Audi A4 Owners & Service Manuals

Audi A4: Correct passenger seating position

General information

As the driver, you are responsible for making sure every passenger is sitting correctly in their seat and maintaining this seating position while driving.

Make sure that:

  • Every passenger in the vehicle has adjusted his or her seat correctly
  • The steering wheel is adjusted correctly
  • The mirrors are adjusted so that there is a sufficient view of the area around the vehicle
  • Every passenger in the vehicle has his or her head restraint adjusted correctly
  • Every passenger in the vehicle has his or her safety belt fastened correctly
  • The activation status of the front passenger's airbag is suitable for the passenger in the front passenger's seat
  • Children are secured in suitable child safety seats that are secured to appropriate vehicle seats. Read and observe the important safety information pertaining to the use of child safety seats on the front passenger's seat.

Examples of incorrect seating positions

Safety belts can only provide its optimal protection when they are routed correctly. Incorrect seating positions significantly reduce the protective functions of the safety belts and increase the risk of injury due to incorrect belt routing.

The following list includes examples of seating positions that could be dangerous for all vehicle occupants. This is not a complete list. Audi would simply like to increase your awareness of the topic.

The following points apply when the vehicle is in motion:

  • Never stand inside the vehicle.
  • Never stand on the seats.
  • Never kneel on the seats.
  • Never tilt your backrest too far back.
  • Never lean against the instrument panel.
  • Never lie down on the rear bench seat.
  • Never sit only on the front section of the seat.
  • Never sit sideways on the seat.
  • Never lean against the window.
  • Never place your feet out of the window.
  • Never place your feet on the instrument panel.
  • Never place your feet on the seat cushion.
  • Never ride in the footwell.
  • Never sit on the armrests.
  • Never drive or ride in a seat without fastening your safety belt.
  • Never ride in the luggage compartment.

WARNING

Incorrect seating positions, failure to wear a safety belt, or being too close to an airbag increase the risk of serious or fatal injury to vehicle occupants, especially if the airbags deploy and come into contact with occupants who are not seated correctly. Note the important information and warnings in the chapters for the topics given above.

Tips

If you or other vehicle passengers have physical limitations that prevent sitting in a correct position, modifications to the vehicle may be necessary. For more information, contact an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility, or call Audi customer support at 1-800-822-2834.

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