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Both roof-rail airbags will inflate when either side of the vehicle is struck,

if the sensing system predicts that the vehicle is about to roll over on its

side, or in a severe frontal impact.

In any particular crash, no one can say whether an airbag should have

inflated simply because of the vehicle damage or repair costs.

What Makes an Airbag Inflate?

In a deployment event, the sensing system sends an electrical signal

triggering a release of gas from the

inflator. Gas from the inflator fills the airbag causing the bag to break out of the cover. The inflator, the airbag, and related hardware are all part of the

airbag module.

For airbag locations, see Where Are the Airbags? 0 86.

How Does an Airbag Restrain?

In moderate to severe frontal or near frontal collisions, even belted

occupants can contact the steering


wheel or the instrument panel. In moderate to severe side collisions,

even belted occupants can contact the inside of the vehicle.

Airbags supplement the protection

provided by seat belts by distributing the force of the impact more evenly

over the occupant's body.

Rollover capable roof-rail airbags are

designed to help contain the head and chest of occupants in the outboard

seating positions in the first and

second rows. The rollover capable

roof-rail airbags are designed to help reduce the risk of full or partial

ejection in rollover events, although no system can prevent all such


But airbags would not help in many

types of collisions, primarily because the occupant's motion is not toward those airbags. See When Should an

Airbag Inflate? 0 88.

Airbags should never be regarded as anything more than a supplement to seat belts.


What Will You See after an Airbag Inflates?

After frontal, knee, and seat-mounted side impact airbags inflate, they

quickly deflate, so quickly that some people may not even realize the

airbags inflated. Roof-rail airbags may still be at least partially inflated for

some time after they inflate. Some

components of the airbag module may be hot for several minutes. For

location of the airbags, see Where Are the Airbags? 0 86.

The parts of the airbag that come into contact with you may be warm, but

not too hot to touch. There may be some smoke and dust coming from the vents in the deflated airbags.

Airbag inflation does not prevent the driver from seeing out of the

windshield or being able to steer the vehicle, nor does it prevent people

from leaving the vehicle.





{ Warning

When an airbag inflates, there may be dust in the air. This dust could

cause breathing problems for

people with a history of asthma or other breathing trouble. To avoid

this, everyone in the vehicle should get out as soon as it is safe to do

so. If you have breathing problems but cannot get out of the vehicle

after an airbag inflates, then get

fresh air by opening a window or a door. If you experience breathing

problems following an airbag deployment, you should seek medical attention.

The vehicle has a feature that may

automatically unlock the doors, turn on the interior lamps and hazard

warning flashers, and shut off the fuel system after the airbags inflate. The

feature may also activate, without

airbag inflation, after an event that exceeds a predetermined threshold.

After turning the ignition off and then on again, the fuel system will return

to normal operation; the doors can be

locked, the interior lamps can be

turned off, and the hazard warning flashers can be turned off using the

controls for those features. If any of these systems are damaged in the

crash they may not operate as normal.


{ Warning

A crash severe enough to inflate the airbags may have also damaged

important functions in the vehicle, such as the fuel system, brake and steering systems, etc. Even if the

vehicle appears to be drivable after a moderate crash, there may be

concealed damage that could make it difficult to safely operate the


Use caution if you should attempt to restart the engine after a crash has occurred.

PLUG-IN vehicles have a high voltage battery and a standard 12-volt battery. If an airbag inflates or the vehicle has been in a crash, the sensing system

may shut down the high voltage

system. When this occurs, the high


voltage battery is disconnected and the vehicle will not start. Before the

vehicle can be operated again, it must be serviced at your dealer.

In many crashes severe enough to inflate the airbag, windshields are broken by vehicle deformation.

Additional windshield breakage may also occur from the front outboard

passenger airbag.

. Airbags are designed to inflate

only once. After an airbag inflates, you will need some new parts for

the airbag system. If you do not get them, the airbag system will

not be there to help protect you in another crash. A new system will

include airbag modules and

possibly other parts. The service manual for the vehicle covers the need to replace other parts.

. The vehicle has a crash sensing and diagnostic module which

records information after a crash. See Vehicle Data Recording and

Privacy 0 428 and Event Data

Recorders 0 428.