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Seat Ibiza: Brief introduction - Airbag system - Safety First - Seat Ibiza Owners Manual

Seat Ibiza: Brief introduction

Seat Ibiza Owners Manual

Why wear a seat belt and assume the correct sittingposition?

For the inflating airbags to achieve the best protection, the seat belt must always be worn properly and the correct sitting position must be assumed. For your own safety and the safety of the passengers, please ensure the following before you drive: – Always wear the seat belt properly. – Adjust the driver seat and the steering wheel correctly. – Adjust the front passenger seat correctly. – Adjust the head restraint seat correctly. – Use the correct child restraint system to protect children in your vehicle. The airbag deploys in fractions of a second and with a high velocity. If you have assumed an incorrect seating position at that moment, you could sustain critical injuries. Therefore, it is essential that all occupants maintain a correct sitting position while travelling.

Braking heavily the moment before an accident may cause an occupant not wearing a seat belt to be thrown forward into the area of the deploying airbag.

In this case, the inflating airbag may inflict critical or fatal injuries upon the occupant. This applies particularly to children. Always maintain the greatest possible distance between yourself and the front airbag. This way, the front airbags can completely deploy when triggered, providing their maximum protection. The most important factors that will trigger an airbag are: the type of accident, the angle of collision and the speed of the vehicle. Whether the airbags are triggered depends primarily on the vehicle deceleration rate resulting from the collision and detected by the control unit. If the vehicle deceleration occurring during the collision and measured by the control unit remains below the specified reference values, the front, side and/or curtain airbag will not be triggered. Take into account that the visible damage in a vehicle following an accident, for whatever reason, are not an indication as to why the airbags were triggered.


• Wearing the seat belt incorrectly or assuming an incorrect sitting position can lead to critical or fatal injuries.

• All occupants, including children, who are not properly belted can sustain critical or fatal injuries if the airbag is triggered. You should always transport all children up to 12 years of age on the rear seat. Never transport children in the vehicle if they are not restrained or the restraint system is not appropriate for their age, size or weight.

• If you are not wearing a seat belt or if you lean forward or to the side or assume an incorrect sitting position, the risk of injury is increased substantially. This increased risk of injury will be further increased if you are struck by an inflating airbag.

• To reduce the risk of injury from an inflating airbag, always wear the seat belt properly.

Always properly adjust the front seats.

The danger of fitting a child seat on the front passenger seat

Rear-facing child seats must never be used on the front passenger seat when the front passenger airbag is enabled. An enabled front airbag on the front passenger side is potentially a major danger to a child. The front passenger seat is life threatening to a child if you transport the child in a rear-facing child seat. You should always transport all children up to 12 years of age on the rear seat. If a rear-facing child seat is secured to the front passenger seat, an inflating airbag can strike it with such great force that critical or fatal injuries may result. Therefore we urgently recommend that you transport children on the rear seats. That is the safest place in the vehicle for children. Alternatively, the front passenger airbag can be disabled with a key-operated switch. When transporting children, use a child seat appropriate to the age and size of each child. For those vehicles that do not include a key lock switch to turn the airbag off, an Authorised Service Centre must be consulted.


• If a child seat is secured to the front passenger seat, the risk to the child of sustaining critical or fatal injuries in the event of an accident increases.

• Never secure a rear-facing child seat to the front passenger seat if the front passenger airbag is enabled. The child can suffer critical or fatal injuries when the front passenger airbag is triggered.

• An inflating front passenger airbag can strike the rear-facing child seat and hurl it with great force against the door, the roof or the backrest.

• If, under special circumstances, it should be necessary to transport a child in a rear-facing child seat on the front passenger seat, it is absolutely essential that you observe the following safety measures: − Disable the front passenger airbag, “Deactivating airbags*”. − The child seat must be approved by the child seat manufacturer for use on a front passenger seat with front or side airbag. − Follow the installation instructions of the child seat manufacturer and absolutely observe all warnings − Before properly installing the child seat, push the front passenger seat all the way to the rear so that the greatest possible distance to the front passenger airbag is ensured. − Ensure that no objects prevent the front passenger seat from being pushed completely back. − The backrest of the front passenger seat must be in an upright position.

Warning lamp for airbag and belt tension device system

This warning lamp monitors the airbag and belt tension device system. The warning lamp monitors all airbags and belt tension devices in the vehicle, including control units and wiring connections.

Monitoring of airbag and belt tension device system

The functionality of the airbag and belt tension device system is constantly monitored electronically. The warning lamp will light up for a few seconds every
time the ignition is switched on (self-diagnosis).

The system must be checked when the warning lamp


• does not come on when the ignition is switched on,

• does not go out about 4 seconds after the ignition is switched on,

• goes out and then comes on again after the ignition is switched on,

• or if it comes on or flickers while the car is moving.

In the event of a malfunction, the warning lamp remains on continuously. Have the airbag system inspected immediately by a qualified workshop. If any of the airbags are de-activated by the Authorised Service Centre, the indicator lights for several seconds more after the verification and will turn off if there is no fault.


• If there is a malfunction, the airbag and belt tension device system cannot properly perform its protective function.

• If a malfunction should occur, have the system checked immediately by a qualified workshop. Otherwise there is a risk that, in the event of an accident, the airbag system and belt tension devices may not be triggered, or may not be triggered correctly.

Repair, care and disposal of the airbags

The parts of the airbag system are installed in various places in your vehicle. If you work on the airbag system or remove and install parts of the system when performing other repair work, parts of the airbag system may be

damaged. The consequence may be that, in the event of an accident, the airbag inflates incorrectly or does not inflate at all. The relevant safety requirements must be observed when the vehicle or components of the airbag are scrapped. The specialist workshops and the Vehicle disposal centres are familiar with these requirements.


• If repairs are not carried out by a professional, or if the airbags are used incorrectly, the risk of severe or fatal injuries is increased. The airbags may fail to inflate, or could inflate in the wrong circumstances.

• Do not cover or stick anything on the steering wheel hub or the soft plastic surface of the airbag unit on the passenger side of the dashboard, and do not obstruct or modify them in any way.

• It is important not to attach any objects such as cup holders or telephone mountings to the surfaces covering the airbag units.

• To clean the steering wheel or dash panel, you may use only a dry cloth or one moistened with water. Never clean the dash panel and surface of the airbag module with cleansers containing solvents. Solvents cause the surface to become porous. If the airbag inflates, disintegrating plastic parts can cause substantial injuries.

• Never attempt to repair, adjust, remove or install parts of the airbag system.

• Any work on the airbag system or removal and installation of the airbag components for other repairs (such as repairs to the steering wheel) should be performed only by a qualified workshop. Qualified workshops have the necessary tools, repair information and qualified personnel.

• We urgently recommend that you go to a qualified workshop for all work on the airbag system.

• Never attempt to alter the front bumper or the body.

• The airbags provide protection for one accident only, if they have been deployed they must be replaced.

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