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Additional Information About Your Airbags

Airbag System Components

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(1) Driver’s Airbag (2) Passenger’s Airbag (3) Control Unit (4) Front Seat Belt Tensioners (5) Driver’s Seat Position Sensor (6) Passenger’s Weight Sensors (7) Passenger’s Weight Sensor Unit (8) Front Impact Sensors (9) Passenger Airbag Off Indicator

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Your airbag system includes:

Two SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) airbags. The driver’s airbag is stored in the center of the steering wheel; the passenger’s airbag is stored in the dashboard. Both are marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG.’’

Automatic seat belt tensioners (see page

18

).

Sensors that can detect a moderate to severe front impact.

Sensors that can detect whether a child is in the passenger’s airbag path and signal the control unit to turn the airbag off (see page ).

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A driver’s seat position sensor that monitors the distance of the seat from the airbag. If the seat is too far forward, the airbag will inflate with less force (see page

24

).

Weight sensors and unit that monitor the weight on the passenger’s seat. These automatically turn off the passenger’s airbag if they detect an infant or small child may be in theseat(seepage

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A sophisticated electronic system that continually monitors and records information about the sensors, the control unit, the airbag activators, the seat belt tensioners, and driver and passenger seat belt use when the ignition switch is in the ON (II) position.

An indicator on the instrument panel that alerts you to a possible problem with your airbags, sensors, or seat belt tensioners (see page

25

).

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An indicator on the dashboard that alerts you that the passenger’s airbag has been turned off (see page

26

).

Emergency backup power in case your vehicle’s electrical system is disconnected in a crash.

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How Your Front Airbags Work

If you ever have a moderate to severe frontal collision, sensors will detect the vehicle’s rapid deceleration.

If the rate of deceleration is high enough, the control unit will instantly inflate the driver’s and passenger’s airbags, at the time and with the force needed.

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During a frontal crash, your seat belt restrains your lower body and torso, and the airbag helps protect your head and chest.

Although both airbags normally inflate within a split second of each other, it is possible for only one airbag to deploy.

This can happen if the severity of a collision is at the margin, or threshold, that determines whether or not the airbags will deploy. In such cases, the seat belt will provide sufficient protection, and the supplemental protection offered by the airbag would be minimal.

Only the driver’s airbag will deploy if there is no passenger in the passenger’s seat, or if the advanced airbag system has turned the passenger’s airbag off (see page

24

).

After inflating, the airbags will immediately deflate, so they won’t interfere with the driver’s visibility, or the ability to steer or operate other controls.

The total time for inflation and deflation is one-tenth of a second, so fast that most occupants are not aware that the airbags deployed until they see them lying in their laps.

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After a crash, you may see what looks like smoke. This is actually powder from the airbag’s surface. Although the powder is not harmful, people with respiratory problems may experience some temporary discomfort. If this occurs, get out of the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so.

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Dual-StageAirbags Your airbags are dual-stage airbags. This means they have two inflation stages that can be ignited sequentially or simultaneously, depending on crash severity.

Dual-ThresholdAirbags Your airbags are also dual-threshold airbags. Airbags with this feature have two deployment thresholds that depend on whether or not the occupant is wearing a seat belt.

moresevere

In a crash, both stages will ignite simultaneously to provide the quickest and greatest protection.

lesssevere

crash, one stage will

In a ignite first, then the second stage will ignite a split second later. This provides longer airbag inflation time with a little less force.

, notlatched

If the occupant’s belt is the airbag will deploy at a slightly lower threshold, because the occupant would need extra protection.

latched

If the occupant’s belt is , the airbag will inflate at a slightly higher threshold, when the airbag would be needed to supplement the protection provided by the seat belt.

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AdvancedAirbags Your airbags are also advanced airbags. The main purpose of this feature is to help prevent airbag- caused injuries to short drivers and children who ride in the passenger’s seat.

For both advanced airbags to work properly:

Occupants must sit upright and wear their seat belts properly.

Do not spill any liquids on or under the seats, cover the sensors, or put any cargo or metal objects under the seats.

Failure to follow these instructions could damage the sensors or prevent them from working properly.

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DRIVER’S SEAT POSITION SENSOR

PASSENGER’S SEAT WEIGHT SENSOR

The driver’s advanced airbag system includes a seat position sensor under the seat. If the seat is too far forward, the airbag will inflate with less force, regardless of the severity of the impact.

The passenger’s advanced airbag system has weight sensors and unit under the seat. If the sensors detect an infant or small child may be in the seat, the system will automatically turn the passenger’s airbag off.

If there is a problem with the sensor, the SRS indicator will come on, and the airbag will inflate in the normal manner regardless of the driver’s seating position.

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Hanging heavy items on the passenger seat, or placing heavy items in the seat-back pocket.

When the airbag is turned off, an indicator in the center of the dashboard will come on indicating passenger airbag ‘‘OFF’’ (see page 26

).

If there is no passenger in the front seat, the airbag will be off. However, the passenger airbag off indicator will not come on.

To ensure that the passenger’s advanced front airbag system will work properly, donotdoanything thatwouldincreaseordecreasethe weightonthefrontpassenger’sseat. This includes:

Moving the front seat forcibly back against cargo on the seat or floor behind it.

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How the SRS Indicator Works The SRS indicator alerts you to a potential problem

with your airbags or seat belt tensioners (see page

18

).

When you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, this indicator comes on briefly then goes off. This tells you the system is working properly.

If the indicator comes on at any other time, or does not come on at all, you should have the system checked by your dealer. For example:

If the SRS indicator does not come on after you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. If the indicator stays on after the engine starts. If the indicator comes on or flashes on and off while you drive.

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If you see any of these indications, the airbags and seat belt tensioners may not work properly when you need them.

How the Passenger Airbag Off Indicator Works

Ignoring the SRS indicator can result in serious injury or death if the airbag systems or tensioners do not work properly.

Have your vehicle checked by a dealer as soon as possible if the SRS indicator alerts you to

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