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VW Tiguan 2021 Owner's Manual ➜ Transporting children safely

Depending on the equipment, a knee airbag is  
installed on the driver's side in the lower area of the  
instrument panel.  
Volkswagen recommends using child seats from its  
range of accessories. These seats have been  
designed and tested for use in Volkswagen vehicles.  
The location of the knee airbag is indicated by the  
inscription “AIRBAG” ÿ fig. 44.  
For more information on child seats from the  
accessory range, contact a Volkswagen dealer or  
visit the Volkswagen website.  
When deployed, the knee airbag occupies the area  
outlined in red (deployment area) ÿ fig. Four. Five.  
For this reason, never deposit or fix objects in this  
area ÿ .  
WARNING  
WARNING  
If children are not secured in a restraint system,  
or not sufficiently, they can be seriously injured or  
killed. Therefore, please note the following: · Do not  
transport a child under 12 years of age or less than  
When triggered, the airbag inflates in milliseconds  
at high speed.  
· Never use any object, such as a key ring, that  
could reach the knee airbag deployment area.  
150 cm (approx. 59 inches) in height without using  
a suitable child seat. Please note the country-  
specific provisions in this regard.  
· Never fix objects on the cover of the air  
bag for the knees or in the deployment area of  
this.  
· Always protect children by using a suitable child  
seat. The seat must be suitable for the height,  
age and weight of the child.  
The knee airbag deploys in front  
from the knees of the driver and passenger.  
Move the driver's and front passenger's seats  
as far back as possible so that there is a  
minimum distance of 10 cm (approx. 4 inches)  
between the knees and the place where the  
knee airbag is mounted. If you cannot maintain  
this distance due to physical conditions, contact  
an appropriately qualified specialist workshop  
without fail. Volkswagen recommends a  
Volkswagen dealer.  
· Never transport several children at the same  
time in the same child seat.  
· Under no circumstances carry a child or baby in the  
lap.  
· Never leave a child unattended in the child  
seat.  
· Never allow children to travel without being  
protected by a restraint system, or to stand up  
in the vehicle or kneel on the seats while driving,  
or to adopt an incorrect position while driving.  
This is especially important if the child is traveling  
Transporting children safely  
in the front passenger seat. If an accident were  
to occur, the child could be seriously injured or  
cause injury to others.  
Introduction to the topic  
· In order for the child seat to offer the maximum  
possible protection, it is very important that the  
Child seats reduce the risk of injury in the event of  
seat belt is correctly positioned. Be sure to  
an accident. Therefore, always use these seats to  
observe the instructions of the child seat  
transport children!  
manufacturer regarding the correct positioning  
of the seat belt. Wearing the seat belt incorrectly  
Consider the following:  
can cause injuries even in minor accidents.  
— Child seats are classified into different groups  
depending on the height, age and weight of the  
child.  
· After an accident, replace the child seats that  
were being used at the time of the accident, as  
they may have suffered damage that is not  
visible to the naked eye.  
— There are different fixing systems for fixing child  
seats to the vehicle.  
For safety reasons, child seats should always be  
installed in the rear seat ÿ p. 62.  
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child weight  
WARNING  
Cluster  
group 0  
Group 0+  
Group 1  
Group 2  
Group 3  
up to 10kg  
Observe the notes and information regarding vehicles in category  
up to 13kg  
N1 ÿ p. 400, Important information for vehicles in category N1  
from 9 to 18kg  
from 15 to 25kg  
from 22 to 36kg  
(light commercial vehicle).  
Weight group 0/0+: From birth to approx. From 18 months  
of age, it is most appropriate to use the baby car seats facing  
the opposite direction to the direction of travel ÿ fig. 46 from  
group 0/0+ or 0/1.  
Types of child seats  
Note and , at the beginning of this chapter, on page 60.  
Weight group 1: Once the weight limit of the previous  
group has been reached, it is most appropriate to use child  
seats in group 1 (up to approx. 4 years) and group 1/2 (up to  
approx. 7 years). years) with an integrated restraint harness  
system.  
