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2024 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Front Airbags (SRS)

uuAirbagsuTypes of Airbags  
Types of Airbags  
Your vehicle is equipped with four types of airbags:  
1Types of Airbags  
Front airbags: Airbags in front of the driver's and front passenger's seats.  
Knee airbags: Airbags under the steering column and under the glove box.  
Side airbags: Airbags in the driver's, front passenger's, and rear outer  
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 power mode is  
in ON.  
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)  
1Front 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.  
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 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.  
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: In a rollover, your best form of protection is a seat belt or, if your vehicle  
is equipped with a rollover sensor, both a seat belt and a side curtain airbag. Front  
airbags, however, are not designed to deploy in a rollover as they would provide  
little if any protection.  
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 or the passenger’s seat weight sensors, the  
SRS indicator will come on, and in the event of a  
crash, the airbag will deploy (regardless of the driver’s  
seating position or passenger’s occupant  
classification) with a force corresponding to the  
severity of the impact.  
The airbags have advanced features to help reduce the likelihood of airbag related  
injuries to smaller occupants.  
The driver's advanced airbag system includes a  
seat position sensor.  
Based on information from this sensor and the  
severity of the impact, the advanced airbag  
system determines the optimal deployment of  
2 Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)  
Indicator P. 69  
the driver’s airbag.  
For the advanced front airbags to work properly,  
confirm that:  
The occupant is sitting in an upright position,  
wearing the seat belt properly and the seat-back is  
not excessively reclined.  
The occupant is not leaning against the door or  
center console.  
The front passenger’s advanced airbag system  
has weight sensors. The sensors are used for  
occupant classification to activate or  
deactivate the front passenger’s airbag.  
The occupant’s feet are placed on the floor in front  
of them.  
There are no objects hanging from the front  
passenger’s seat.  
Only small, lightweight objects are in the seat-back  
The steering wheel and passenger’s side dashboard  
are not obstructed by any object.  
No liquid has been spilled on or under the seat.  
There is no child seat or other object pressing  
against the rear of the seat or seat-back.  
There is no rear passenger pushing or pulling on  
the back of the front passenger’s seat.  
For adult size occupants, the system will  
automatically activate the front passenger’s  
airbag. If a small adult sits in the front  
passenger seat and the system does not  
recognize him/her as an adult, see  
2 Passenger Airbag Off Indicator P. 70  
Passenger’s Seat  
Weight Sensors  
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We advise against allowing a child age 12 or under to ride in the front passenger’s  
seat. However, if you do allow a small child or infant to ride in the front passenger’s  
seat, the system is designed to automatically deactivate the front passenger’s airbag.  
Do not let a small child or infant ride in the front passenger’s seat if the airbag does  
not automatically deactivate.  
1Advanced Airbags  
There are no objects placed under or beside the  
front passenger’s seat. Improperly positioned  
objects can interfere with the advanced airbag  
The head restraint is not contacting the roof.  
2 Passenger Airbag Off Indicator P. 70  
The floor mat behind the front passenger’s seat is  
set in the correct position evenly on the floor. An  
improperly placed mat can interfere with the  
advanced airbag sensors.  
2 Floor Mats P. 621