Airbags could save your life and reduce the risk of serious injuries in the event of a collision. Because airbags inflate extremely quickly, you should observe some basic safety rules.
Airbags provide particularly effective protection against severe or deadly impacts to the head or chest.
In the event of a collision, airbags inflate to prevent drivers and passengers from hitting their heads against the steering wheel, dashboard, side windows or door frames.
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Combined use of airbags and seat belts:
If your driving position leaves you with less than 25 cm between the centre of the steering wheel and the centre of your sternum, you should:
Because airbags deploy extremely quickly, they could cause:
These types of injuries are less serious than a skull fracture or brain or chest injuries.
If the safety rules are not observed, the airbags could cause serious injuries when they deploy.
These injuries are generally due to an occupant being too close to an airbag when it starts to deploy, regardless of the occupant's height or weight.
Never place a baby in an infant seat on the front passenger seat if the vehicle is equipped with a passenger-side airbag, except if the airbag has been deactivated and the infant seat has been installed in compliance with the manufacturer's instructions.
It is recommended that children aged 12 and younger be seated on the rear seat of the vehicle.
If your car is equipped with side airbags or curtains, child safety seats should not be placed in their deployment zone. This would be the case if the child leans against the door to sleep.
Side airbags can be mounted:
Selling or installing rebuilt airbags is strictly prohibited. Selling or installing recycled airbags is also prohibited, with some exceptions.
You may use a recycled front airbag, provided that it comes from the Association des recycleurs de pièces d’autos et de camions (ARPAC).
You must obtain our authorization before deactivating a vehicle's airbags.
You may reuse an airbag electronic control module, provided that it has been reprogrammed by REA-7 and that it has been reinstalled in the original...
Last update: July 4, 2017