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.
Depending on the vehicle, the pres-
ence of this equipment is indicated by
the word "air bag" on the steering wheel
and dashboard (air bag zone A) and
a symbol on the lower section of the
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.
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