2005 Buick ParkAvenue Owners Manual PDF | Page 61

What Makes an Airbag In?ate?
In an impact of sufficient severity, the airbag sensing
system detects that the vehicle is in a crash. For
both frontal and side impact airbags, the sensing system
triggers a release of gas from the in?ator, which
in?ates the airbag. The in?ator, the airbag and related
hardware are all part of the airbag modules inside
the steering wheel, the instrument panel, and the side of
the front seatbacks closest to the door.
How Does an Airbag Restrain?
In moderate to severe frontal or near frontal collisions,
even belted occupants can contact the steering wheel or
the instrument panel. In moderate to severe side
collisions, even belted occupants can contact the inside
of the vehicle. Airbags supplement the protection
provided by safety belts. Airbags distribute the force of
the impact more evenly over the occupant?s upper
body, stopping the occupant more gradually. But
a frontal airbag would not help you in many types of
collisions, including rollovers, rear impacts, and
many side impacts, primarily because an occupant?s
motion is not toward a frontal airbag. A side impact
airbag would not help you in many types of collisions,
including frontal or near frontal collisions, rollovers, and
rear impacts, primarily because an occupant?s motion
is not toward a side airbag. airbags should never
be regarded as anything more than a supplement to
safety belts, and then only in moderate to severe
frontal or near-frontal collisions for frontal airbags,
and only in moderate to severe side collisions for side
impact airbags.
What Will You See After an
Airbag In?ates?
After the airbag in?ates, it quickly de?ates, so quickly
that some people may not even realize the airbag
in?ated. Some components of the airbag module will be
hot for a short time. These components include the
steering wheel hub for the driver?s frontal airbag and the
instrument panel for the right front passenger?s frontal
airbag. For vehicles with side impact airbags, the side of
the seatback closest to the driver?s and/or right front
passenger?s door will be hot. The parts of the bag that
come into contact with you may be warm, but not
too hot to touch. There will be some smoke and dust
coming from the vents in the de?ated airbags.
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2005 Buick ParkAvenue Owners Manual Summary of Content

What Makes an Airbag Inate?In an impact of sufficient severity, the airbag sensingsystem detects that the vehicle is in a crash. Forboth frontal and side impact airbags, the sensing systemtriggers a release of gas from the inator, whichinates the airbag. The inator, the airbag and relatedhardware are all part of the airbag modules insidethe steering wheel, the instrument panel, and the side ofthe front seatbacks closest to the door.How Does an Airbag Restrain?In moderate to severe frontal or near frontal collisions,even belted occupants can contact the steering wheel orthe instrument panel. In moderate to severe sidecollisions, even belted occupants can contact the insideof the vehicle. Airbags supplement the protectionprovided by safety belts. Airbags distribute the force ofthe impact more evenly over the occupants upperbody, stopping the occupant more gradually. Buta frontal airbag would not help you in many types ofcollisions, including rollovers, rear impacts, andmany side impacts, primarily because an occupantsmotion is not toward a frontal airbag. A side impactairbag would not help you in many types of collisions,including frontal or near frontal collisions, rollovers, andrear impacts, primarily because an occupants motionis not toward a side airbag. airbags should neverbe regarded as anything more than a supplement tosafety belts, and then only in moderate to severefrontal or near-frontal collisions for frontal airbags,and only in moderate to severe side collisions for sideimpact airbags.What Will You See After anAirbag Inates?After the airbag inates, it quickly deates, so quicklythat some people may not even realize the airbaginated. Some components of the airbag module will behot for a short time. These components include thesteering wheel hub for the drivers frontal airbag and theinstrument panel for the right front passengers frontalairbag. For vehicles with side impact airbags, the side ofthe seatback closest to the drivers and/or right frontpassengers door will be hot. The parts of the bag thatcome into contact with you may be warm, but nottoo hot to touch. There will be some smoke and dustcoming from the vents in the deated airbags.1-55