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#TechTalk: SRS Airbags

Posted February 24, 2022

Dashboards in most cars are filled with unfamiliar yet ubiquitous acronyms and symbols, like ABS, SRS, EPS, HAC, and BSM. There’s one acronym in particular that’s commonplace: SRS Airbag.

What is it?

SRS stands for Supplemental Restraint System. As the name suggests, it is designed to help the seat belt reduce the risk or severity of injury to the driver and passenger by activating and deploying the driver, passenger, side airbag and seat belt pretensioner* in certain frontal or side collisions. 

Airbags are designed to cushion vehicle occupants in the event of an impact, soften the blow, and not hit the dashboard, steering wheel, front seats, and doors. These are made from stretchable fabrics and are tightly compressed in various areas of your vehicle, such as the steering wheel, dashboard, seat bolster, and headliners. 

How does it work?

In the event of a crash, the airbag sensor, also known as the airbag ECU, will signal the airbags to deploy themselves. Newer Hyundai models, like the HYUNDAI KONAVENUE, and PALISADE, are available with dual front, side, and curtain airbags.

How to check if it’s working?

The SRS airbags are tested by the car’s computer every time you start the vehicle. Take a look at the dashboard. A light in the figure of a person with an airbag or simply “SRS” should switch on. It will switch off once checked and found to be working fine. If the SRS light is on while you are driving, this means that there’s an issue with the car’s airbag system, so make sure to bring your vehicle to your preferred Hyundai service center to get the SRS sensors checked. 

Remember, your safety and that of your passengers are top priority for #betterjourneys ahead.

* The pretensioner secures passengers to their seats by tightening their seat belts.