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2017 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Airbags

Airbags  
Airbag System Components  
The front, front side, and side curtain  
airbags are deployed according to the  
direction and severity of impact. The airbag  
system includes:  
An electronic control unit that continually An indicator on the dashboard that alerts  
monitors and records information about  
the sensors, the airbag activators, the  
seat belt tensioners, and driver and front  
you that the passenger’s front airbag has  
been turned off.  
passenger seat belt use when the ignition Safing Sensor  
switch is in ON (w*1  
Two SRS (Supplemental Restraint System)  
front airbags. The driver’s airbag is stored  
in the centre of the steering wheel; the  
front passenger’s airbag is stored in the  
dashboard. Both are marked SRS  
AIRBAG.  
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Automatic front seat belt tensioners.  
Models with CMBS  
The front seat belt tensioners also include  
the e-pretensioners.  
Two side airbags, one for the driver and  
one for a front passenger. The airbags are Impact sensors that can detect a  
stored in the outer edges of the seat-  
backs. Both are marked SIDE AIRBAG.  
moderate-to-severe front or side  
collision.  
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.  
An indicator on the instrument panel that  
alerts you to a possible problem with your  
airbag system or seat belt tensioners.  
*1: Models with the keyless access 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 to 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  
The airbags can inflate whenever the ignition switch  
is in ON (w*1  
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.  
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After an airbag inflates in a crash, you may see a  
small amount of smoke. This is from the combustion  
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.  
*1: Models withthe keyless access systemhave an ENGINE  
START/STOP button instead of an ignition switch.  
Front Airbags (SRS)  
The front SRS airbags inflate in a moderate-to-severe frontal collision to help to  
protect the head and chest of the driver and/or front passenger.  
1Front 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 or not the seat belts are latched, and/  
or other factors. Frontal airbags are designed to  
supplement the seat belts to help to 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 centre of the steering wheel for the driver, and  
in the dashboard for the front passenger. Both airbags are marked SRS AIRBAG.  
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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 to 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 towards the front of the vehicle. Side  
airbags and side curtain airbags have been specifically designed to help to reduce  
the severity of injuries that can occur during a moderate-to-severe side impact which  
can cause the driver or passenger to move towards 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, 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)  
1Passenger Front Airbag Off System  
Passenger Front Airbag Off System  
If it is unavoidable to install a rear-facing child restraint system in the front passenger seat,  
you must manually deactivate the passenger front airbag system, using the ignition key.  
3WARNING  
The passenger front airbag system must be  
turned off, if it is not avoidable to put a  
rear-facing child restraint system in the  
front passenger seat.  
Passenger front airbag ON/OFF switch  
When the passenger front airbag ON/OFF  
System Warning Label  
Passenger Front  
switch is in:  
OFF: The passenger front airbag is  
deactivated. The passenger front airbag does  
not inflate during a severe frontal crash that  
inflates driver’s front airbag.  
Airbag ON/OFF  
Indicator  
If the front passenger airbag inflates, it can  
hit the rear-facing child restraint system  
with enough force to kill or cause a very  
serious injury to the infant.  
The passenger front airbag off indicator stays  
on as a reminder.  
ON: The passenger front airbag is activated. The  
passenger front airbag on indicator is comes on  
and remain on for about 60 seconds.  
ON/OFF Switch  
3WARNING  
Make sure to turn on the passenger front  
airbag system when a rear-facing child  
restraint system is not used on the front  
passenger seat.  
To deactivate the passenger front airbag system  
1. Set the parking brake, and turn the ignition  
switch to LOCK (0*1. Remove the key.  
2. Open the front passenger’s door.  
3. Insert the ignition key to the passenger  
front airbag ON/OFF switch.  
Leaving the passenger front airbag system  
deactivated can result in serious injury or  
death in a crash.  
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The switch is located at the side panel of  
the front passenger side instrument panel.  
Passenger Front  
Airbag ON/OFF  
Switch  
4. Turn the key to OFF, and remove it from  
the switch.  
*1: Models with the keyless access system have an ENGINE START/STOP button instead of an  
ignition switch.  
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uuAirbagsuFront Airbags (SRS)  
Passenger front airbag off indicator  
1Passenger Front Airbag Off Switch  
NOTICE  
When the passenger front airbag system is activated, the ON indicator comes on for  
one minute, and goes off.  
