Air bags-supplemental restraint system








(1) Driver’s air bag
(1) Driver’s air bag
(2) Front passenger’s air bag (3) Side air bag*
(4) Curtain air bag*
(5) SRS Control Module
(6) Side impact sensor*
(7) Front impact sensor
* : if equipped

What your air bag system does Driver’s air bag and front passenger’s air bag are designed to supplement the protection offered by the safety belt in certain frontal collisions. Likewise, side air bag and curtain air bags are designed to supplement the protection offered by the safety belt in side collisions. Safety belts are designed to reduce the injury of the driver or passengers in case of light impact or collision. No safety belt or air bag system can completely eliminate injuries that may cause in collisions or impacts. To help reduce impact on driver or passengers in any collision, safety belts must be correctly worn.

What your air bag system does not do
The air bag system is designed to supplement the protection offered by the safety belt system. IT IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE SAFETY BELT.

The importance of using
safety belts
There are four very important reasons to use safety belts even with an air bag supplemental restraint system. They:
• help keep you in the proper position (away from the air bag) when it inflates.

• reduce the risk of harm in rollover, side impact (vehicles not equipped with side and curtain air bags) or rear impact collisions, because an air bag is not designed to inflate in such situations and even a side curtain air bag is designed to inflate only in certain side impact collisions.

• reduce the risk of harm in frontal or side collisions which are not severe enough to actuate the air bag supplemental restraint system.

• reduce the risk of being ejected from your vehicle.

Your vehicle’s Supplemental Restraint System Control Module is equipped with a recording device that may record the use or status of the safety belt restraint system by the driver and front passenger in certain collisions.

WARNING - Air bags & safety belts
• Even in vehicles with air bags, you and your passengers must always wear the safety belts provided in order to minimize the risk and severity of injury in the event of a collision or rollover.

• Always wear your safety belt. It can help keep you away from the air bags during heavy braking just before a collision. It may also reduce the risk of occupant ejection.

• If occupants are not wearing safety belts or correctly seated, they cannot be fully protected, and thus face a greater risk of serious injury or death.

• Driver’s and front passenger’s air bag are designed to inflate only in certain frontal collisions, and side and curtain air bags are designed to inflate in certain side impacts.

Frontal air bags are not designed to provide protection in side impacts, rear impacts, rollovers, or less severe frontal collisions.

They will not provide protection from later impacts in a multiimpact collision.

• If your vehicle has been subjected to flood conditions (e.g.

soaked carpeting/standing water on the floor of the vehicle, etc.) or if your vehicle has become flood damaged in any way, do not attempt to start the vehicle or put the key in the ignition. Have the vehicle towed to an authorized Kia dealer for inspection and necessary repairs.

Disregarding this precaution may cause an unexpected air bag deployment, which could result in serious personal injury or death.

Air bag system components The main components of your SRS are: • To indicate that your vehicle is equipped with air bags, the corresponding air bag covers are marked with “SRS AIR BAG”.

- Driver’s air bag
- Passenger’s air bag
- Side air bag (if equipped) - Curtain air bag (if equipped) • A diagnostic system that continually monitors the system operation.

• Air bag warning light to warn you of a possible problem with the system.

• Emergency power backup in case your car’s electrical system is disconnected in a crash.


Driver’s air bag


Driver’s air bag
Your vehicle is equipped with a Supplemental Restraint (Air Bag) System and lap/shoulder belts at both the driver and passenger seating position.

The driver’s air bag is stored in the center of the steering wheel.

WARNING - Steering
wheel
• You must always sit as far back from the steering wheel air bag as possible (chest at least 250 mm (10 inches ) away from the steering wheel), while still maintaining a comfortable seating position for good vehicle control, in order to reduce the risk of injury or death in a collision.

• Never place objects over the air bag storage compartments or between the air bags and yourself.

Due to the speed and force of the air bag inflation, such objects could hit your body at high speed and cause severe bodily injury and even death.

• Do not put stickers or ornaments on the steering wheel cover.

These may interfere with the deployment of the air bag.


Front passenger’s air bag


Front passenger’s air bag Front passenger’s air bag is stored in the instrument panel on the glove box.

Never put any objects or ornaments on the instrument panel.

WARNING
• The front seat passenger’s air bag is much larger than the steering wheel air bag and inflates with considerably more force. It can seriously hurt or kill a passenger who is not in the proper position and wearing the safety belt properly.

