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2015 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Airbags

Airbags  
Airbag System Components  
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uuAirbagsuAirbag System Components  
The front, front side, and side curtain  
airbags are deployed according to the  
direction and severity of impact. Both side  
curtain airbags are deployed in a rollover.  
The airbag system includes:  
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An electronic control unit that continually  
monitors and can record information  
about the sensors, the airbag activators,  
the seat belt tensioners, and driver and  
front passenger seat belt use when the  
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Impact sensors that can detect a  
moderate-to-severe front or side impact.  
An indicator on the dashboard that alerts  
you that the front passenger's front  
airbag has been turned off.  
ignition switch is in ON (w*1  
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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.  
Automatic front seat belt tensioners. The  
driver's and front passenger's seat belts  
incorporate sensors that detect whether  
or not they are fastened.  
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An indicator on the instrument panel that  
alerts you to a possible problem with your  
airbag system or seat belt tensioners.  
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Safing Sensor  
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A driver's seat position sensor. If the seat  
is too far forward, the airbag will inflate  
with less force.  
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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.  
A rollover sensor that detects whether  
the vehicle is about to roll over.  
Weight sensors in the front passenger's  
seat. The front passenger's airbag will be  
turned off if the weight on the seat is 65  
lbs (29 kg) or less (the weight of an infant  
or small child).  
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.  
*1: Models with the smart entry system  
have an ENGINE START/STOP button  
instead of an ignition switch.  
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uuAirbagsuAirbag System Components  
1Important Facts About Your Airbags  
Important Facts About Your Airbags  
Do not attempt to deactivate your airbags. Together,  
airbags and seat belts provide the best protection.  
Airbags can pose serious hazards. To do their job, airbags must inflate with  
tremendous force. So, while airbags help save lives, they can cause burns, bruises,  
and other minor injuries, sometimes even fatal ones if occupants are not wearing  
their seat belts properly and sitting correctly.  
When driving, keep hands and arms out of the  
deployment path of the front airbag by holding each  
side of the steering wheel. Do not cross an arm over  
the airbag cover.  
What you should do: Always wear your seat belt properly, and sit upright and as  
far back from the steering wheel as possible while allowing full control of the  
vehicle. A front passenger should move their seat as far back from the dashboard as  
possible.  
Remember, however, that no safety system can prevent all injuries or deaths that  
can occur in a severe crash, even when seat belts are properly worn and the airbags  
deploy.  
Do not place hard or sharp objects between yourself and a front airbag.  
Carrying hard or sharp objects on your lap, or driving with a pipe or other sharp  
object in your mouth, can result in injuries if your front airbag inflates.  
Do not attach or place objects on the front airbag covers. Objects on the  
covers marked SRS AIRBAG could interfere with the proper operation of the airbags  
or be propelled inside the vehicle and hurt someone if the airbags inflate.  
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uuAirbagsuTypes of Airbags  
Types of Airbags  
Your vehicle is equipped with three types of airbags:  
1Types of Airbags  
Front airbags: Airbags in front of the driver's and front passenger's seats.  
Side airbags: Airbags in the driver's and front passenger's seat-backs.  
Side curtain airbags: Airbags above the side windows.  
Each is discussed in the following pages.  
The airbags can inflate whenever the ignition switch  
is in ON (w*1  
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After an airbag inflates in a crash, you may see a  
process of the inflator material and 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.  
Front Airbags (SRS)  
The front SRS airbags inflate in a moderate-to-severe frontal collision to help protect  
the head and chest of the driver and/or front passenger.  
1Front Airbags (SRS)  
Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags  
(SRS)  
Your vehicle is equipped with dual-stage, multiple-  
threshold front airbags (SRS).  
During a frontal crash severe enough to cause one or  
both front airbags to deploy, the airbags can inflate  
at different rates, depending on the severity of the  
crash, whether the seat belts are latched, and/or  
other factors. Frontal airbags are designed to  
supplement the seat belts to help reduce the  
likelihood of head and chest injuries in frontal  
crashes.  
SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) indicates that the airbags are designed to  
supplement seat belts, not replace them. Seat belts are the occupant's primary  
restraint system.  
Housing Locations  
The front airbags are housed in the center of the steering wheel for the driver, and  
in the dashboard for the front passenger. Both airbags are marked SRS AIRBAG.  
*1: Models with the smart entry system have an  
ENGINE START/STOP button instead of an ignition  
switch.  
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uuAirbagsuFront Airbags (SRS)  
Operation  
Front airbags are designed to inflate during moderate-to-severe frontal collisions.  
When the vehicle decelerates suddenly, the sensors send information to the control  
unit which signals one or both front airbags to inflate.  
A frontal collision can be either head-on or angled between two vehicles, or when a  
vehicle crashes into a stationary object, such as a concrete wall.  
1How the Front Airbags Work  
How the Front Airbags Work  
Although the driver's and front passenger's airbags  
normally inflate within a 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.  
