What Makes an Airbag Inflate?

In a deployment event, the sensing system sends an electrical signal triggering a release of gas from the inflator. Gas from the inflator fills the airbag causing the bag to break out of the cover. The inflator, the airbag, and related hardware are all part of the airbag module.

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    Door Ajar Messages
    DRIVER DOOR OPEN This message displays and a chime may sound if the driver door is not fully closed and the vehicle is shifted out of P (Park). Stop and turn off the vehicle, check the door for obstr ...

    Anti-theft Alarm System Messages
    SERVICE THEFT DETERRENT SYSTEM This message displays when there is a problem with the theft-deterrent system. The vehicle may or may not restart so you may want to take the vehicle to your dealer bef ...

    Passenger Airbag Status Indicator
    The vehicle has a passenger sensing system. See Passenger Sensing System on page 3‑28 for important safety information. The overhead console has a passenger airbag status indicator. Unite ...