accident. There is a risk of injury or danger to life. Do not modify safety belts, safety belt buckles, seat belt tensioners, belt retractors or belt anchors and keep them clean.

Have the safety belts checked after an accident at the dealer's service center or another qualified service center or repair shop.

Correct use of safety belts

Buckling the safety belt

1. Guide the safety belt slowly over shoulder and hip to put it on.

2. Insert the tongue plate into the safety belt buckle. The safety belt buckle must engage audibly.

Seats, mirrors and steering wheel

To ease accessibility to the safety belt buckle, an adjustable slider is available on the belt to help position the buckle when not in use.

When the safety belt is fastened, the driver's and front passenger's belt straps are automatically tightened once after driving away.

Unbuckling the safety belt

1. Hold the safety belt firmly.

2. Press the red button in the safety belt buckle.

3. Guide the safety belt back into its roll-up mechanism.

Safety belt reminder for driver's seat and front passenger seat

General information

The safety belt reminder is issued when the driver's safety belt is not buckled.

The safety belt reminder is also active when the front passenger seat belt is not buckled or objects are on the front passenger seat.

The safety belt reminder is also activated when a passenger unbuckles a safety belt during the trip.

Display in the instrument cluster

The indicator light lights up and a signal sounds. Make sure that the safety belts are positioned correctly. The safety belt reminder can also be activated if objects are placed on the front passenger seat.

Safety belt reminder for rear seats

General information

The safety belt reminder is automatically activated each time the engine starts.

The safety belt reminder is also activated when a passenger unbuckles a rear seat safety belt during the trip.

Display in the instrument cluster

The indicator light in the instrument cluster illuminates after the engine is started.

The displays may vary depending on the equipment version and country variant.

Green: the safety belt is buckled on the corresponding rear seat.

Red: the safety belt is not buckled on the corresponding rear seat.

Safety mode

In critical driving situations, for instance during emergency braking, the front safety belts tighten automatically.

If the driving situation passes without an accident occurring, the belt tension relaxes.

If the belt tension does not loosen automatically, stop the vehicle and unbuckle the safety belt using the red button in the safety belt buckle. Fasten the safety belt before continuing on your trip.

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