2005 Buick ParkAvenue Owners Manual PDF | Page 59

{CAUTION:
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.
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{CAUTION:If something is between an occupant and anairbag, the bag might not inate properly or itmight force the object into that person causingsevere injury or even death. The path of aninating airbag must be kept clear. Do not putanything between an occupant and an airbag,and do not attach or put anything on thesteering wheel hub or on or near any otherairbag covering. Do not let seat covers blockthe ination path of a side impact airbag.When Should an Airbag Inate?The drivers and right front passengers frontal airbagsare designed to inate in moderate to severe frontalor near-frontal crashes. But they are designed to inateonly if the impact exceeds a predetermined deploymentthreshold. Deployment thresholds take into accounta variety of desired deployment and non-deploymentevents and are used to predict how severe a crashis likely to be in time for the airbags to inate and helprestrain the occupants. Whether your frontal airbagswill or should deploy is not based on how fast yourvehicle is traveling. It depends largely on what you hit,the direction of the impact and how quickly yourvehicle slows down.If your vehicle goes straight into a wall that does notmove 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 specic vehicle design, so that it can besomewhat above or below this range.1-53