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 JD Owners Manual: Auto light/AFLS position
When the light switch is in the AUTO light position, the taillights and headlights will be turned ON or OFF automatically depending on the amount of light outside the vehicle. If your vehicle is equipped with the adaptive front lighting system (AFLS), it will also operate when the hea ...

Kia Cee'd JD Service Manual: Drive Belt Repair procedures
Removal 1. Disconnect the battery negative terminal. 2. Loosen the alternator tension adjusting bolt (A) to loosen tension. 3. Remove the drive belt (A). Inspection ...

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