Only use child seats that are officially approved and suitable for  
the child in question.  
Regulations on child seats In the countries  
that apply the European Union regulations, the regulation  
ECE-R 44 or ECE-R 129 applies to child seats. Both regulations  
are valid. Child seats approved according to these regulations  
carry the orange ECE approval label. The ECE label may  
contain, among other things, the following information about  
the child seat:  
Weight groups 2/3: Groups 2 and 3 belong  
child seats with backs and booster cushions without backs  
are included. Back-supported child seats offer greater  
protection than backless booster cushions because they have  
an integrated seat belt webbing guide and side impact  
protectors. Therefore, Volkswagen recommends using child  
seats with a backrest. Group 2 child seats are suitable for  
children up to approx. 7 years old, and group 3 child seats  
are suitable for children aged 7 and over.  
— Weight group  
— Class by size  
— Type approval category (universal, semi-universal, vehicle-  
specific or i-Size)  
approx.  
— Approval number  
If a group 2 child seat is used, the fourth child seat attachment  
point for the seat belt must also be used, if available. Observe  
the instructions for use of the child seat.  
For child seats approved according to ECE-R 44, the eight-  
digit approval number on the ECE approval label must start with  
03 or 04. This indicates that the seat is permitted. .  
Not all children will fit in the seat of the weight group to which  
they belong and not all child seats are suitable for all vehicles.  
Therefore, always check whether the child fits well in the child  
seat and whether it can be securely attached to the vehicle.  
Older child seats with an approval number beginning with 01  
or 02 are no longer permitted.  
Child seats by weight groups  
Child seats by approval category Child seats can have the  
approval category “universal”, “semi-universal”, “specific for a  
vehicle” (all according to the ECE-R 44 regulation) or “i-  
Size” (according to the regulation ECE R 129).  
Universal: Child seats with “universal” approval can be  
installed in all vehicles. No need to refer to any model list. In  
the case of universal approval for ISOFIX, the child seat must  
additionally be secured with a top attachment belt (Top  
Tether).  
Fig. 46 Representation of some child seats.  
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Semi-universal: The “semi-universal” approval  
requires, in addition to the standard requirements  
for universal approval, safety devices for fixing  
the child seat that require additional tests. Child  
seats with “semi-universal” approval include a list  
of vehicle models in which they can be installed.  
seat belt height adjuster in the lowest position.  
— If you mount the child seat facing in the  
in the opposite direction of travel on the front  
passenger seat, deactivate the front passenger  
airbag.  
— If you install the child seat on the front  
passenger seat, move this seat all the way back  
and raise it as far as it will go. Place the seat back  
in the upright position ÿ p. 99.  
Vehicle- specific: Vehicle - specific approval  
requires a dynamic test of the child seat for each  
vehicle model separately. Child seats with vehicle-  
specific approval also include a list of vehicle  
models in which they can be installed.  
— If you use a child seat from groups 0 to 1 or i-  
Size for children under 105 cm (approx. 41  
inches) in the rear seat, move this seat all the  
way back ÿ p. 103.  
i-Size: Child seats with “i-Size” approval must  
meet the assembly and safety requirements  
prescribed in regulation ECE-R 129. Manufacturers  
of child seats will be able to tell you which seats  
have the approval i-Size for this vehicle.  
— If you use a group 2/3 or i Size child seat for  
children taller than 100 cm (approx. 39 inches)  
in the rear seat, move this seat to a central  
position ÿ p. 103.  
— Always leave sufficient free space around the  
child seat. If necessary, adjust the seat in front  
accordingly, taking into account the notes on the  
Fitting and using a child seat  
correct position of the driver's and front passenger's  
seats ÿ p. 43.  
Note and , at the beginning of this ca  
chapter, on page 60.  
