If something is between an occupant and an
airbag, the bag might not in?ate properly or it
might force the object into that person causing
severe injury or even death. The path of an
in?ating airbag must be kept clear. Do not put
anything between an occupant and an airbag,
and do not attach or put anything on the
steering wheel hub or on or near any other
airbag covering. Do not let seat covers block
the in?ation path of a side impact airbag.
When Should an Airbag In?ate?
The driver?s and right front passenger?s frontal airbags
are designed to in?ate in moderate to severe frontal
or near-frontal crashes. But they are designed to in?ate
only if the impact exceeds a predetermined deployment
threshold. Deployment thresholds take into account
a variety of desired deployment and non-deployment
events and are used to predict how severe a crash
is likely to be in time for the airbags to in?ate and help
restrain the occupants. Whether your frontal airbags
will or should deploy is not based on how fast your
vehicle is traveling. It depends largely on what you hit,
the direction of the impact and how quickly your
vehicle slows down.
If your vehicle goes straight into a wall that does not
move or deform, the threshold level is about 8 to 14 mph
(12.87 to 22.53 km/h). The threshold level can vary,
however, with speci?c vehicle design, so that it can be
somewhat above or below this range.