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Kia Sportage: Conditions and operation of the front passenger ODS

Kia Sportage - Fifth generation (NQ5) - (2022-2024) - Owner's Manual / Safety features of your vehicle / Air bag - advanced Supplemental Restraint System / Conditions and operation of the front passenger ODS

Conditions and operation of the front passenger ODS

*1. The system judges a person of adult size as an adult. When a smaller adult sits in the front passenger seat, the system may recognize him/her as a child depending on his/her physique and posture.

*2. Do not allow children to ride in the front passenger seat. When a larger child who has outgrown a CRS sits in the front passenger seat, the system may recognize him/her as an adult depending upon his/her physique or sitting position.

*3. Never install a CRS on the front passenger seat.

*4. The PASSENGER AIR BAG " " indicator may turn on or off when a child above 12 months to 12 years old (with or without a CRS) sits in the front passenger seat. This is a normal condition.

WARNING

  • Do not install a child restraint seat in the passenger seat when the seat is heavily soaked with any type of liquid.
  • Do not alter or remodel the Occupant Detection System (ODS). This may damage the system and prevent its proper function in a collision.

NOTICE

  • Do not use car seat cushions that cover up the surface of the seat and aftermarket manufactured passenger seat heaters.
  • After conducting car interior cleaning using steam or detergent, the seat should be dried properly. Afterward, check for normal operation of the PASSENGER AIR BAG "OFF" and air bag warning lights.
  • Any service related to the passenger seat and the ODS must be done at an authorized Kia dealership.
  • After the passenger seat has been removed or installed for repair purposes, check for normal operation of the PASSENGER AIR BAG " " and air bag warning lights with a person seated or not seated in the passenger seat.

WARNING

When the PASSENGER AIR BAG " " symbol is appeared, the passenger air bag system will not operate. The passenger air bag system will operate when necessary if the symbol is not appeared.

NOTICE

Do not modify or replace the front passenger seat. Don't place anything on or attach anything such as a blanket, front seat cover or aftermarket seat heater to the front passenger seat. This can adversely affect the Occupant Detection System.

WARNING

ODS System

Riding in an improper position adversely affects the Occupant Detection System and may result in the deactivation of the front passenger airbag. It is important for the driver to instruct the passenger as to the proper seating instructions as contained in this manual.

  • Do not place a heavy load in the front passenger seatback pocket or on the front passenger seat
  • Do not place feet on the front passenger seatback.
  • Do not move your hips too forward in the seat.
  • Never excessively recline the front passenger seatback.
  • Never place feet on the dashboard.
  • Never lean on the door or center console.
  • Do not sit with your weight excessively skewing to the left or right on the front passenger seat.
  • Do not use car seat accessories, such as thick blankets and cushions, that cover up the car seat surface.
  • Do not sit on the passenger seat wearing heavily padded clothes, such as ski wear and hip protector.
  • Do not place electronic devices, such as laptops and DVD player, or conductive materials such, as water bottles, on the passenger seat.
  • Do not use electronic devices, such as laptops and satellite radios, that use inverter chargers.
  • Do not place electronic devices, such as laptops and DVD player, or conductive materials such, as water bottles, on the passenger seat.
  • Do not use electronic devices, such as laptops and satellite radios, that use inverter chargers.
  • Wet Passenger Seat

Do not spill liquid in the passenger seat. Spilled liquid on the passenger seat may cause the air bag warning light to appear or malfunction. If any liquid is spilled, make sure the seat has been completely dried before driving the vehicle.

Proper position
Proper position

When an adult is seated in the front passenger seat, if the PASSENGER AIR BAG "  " indicator is on, change the ENGINE START/STOP button to the OFF position and ask the passenger to sit properly (sitting upright with the seatback in an upright position, centered on the seat cushion with their seat belt on, legs comfortably extended and their feet on the floor). Restart the vehicle and have the person remain in that position. This will allow the system to detect the person and to enable the passenger air bag.

If the PASSENGER AIR BAG " " indicator is still on, ask the passenger to move to the rear seat.

WARNING

PASSENGER AIR BAG " " light

Do not allow an adult passenger to ride in the front seat when the PASSENGER AIR BAG " " indicator is appeared, because the air bag will not deploy in the event of a crash. The driver must instruct the passenger to reposition himself in the seat. Failure to properly posi- tion yourself may lead to air bag deactivation resulting in air bag nondeployment in a collision. If the PASSENGER AIR BAG " " indicator remains appeared after the passenger repositions themselves properly and the car is restarted, it is recommended that passenger move to the rear seat because the passenger's front air bag will not deploy.

NOTICE

The PASSENGER AIR BAG "" indicator appears for about 4 seconds after the ENGINE START/STOP button is turned to the ON position after the vehicle is started. If the front passenger seat is occupied, the occupant detection sensor will then classify the front passenger after several more seconds.

  • Even though your vehicle is equipped with the Occupant Detection System, never install a Child Restraint System in the front passenger's seat. A deploying air bag can forcefully strike a child resulting in serious injuries or death.

Any child age 13 and under should ride in the rear seat. Children too large for child restraints should use the available lap/shoulder belts. No matter what type of crash, children of all ages are safer when restrained in the rear seat.

If the ODS is not working properly, the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) air bag warning light on the instrument panel will appear because the passenger's front air bag is connected with the ODS. If there is a malfunction of the ODS the PASSENGER AIRBAG " " indicator will not appear. In this case, the passenger's passenger's front airbag will inflate in frontal impact crashes even if there is no occupant in the front passenger seat.

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