— The back of the child seat should be as close as  
possible to the back of the vehicle seat. If  
Country-specific provisions The rules and  
necessary, adjust the inclination of the vehicle  
seat back so that the child seat lies completely  
regulations for the use of child seats and their  
against it. If, after mounting, the child seat touches  
the vehicle's headrest and therefore cannot be  
attached to the seatback, raise the vehicle's  
headrest as far as it will go or remove it and store  
it safely in the vehicle ÿ p. 98.  
mounting options vary from country to country. Not in  
all countries it is allowed to carry children in the  
passenger seat. Legal provisions and regulations  
always take precedence over the descriptions in this  
instruction manual.  
Instructions for installing a child seat  
Airbag related sticker  
When installing a child seat, please observe the  
following general instructions. They are valid for all  
child seats, regardless of the fixing system they have.  
— Read and observe the instructions of the  
manufacturer of the child seat ÿ .  
— It is best to mount the child seat in the position  
behind the front passenger seat so that the child  
can get out of the vehicle on the curb side.  
Fig. 47 Schematic representation: airbag sticker on  
the sun visor.  
— Adjust the height of the seat belt so that the  
webbing of the seat belt fits the child seat  
naturally, without deviating too much.  
If a rear-facing child seat is fitted, place the rear  
facing  
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gen you can consult an updated list of child seats  
that are approved.  
DANGER  
Observe the important safety warnings regarding  
the front passenger airbag ÿ p. 56.  
DANGER  
If a rear-facing child seat is used on the front  
passenger seat, the risk of serious, very serious  
or fatal injuries to the child in the event of an  
accident increases.  
Fig. 48 Schematic representation: airbag sticker on  
the B-pillar.  
· Never use a rear-facing child seat in the  
There may be stickers on the vehicle with  
important information about the front passenger  
airbag. Information may vary by country. The stickers  
can be stuck in the following places:  
front passenger seat if the front airbag for this  
seat is activated.  
· Deactivate the front passenger airbag. If the front  
passenger airbag cannot be deactivated, do not  
use a rear-facing child seat.  
— on the driver's sun visor and, if necessary, on the  
front passenger ÿ fig. 47;  
— on the B-pillar on the passenger side ÿ fig. 48.  
· Move the front passenger seat as far back as  
possible and raise it as far as possible in order  
to leave as much distance as possible in  
relation to the front passenger airbag.  
Before installing a rear-facing child seat, always  
observe the warnings ÿ .  
Dangers of transporting a child in the front  
passenger seat If a rear-facing child seat is used  
· Place the back of the vehicle seat in an upright  
position.  
and the front passenger air bag deploys, this could  
cause very serious or fatal injuries ÿ . Only use rear-  
· Adjust the height of the seat belt so that the  
web of the seat belt fits the child seat  
facing child seats  
naturally, without deviating too much. If a rear-  
facing child seat is fitted, set the seat belt height  
adjuster to its lowest position.  
the opposite direction of travel on the front passenger  
seat if the front airbag for this seat is deactivated ÿ p.  
51. Deactivation of the front passenger airbag is  
indicated by the PASSENGER AIR BAG control  
· Only use child seats that are approved by the  
manufacturer for use on front passenger seats  
with front and side airbags.  
situated in  
indicator in the driver's field of vision, which, remains  
lit yellow ÿ p. 53.  
WARNING  
If you use a forward-facing child seat , do not  
deactivate the front passenger airbag. When  
installing the child seat, keep as much distance as  
possible from the front passenger airbag. If the front  
passenger airbag is triggered, it can cause serious  
injury ÿ .  
If the child seat is installed incorrectly, there is a  
risk of injury.  
· Keep in mind and always follow the instructions  
mounting instructions and warnings from the  
child seat manufacturer.  
Not all child seats are approved for use in the  
passenger seat. The child seat must be specially  
approved by the manufacturer for use on the  
passenger seat of vehicles with front and side airbags.  
At Volkswagen dealers  
WARNING  
If a forward-facing child seat is used on the front  
passenger seat, there is a risk of injury.  
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· Move the front passenger seat as far back as  
possible and raise it as far as possible in order  
to leave as much distance as possible in relation  
to the front passenger airbag.  
They fit into some ISOFIX rings that are located  
between the bench and the back of the rear seat of  
the vehicle (in the side seats)ÿ p. 65. If necessary,  
the ISOFIX mounting must be supplemented with a  
top mounting belt (Top Tether) or a support leg.  
