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panel. The passenger’s front airbag gas is vented
through vent holes in the sides of the airbag. In this
way the front airbags do not interfere with your
control of the vehicle.
The Knee Impact Bolsters help protect the knees and
position you for the best interaction with the front
Side Airbags Supplemental Restraint System
If so equipped, the airbag control module determines if a
side collision is severe enough to require the side airbags
to inflate. The airbag control module will not detect roll
over, front or rear collisions.
The Airbag Control Module monitors the readiness of the
electronic parts of the system whenever the ignition
switch is in the START or ON positions. These include all
of the items listed under “The Side Airbag System”,on
vehicles equipped, consists of the following”.
In moderate to severe side collisions, the side airbag
inflator on the crash side of the vehicle is triggered,
releasing a quantity of nontoxic gas. The inflating side
airbag exits through the seat seam into the space between
the occupant and the door. The side airbag moves at a
very high speed and with such a high force, that it could
injure you if you are not seated properly, or if items are
positioned in the area where the side airbag inflates. This
especially applies to children.
If A Deployment Occurs
The airbag systems are designed to deploy when the
airbag control module detects a moderate-to-severe col-
lision, to help restrain the driver and front passenger, and
then immediately deflate.
NOTE: A collision that is not severe enough to need
airbag protection will not activate the system. This does
not mean something is wrong with the airbag system.
46 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE