Special care is necessary when handling and storing a live (undeployed) inflator module (air bag assembly). If, for example, steering column service is required (turn signal switch, ignition lock repair, etc.) the air bag assembly must be removed for access. Caution is required. The rapid gas generation produced during deployment of the air bag could cause the air bag module, or an object in front of the air bag module, to be thrown through the air in the unlikely event of an accidental deployment.
When carrying a live inflator module (air bag), make sure the bag opening is pointed away from you. In case of an accidental deployment, the bag will then deploy with minimal chance of injury. Never carry the air bag module by the wires or connector on the underside of the air bag. When placing a live air bag on a bench or other surface, always face the bag and trim cover up, away from the surface. This is necessary so that a free space is provided to allow the air bag to expand in the unlikely event of accidental deployment. Never rest a steering column on the steering wheel with air bag face down and the column vertical. Otherwise, personal injury may result.
Fig. Proper handling of a live inflator module
Do not expose the inflator modules to temperatures above 150°F (65°C).
Verify the correct replacement part number. Do not substitute a component from a different vehicle.
Do not attempt to repair the SDM, the inflatable restraint inflator module, the air bag, or the steering wheel module coil. Service these components by replacement only.
Use only new or remanufactured parts from an authorized original equipment manufacturer dealer. Do not use salvaged parts for repairs to the SIR system.
Discard the following components if they have been dropped from more than a height of 3 feet: the SDM , the inflatable restraint inflator module, the air bag, and the steering wheel module coil.
Never disconnect any electrical connection with the ignition switch in the
Avoid touching module connector pins.
Always wear a grounded wrist static strap when servicing any control module or component labeled with a Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) sensitive device symbol.
Fig. This symbol indicates that a component is sensitive to Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)
Due to the complexity and critical nature of this system, it should only be serviced by an authorized technician with the proper test equipment. The components are expensive and easily damaged if the wrong equipment or techniques are used, resulting in a compromise of the system's ability to protect the vehicle's passengers and/or expensive and unnecessary component replacement.