Kia Sportage: How does the air bag system operate? / Do not install a child restraint on the front passenger’s seat

Kia Sportage QL (2015-2021) Owners Manual / Safety features of your vehicle / Air bag - advanced supplemental restraint system / How does the air bag system operate? / Do not install a child restraint on the front passenger’s seat

Never place a rear-facing child restraint in the front passenger’s seat. If the air bag deploys, it would impact the rear-facing child restraint, causing serious or fatal injury.

In addition, do not place front-facing child restraints in the front passenger’s seat. If the front passenger air bag inflates, it could cause serious or fatal injuries to the child.

WARNING - Air bag deployment

When children are seated in the rear outboard seats of a vehicle equipped with side and/or curtain air bags, install the child restraint system as far away from the door side as possible. Inflation of the side and/or curtain air bags could impact the child.

Noise and smoke
When inflated, the air bags make a loud noise and leave smoke and powder in the air inside the vehicle. This is normal and is a result of the ignition of the air bag inflator. After the air bag in ...

Air bag warning light
The purpose of air bag warning light in your instrument panel is to alert you of a potential problem with your air bag system, which could include your side and/or curtain air bags used for roll ...

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Kia Sportage QL (2015-2021) Service Manual: General information


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Kia Sportage QL (2015-2021) Owners Manual: Electronic stability control (ESC)


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