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2019 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  
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.  
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.  
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.  
*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)  
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.  
How the Front Airbags Work  
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 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  
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  
switch is in:  
ON/OFF Switch  
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.  
OFF: The passenger front airbag is  
deactivated. The passenger front airbag does  
not inflate during a frontal crash that inflates  
driver’s front airbag.  
The passenger front airbag off indicator stays  
on as a reminder.  
ON: The passenger front airbag is activated.  
The passenger front airbag on indicator comes  
on and remains on for about 60 seconds.  
Passenger  
Front Airbag  
ON/OFF  
3WARNING  
System Warning  
Label  
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.  
Indicator  
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 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.  
u The switch is located at the side panel of  
the front passenger side instrument  
panel.  
4. Turn the key to OFF, and remove it from  
the switch.  
Passenger Front  
Airbag ON/OFF  
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 System  
When the passenger front airbag system is activated, the indicator goes off after a  
few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to ON (w*1.  
NOTICE  
Use your vehicle’s 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.  
Do not close the door or apply an excessive load on  
the key while the key is in the passenger front  
airbag ON/OFF switch. The switch or the key can  
be damaged.  
When the passenger front airbag system is deactivated, the indicator stays on, or  
goes off momentarily and comes back on.  
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 do not install a  
rear-facing child restraint system in the front  
passenger seat.  
2 Protecting Infants P. 73  
Cannot ride in the front  
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.  
Front passenger front airbag is: Active  
Inactive  
When a rear-facing child restraint system is not in use  
in the front passenger seat, turn the system back on.  
*1: Models with the keyless access system have an ENGINE START/STOP button instead of an  
ignition switch.  
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