The front passengers should always move their seat as far back as practical and sit back in their seat.

• It is essential that the front passengers always wear their safety belts when vehicle is in motion, even when the vehicle is moving in a parking lot or up a driveway into garage.

• If the driver brakes the vehicle heavily in urgent situations, occupants will be thrown forward. If front passengers are not wearing the safety belts, they will be directly in front of the air bags when inflation occurs. In that situation, severe injury or death is possible.

• Never allow front passenger to put their hands, feet or face on or close to the instrument panel. In the event of air bag deployment, such a mispositioned occupant would be likely to suffer severe injury or death.

• Never allow children, pregnant women or weak persons to sit in the front passenger seat. They may be seriously injured by the air bag inflation when air bag deploys.

• Do not use child restraint systems on the front passenger's seat, as inflation may cause death or severe personal injury.

• Do not put objects or stickers on the instrument panel. Do not apply any accessory on the front windshield glass or do not install aftermarket mirrors or accessories on the factory installed rearview mirror. Any of these could may interfere with the deployment of air bag inflation or could hit your body at high speed and cause severe bodily injury and even death.



Side air bag (if equipped)


Side air bag (if equipped) Side air bags are stored in the left side of the driver’s seat and right side of the front passenger’s seat.

If air bag inflation conditions are met (side collision), they will inflate.

WARNING - Seat covers, damage and modifications • Do not use any accessory seat covers for a vehicle equipped with side air bags.

Use of seat covers could interfere with side air bag deployment.

If seat or seat cover is damaged, have the vehicle checked and repaired by an authorized Kia dealer. Inform them that your vehicle is equipped with side air bags and an occupant detection system.

• Do not make modifications or additions to the seats as they may cause the air bag system to malfunction resulting in severe personal injury or death.


Curtain air bag (if equipped)


Curtain air bag (if equipped) Curtain air bags are located along both sides of the roof rails above the front and rear doors.

They are designed to help protect the heads of the front seat occupants and the rear outboard seat occupants in certain side impact collisions.

• The curtain air bag deployment occurs only on the side of the vehicle affected by the impact.

• The side air bags (side and/or curtain air bags) are not designed to deploy in collisions from the front or rear of the vehicle or in most rollover situations.

• The curtain air bags are designed to deploy only in certain side-impact collisions, depending on the crash severity, angle, speed and impact.

WARNING
• In order for side air bags (side and curtain air bags) to provide its best protection, both front seat occupants and both outboard rear occupants should sit in an upright position with the seat belts properly fastened.

Importantly, children should sit in a proper child restraint system in the rear seat.

• When children are seated in the rear outboard seats, they must be seated in the proper child restraint system. Make sure to put the child restraint system as far away from the door side as possible, and secure the child restraint system in a locked position.

• Do not allow the passengers to lean their heads or bodies onto doors, put their arms on the doors, stretch their arms out of the window, or place objects between the doors and passengers when they are seated on
seats equipped with side air bags.

• Never try to open or repair any components of the side curtain air bag system. This should only be done by an authorized Kia dealer.

Failure to follow the above mentioned instructions can result in injury or death to the vehicle occupants in an accident.

Why didn’t my air bag go off in a collision?

(Inflation and non-inflation conditions of the air bag)
There are many types of accidents in which one or more of the air bags would not be expected to provide additional protection.

These include rear impacts, second or third collisions in multiple impact accidents, as well as low speed impacts.

Just because your vehicle is damaged and even if it is totally unusable, don’t be surprised that the air bags did not inflate.




Air bag collision sensors
Air bag collision sensors (1) SRS control module
(2) Front impact sensor
(3) Side impact sensor (if equipped)

WARNING - Protecting air bag module and sensors
• Do not hit or allow any heavy objects to hit the locations where air bags or sensors are installed.

This may cause damage and unexpected air bag deployment, which could result in severe personal injury or death.

• If the installation location or angle of the sensors is altered in any way, the air bags may deploy when they should not or they may not deploy when they should, causing severe injury or death.

Therefore, do not try to perform maintenance on or around the air bag sensors. Have the vehicle checked and repaired by an authorized Kia dealer.

WARNING - Body changes • Problems may arise if the sensor installation angles are changed due to the deformation of front bumper, body or B pillar where side collision sensors are installed. In the event of a collision, have the vehicle inspected by an authorized Kia dealer.

