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Lexus ES: SRS airbags

The SRS airbags inflate when the vehicle is subjected to certain types of severe impacts that may cause significant injury to the occupants. They work together with the seat belts to help reduce the risk of death or serious injury.

SRS airbag system

■ Location of the SRS airbags

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SRS front airbags

  1. SRS driver airbag/front passenger airbag
    Can help protect the head and chest of the driver and front passenger from impact with interior components
  2. SRS knee airbags
    Can help provide driver and front passenger protection

SRS side and curtain shield airbags

  1. SRS front side airbags
    Can help protect the torso of the front seat occupants
  2. SRS rear side airbags
    Can help protect the torso of occupants in the rear outer seats
  3. SRS curtain shield airbags
    • Can help protect primarily the head of occupants in the outer seats
    • Can help prevent the occupants from being thrown from the vehicle in the event of vehicle rollover

■ SRS airbag system components

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  1. Front passenger occupant classification system (ECU and sensors)
  2. Knee airbags
  3. Front passenger airbag
  4. Curtain shield airbags
  5. Side impact sensors (front doors)
  6. Seat belt pretensioners and force limiters
  7. Side impact sensors (front)
  8. Front side airbags
  9. Side impact sensors (rear)
  10. Rear side airbags
  11. Driver airbag
  12. SRS warning light
  13. Driver's seat position sensor
  14. Driver's seat belt buckle switch
  15. Airbag sensor assembly
  16. "AIR BAG ON" and "AIR BAG OFF" indicator lights
  17. Front passenger's seat belt buckle switch
  18. Front impact sensors

Your vehicle is equipped with ADVANCED AIRBAGS designed based on the US motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS208). The airbag sensor assembly (ECU) controls airbag deployment based on information obtained from the sensors etc.

shown in the system components diagram above. This information includes crash severity and occupant information. As the airbags deploy, a chemical reaction in the inflators quickly fills the airbags with non-toxic gas to help restrain the motion of the occupants.

■If the SRS airbags deploy (inflate)

■SRS airbag deployment conditions (SRS front airbags)

■SRS airbag deployment conditions (SRS side and curtain shield airbags)

■Conditions under which the SRS airbags may deploy (inflate), other than a collision The SRS front airbags and SRS curtain shield airbags may also deploy if a serious impact occurs to the underside of your vehicle. Some examples are shown in the illustration.

The SRS curtain shield airbags may also deploy under the situations shown in the illustration.

■Types of collisions that may not deploy the SRS airbags (SRS front airbags) The SRS front airbags do not generally inflate if the vehicle is involved in a side or rear collision, if it rolls over, or if it is involved in a low-speed frontal collision. But, whenever a collision of any type causes sufficient forward deceleration of the vehicle, deployment of the SRS front airbags may occur.

■Types of collisions that may not deploy the SRS airbags (SRS side and curtain shield airbags) The SRS side and curtain shield airbags may not activate if the vehicle is subjected to a collision from the side at certain angles, or a collision to the side of the vehicle body other than the passenger compartment.

The SRS side airbags do not generally inflate if the vehicle is involved in a frontal or rear collision, if it rolls over, or if it is involved in a low-speed side collision.

The SRS curtain shield airbags do not generally inflate if the vehicle is involved in a rear collision, if it pitches end over end, or if it is involved in a low-speed side or low-speed frontal collision.

■When to contact your Lexus dealer In the following cases, the vehicle will require inspection and/or repair. Contact your Lexus dealer as soon as possible.

WARNING

■SRS airbag precautions Observe the following precautions regarding the SRS airbags.

Failure to do so may cause death or serious injury.

The seat should be adjusted as recommended by NHTSA above, while still maintaining control of the foot pedals, steering wheel, and your view of the instrument panel controls.

Lexus ES. For safe use

Lexus ES. For safe use

Lexus ES. For safe use

Lexus ES. For safe use

Lexus ES. For safe use

Lexus ES. For safe use

Lexus ES. For safe use

■Modification and disposal of SRS airbag system components Do not dispose of your vehicle or perform any of the following modifications without consulting your Lexus dealer.

The SRS airbags may malfunction or deploy (inflate) accidentally, causing death or serious injury.

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