The side airbags are fitted in the outer backrest frames of the front seats and help to protect the driver and passengers in the front seat.
A sufficiently violent collision trips the sensors and the side airbags are inflated. The airbag inflates between the occupant and the door panel and thereby cushions the initial impact. The airbag deflates when compressed by the collision. The side airbag is normally only deployed on the side of the collision.
Do not put objects in the area between the outside of the seat and the door panel, since this area is required by the side airbag.
Volvo recommends the use only of car seat covers approved by Volvo. Other seat covers may impede the operation of the side airbags.
Side airbags and child seats
The protection provided by the car to children seated in a child seat or on a booster cushion is not diminished by the side airbag.