What are seat fitted side impact airbags?
Side airbags are an important innovation in vehicle safety equipment for protecting occupants in side impact crashes. These airbags are designed to reduce the risk of injury to the pelvic and lower abdomen regions. These airbags may also offer protection in rollover crashes or when two vehicles collide at an angle.
Side airbags are generally fitted in the outer cushion of the front seats, in line with the occupant’s ribcage, and inflate between the seat occupant and the door.
You can check if the car is equipped with side airbags, or where they are located, by looking at the outer stitch point on the seat for a small tag that says “airbag”. In the case of a door-mounted airbag, there is usually a small plastic badge that says “airbag”.
For cars that have seat-mounted side airbags you should not fit non certified airbag compatible seat covers as they could interfere with the deployment of the airbags.
These are not to be confused with curtain airbags, which drop down from the roof along both sides of the cabin.
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