2005 Ford Freestar

Air Bags (Supplemental Restraint System)


The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) is designed to work in conjunction with the standard 3-point safety belts to reduce injury in a head-on collision.

The SRS can actually cause physical injury or death if the safety belts are not used, or if the manufacturer-s warnings are not followed.

The SRS is comprised of the following components:

Driver-s side air bag module
Passenger-s side air bag module
Right-hand and left-hand primary crash front air bag sensors
Air bag diagnostic monitor computer
Electrical wiring

The SRS primary crash front air bag sensors are hard-wired to the air bag modules and determine when the air bags are deployed. During a frontal collision, the sensors quickly inflate the 2 air bags to reduce injury by cushioning the driver and front passenger from striking the dashboard, windshield, steering wheel and any other hard surfaces. The air bag inflates so quickly (in a fraction of a second) that in most cases it is fully inflated before you actually start to move during a collision.

Since the SRS is a complicated and essentially important system, its components are constantly being tested by a diagnostic computer. The computer illuminates the air bag indicator light on the instrument cluster for approximately 6 seconds when the ignition switch is turned to the RUN position when the SRS is functioning properly. After being illuminated for the 6 seconds, the indicator light should then turn off.

If the air bag light does not illuminate at all, stays on continuously, or flashes at any time, a problem has been detected by the diagnostic computer.

If at any time the air bag light indicates that the computer has noted a problem, immediately diagnose the problem. A faulty SRS can cause severe physical injury or death.