Buick ROADMASTER 1996 Owner Manual

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Don‘t put anything on. or attach anything to. the steering wheel or instrument panel. Also, don‘t put anything [such as pets or objects] between

any occupant and the steering wheel or instrument panel. If something is between an occupant and an air bag, it could affect the performance of the air bag -- or worse, it amid cause injury.

When should an air bag inflate?

The air bag is designed to inflate in moderate to severe frontal or nearfrontal c1asi1es.The air bag will inflate only if the impact speed is above the system's designed “threshold level.“ If your vehicle goes slraight into a wall Ihnl doesn’t move or deform. the threshold level is about 9 to [5 mph {14 to 24 kmi'hl. The threshold level can vary, however, wiLh specific vehicle design. so that it can be somewhat above or below this range. If your

vehicle strikes something that 1tvill move or del'onn,suc11 as a parked car. the threshold level will be higher. The air bag is not designed to inflate in rollovers. side impacts or rear impacts. because inflao'on would not help the occupant.

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.

IWhat makes an air bag inflate?

In a [mule] or near—ironic] impact of sufficient severity. the air bag sensing system detects Ll1l1tll'tc vehicle is suddenly stopping as a result of a crash. The sensing. system triggers a chemical reaction of the sodium aside sealed in the inflator. The reaction produces nitrogen gas. which inflates the air bag. The inllntor. air hog and related hardware are all part of the air bag modules packed inside the steering wheel and in the instrument panel in Front of the right front passenger.

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