Buick SKYLARK 1995 Owner Manual

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In any particular crash. no one can say whether an air bag should have inflated simply because of the damage to a vehicle or because of what the repair costs were. Inflation is determined by the angle of the impact and the vehicle’s deceleration. Vehicle damage is only one indication of this.

What makes an air bag inflate?

in a frontal or rim-frontal impact of sufficient severity. the air bag sensing system detects that the vehicle is suddenly stopping as a result ofa crash. The sensing system triggers a chemical reaction of the sodium aside sealed in the inflatot. The reaction produces nitrogen gas. which inflates the air bag. The inflator, air bag, and related hardware are all part of the air bag module packed inside the steering wheel.

How does an air bag restrain?

1n moderate to seveue frontal or near—frontal collisions. even belted occupants can contact the steering wheel. The air bag supplements the protection provided by safety belts. Air bags distribute Ihe force of the impact more evenly over the oeeupant's upper body, stopping the occupant more gadually. But air bags would not help you in many types nfeailisions. including rollovers and rear and side impacts, primarily because an occapant’s motion is not toward Ihe air bag. Air bags should never be regarded as anything more than a


supplement to safety belts, and then only in moderate to severe lmntal or near—frontal cnIIisions.

What will you seeal'ler an airbag luflam?

After the air bag inflates. it quickly def] ates. This occurs so quickly that some people may not even realize the air bag inflated. Some components of the air bag module in the steering wheel hub will be hot. for a short time. but the pron of the has that comes into contact with you will not be hot to the touch. There will be some smoke and dust coming fi'um vents in the deflated air bag. hit bag inflation will not prevent the driver from seeing or from being able to steer the vehicle. nor will it stop people from leaving the vehicle.

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