While your seat belt restrains your torso, the  
front airbag provides supplemental protection  
for your head and chest.  
The front airbags deflate immediately so that  
they won't interfere with the driver's visibility  
or the ability to steer or operate other  
controls.  
The total time for inflation and deflation is so fast that most occupants are not  
aware that the airbags deployed until they see them lying in front of them.  
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uuAirbagsuFront Airbags (SRS)  
When front airbags should not deploy  
Minor frontal crashes: Front airbags were designed to supplement seat belts and  
help save lives, not to prevent minor scrapes, or even broken bones that might occur  
during a less than moderate-to-severe frontal crash.  
Side impacts: Front airbags can provide protection when a sudden deceleration  
causes a driver or front passenger to move toward the front of the vehicle. Side  
airbags and side curtain airbags have been specifically designed to help reduce the  
severity of injuries that can occur during a moderate-to-severe side impact which  
can cause the driver or passenger to move toward the side of the vehicle.  
Rear impacts: Head restraints and seat belts are your best protection during a rear  
impact. Front airbags cannot provide any significant protection and are not designed  
to deploy in such collisions.  
Rollovers: Seat belts and, in vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor, side airbags  
and side curtain airbags offer the best protection in a rollover. Because front airbags  
could provide little if any protection, they are not designed to deploy during a  
rollover.  
When front airbags deploy with little or no visible damage  
Because the airbag system senses sudden deceleration, a strong impact to the  
vehicle framework or suspension might cause one or more of the airbags to deploy.  
Examples include running into a curb, the edge of a hole, or other low fixed object  
that causes a sudden deceleration in the vehicle chassis. Since the impact is  
underneath the vehicle, damage may not be readily apparent.  
When front airbags may not deploy, even though exterior damage  
appears severe  
Since crushable body parts absorb crash energy during an impact, the amount of  
visible damage does not always indicate proper airbag operation. In fact, some  
collisions can result in severe damage but no airbag deployment because the airbags  
would not have been needed or would not have provided protection even if they  
had deployed.  
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uuAirbagsuFront Airbags (SRS)  
1Advanced Airbags  
Advanced Airbags  
If there is a problem with the driver's seat position  
sensor, the SRS indicator will come on and the airbag  
will inflate with full (normal) force, regardless of the  
driver's seating position.  
Your front airbags have advanced features to help reduce the likelihood of airbag  
related injuries to smaller occupants.  
The driver's advanced front airbag system  
includes a seat position sensor.  
For both advanced front airbags to work properly:  
Do not spill any liquid on or under the seats.  
Do not put any object under the passenger’s seat.  
Make sure any objects are positioned properly on  
the floor. Improperly positioned objects can  
interfere with the advanced airbag sensors.  
All occupants should sit upright and wear their seat  
belts properly.  
If the seat is too far forward, the airbag  
inflates with less force, regardless of the  
severity of the impact.  
Driver’s  
Seat  
Position  
Sensor  
Do not place any cover over the passenger side  
dashboard.  
The passenger's advanced front airbag system  
has weight sensors.  
Although we recommend against carrying an  
infant or small child in front, if the sensors  
detect the weight of a child (up to about 65  
lbs or 29 kg), the system will automatically  
turn off the passenger's front airbag.  
Passenger’s  
Seat  
Weight  
Sensors  
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uuAirbagsuSide Airbags  
Side Airbags  
The side airbags help protect the torso and pelvis of the driver or a front passenger  
during a moderate-to-severe side impact.  
1Side Airbags  
Do not let the front passenger lean sideways with  
their head in the deployment path of the side airbag.  
An inflating side airbag can strike with strong force  
and seriously injure the passenger.  
Housing Locations  
The side airbags are housed in the outside  
edge of the driver's and passenger's seat-  
backs.  
Do not attach accessories on or near the side airbags.  
They can interfere with the proper operation of the  
airbags, or hurt someone if an airbag inflates.  
Both are marked SIDE AIRBAG.  
If the impact is on the passenger's side, the airbag  
may not deploy when there is no passenger in the  
front passenger seat.  
Housing  
Location  
Do not cover or replace the front seat-back covers  
without consulting a dealer.  
Improperly replacing or covering front seat-back  
covers can prevent your side airbags from properly  
deploying during a side impact.  
Operation  
When the sensors detect a moderate-to-  
severe side impact, the control unit signals the  
side airbag on the impact side to immediately  
inflate.  
When  
inflated  
Side  
Airbag  
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uuAirbagsuSide Airbags  
When a side airbag deploys with little or no visible damage  
Because the airbag system senses sudden acceleration, a strong impact to the side  
of the vehicle's framework can cause a side airbag to deploy. In such cases, there  
may be little or no damage, but the side impact sensors detected a severe enough  
impact to deploy the airbag.  
When a side airbag may not deploy, even though visible damage appears  
severe  
It is possible for a side airbag to not deploy during an impact that results in  
apparently severe damage. This can occur when the point of impact was toward the  
far front or rear of the vehicle, or when the vehicle's crushable body parts absorbed  
most of the crash energy. In either case, the side airbag would not have been  
needed nor provided protection even if it had deployed.  
