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2010 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Additional Information About Your Airbags

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Additional Information About Your Airbags  
Airbag System Components  
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(1) Driver’s Front Airbag  
(2) Passenger’s Front Airbag  
(3) Control Unit/Rollover Sensor  
(4) Front Seat Belt Tensioners  
(5) Side Airbags  
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(6) Driver’s Seat Position Sensor  
(7) Front Passenger’s Weight Sensors  
(8) Passenger Airbag Off Indicator  
(9) Side Impact Sensors (First)  
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(10) Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) Sensors  
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(11) Front Passenger’s Weight Sensor Unit/OPDS Sensors Control Unit  
(12) SRS Indicator  
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(13) Seat Belt Buckle Tensioners  
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Additional Information About Your Airbags  
Your airbag system includes:  
Two SRS (supplemental restraint  
system) front airbags. The driver’s  
airbag is stored in the center of  
the steering wheel; the front  
passenger’s airbag is stored in the  
dashboard. Both are marked ‘‘SRS  
AIRBAG’’ (see page 26 ).  
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Two side airbags, one for the  
driver and one for a front  
passenger. The airbags are stored  
in the outer edges of the seat-  
backs. Both are marked ‘‘SIDE  
AIRBAG’’ (see page 29 ).  
Two side curtain airbags, one for  
each side of the vehicle. The  
airbags are stored in the ceiling,  
above the side windows. The front  
and rear pillars are marked ‘‘SIDE  
CURTAIN AIRBAG’’ (see page  
31 ).  
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(14) Front Crash Sensors  
(15) Side Impact Sensor (Second)  
(16) Side Curtain Airbags  
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Additional Information About Your Airbags  
Automatic front seat belt  
passenger’s front airbag will be  
turned off (see page ).  
A rollover sensor that can detect if  
your vehicle is about to roll over  
and signal the control unit to  
tensioners (see page  
).  
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Sensors that can detect a  
moderate to severe front impact,  
side impact, or if your vehicle is  
about to rollover.  
Sensors that can detect whether  
the driver’s seat belt and the front  
passenger’s seat belt are latched  
deploy both side curtain airbags  
and front seat belt tensioners (see  
page  
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or unlatched (see page ).  
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An indicator on the instrument  
panel that alerts you that the  
passenger’s side airbag has been  
turned off (see page 32 ).  
Sensors that can detect whether a  
child is in the passenger’s side  
airbag path and signal the control  
unit to turn the airbag off (see  
page 30 ).  
A sophisticated electronic system  
that continually monitors and  
records information about the  
sensors, the control unit, the  
airbag activators, the seat belt  
tensioners, and driver and front  
passenger seat belt use when the  
ignition switch is in the ON (II)  
position.  
An indicator on the dashboard that  
alerts you that the passenger’s  
front airbag has been turned off  
(see page 33 ).  
A driver’s seat position sensor that  
monitors the distance of the seat  
from the front airbag. If the seat is  
too far forward, the airbag will  
inflate with less force (see page  
28 ).  
Emergency backup power in case  
your vehicle’s electrical system is  
disconnected in a crash.  
An indicator on the instrument  
panel that alerts you to a possible  
problem with your airbags,  
sensors, or seat belt tensioners  
(see page 32 ).  
Weight sensors that monitor the  
weight on the front passenger’s  
seat. If the weight is about 65 lbs  
(29 kg) or less (the weight of an  
infant or small child), the  
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Additional Information About Your Airbags  
During a frontal crash, your seat belt  
How Your Front Airbags Work  
restrains your lower body and torso,  
and the front airbag helps protect  
your head and chest.  
Although both airbags normally  
inflate within split second of each  
other, it is possible for only one  
airbag to deploy.  
This can happen if the severity of a  
collision is at the margin, or  
threshold, that determines whether  
or not the airbags will deploy. In  
such cases, the seat belt will provide  
sufficient protection, and the  
supplemental protection offered by  
the airbag would be minimal.  
If you ever have a moderate to  
severe frontal collision, sensors will  
detect the vehicle’s rapid  
deceleration.  
After inflating, the front airbags  
immediately deflate, so they won’t  
interfere with the driver’s visibility,  
or the ability to steer or operate  
other controls.  
If the rate of deceleration is high  
enough, the control unit will inflate  
the driver’s and front passenger’s  
airbags, at the time and with the  
force needed.  
Only the driver’s airbag can deploy if  
there is no passenger in the front  
seat, or if the advanced airbag  
system has turned the passenger’s  
airbag off (see page 28 ).  
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Additional Information About Your Airbags  
Dual-Stage Airbags  
Dual-Threshold Airbags  
The total time for inflation and  
deflation is one-tenth of a second, so  
fast that most occupants are not  
aware that the airbags deployed until  
they see them lying in their laps.  
Your front airbags are dual-stage  
airbags. This means they have two  
inflation stages that can be ignited  
sequentially or simultaneously,  
depending on crash severity.  
Your front airbags are also dual-  
threshold airbags. Airbags with this  
feature have two deployment  
thresholds that depend on whether  
sensors detect the occupant is  
wearing a seat belt or not.  
