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2010 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ How Your Front Airbags Work

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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  
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  
more severe  
In a  
crash, both stages  
If the occupant’s belt is  
not latched  
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  
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  
, 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  
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.