Kia Cee'd: How does the air bag system operate / Noise and smoke

When the air bags inflate, they make a loud noise and they leave smoke and powder in the air inside of the vehicle. This is normal and is a result of the ignition of the air bag inflator. After the air bag inflates, you may feel substantial discomfort in breathing due to the contact of your chest with both the seat belt and the air bag, as well as from breathing the smoke and powder. Open your doors and/or windows as soon as possible after impact in order to reduce discomfort and prevent prolonged exposure to the smoke and powder.

Though smoke and powder are nontoxic, it may cause irritation to the skin (eyes, nose and throat, etc.). If this is the case, wash and rinse with cold water immediately and consult the doctor if the symptom persists.

WARNING

How does the air bag system operate
Air bags are activated (able to inflate if necessary) only when the ignition switch is turned to the ON or START position. Air bags inflate instantly in the event of serious frontal o ...

Do not install a child restraint on the front passenger’s seat
Never place a rear-facing child restraint in the front passenger’s seat. If the air bag deploys, it would impact the rear-facing child restraint, causing serious or fatal injury. In additio ...

Other information:

Kia Cee'd Service Manual: Rear Seat Belt Retractor Repair procedures
Replacement    • When installing the belt, make sure not to damage the retractor. 1. Remove the rear pillar trim. (Refer to Inte ...

Kia Cee'd Service Manual: Radiator Components and components location
Components   1. Radiator 2. Mounting insulator 3. Radiator upper mounting bracket 4. Radiator upper hose 5. Radiator lower hose 6. Filler neck assembly ...

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