After a crash, you may see what  
looks like smoke. This is actually  
powder from the airbag’s surface.  
Although the powder is not harmful,  
people with respiratory problems  
may experience some temporary  
discomfort. If this occurs, get out of  
the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do  
so.  
more severe  
In a  
crash, both stages  
If the occupant’s belt is  
not latched  
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will ignite simultaneously to provide  
the quickest and greatest protection.  
the airbag will deploy at a slightly  
lower threshold, because the  
occupant would need extra  
protection.  
less severe  
In a  
crash, one stage will  
ignite first, then the second stage  
will ignite a split second later. This  
provides longer airbag inflation time  
with a little less force.  
If the occupant’s belt is  
latched  
, the  
airbag will inflate at a slightly higher  
threshold, when the airbag would be  
needed to supplement the protection  
provided by the seat belt.  
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Additional Information About Your Airbags  
Advanced Airbags  
Your front airbags are also advanced  
airbags. The main purpose of this  
feature is to help prevent airbag-  
caused injuries to short drivers and  
children or small-statured adults who  
ride in front.  
For both advanced airbags to work  
properly:  
PASSENGER’S  
SEAT WEIGHT  
SENSORS  
DRIVER’S  
SEAT  
POSITION  
SENSOR  
Occupants must sit upright and  
wear their seat belts properly.  
The driver’s advanced front airbag  
system includes a seat position  
sensor under the seat. If the seat is  
too far forward, the airbag will  
inflate with less force, regardless of  
the severity of the impact.  
The passenger’s advanced front  
airbag system has weight sensors  
under the seat. Although Honda  
does not encourage carrying an  
infant or small child in front, if the  
sensors detect the weight of an  
infant or small child (up to about 65  
lbs or 29 kg), the system will  
automatically turn the passenger’s  
front airbag off.  
Do not spill any liquids on or  
under the seats, cover the sensors,  
or put any objects or metal items  
under the front seats.  
Failure to follow these instructions  
could damage the sensors or prevent  
them from working properly.  
If there is a problem with the sensor,  
the SRS indicator will come on, and  
the airbag will inflate in the normal  
manner regardless of the driver’s  
seating position.  
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Additional Information About Your Airbags  
Be aware that objects placed on the  
passenger’s seat can also cause the  
airbag to be turned off.  
Moving the front seat forcibly  
back against cargo on the seat or  
floor behind it.  
How Your Side Airbags Work  
When the passenger airbag gets  
turned off by the weight sensors, a  
‘‘passenger airbag off’’ indicator in  
the center of the dashboard comes  
on (see page 33 ).  
Hanging heavy items on the front  
passenger seat, or placing heavy  
items in the seat-back pocket.  
Moving the front seat or seat-back  
forcibly back against the folded  
rear seat.  
If the weight sensors detect there is  
no passenger in the front seat, the  
airbag is automatically turned off.  
However, the passenger airbag off  
indicator in this situation will not  
come on.  
Back seat passengers should not  
wedge objects or intentionally  
force their feet under the front  
passenger seat.  
If you ever have a moderate to  
severe side impact, sensors will  
detect rapid acceleration and signal  
the control unit to instantly inflate  
either the driver’s or the passenger’s  
side airbag and activate the seat belt  
tensioner on the affected side.  
To ensure that the passenger’s  
advanced front airbag system will  
do not do anything  
work properly,  
that would increase or decrease the  
weight on the front passenger’s seat.  
This includes:  
A rear passenger pushing or  
pulling on the back of the front  
passenger’s seat.  
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Additional Information About Your Airbags  
Only one airbag will deploy during a  
side impact. If the impact is on the  
passenger’s side, the passenger’s  
side airbag will deploy even if there  
is no passenger.  
Side Airbag Cutoff System  
If the side airbag off indicator comes  
on (see page 32 ), have the  
Your vehicle has a side airbag cutoff  
system designed primarily to protect  
passenger sit upright. Once the  
a child riding in the front passenger’s passenger is out of the airbag’s  
seat.  
deployment path, the system will  
turn the airbag back on, and the  
indicator will go out.  
To get the best protection from the  
side airbags, front seat occupants  
should wear their seat belts and sit  
upright and well back in their seats.  
Although Honda does not encourage  
children to ride in front, if the  
position sensors detect a child has  
leaned into the side airbag’s  
deployment path, the airbag will shut  
off.  
There will be some delay between  
the moment the passenger moves  
into or out of the airbag deployment  
path and when the indicator comes  
on or goes off.  
The side airbag may also shut off if a  
short adult leans sideways, or a  
larger adult slouches and leans  
sideways into the airbag’s  
A front seat passenger should not  
use a cushion or another object as a  
backrest. It may prevent the cutoff  
system from working properly.  
deployment path.  
Objects placed on the front  
passenger seat can also cause the  
side airbag to be shut off.  
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Additional Information About Your Airbags  
How Your Side Curtain Airbags  
Work  
If the impact is on the passenger’s  
side, the passenger’s side curtain  
To get the best protection from the  
side curtain airbags, occupants  
airbag will inflate even if there are no should wear their seat belts and sit  
occupants on that side of the vehicle.  
upright and well back in their seats.  
SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG  
In a Rollover  
If the rollover sensor detects your  
vehicle is about to roll over, it signals  
the control unit, which immediately  
deploys both side curtain airbags and  
activates both front seat belt  
tensioners.  
The airbag on the passenger’s side  
will deploy, and the seat belt  
tensioner will activate, even if there  
are no passengers on that side of the  
vehicle.  
In a Side Impact  
In a moderate to severe side impact,  
sensors will detect rapid acceleration  
and signal the control unit to  
instantly inflate the side curtain  
airbag.  
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Additional Information About Your Airbags  
U.S.  
Canada  
How the SRS Indicator  
Works  
If you see any of these indications,  
How the Side  
Airbag Off  
the airbags and seat belt tensioners  
may not work properly when you  
need them.  
The SRS indicator alerts you to a  
potential problem with your airbags  
or seat belt tensioners.  
Indicator Works  
This indicator alerts you that the  
passenger’s side airbag has been  
not  
automatically shut off. It does  
When you turn the ignition switch to  
the ON (II) position, this indicator  
comes on briefly then goes off. This  
tells you the system is working  
properly.  
mean there is a problem with your  
Ignoring the SRS indicator can  
result in serious injury or death  
if the airbag systems or  
side airbags.  
When you turn the ignition switch to  
the ON (II) position, the indicator  
should come on briefly and then go  
off (see page 63 ). If it doesn’t come  
on, stays on, or comes on while  
driving without a passenger in the  
front seat, have the system checked.  
tensioners do not work properly.  
If the indicator comes on at any  
other time, or does not come on at all,  
you should have the system checked  
by your dealer. For example:  
Have your vehicle checked by a  
dealer as soon as possible if  
the SRS indicator alerts you to  
a possible problem.  
If the SRS indicator does not come  
on after you turn the ignition  
switch to the ON (II) position.  
If the indicator stays on after the  
engine starts.  
If the indicator comes on or  
flashes on and off while you drive.  
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Additional Information About Your Airbags  
How the Passenger Airbag Off  
Indicator Works  
Be aware that objects placed on the  
If the indicator comes on with no  
front seat passenger and no objects  
on the seat, or with an adult riding  
there, something may be interfering  
with the weight sensors. Look for  
and remove:  
front seat can cause the indicator to  
come on.  
PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR  
If no weight is detected on the front  
seat, the airbag will be automatically  
shut off. However, the indicator will  
not come on.  
Any items under the front  
passenger’s seat.  
The passenger airbag off indicator  
may come on and off repeatedly if  
the total weight on the seat is near  
the airbag cutoff threshold.  
Any object(s) hanging on the seat  
or in the seat-back pocket.  
Any object(s), such as a folded-  
down back seat, that are touching  
the rear of the seat-back.  
Canada  
U.S.  
If an adult or teenage passenger is  
riding in front, move the seat as far  
to the rear as possible, and have the  
passenger sit upright and wear the  
seat belt properly.  
This indicator alerts you that the  
passenger’s front airbag has been  
shut off because weight sensors  
detect about 65 lbs (29 kg) or less  
(the weight of an infant or small  
child) on the front passenger’s seat.  
It does not mean there is a problem  
with the airbag.  
If no obstructions are found, have  
your vehicle checked by a dealer as  
soon as possible.  
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Additional Information About Your Airbags  
Airbag Service  
If your vehicle has a moderate to  
severe impact.  
airbags do not inflate, your dealer  
should inspect the driver’s seat  
position sensor, the front  
passenger’s weight sensors, the  
front seat belt tensioners, and all  
seat belts and their anchors worn  
during a crash to make sure they  
are operating properly.  
Do not expose the front passenger’s  
seat-back to liquid.  
another liquid soaks into a seat-  
back, it can prevent the side airbag  
cutoff system from working  
properly.  
Your airbag systems are virtually  
maintenance free, and there are no  
parts you can safely service.  
However, you must have your  
vehicle serviced if:  
Even if your  
If water or  
An airbag ever inflates.  
Do not remove or modify a front  
seat without consulting your  
Any airbag  
that has deployed must be  
replaced along with the control  
unit and other related parts. Any  
seat belt tensioner that activates  
must also be replaced.  
dealer.  
This could make the  
driver’s seat position sensor or the  
front passenger’s weight sensors  
ineffective. If it is necessary to  
remove or modify a front seat to  
accommodate a person with  
disabilities, first contact Honda  
Automobile Customer Service at  
(800) 999-1009.  
Additional Safety Precautions  
Do not attempt to deactivate your  
airbags. Together, airbags and  
seat belts provide the best  
protection.  
Do not try to remove or replace  
any airbag by yourself. This must  
be done by an authorized dealer or  
a knowledgeable body shop.  
Do not tamper with airbag  
components or wiring for any  
reason. Tampering could cause  
the airbags to deploy, possibly  
causing very serious injury.  
The SRS indicator alerts you to a  
problem.  
Take your vehicle to an  
authorized dealer as soon as  
possible. If you ignore this  
indication, your airbags may not  
operate properly.  
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