Manual: 2012-2016

Page: 37

Airbag Systems
The vehicle is equipped with airbag and lap/ shoulder belt at both front seating positions. The airbag is a supplemental restraint at those seating positions.

The airbags in combination with the safety belts make up a safety system which offers the driver and the passenger the greatest known protection from injuries in case of accident.

Your vehicle is equipped with occupant sensing for the passenger's seat in accordance with U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208. Even if your vehicle is equipped with airbags, the safety belts must be worn at all times, because the front airbag system is only actuated by frontal collisions with an impact of sufficient severity.

Below the deployment threshold of the airbag system, and during types of collisions which do not cause the actuation of the system, the safety belts provide the primary protection to the occupants when correctly worn. Therefore, all persons within the vehicle must wear safety belts at all times (in many states, state law requires the use of safety belts) to minimize the risk of severe injury or death in the event of a crash.

  • Please see the chapter "SAFETY BELTS" on page 35.

The front airbags are located under the padded steering wheel panel on the driver's side, in the dashboard on the passenger's side, and in the knee area for both the driver and the passenger.

The side airbags for the front seats are installed on the side in the seat backrests.

The head airbags are installed in the door linings.

To minimize the risk of severe injury or death in the event of a crash, all occupants, including the driver, should always wear their safety belts whether or not an airbag is also provided at their seating position.

Safety Belts and Positioning

Airbags only can offer protection, if all occupants fasten their safety belts and retain a proper sitting position.

To provide optimal occupant protection, airbags must inflate at very high speed. If you are not wearing your safety belt or are too close to the airbag when it is deployed, inflating airbags can result in serious personal injury or death.

  • Always fasten safety belts.
  • Make sure there are no people, animals or objects between the driver or passenger and the area into which the airbags inflate.
  • Sit back as far from the dashboard or steering wheel as is practical, while still maintaining full vehicle control.
  • Always hold the steering wheel by the outer rim. Never rest your hands on the center of the steering wheel where the airbag module is located.
  • Always keep feet in the footwell while driving. Do not put feet on the dashboard or the seat area. Do not lean against the inside of the door or outside the window while the vehicle is moving.

Safe Storage of Objects

Objects and load have to be stored securely to keep from causing injury.

  • Do not transport heavy objects on or in front of the passenger seat. These could impair the function of the airbags, the safety belts, and occupant sensing.
  • Do not hang objects (e.g., jackets, coats, coat hangers) over the backrest.
  • Objects must not protrude out of the door storage compartment.
  • Do not add any additional coverings or stickers to the steering wheel or in the area of the passenger airbag, side airbags, knee airbags, and head airbags. Doing so may adversely affect the functioning of the airbag system or cause harm to the occupants if the airbag system should deploy.
    Do not use protective seat covers.