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2017-2018 Macan – Manual

2017-2018 Macan – Manual

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Advanced Airbag

Your vehicle is equipped with capacitance occupant sensing for the passenger's seat in accordance with U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208.

The components of the advanced passenger airbag system include a capacitance occupant sensing system for the front passenger seat and a PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF/ON indicator light. The system measures the electrical capacitance acting on the seat to determine whether the front passenger airbag should be switched on or off.

Depending on the angle and force of impact, only a passenger airbag that is switched-on by the capacitance system will be triggered during a collision. You can determine the on/off status of the passenger airbag system from the indicator lamp on the overhead console.

  1. Please see chapter "Automatic deactivation of the passenger airbag" on page 50.

If the front passenger airbag is turned on, the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF indicator light will go out and the PASSENGER AIR BAG ON indicator light illuminates for approx. 1 minute and then goes off when the ignition is switched on. If the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF indicator light stays illuminated, the passenger airbag will not deploy.

Improper Use of Front Passenger Seat
Improper use of the front passenger seat can unintentionally impair operation of capacitance occupant sensing for the passenger’s airbag.

If the electrical capacitance of an adult on the passenger's seat is not properly maintained, the passenger's airbag may be switched off.

  • Always make sure that there is nothing on the front passenger seat that could cause the capacitance occupant sensing system to judge that the seat is occupied by a person when it is not.
  • Never use cushions, pillows, blankets or similar items on the front passenger seat. The additional layers prevent the capacitance occupant sensing for the passenger seat from accurately measuring the capacitance of the child restraint system and/or the person on the seat and thus keep the advanced airbag system from working properly.
  • Never place or use any electrical device (such as a cell phone, tablet, laptop, CD player, electronic games device or power inverter) on the front passenger seat if the device is connected to the cigarette lighter socket. Such device can influence the capacitance registered by the capacitance occupant sensing for the passenger seat, so that incorrect information is provided to the airbag control unit.


Risk of serious personal injury or death due to the passenger airbag triggering unintentionally.

  • If the front passenger seat gets wet, dry it immediately.
  • If liquid soaks into the front passenger seat, this can keep the airbag system from working properly and may, for instance, deactivate the passenger frontal airbag. If this happens, the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF indicator light and the airbag warning light on the tachometer will come on.
  • If liquid is pooled on the front passenger seat, but has not soaked in, this may also keep the capacitance occupant sensing for the passenger seat from working properly and cause the passenger frontal airbag to be enabled (turned on), even though there is a properly installed child restraint system on the seat. Wet towels or other wet things on the seat cushion can have the same effect.

Improper Front Passenger Seating
Improper seating can unintentionally impair operation of capacitance occupant sensing for the front passenger airbag.

If the electrical capacitance of an adult on the front passenger seat is not properly maintained, the front passenger airbag may be switched off.

  • Select an upright seat position, and do not support weight on the armrests or center console, or lean out of the window while driving.
  • Always keep feet positioned on the floor in the footwell while driving. Do not put feet on the dashboard or the seat area.

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