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More commonly known as the Airbag system.
As the name suggests SRS is designed to supplement the restraint provided by a seatbelt in an accident, not be the sole restraining system.
You must always wear your seatbelt whether your vehicle is equipped with SRS or not.
The SRS consists of one or more inflatable airbags which can be activated in a frontal accident, where an occupants head and upper torso may come in contact with part of the vehicle.
The standard fitment is a drivers SRS airbag positioned within the steering wheel. SRS is also provided for the front seat passenger, and is positioned in the dashboard upper.
Airbag inflation occurs in 100th of a second and deflates almost as quickly
In a frontal accident which involves deceleration on impact, where an occupant is likely to be thrown forward beyond the restraint provided by the seatbelts impact sensors and a centrally mounted control unit, incorporating a G-force and deceleration sensor sends an inflation signal to the airbag(s) and seatbelt pretensioner. Airbag inflation occurs in 100th of a second and deflates almost as quickly, quicker than an eye blink in total. The action of the airbag cushions and slows down the forward movement of the head and upper torso minimizing injury and helping absorb energy.
There are precautions to observe when using an air bag equipped vehicle.
- Always sit at the maximum comfortable distance away from the steering wheel or dashboard.
- Never place a rearward facing child seat in the front, even with the seat fully back.
- It is highly recommended that any child seat be placed in the rear seats.