The vehicle is equipped with airbags and lap/ shoulder belts at both front and rear seating positions. The airbags are a supplemental restraint at those seating positions.
The airbags in combination with the seat belts make up a safety system which offers the driver and the passenger the greatest protection from injuries in case of an accident.
Even though your vehicle is equipped with airbags, the seat belts must be worn at all times, because the front or side airbags deploy depending on the force and angle of impact. Below the deployment threshold of the airbag system, and during types of collisions which do not cause airbag deployment, the seat belts provide the primary protection to the occupants when correctly worn.
Therefore, all occupants, including the driver, should always wear their seat belts whether or not an airbag is also provided at their seating position to minimize the risk of severe injury or death in the event of a crash.
In many states, state law requires the use of seat belts.
The front airbags are installed under the steering wheel pad on the driver’s side, in the dashboard on the passenger’s side and at knee level on the driver’s and passenger’s side.
The side airbags on the front seats are located in the side of the seat side bolsters. The side airbags of the rear seats are located in the side bolster.
The side curtain airbags are located in the side roof rails. In a rollover event, they deploy to reduce the risk of occupant ejection.
Seat Belts and Positioning
Airbags are most effective when occupants wear seat belts and maintain a proper seating position.
To provide optimal occupant protection, airbags must inflate at very high speed. If you are not wearing your seat belt or are too close to the airbag when it is deployed, inflating airbags can result in serious personal injury or death.
Always fasten seat belts.
Make sure there are no persons, animals or objects between the driver or passenger and the area into which the airbags inflate.
Sit back as far from the dashboard or steering wheel as is practical, while still maintaining full vehicle control.
Always hold the steering wheel by the outer rim. Never rest your hands on the center of the steering wheel where the airbag module is located.
Always keep feet in the footwell while driving. Do not put feet on the dashboard or the seat area.
Do not lean against the inside of the door or outside the window while the vehicle is moving.
Safe Storage of Objects
Objects and load have to be stored securely to keep from causing injury.
Do not transport heavy objects on or in front of the passenger seat. These could impair the function of the airbags and the seat belts.
Do not hang objects (e.g. jackets, coats, coat hangers) over the backrest.
Objects must not protrude out of the door storage compartment.
Do not add any additional coverings or stickers to the steering wheel or in the area of the passenger airbag, side airbags, knee airbags, and head airbags. Doing so may adversely affect the functioning of the airbag system or cause harm to the occupants if the airbag system should deploy.
No objects should be placed over or near the airbag on the instrument panel, because any such objects could cause harm if the vehicle is in a crash severe enough to cause the airbag to inflate.
Give your passenger all of the information in this chapter.
Modification to Airbag System
A modified airbag system cannot offer protection. They may not trigger or could trigger in an uncontrolled way. An uncontrolled triggering of the airbag system can result in serious personal injury or death.
Do not modify the seat coverings, since such changes can block the seat-mounted side airbag. Do not attach additional cushions, protective coverings, or pillows to the passenger's seat. Do not affix things to the passenger's seat or cover it with other materials. Do not cover the back of the backrest. Do not make changes to the passenger's seat, the cushion or foam, the capacitance occupant sensor or to the seat base frame.
Do not modify any wiring or components of the airbag system
Do not install any wiring for electrical accessory equipment in the vicinity of the airbag wiring harnesses. Doing so may disable the airbag system or cause inadvertent inflation.
If the airbag warning light on the tachometer illuminates, the airbag system should be repaired immediately by your authorized Porsche dealer.
Using accessories not approved by Porsche can cause the capacitance occupant sensing system to be impaired.
Do not squeeze objects, such as the fire extinguisher, or first aid kit under the seat.
Only have seats removed and installed by an authorized Porsche dealer so that capacitance occupant sensing components will not be damaged.