· Place the back of the vehicle seat in an upright  
position.  
Three-point seat belt Whenever possible, it is  
preferable to secure child seats with the ISOFIX  
system than with a three-point seat belt je ÿ p. 67.  
· Adjust the height of the seat belt so that the  
web of the seat belt fits the child seat  
naturally, without deviating too much. If a rear-  
facing child seat is fitted, set the seat belt height  
adjuster to its lowest position.  
Additional fixings:  
Top Tether: The top tether belt is routed over the  
rear seat back and attached to an anchorage point  
at the rear of the rear seat with a hook ÿ p. 67. The  
rings for fixing the Top Tether belt are marked with  
the symbol of an anchor.  
· Only use a child seat that is approved by the  
manufacturer for use on front passenger seats  
with front and side airbags.  
WARNING  
To prevent injury in the event of a deploying head  
or side air bag: · Make sure the child is not in the  
Support leg : Some child seats rest on the  
floor of the vehicle with a support leg. This leg  
prevents the child seat from tipping forward in the  
event of an impact. The use of child seats with  
kickstands is only permitted on the front passenger  
seat and on the second row outboard seats ÿ .  
air bag deployment areas ÿ p. 51.  
· Do not leave any objects in the side airbag  
deployment area.  
Recommended systems for attaching child seats  
fixing systems  
Volkswagen recommends attaching child seats as  
Note and , at the beginning of this chapter,  
on page 60.  
follows:  
Baby seats or child seats facing the opposite  
direction of travel: ISO FIX and support leg.  
Depending on the country, different fastening systems  
are used to mount child seats safely.  
Forward- facing child seats: ISOFIX and Top  
Tether and, if necessary, also a kickstand.  
Overview of fixing systems  
ISOFIX: ISOFIX is a standardized fastening  
system that allows a fast and safe fastening of  
child seats in the vehicle. The ISOFIX mounting  
establishes a rigid connection between the child  
seat and the body.  
WARNING  
Improper use of the kickstand can cause serious  
injury or death.  
· Make sure the support leg is installed correctly  
and securely.  
The child seat has two rigid fixing brackets called  
connectors. These connectors  
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Attaching a child seat with ISOFIX or i-Size  
Please note and  
at the beginning of this chapter, on page 60.  
Summary table for mounting with ISOFIX or i-Size The  
The following table indicates the possibilities of mounting  
ISOFIX or i-Size child seats in the corresponding anchorage  
points of the different vehicle seats.  
marking of the ISOFIX or i-Size anchorage points depends on  
the equipment and the country in question.  
Seat  
Class  
Lateral  
Central seat  
seat of the  
Seats in the  
third row of  
seats  
according  
to size/  
seats in  
of the second  
row of seats  
Cluster  
accompany  
Orientation  
the second  
row of seats  
iso class  
tea  
for  
FIXED  
children  
rear  
facing  
E/R1  
X
IL-SU  
IL-SU  
X
X
Group 0: up to 10 kg  
Group 0+: up to 13 kg  
orien  
E/R1  
D/R2  
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
C/R3  
X
X
backwards  
rear  
D/R2  
C/R3  
X
X
X
X
facing  
X
IL-SU, IUF  
Group 1: from 9 to 18 kg  
orien  
B/F2  
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
B1/F2X  
A/F3  
X
forward  
facing  
X
X
X
X
X
IL-SU  
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Group 2: from 15 to 25 kg  
forward  
orien  
IL-SU  
Group 3: from 22 to 36 kg  
forward  
rear  
facing  
–/R2  
i-Size child restraint system  
iU  
orien  
–/B2, F2X  
forward  
facing  
iB  
–/B2,B3  
booster cushion  
forward  
Size class: The specification of the size class  
corresponds to the permissible body weight of the child  
seat. On child seats with “universal” approval  
or “semi-universal”, the size class is indicated on the ECE  
approval label. The size class is indicated on the  
corresponding child seat.  
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