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Q: How do the side air bags work?

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How do the side air bags work?

A: Your car has front air bags for both the dr...

Your car has front air bags for both the driver and passenger, but it also includes side air bags. They’re located in the outside of the seatback and are designed to deploy in certain situations. Here’s what you need to know about how they work:

  • Side air bags should deploy during certain side impact situations and some angled front impacts, but not all.

  • The side air bags are designed to work with the car’s seat belts. Never rely only on the air bags.

  • The air bag is designed to inflate between you and the door, helping to prevent injury.

  • The air bags will not inflate in all side impacts, even if the severity seems high (the computer determines the need for inflation).

  • The passenger side air bag will be turned off if the passenger is not sitting correctly in the seat.

  • You should have your air bags replaced after being deployed (they cannot be reused).

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