Ford Escape: Seatbelts / Sensitive Locking Mode. Automatic Locking Mode

Ford Escape 2020-2021 Owners Manual / Seatbelts / Sensitive Locking Mode. Automatic Locking Mode

Sensitive Locking Mode

What is Sensitive Locking Mode

Sensitive locking mode is a seatbelt retractor feature that allows shoulder belt length adjustment according to your movements and locking in response to vehicle movement.

How Does Sensitive Locking Mode Work

If the driver suddenly brakes, turns a corner sharply, or the vehicle receives an impact of about 5 mph (8 km/h) or more, the seatbelts lock to help reduce forward movement of the driver and passengers. In addition, the seatbelt retractor locks if you pull the seatbelt webbing out too quickly. If the retractor locks, slowly lower the height adjuster to allow the seatbelt to retract.

If the retractor does not unlock, pull the seatbelt out slowly then feed a small length of webbing back toward the stowed position.

Automatic Locking Mode

What Is Automatic Locking Mode

This is a safety feature built into the seatbelt retractors that keeps the seatbelts pre-locked.

Engaging Automatic Locking Mode

Ford Escape. Sensitive Locking Mode. Automatic Locking Mode

  1. Fasten the combination lap and shoulder belt.
  2. Grasp the shoulder portion and pull downward until you pull the entire belt out.
  3. Allow the belt to retract. As the belt retracts, you will hear a clicking sound. This indicates the seatbelt is now in the automatic locking mode.

Disengaging Automatic Locking Mode

Unbuckle the combination lap and shoulder belt and allow it to retract completely to disengage the automatic locking mode and activate the vehicle sensitive locking mode.

Extracting Seatbelts in the Rear Outermost Seat Positions

Seatbelts in the rear outermost positions can lock if you firmly return the seat backrest to its upright position. You can unlock the seatbelts using the following procedures.

For vehicles where the rear seats recline:

  1. Recline the seat to its full rear recline position.
  2. The seatbelt should then unlock.
  3. Return the seat backrest to its desired upright position.

For vehicles with rear seats that do not recline or are locked with the seat in its full rear recline position:

  1. Grasp the seatbelt webbing at the top of the seat backrest.
  2. Pull the seatbelt webbing forward, firmly.
  3. After pulling the seatbelt forward, allow the seatbelt to feed back into the seatbelt retractor as much as possible. If necessary, press the seat backrest down to allow the seatbelt webbing to retract further.
  4. The seatbelt should then unlock.
  5. If the seatbelt does not unlock, repeat steps 1-3.
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