Front and side air bags

The car is fitted with drivers air bag. As optional it can be fitted with passengers air bag, side bags and window bag.

The front air bag (driver and passenger) has been designed to protect the occupants in the event of head-on crashes of medium-high severity, by placing the cushion between the occupant and the steering wheel or dashboard.

Front air bags are designed to protect cars occupants in front crashes and therefore non-activation in other types of collisions (side collisions, rear shunts, rollovers, etc.) is not a system malfunction.

In case of front crash, an electronic control unit, when required, triggers the inflation of the cushion according to the severity of the collision. The cushion immediately inflates, placing itself as a protection between the body of the front occupants and the structure that could cause injuries. Immediately after, the cushion deflates.

The front air bag (driver and passenger) is not a replacement of but complementary to the use of belts, which should always be worn, as specified by law in Europe and most non-European countries.

In case of crash, a person not wearing the seat belt moves forward and may come into contact with the cushion while it is still inflating. Under this circumstance the protection offered by the air bag is reduced.

Front air bag can be activated in the following situations:

❒ in collisions against highly deformable objects not affecting the vehicle front surface (e.g. bumper collision against guard rail, etc.);
❒ car wedging under other vehicles or protective barriers (for example under a truck or guard rail); as it offers no additional protection compared with the seat belts, consequently, it would be pointless. Therefore, failure to come into action in the above circumstances does not mean that the system is not working properly.

WARNING

Please dont apply stickers or other objects to the steering wheel, to the air-bag cover on the passenger's side or on the side roof lining to the upholstery on the roof side. Dont place objects on the dashboard passengers side (such as mobile phones) because they could tamper with the correct opening of the passengers air-bag and than cause serious injuries to the vehicle occupants.

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