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 is comprised of the following components:
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.