Manual: 2009-2011

Page: 37

Advanced Airbag
Your vehicle is equipped with a weight sensing system for the passenger's seat in accordance with U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208.

Depending on the weight acting on the passenger's seat, the passenger's airbag will automatically be switched on and off.

Depending on the angle and force of impact, the passenger's airbag which is activated will be triggered during a collision.

Precondition for switching the passenger's airbag on and off, depending on weight:
– Vehicles equipped with key-operated airbag deactivation device:
Switch position AUTO.
– Ignition key is inserted.

Improper Front Passenger Seating

Improper seating can unintentionally impair operation of occupant sensing of the passenger's airbag.

If the weight of an adult on the passenger's seat is not properly maintained, the passenger's airbag may be switched off.

  • Select an upright seat position, and do not support weight on the armrests or center console, or lean out of the window while driving.
    Always keep feet positioned on the floor in the footwell while driving. Do not put feet on the dashboard or the seat area.

Seat adjustment for the front passenger's seat

Reclining Passenger Seatback

Safety belts only offer protection when the backrest is upright and the belts are properly positioned on the body.

  • Do not operate the car with the driver or passenger backrests excessively reclined.
  • Porsche recommends the use of L.A.T.C.H. (Lower Ancorage and Tether for Children) equipped Porsche child seat.
    Do not install a child restraint system in the Sports bucket seat.
    The Sports bucket seat cannot be equipped with the LATCH system.

If the seat is in an extreme position (e.g., the backrest is in contact with the rear seat), the backrest can warp. Warping of the backrest can lead to malfunctions.

  • Correct the seat adjustment.
    Ensure that the seat is not jammed and is self-supporting.
    Ensure that the backrest is in the upright position.
  • Do not transport a load and objects in the rear footwell and under the passenger's seat.
    If the load or objects are under the seat, it can cause malfunctions.

If the passenger's seat is warped significantly, a message is displayed on the on-board computer:

  • Correct the seat adjustment.
  • Please see the chapter "WARNINGS ON THE INSTRUMENT PANEL AND THE ON-BOARD COMPUTER" on page 136.

Vehicle modifications to accommodate persons with disabilities
Because modifications to your vehicle could compromise your advanced airbag system, please call 1-800-PORSCHE prior to having your vehicle modified.