Kia Sportage: Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) care
The Supplemental Restraint System
(SRS) is virtually maintenance-free and
so there are no parts you can safely service
If the SRS air bag warning light does not
appear, or continuously remains on,
have your vehicle immediately inspected
by an authorized Kia dealer.
Any work on the SRS, such as removing,
installing, repairing, or any work on the
steering wheel, the front passenger's
panel, front seats and roof rails must be
performed by an authorized Kia dealer.
Improper handling of the SRS may result
in serious personal injury.
For cleaning the air bag pad covers, use
only a soft, dry cloth or one which has
been moistened with plain water. Solvents
or cleaners could adversely affect
the air bag covers and proper deployment
of the system.
If components of the air bag system
must be discarded, or if the vehicle must
be scrapped, certain safety precautions
must be observed. An authorized Kia
dealer knows these precautions and can
give you the necessary information. Failure
to follow these precautions and procedures
could increase the risk of bodily
Tampering with SRS
Do not tamper with or disconnect SRS
wiring or other components of the SRS
system. Doing so could result in the accidental
inflation of the air bag or render
the SRS inoperative.
Always have the ignition off and wait for
3 minutes when your vehicle is being
towed. The side air bags may inflate if
the vehicle is tilted such as when being
towed because of the rollover sensors in
Additional safety precautions
- Never let passengers ride in the
cargo area or on top of a foldeddown
back seat. All occupants
should sit upright, fully back in their
seats with their seat belts on and their
feet on the floor.
- Passengers should not move out of
or change seats while the vehicle is
moving. A passenger who is not
wearing a seat belt during a crash or
emergency stop can be thrown
against the inside of the vehicle,
against other occupants, or out of the
- Each seat belt is designed to
restrain one occupant. If more than
one person uses the same seat belt,
they could be seriously injured or
killed in a collision.
- Do not use any accessories on seat
belts. Devices claiming to improve
occupant comfort or reposition the
seat belt can reduce the protection
provided by the seat belt and increase
the chance of serious injury in a crash.
- Passengers should not place hard
or sharp objects between themselves
and the air bags. Carrying
hard or sharp objects on your lap or in
your mouth can result in injuries if an
air bag inflates.
- Keep occupants away from the air
bag covers. All occupants should sit
upright, fully back in their seats with
their seat belts on and their feet on
the floor. If occupants are too close to
the air bag covers, they could be
injured if the air bags inflate.
- Do not attach or place objects on or
near the air bag covers. Any object
attached to or placed on the front or
side air bag covers could interfere
with the proper operation of the air
- Do not modify the front seats.Modification
of the front seats could interfere
with the operation of the
supplemental restraint system sensing
components or side air bags.
- Do not place items under the front
seats. Placing items under the front
seats could interfere with the operation
of the supplemental restraint system
sensing components and wiring
- Never hold an infant or child on
your lap. The infant or child could be
seriously injured or killed in the event
of a crash. All infants and children
should be properly restrained in
appropriate child safety seats or seat
belts in the rear seat.
- Sitting improperly or out of position
can cause occupants to be shifted too
close to a deploying air bag, strike the
interior structure or be thrown from
the vehicle resulting in serious injury
- Always sit upright with the seatback in
an upright position, centered on the
seat cushion with your seat belt on,
legs comfortably extended and your
feet on the floor.
Adding equipment to or modifying
your air bag-equipped vehicle
If you modify your vehicle by changing
your vehicle's frame, bumper system,
front end or side sheet metal or ride
height, this may affect the operation of
your vehicle's air bag system.
Air bag warning labels
Air bag warning labels, some required
by the U.S. National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA), are
attached to the sun visor to alert the
driver and passengers of potential risks
of the air bag system.
Using the remote key
Record your key number
The key code number
is stamped on the key
code tag attached to
the key set. Should
you lose your keys, this number will
enable an authorized Kia dealer to duplicate
the keys easily. Remove the key
With a smart key, you can lock or unlock
a door and even start the engine without
inserting the key.
All doors are locked if the lock button is
pressed. If all doors are closed, the hazard
warning lights will blink
Keep the battery securely mounted.
Keep the battery top clean and dry.
Keep the terminals and connections
clean, tight, and coated with petroleum
jelly or terminal grease.
Rinse any spilled electrolyte from the
Description and Operation
The passenger airbag (PAB) is installed inside the crash pad and protects the
front passenger in the event of a frontal
crash. The SRS CM determines if and when to deploy the PAB.