2017-2018 Macan – Manual

2017-2018 Macan – Manual

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Modification to Airbag System
A modified airbag system cannot offer protection. They may not trigger or could trigger in an uncontrolled way. An uncontrolled triggering of the airbag system can result in serious personal injury or death.

  • Do not modify the seat coverings, since such changes can block the seat-mounted side airbag. Do not attach additional cushions, protective coverings, or pillows to the passenger's seat. Do not affix things to the passenger's seat or cover it with other materials. Do not cover the back of the backrest. Do not make changes to the passenger's seat, the cushion or foam, the capacitance occupant sensor or to the seat base frame.
  • Do not modify any wiring or components of the airbag system.
  • Do not install any wiring for electrical accessory equipment in the vicinity of the airbag wiring harnesses. Doing so may disable the airbag system or cause inadvertent inflation.
  • If the airbag warning light on the tachometer illuminates, the airbag system should be repaired immediately by your authorized Porsche dealer.
  • Using accessories not approved by Porsche can cause the capacitance occupant sensing system to be impaired.
  • Do not squeeze objects, such as the fire extinguisher, or first aid kit under the seat.
  • Only have seats removed and installed by an authorized Porsche dealer so that capacitance occupant sensing components will not be damaged.

No Activation of already triggered Airbag Systems
Airbag systems were designed to trigger only once.

  • Have triggered airbag systems replaced immediately.

Airbag components (e.g. steering wheel, seats) may be disassembled only by an authorized Porsche dealer.

When disposing of a used airbag unit, our safety instructions must be followed. These instructions can be obtained at any authorized Porsche dealer.

Function of the airbag system

Airbags are a supplemental safety system. Your primary protection comes from your seat belts. The front airbags are triggered during a frontal collision of sufficient force and direction.

In the event of a side impact of corresponding force, the side airbag on the impact side is triggered.

The inflation process generates the amount of gas required to fill the airbags at the necessary pressure in fractions of a second.

Airbags help to protect the head and body, while simultaneously damping the motion of the driver and passenger in the impact direction in the event of a frontal impact or side impact.

In order to help provide protection in severe collisions which can cause death and serious injury, airbags must inflate extremely rapidly. Such high speed inflation has a negative but unavoidable side effect, which is that it can and does cause injuries, including facial and arm abrasions, bruising and broken bones. You can help minimize such injuries by always wearing your seat belts.

There are many types of accidents in which airbags are not expected to deploy. These include accidents where the airbags would provide no benefit, such as a rear impact against your vehicle. Other accidents where the airbag system is designed not to deploy are those where the risk of injury from the airbag deployment could exceed any protective benefits, such as in low speed accidents or higher speed accidents where the vehicle decelerates over a longer time. Since airbag deployment does not occur in all accidents, this further emphasizes the need for you and your passengers to always wear seat belts.

Your Porsche vehicle is equipped with electronically controlled systems that help to ensure your vehicle operates properly. These systems monitor the operation of various systems and electronically store information that is useful to service technicians when they need to diagnose and repair these systems.

Your vehicle is equipped with crash-sensing and diagnostic devices that may record information at the time of a collision, including whether the airbag and seatbelt pretensioners deployed and whether the seat belt was in use.

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