• Your vehicle has been designed to absorb impact and deploy the air bag(s) in certain collisions.

Installing aftermarket bumper guards or replacing a bumper with non-genuine parts may adversely affect your vehicles collision and air bag deployment performance.

Air bag inflation condition


Air bag inflation condition Front air bag
Front air bags (driver’s and front passenger’s air bags) are designed to inflate when the impact is delivered to front collision sensors depending on the intensity, speed or angles of impact of the front collision - generally from an area a little to the left to a little to the right of straight ahead.


Side air bags (if equipped)


Side air bags (if equipped) Side air bags (side and/or curtain air bags) are designed to inflate when an impact is detected by side collision sensors depending on the strength, speed or angles of impact of side impact of side impact collision or rollover.

Although the front air bags (driver’s and front passenger’s air bags) are designed to inflate only in frontal collision, it may inflate in any collision if front impact sensors detect a sufficient impact. Side air bags (side and/or curtain air bags) are designed to inflate only in side impact collision, it may inflate in any collision if side impact sensors detect a sufficient impact.

If the vehicle chassis is impacted by bumps or objects on unimproved roads or sidewalks, air bags may deploy. Drive carefully on unimproved roads or on surfaces not designed for vehicle traffic to prevent unintended air bag deployment.

To protect occupants, front air bags and pre-tensioner seat belts may deploy in certain side impact collisions.

Air bag non-inflation conditions


Air bag non-inflation conditions • In certain low-speed collisions the air bags may not deploy. The air bags are designed not to deploy in such cases because the risk of injuries which can be caused by the air bags exceeds the benefits they provide in protecting occupants.

• Frontal air bags are not designed to


• Frontal air bags are not designed to inflate in rear collisions, because occupants are moved backward by the force of the impact. In this case, the air bags do not provide protection.

• Front air bags may not inflate in side


• Front air bags may not inflate in side impact collision, because occupants move to the direction of the collision, and thus in side impacts, frontal air bag deployment does not provide occupant protection.

However, side or curtain air bags may inflate depending on the intensity, vehicle speed and angles of impact.

• In a slant or angled collision, the force


• In a slant or angled collision, the force of impact may direct the occupants in a direction between the front and side air bags, and thus the sensors may not deploy any air bags.

• Just before impact, drivers often brake


• Just before impact, drivers often brake heavily. Such heavy braking lowers the front portion of the vehicle causing it to “ride” under a vehicle with a higher ground clearance. Air bags may not inflate in this "under-ride" situation because deceleration forces that are detected by sensors may be significantly altered by such “under-ride” collisions.

• Air bags may not inflate in rollover accidents


• Air bags may not inflate in rollover accidents because air bag deployment would not provide proper protection to the occupants.

However, side air bags may inflate when the vehicle is rolled over by a side impact collision, if the vehicle is equipped with side air bags and curtain air bags.

• Air bags may not inflate if the vehicle


• Air bags may not inflate if the vehicle collides with objects such as utility poles or trees, where the point of impact is concentrated to one area and the full force of the impact is not transmitted to the sensors.

Air bag system operation • Air bags only operate when the ignition switch is turned to the ON or START positions.

• Air bags inflate instantly in the event of serious frontal or side collision (if equipped with side air bag or curtain air bag) in order to help protect the occupants from serious physical injury.

• There is no single vehicle speed at which the air bags will inflate.

• Air bag deployment depends on a number of factors including vehicle speed, angles of impact and the density and stiffness of the vehicles or objects which your vehicle hits in the collision. However, factors are not limited to those mentioned above.

• The front air bags will completely inflate and deflate in an instant.

It is virtually impossible for you to see the air bags inflate during an accident.

It is much more likely that you will simply see the deflated air bags hanging out of their storage compartments after the collision.

• In order to help provide protection in a severe collision, the air bags must inflate rapidly. The speed of air bag inflation is a consequence of the extremely short time in which a collision occurs and the need to get the air bag between the occupant and the vehicle structures before the occupant impacts those structures. This speed of inflation reduces the risk of serious or lifethreatening injuries in a severe collision and is thus a necessary part of air bag design.

However, air bag inflation can also cause injuries which normally can include facial abrasions, bruises and broken bones, and sometimes more serious injuries because the inflation speed also causes the air bags to expand with a great deal of force.

