Certification Label

Label Example

Label Example

A vehicle-specific Certification label, found on the vehicle center pillar (B-pillar), tells you the gross weight capacity of the vehicle, called the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). The GVWR includes the weight of the vehicle, all occupants, fuel, and cargo. Never exceed the GVWR for the vehicle, or the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) for either the front or rear axle.

And, if you do have a heavy load, you should spread it out. See “Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit” earlier in this section.

Do not load the vehicle any heavier than the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR),WARNING

Do not load the vehicle any heavier than the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), or either the maximum front or rear Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). This can cause systems to break and change the way the vehicle handles. This could cause loss of control and a crash. Overloading can also shorten the life of the vehicle.

If you put things inside the vehicle — like suitcases, tools, packages, or anything else — they will go as fast as the vehicle goes. If you have to stop or turn quickly, or if there is a crash, they will keep going.

Things inside the vehicle can strike and injure people in a sudden stop or turn,WARNING

Things inside the vehicle can strike and injure people in a sudden stop or turn, or in a crash.

. Put things in the cargo area of the vehicle. In the cargo area, put them as far forward as possible. Try to spread the weight evenly.

. Never stack heavier things, like suitcases, inside the vehicle so that some of them are above the tops of the seats.

. Do not leave an unsecured child restraint in the vehicle.

. Secure loose items in the vehicle.

. Do not leave a seat folded down unless needed.

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