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Side Curtain Airbags  
The side curtain airbags help protect the heads of the driver and passengers in outer  
seating positions during a moderate-to-severe side impact. The side curtain airbags  
equipped in this vehicle are also designed to help reduce the likelihood of partial and  
complete ejection of vehicle occupants through side windows in crashes, particularly  
rollover crashes.  
1Side Curtain Airbags  
If the SRS control unit senses that your vehicle is  
about to rollover, it immediately deploys both side  
curtain airbags and activates both front seat belt  
tensioners.  
If the impact is on the passenger’s side, the  
passenger’s side curtain airbag will inflate even if  
there are no occupants on that side of the vehicle.  
Housing Locations  
The side curtain airbags are located in the  
ceiling above the side windows on both sides  
of the vehicle.  
To get the best protection from the side curtain  
airbags, occupants should wear their seat belts  
properly and sit upright and well back in their seats.  
Do not attach any objects to the side windows or roof  
pillars as they can interfere with the proper operation  
of the side curtain airbags.  
Side Curtain Airbag Storage  
Operation  
The side curtain airbag is designed to deploy  
in a rollover or a moderate-to-severe side  
impact.  
Deployed Side Curtain Airbag  
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uuAirbagsuAirbag System Indicators  
When side curtain airbags deploy in a frontal collision  
One or both side curtain airbags may inflate in a moderate-to-severe angled frontal  
collision.  
In this case, the side curtain airbags will deploy slightly after the front airbags.  
Airbag System Indicators  
If a problem occurs in the airbag system, the SRS indicator will come on.  
1Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Indicator  
Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Indicator  
When the ignition switch is turned to  
ON (w*1  
3WARNING  
Ignoring the SRS indicator can result in  
serious injury or death if the airbag systems  
or tensioners do not work properly.  
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The indicator comes on for a few seconds,  
then goes off. This tells you the system is  
working properly.  
Have your vehicle checked by a dealer as  
soon as possible if the SRS indicator alerts  
you to a possible problem.  
If the indicator comes on at any other time, or does not come on at all, have the  
system checked by a dealer as soon as possible. If you don't, your airbags and seat  
belt tensioners may not work properly when they are needed.  
*1: Models with the smart entry system have an ENGINE START/STOP button  
instead of an ignition switch.  
* Not available on all models  
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uuAirbagsuAirbag System Indicators  
1Passenger Airbag Off Indicator  
Passenger Airbag Off Indicator  
If the indicator comes on with no front passenger and  
no objects on the passenger’s seat, or with an adult  
riding there, something may be interfering with the  
weight sensors, such as:  
When the passenger airbag off  
indicator comes on  
U.S.  
Canada  
The indicator comes on to alert you that the  
passenger's front airbag has been turned off.  
This occurs when the weight sensors detect  
65 lbs (29 kg) or less, the weight of an infant  
or small child, on the seat.  
An object hanging on the seat or in the seat-back  
pocket.  
A child seat or other object pressing against the  
rear of the seat-back.  
A rear passenger pushing or pulling on the back of  
the front passenger's seat.  
The front seat or seat-back is forced back against  
an object on the seat or floor behind it.  
An object placed under the front passenger's seat.  
Infants and small children should always ride properly restrained in a back seat.  
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If none of these conditions exist, have your vehicle  
checked by a dealer as soon as possible.  
Objects placed on the seat can also cause the indicator to come on.  
If the front passenger seat is empty, the passenger's front airbag will not deploy and  
the indicator will not come on.  
The passenger airbag off indicator may come on and  
goes off repeatedly if the total weight on the seat is  
near the airbag cutoff threshold.  
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uuAirbagsuAirbag Care  
Airbag Care  
You do not need to, and should not, perform any maintenance on or replace any  
airbag system components yourself. However, you should have your vehicle  
inspected by a dealer in the following situations:  
1Airbag Care  
We recommend against the use of salvaged airbag  
system components, including the airbag, tensioners,  
sensors, and control unit.  
When the airbags have deployed  
If an airbag has inflated, the control unit and other related parts must be replaced.  
Similarly, once an automatic seat belt tensioner has been activated, it must be  
replaced.  
When the vehicle has been in a moderate-to-severe collision  
Even if the airbags did not inflate, have your dealer inspect the following: the driver’s  
seat position sensor, weight sensors in the passenger’s seat, front seat belt  
tensioners, and each seat belt that was worn during the crash.  
Do not remove or modify a front seat without consulting a dealer  
This would likely disable the driver's seat position sensor or the weight sensors in the  
passenger's seat. If it is necessary to remove or modify a front seat to accommodate  
a person with disabilities, contact a Honda dealer, or for U.S. vehicles, American  
Honda Automobile Customer Service at 800-999-1009 and for Canadian vehicles,  
Honda Canada Customer Relations at 888-9-HONDA-9.  
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