Airbag inflation is virtually instantaneous and occurs with considerable force, accompanied by a loud noise. The inflated bag, together with the seat belt restraint system, limit the movement of a front seat occupant, thereby reducing the risk of injury to the head and upper torso.
When an airbag inflates, a fine powder is released. This is not an indication of a malfunction, however, the powder may cause irritation to the skin and should be thoroughly flushed from the eyes and any cuts or abrasions of the skin. After inflation the airbags deflate immediately. This provides a gradual cushioning effect for the occupant and also ensures that the driver's forward vision is not impaired.
Airbag SRS warning light Whenever the starter switch is turned to position ‘II’, the diagnostic control unit monitors the readiness of the system's electrical circuits. The elements of the system being monitored include:
SRS warning light
Airbag diagnostic control unit
Airbag wiring harness
A warning light mounted on the instrument panel will alert you to any malfunction of the SRS/airbag. The system should always be checked by a retailer if any of the following symptoms occur. These indicate a fault, which may result in the SRS/airbag not operating as required in the event of a frontal impact.
The warning light fails to illuminate when the starter switch is turned to position ‘II’.
The warning light fails to extinguish within approximately four seconds after the starter switch is turned to position ‘II’.
The warning light illuminates after the engine is started, or while the vehicle is being driven.
NOTE: After inflation, some airbag components are hot - DO NOT touch until they have cooled.