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OCCUPANT SENSING

WARNING

Crash statistics show that children are safest when properly restrained in a child restraint system. Children should be placed in an age and weight appropriate child restraint system and should be secured in a rear seating position.

WARNING

Extreme hazard! Never place a rearward facing child restraint on the front passenger seat. The infant could be seriously injured or killed if the air bag deploys.

WARNING

For optimum safety, children under the age of 13 should travel in the rear of the vehicle at all times. Front passenger seat travel is not recommended. An inflating air bag could cause injury or death to children riding in the front passenger seat.

WARNING

Make sure the vehicle's ignition is switched on before checking the operational status of the front passenger's air bag.

The front passenger seat is fitted with an occupancy sensor system that determines if:

  • The seat is unoccupied.

  • The seat is occupied by a person or object of low weight, or a child seat.

  • The seat is occupied by a heavier person or object.

The system consists of:

  • A weight sensing pressure pad fitted under the front passenger seat cushion. The sensor measures downward pressure on the seat cushion.

  • A seat belt tension sensor integrated into the anchor point of the front passenger seat belt.

  • A control unit fitted under the front passenger seat.

  • An air bag status indicator lamp, mounted in the roof console.

An air bag status indicator lamp, mounted in the overhead console, displays the operational status of the front passenger's air bag.

There are three operational states, as shown in the table below.

Occupancy status Passenger air bag status Status indicator display
Completely empty. Deactivated. PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF *
Child restraint or low weight occupant or object. Deactivated. PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF
Heavy occupant or object. Activated. ON PASSENGER AIR BAG **

* If the status indicator lamp shows that the air bag is off with an adult in the front passenger seat, contact a retailer/authorized repairer immediately.

** Displays for 60 seconds, then extinguishes.