In the event of a frontal collision, the airbag helps to protect the head, neck, face and chest of the passenger as well as the knees and legs.
A sufficiently violent collision trips the sensors and the airbag is inflated. The airbag cushions the initial collision impact for the occupant. The airbag deflates when compressed by the collision. When this occurs, smoke escapes into the car. This is completely normal. The entire process, including inflation and deflation of the airbag, occurs within tenths of a second.
The seatbelts and airbags interact. If the belt is not used or is used incorrectly, this may diminish the protection provided by the airbag in the event of a collision.
To minimise the risk of injury if the airbag deploys, passengers must sit as upright as possible with their feet on the floor and backs against the backrest.
Passenger airbag location
The airbag is folded up into a compartment above the glovebox. Its cover panel is marked AIRBAG.
Label for passenger airbag
The warning label for the passenger airbag is positioned as shown above.
Never allow anybody to stand or sit in front of the front passenger seat.
Never use a rear-facing child seat on the front passenger seat if the airbag is activated.
Front-facing passengers (children and adults) must never sit on the front passenger seat if the passenger airbag is deactivated.
Failure to follow the advice given above can endanger life or lead to serious personal injury.