• There are even circumstances under which contact with the steering wheel air bag can cause fatal injuries, especially if the occupant is positioned excessively close to the steering wheel.

WARNING - Seated
positioning
• To avoid severe personal injury or death caused by deploying air bags in a collision, the driver should sit as far back from the steering wheel air bag as possible (at least 250 mm (10 inches) away).

The front passenger should always move their seat as far back as possible and sit back in their seat.

• Air bag inflates instantly in an event of collision, passengers may be injured by the air bag expansion force if they are not in proper position.

• Air bag inflation may cause injuries which normally include facial or bodily abrasions, injuries by the broken glasses or burns by the explosives.

Noise and smoke
When the air bags inflate, they make a loud noise and they leave smoke and powder in the air inside of the vehicle.

This is normal. After the air bag inflates, you may feel substantial discomfort in breathing due to the contact of your chest to both the safety belt and the air bag, as well as from breathing the smoke and powder. We strongly urge you to open your doors and/or windows as soon as possible after impact in order to reduce discomfort and prevent prolonged exposure to the smoke and powder.

Though the smoke and powder are nontoxic, it may cause irritation to the skin (eyes, nose and throat etc.). Wash and rinse with cold water immediately and consult a doctor if symptoms persist.

WARNING - Hot air bag parts
When the air bags deploy, the air bag related parts in steering wheel and/or instrument panel and/or in both sides of the roof rails above the front and rear doors are very hot. To prevent injury, do not touch the air bag storage area’s internal components immediately after an air bag has inflated.

Installing a child restraint on a


Installing a child restraint on a front passenger seat is extremely dangerous and should never be done.

Never place a rear-facing child restraint in the front passenger’s seat. If the air bag deploys, it would impact the rear-facing child restraint, causing severe or fatal injuries.

In addition, do not place front-facing child restraint in the front passenger’s seat either. If the front passenger air bag inflates, it may cause severe or fatal injuries to the child.

WARNING
• Never put child restraint in the front passenger seat. If the front passenger air bag inflates, it may cause severe or fatal injuries.

• When children are seated in the rear outboard seats in which curtain air bags are equipped, be sure to put the child restraint system as far away from the door side as possible, and secure the child restraint system to be locked in position.

Inflation of side or curtain air bag (if equipped) could cause severe injury or death due to the expansion impact.

Air bag warning light


Air bag warning light The purpose of air bag warning light in your instrument panel is to alert you of a potential problem with your air bag - Supplemental Restraint System (SRS).

When the ignition switch is turned ON, the indicator light should blink or illuminate for approximately 6 seconds, then go off.

Have the system checked if: • The light does not turn on briefly when you turn the ignition ON.

• The light stays on after the engine starts.

• The light comes on while the vehicle is in motion.

Air bag (Supplemental Restraint System) service
Your Supplemental Restraint System is virtually maintenance-free. There are no parts which you can service.

You must have the system serviced under the following circumstances: • If an air bag ever inflates, the air bag must be replaced. Do not try to remove or discard the air bag by yourself. This must be done by an authorized Kia dealer.

• If the air bag warning indicator light alerts you to a problem, have the air bag system checked as soon as possible.

Otherwise, your air bag system may be ineffective.

CAUTION - No modification Do not modify any part of the air bag system. Modification could make the air bag system ineffective or could cause unnecessary deployment.

Repairing or scrapping the vehicle • Repairing/replacing the steering wheel, instrument panel, center console headliner/pillar trim, or modifying vehicle sheet metal components could disable the air bag system. Have such repairs and maintenance performed by an authorized Kia dealer.

• Special care must be taken in scrapping or junking an air bag-equipped vehicle. Always refer such activities to a qualified professional.

WARNING - No maintenance or repair
• Do not work on the air bag system’s components or wiring. This could cause the air bags to inflate inadvertently, possibly seriously injuring someone.Working on the system could also disable the system so that the air bags would not deploy in a collision.

• Any work on the air bag system, such as removing, installing, or repairing the steering wheel must be performed by a qualified Kia technician. Improper handling of the air bag system including the steering wheel may result in serious personal injury or death.



Air bag warning label


Air bag warning label Air bag warning labels which are now required by the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
(CMVSS) are attached to alert driver and passengers of potential risk of air bag system.

Note that these government warnings focus on the risk to children, Kia also wants you to be
aware of the risks which adults are exposed to.Those have been described in previous pages.

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