An airbag is a vehicle safety device. It is an occupant restraint consisting of a flexible envelope designed to inflate rapidly during an automobile collision, to prevent occupants from striking interior objects such as the steering wheel or a window.
Modern vehicles may contain multiple airbags in various sides and frontal locations of the passenger seating positions, and sensors may deploy one or more airbags in an impact zone at variable rates based on the type and severity of impact; the airbag is designed to only inflate in moderation to severe frontal crashes.
Airbags are normally designed with the intention of supplementing the protection of an occupant who is correctly restrained with a seat belt. Most designs are inflated through pyrotechnic means and can only be operated once. Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) and Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR); these terms reflect the airbag system’s nominal role as a supplement to active restraints, i.e., seat belts. Because no action by the vehicle occupant is required to activate or use the airbag, it is considered a passive device. This is in contrast to seat belts, which are considered active devices because the vehicle occupant must act to enable them.
CAUTION: If your Airbag indicator in the Instrument Cluster on your Dashboard,
- A)Does Not Come ON or remains ON after the Key is Turned to “ACC” or “ON” position,
- B)Comes on while driving,
THE SYSTEM IS MALFUNCTIONING AND REQUIRES SERVICE BY A DEALER OR SERVICE SHOP.
INFORMATION: After ten (10) years from the Date of Manufacture noted on the Certification Label and Every Two (2) years thereafter, this system requires periodic maintenance by a dealer or qualified service shop to prevent an abnormal instant inflation of the Airbag causing Shock that could lead to an accident.
Stay safe on the roads!