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Chevrolet Sonic Owner's Manual: How Does an Airbag Restrain?

In moderate to severe frontal or near frontal collisions, even belted occupants can contact the steering wheel or the instrument panel. In moderate to severe side collisions, even belted occupants can contact the inside of the vehicle.

Airbags supplement the protection provided by safety belts by distributing the force of the impact more evenly over the occupant's body.

Rollover capable roof-rail airbags are designed to help contain the head and chest of occupants in the outboard seating positions in the first and second rows. The rollover capable roof-rail airbags are designed to help reduce the risk of full or partial ejection in rollover events, although no system can prevent all such ejections.

But airbags would not help in many types of collisions, primarily because the occupant's motion is not toward those airbags. See When Should an Airbag Inflate?.

Airbags should never be regarded as anything more than a supplement to safety belts.

What Makes an Airbag Inflate?
In a deployment event, the sensing system sends an electrical signal triggering a release of gas from the inflator. Gas from the inflator fills the airbag causing the bag to break out of the cover ...

What Will You See after an Airbag Inflates?
After the frontal airbags and seat-mounted side impact airbags inflate, they quickly deflate, so quickly that some people may not even realize an airbag inflated. Roof-rail airbags may still be at ...

Other materials:

Front Seat Cushion Outer Trim Panel Replacement
Front Seat Cushion Outer Trim Panel Replacement Callout Component Name Preliminary Procedures Remove the driver or passenger seat recliner handle. Refer to Front Seat Back Recliner Handle Replacement Remove the front seat ...

Rear Seat Outboard Seat Back Airbag Replacement
Rear Seat Outboard Seat Back Airbag Replacement Callout Component Name Warning: Following the deployment of a rear seat side air bag, inspect the following parts for damage. Replace these parts if necessary: ...

Engine Oil Pressure Indicator Switch Replacement
Engine Oil Pressure Indicator Switch Replacement Callout Component Name Preliminary Procedure Remove the air conditioning compressor. Refer to Air Conditioning Compressor Replacement. 1 Oil Pres ...

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