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Air bag - advanced supplemental restraint system
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Hyundai Elantra: Air bag - advanced supplemental restraint system. * The actual air bags in the vehicle may differ from the illustration.

* The actual air bags in the vehicle may differ from the illustration.

(1) Drivers front air bag
(2) Passengers front air bag
(3) Side impact air bag (if equipped)
(4) Curtain air bag (if equipped)

Hyundai Elantra: Air bag - advanced supplemental restraint system. Even in vehicles with air bags, you and your passengers must always wear theWARNING

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

How does the air bag system operate

  • Air bags are activated (able to inflate if necessary) only when the ignition switch is turned to the ON or START position.
  • Air bags inflate instantly in the event of serious frontal or side collision in order to help protect the occupants from serious physical injury.
  • There is no single speed at which the air bags will inflate. Generally, air bags are designed to inflate by the severity of a collision and its direction. These two factors determine whether the sensors send out an electronic deployment/ inflation signal.
  • 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. Though, 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 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 air bag can cause fatal injuries, especially if the occupant is positioned excessively close to the air bag.

Hyundai Elantra: Air bag - advanced supplemental restraint system. WARNING

  • 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 10 inches (250 mm) away). The front passengers should always move their seats as far back as possible and sit back in their seat.
  • Air bags inflate instantly in the event of collision, and 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 from broken glasses or burns by the air bag inflation gasses.

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 and is a result of the ignition of the air bag inflator. After the air bag inflates, you may feel substantial discomfort in breathing due to the contact of your chest with both the seat belt and the air bag, as well as from breathing the smoke and powder. 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, they may cause irritation to the skin (eyes, nose and throat, etc). If this is the case, wash and rinse with cold water immediately and consult a doctor if the symptom persists.

Hyundai Elantra: Air bag - advanced supplemental restraint system. When the air bags deploy, the air bag related parts in the steering wheel and/orWARNING

When the air bags deploy, the air bag related parts in the 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 areas internal components immediately after an air bag has inflated.

Do not install a child restraint on the front passengers seat.

Hyundai Elantra: Air bag - advanced supplemental restraint system. Never place a rear-facing child restraint in the front passengers seat. If the

Never place a rear-facing child restraint in the front passengers seat. If the air bag deploys, it would impact the rear-facing child restraint, causing serious or fatal injury.

In addition, do not place front-facing child restraints in the front passengers seat either. If the front passenger air bag inflates, it could cause serious or fatal injuries to the child.

Hyundai Elantra: Air bag - advanced supplemental restraint system. Extreme Hazard! Do not use a rearward facing child restraint on a seat protectedWARNING

Extreme Hazard! Do not use a rearward facing child restraint on a seat protected by an air bag in front of it!

Never put a child restraint in the front passengers seat. If the front passenger air bag inflates, it would cause serious or fatal injuries.

When children are seated in the rear outboard seats of a vehicle equipped with side air bags, be sure to install the child restraint system as far away from the door side as possible, and securely lock the child restraint system in position.

Inflation of side and/or curtain air bags could cause serious injury or death to an infant or child.


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