Kia Soul: Why didn't my air bag go off in a collision? (Inflation and non-inflation conditions of the air bag) / Air bag non-inflation conditions

Kia Soul (SK3) 2020-2021 Owners Manual / Safety features of your vehicle / Air bag - supplemental restraint system / Why didn't my air bag go off in a collision? (Inflation and non-inflation conditions of the air bag) / Air bag non-inflation conditions

Kia Soul. Air bag non-inflation conditions

• In certain low-speed collisions the air bags may not deploy. The air bags are designed not to deploy in such cases because they may not provide benefits beyond the protection of the seat belts in such collisions.

Kia Soul. Air bag non-inflation conditions

• Air bags are not designed to inflate in rear collisions, because occupants are moved backward by the force of the impact. In this case, inflated air bags would not be able to provide any additional benefit.

Kia Soul. Air bag non-inflation conditions

• Front air bags may not inflate in side impact collisions, because occupants move to the direction of the collision, and thus in side impacts, frontal air bag deployment would not provide additional occupant protection.

• However, if equipped with side and curtain air bags, the air bags may inflate depending on the intensity, vehicle speed and angles of impact.

Kia Soul. Air bag non-inflation conditions

• In an angled collision, the force of impact may direct the occupants in a direction where the air bags would not be able to provide any additional benefit, and thus the sensors may not deploy any air bags.

Kia Soul. Air bag non-inflation conditions

• Just before impact, drivers often brake heavily. Such heavy braking lowers the front portion of the vehicle causing it to “ride” under a vehicle with a higher ground clearance. Air bags may not inflate in this "underride" situation because deceleration forces that are detected by sensors may be significantly replaced by such “under-ride” collisions.

Kia Soul. Air bag non-inflation conditions

• Air bags may not inflate in rollover accidents because the vehicle can not detect rollover accident. However, side and/or curtain air bags may inflate when the vehicle is rolled over following (or after) side impact collision.

Kia Soul. Air bag non-inflation conditions

• Air bags may not inflate if the vehicle collides with objects such as utility poles or trees, where the point of impact is concentrated to one area and the full force of the impa

Air bag inflation conditions
Front air bags Front air bags are designed to inflate in a frontal collision depending on the intensity, speed or angles of impact of the front collision. ❈ The actual air bags in the vehicle may differ ...

SRS care
The SRS is virtually maintenance-free and so there are no parts you can safely service by yourself. If the SRS air bag warning light does not illuminate, or continuously remains on, have the system inspected ...

Other information:

Kia Soul (SK3) 2020-2021 Owners Manual: Air bag collision sensors


1. SRS control module 2. Front impact sensor 3. Side impact sensor (if equipped) 4. Side pressure sensor (if equipped) WARNING Do not hit or allow any objects to impact the locations where air bag or sensors are installed. This may cause unexpected air bag deployment, which could result in serious personal ...

Kia Soul (SK3) 2020-2021 Owners Manual: Operation of Parking Distance Warning system


Operating condition This system activates when the Parking Distance Warning system button is pressed with the ignition switch ON. The indicator of the Parking Distance Warning system button turns on automatically and activates the Parking Distance Warning system when you shift the gear to the R (Reverse) ...

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