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2015 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Front Airbags (SRS)

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  
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  
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  
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  
uuAirbagsuFront Airbags (SRS)  
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  
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.  
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  
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.  
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.  
Do not place any cover over the passenger side  
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.