2019 Macan – Manual

2019 Macan – Manual

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Airbag System

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.

  1. Please see chapter "Seat Belts" on page 178.

The front airbags are located under the steering wheel center pad on the driver’s side and in the dashboard on the passenger's side.

The side airbags on the front seats are installed in the side of the seat side bolsters. The side airbags on the rear seats are located in the wheel-housing trim panels.

The side curtain airbags are installed above the doors in the side roof rail. In case of a car rollover they help to inhibit an unintended passenger's ejection from the vehicle.

The knee airbags of the front seats are located in the knee area on the driver and the passenger side.

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 very rapidly. 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 your feet in the footwell while driving. Keep your feet off 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.
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