Kia Sportage: Occupant Detection System (ODS)

Kia Sportage - Fifth generation (NQ5) - (2022-2024) - Owner's Manual / Safety features of your vehicle / Air bag - advanced Supplemental Restraint System / Occupant Detection System (ODS)

Your vehicle is equipped with an Occupant Detection System (ODS) in the front passenger's seat.

The ODS is designed to detect the presence of a properly-seated front passenger and determine if the passenger's front air bag should be enabled (may inflate) or not. Only the front passenger front air bag is controlled by the ODS.

Do not put anything in front of the passenger air bag " " indicator.

Main components of the ODS

  • A detection device is located within the front passenger seat cushion.
  • An electronic system determines whether the passenger air bag systems should be activated or deactivated.
  • An indicator light located on the overhead console which appears the words PASSENGER AIR BAG " " indicates the front passenger air bag system is deactivated.
  • The overhead console air bag warning light is interconnected with the ODS.

If the front passenger seat is occupied by a person that the system determines to be of appropriate size, and he/she sits 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), the PASSENGER AIR BAG " " indicator will turn off and the front passenger's air bag will be able to inflate, if necessary, in frontal crashes.

You will find the PASSENGER AIR BAG " " indicator on the overhead console.

This system detects the conditions 1~4 in the following table and activates or deactivates the front passenger air bag based on these conditions.

Always be sure that you and all vehicle occupants are seated and restrained properly (sitting upright with the seat in an upright position, centered on the seat cushion, with the person's legs comfortably extended, feet on the floor, and wearing the safety belt properly) for the most effective protection by the air bag and the safety belt.

The ODS may not function properly if the passenger takes actions which can defeat the detection system. These include:

  • Failing to sit in an upright position.
  • Leaning against the door or center console.
  • Sitting towards the sides or the front of the seat.
  • Putting legs on the dashboard or resting them on other locations which reduce the passenger weight on the front seat.
  • Improperly wearing the safety belt.
  • Reclining the seatback.


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