Kia Soul: How does the air bag system operate / Noise and smoke

Kia Soul (SK3) 2020-2024 Owners Manual / Safety features of your vehicle / Air bag - supplemental restraint system / How does the air bag system operate / Noise and smoke

When the air bags inflate, they make a loud noise and they leave smoke and powder in the air inside of the vehicle. This is normal and is a result of the ignition of the air bag inflator. After the air bag inflates, you may feel substantial discomfort in breathing due to the contact of your chest with both the seat belt and the air bag, as well as from breathing the smoke and powder. Open your doors and/or windows as soon as possible after impact in order to reduce discomfort and prevent prolonged exposure to the smoke and powder.

Though smoke and powder are nontoxic, it may cause irritation to the skin (eyes, nose and throat, etc.). If this is the case, wash and rinse with cold water immediately and consult the doctor if the symptom persists.

WARNING

How does the air bag system operate
Air bags are activated (able to inflate if necessary) only when the ignition switch is turned to the ON or START position. Air bags inflate instantly in the event of serious frontal or side collision ...

Front passenger's air bag warning label for child restraint system
WARNING Never place a rear facing child restraint in the front passenger seat, unless the passenger-side air bag is deactivated. An inflating passengerside air bag could impact the rearfacing child restraint ...

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