METHODS OF RESTRAINT IN ADDITION TO THE FRONT SEAT BELTS
Above a certain severity of impact, this
mechanism is used to limit the force of
the belt against the body so that it is at
an acceptable level.
Air bags for driver and front
Fitted to the driver and passenger side.
The presence of this equipment is indi-
cated by the word "air bag" on the steer-
ing wheel and the dashboard (air bag
zone A) and a label on the lower part of
the windscreen or on the sun visor.
Each air bag system consists of:
– an air bag and gas generator fitted
on the steering wheel for the driver
and in the dashboard for the front
– an electronic unit for system monitor-
ing which controls the gas generator
electrical trigger system;
– one single warning light
the instrument panel;
– remote sensors for the device.
The air bag system uses
pyrotechnic principles. This
explains why, when the air
bag inflates, it will gener-
ate heat, produce smoke (this does
not mean that a fire is about to start)
and make a noise upon detonation.
In a situation where an air bag is
required, it will inflate immediately
and this may cause some minor, su-
perficial grazing to the skin or other