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OCCUPANT SENSING

WARNING

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

WARNING

When checking the operational status of the front passenger air bag, make sure that the ignition is switched on.

The front passenger seat is fitted with an occupancy sensor system that determines if the seat is unoccupied, occupied by a person of low weight, a child seat or object, or is occupied by a heavier person or object.

The system consists of:

  • A weight sensing pressure pad installed under the front passenger seat cushion.

    The sensor measures downward pressure/weight on the seat cushion.

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

  • A control unit installed under the front passenger seat.

  • An air bag status indicator lamp, mounted on the overhead control panel (as illustrated) will display the operational status of the passenger air bag.

There are 3 operational states::
Occupancy status Passenger air bag status Status indicator display
Completely empty Deactivated PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF *
Child restraint or low weight occupant/object Deactivated PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF
Heavy occupant/object Activated ON PASSENGER AIR BAG **

* If the status lamp indicates that the air bag is off with a seated adult, contact your Retailer/Authorized Repairer immediately.

** Displays for 60 seconds followed by no display.