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: Head Lamp Leveling Switch Repair procedures
Removal 1. Disconnect the negative (-) battery terminal. 2. Remove the crash pad lower panel. (Refer to Body - "Crash Pad Lower Panel") 3. Remove the lower crash pad switch assembly (A) ...

Kia Cee'd Service Manual: Repair procedures
Inspection Signal Circuit Inspection 1. Check ignition lock switch pull-up voltage (1) IG KEY "OFF", ENGINE "OFF". (2) Disconnect ignition lock switch connector ...

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