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AIR BAG OPERATION

WARNING

For the air bags to operate correctly, the roof lining and door post trims must be in good condition, correctly fitted, and free from obstruction. Any damage, wear, or incorrect fitment should be referred to a retailer/authorized repairer, as soon as possible, for examination and repair. An air bag system not operating correctly could result in serious injury or death in the event of a severe accident.

WARNING

Air bags inflate at high speeds and can cause facial abrasions and other injuries. To minimize the risk of injury, make sure all vehicle occupants, including the driver, wear correctly positioned seat belts. All vehicle occupants, including the driver, must sit correctly in the seats, and position the seats as far back as practical.

WARNING

Air bag inflation takes place instantaneously and cannot protect against the effects of secondary impacts. Under these circumstances, the only protection is provided by a correctly worn seat belt. Failure to wear a seat belt greatly increases the risk of death or serious injury in the event of an accident.

WARNING

High speed impacts may cause serious injury or death irrespective of the safety features fitted to a vehicle.

WARNING

The air bag Supplementary Restraint System (SRS) cannot provide protection in some types of impact. Under these circumstances, the only protection is provided by a correctly worn seat belt. Failure to wear a seat belt greatly increases the risk of death or serious injury in the event of an accident.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends a minimum distance of 10 in (25 cm) between an occupant’s chest and the driver's air bag module.

Air bags provide extra protection in certain types of collision only. Air bags do not replace the need to wear a seat belt. All occupants, in all seating positions, should always wear a seat belt, whether or not an air bag is present in that seating position.

Air bag deployment is dependent on the rate at which the passenger compartment changes velocity following the collision. Circumstances affecting different collisions, e.g., vehicle speed, angle of impact, type and size of object hit, vary considerably and affect the rate of deceleration accordingly.

The air bags and SRS are not designed to operate as a result of:

  • Rear impacts.

  • Minor front impacts.

  • Minor side impacts.

  • Heavy braking.

  • Driving over bumps and pot holes.

Therefore, it follows that considerable superficial damage to the vehicle can occur without causing the air bags to deploy.

NOTES

If, as a result of an impact, you believe the air bags should have deployed and they failed to do so, please call 1-800-452-4827 for advice, or arrange for a Jaguar representative to inspect the vehicle.