Use your vehicle’s ignition key to turn the  
passenger front airbag ON/OFF switch. If you use a  
different key, the switch can be damaged, or the  
passenger front airbag system may not work  
properly.  
When the passenger front airbag system is deactivated, the OFF indicator comes on  
and stays on.  
Do not close the door or apply excessive load on  
the ignition key while the key is in the passenger  
front airbag ON/OFF switch. The switch or the key  
can be damaged.  
Passenger front airbag off system label  
The label is located at the side panel of the front passenger side instrument panel.  
Infant in a rear-facing child restraint system:  
May ride in front if it is unavoidable  
We strongly recommend that you must not install a  
rear-facing child restraint system in the front  
passenger seat.  
Cannot ride in the front  
2 Protecting Infants P. 65  
Front passenger front airbag is: Active  
Inactive  
It is your responsibility to change the setting of the  
passenger front airbag system to OFF when you put  
a rear-facing child restraint system on the front  
passenger seat.  
When a rear-facing child restraint system is not in use  
in the front passenger seat, turn the system back on.  
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uuAirbagsuSide Airbags  
Side Airbags  
The side airbags help to 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.  
The side airbags are especially hazardous if a child is sitting in the front seat.  
Housing Locations  
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.  
The side airbags are housed in the outside  
edge of the driver’s and passenger’s seat-  
backs.  
If the impact is on the passenger side, the airbag  
deploys even if there is no passenger in the passenger  
seat.  
Both are marked SIDE AIRBAG.  
Housing  
Location  
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uuAirbagsuSide Airbags  
1Side Airbags  
Operation  
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.  
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  
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.  
Side Airbag  
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 towards  
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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uuAirbagsuSide Curtain Airbags  
Side Curtain Airbags  
The side curtain airbags help to protect the heads of the driver and passengers in  
outer seating positions during a moderate-to-severe side impact.  
1Side Curtain Airbags  
The side curtain airbags are most effective when an  
occupant is wearing their seat belt properly and  
sitting upright, well back in their seat.  
Housing Locations  
The side curtain airbags are located in the  
ceiling above the side windows on both sides  
of the vehicle.  
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.  
Do not put a coat hanger or hard objects on a coat  
hook. This could result in injuries if your side curtain  
airbag inflates.  
Side Curtain Airbag Storage  
Operation  
The side curtain airbag is designed to deploy  
in a moderate-to-severe side impact.  
Deployed Side Curtain Airbag  
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.  
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uuAirbagsuAirbag System Indicators  
Airbag System Indicators  
If a problem occurs in the airbag system, the SRS indicator comes on and a message  
appears on the multi-information display.  
1Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Indicator  
3WARNING  
Ignoring the SRS indicator can result in  
serious injury or death if the airbag systems  
or tensioners do not work properly.  
Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Indicator  
When the ignition switch is turned to  
ON (w*1  
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.  
3WARNING  
Remove the rear-facing child restraint  
system immediately from the front  
passenger seat if the SRS indicator comes  
on. Even if the passenger front airbag has  
been deactivated, do not ignore the SRS  
indicator.  
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.  
The SRS system may have a fault which  
could cause the passenger front airbag to  
be activated, causing serious injury or  
death.  
*1: Models with the keyless access system have an ENGINE START/STOP button instead of an  
ignition switch.  
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uuAirbagsuAirbag System Indicators  
Passenger Front Airbag Off Indicator  
When the passenger airbag off  
indicator comes on  
The indicator stays on while the passenger’s  
front airbag system is deactivated.  
When a rear-facing child restraint system is  
not in use in the front passenger seat,  
manually turn the system back on. The  
indicator should go off.  
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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  
The removal of airbag components from the vehicle is  
prohibited.  
In case of malfunction, or shutdown, or after the  
airbag inflation/seat belt tensioner operation, ask a  
qualified personnel for handling.  
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.  
We recommend against the use of salvaged airbag  
system components, including the airbag, tensioners,  
sensors, and control unit.  
When the vehicle has been in a moderate-to-severe collision  
Even if the airbags did not inflate, have your dealer inspect the following: front seat  
belt tensioners, and each seat belt that was worn during the crash.  
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