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The side curtain airbag system, on vehicles so equipped,
consists of the following:
Airbag Control Module
AIRBAG Readiness Light
Left and Right Side Curtain Airbags Above Side
Left and Right Side Impact Sensors
How The Airbag System Works
The airbag control module determines if a frontal
collision is severe enough to require the airbags to
inflate. The control module receives the level of colli-
sion severity, determines the proper level of airbag to
be deployed. The frontal airbag inflators are designed
to provide three different rates of airbag inflation.
The airbag control module will not detect a rollover.
The airbag control module also 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 above except the knee
bolster, the instrument panel, and the steering wheel
and column. If the key is in the “LOCK” position, in
the ACC position, or not in the ignition, the airbags are
not on and will not inflate.
The airbag control module also turns on the
AIRBAG light, and the Passenger Airbag
Disable (PAD) Indicator Light in the instru-
ment panel for 6 to 8 seconds when the
ignition is first turned on, then turns the light off. If it
detects a malfunction in any part of the system, it turns
on the light 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.
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