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bolster, instrument panel and the steering wheel and
column. If the key is in the OFF position, in the ACC
position, or not in the ignition switch, the airbags are
not on and will not inflate.
The airbag control module also turns on the
AIRBAG light in the instrument panel for 6 to
8 seconds when the ignition switch is first
turned ON, then turns the light off. If the front or side
airbag control modules detect a malfunction in any
part of the system, the airbag light will turn on either
momentarily or continuously.
Ignoring the AIRBAG light in your instrument panel
could mean you won’t have the airbags to protect
you in a collision. If the light does not come on, stays
on after you start the vehicle, or if it comes on as you
drive, have the airbag system checked right away.
When the airbag control module detects a collision
requiring the front airbags, it signals the inflator units.
A large quantity of nontoxic gas is generated to inflate
the front airbags. The front airbag covers separate and
fold out of the way as the front airbags inflate to their
full size. The front airbags fully inflate in about 50
milliseconds. This is only about half of the time it takes
you to blink your eyes. The front airbags then quickly
deflate while helping to restrain the driver and front
passenger. The driver’s front airbag gas is vented
through the airbag material towards the instrument
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