Buick LaCrosse: How Does an Airbag Restrain? - Airbag System - Seats and Restraints - Buick LaCrosse Owners ManualBuick LaCrosse: How Does an Airbag Restrain?

In moderate to severe frontal or near frontal collisions, even belted occupants can contact the steering wheel or the instrument panel. In moderate to severe side collisions, even belted occupants can contact the inside of the vehicle.

Airbags supplement the protection provided by safety belts by distributing the force of the impact more evenly over the occupant's body.

But airbags would not help in many types of collisions, primarily because the occupant's motion is not toward those airbags. See When Should an Airbag Inflate? for more information.

Airbags should never be regarded as anything more than a supplement to safety belts.

    What Makes an Airbag Inflate?
    In a deployment event, the sensing system sends an electrical signal triggering a release of gas from the inflator. Gas from the inflator fills the airbag causing the bag to break out of the ...

    What Will You See after an Airbag Inflates?
    After the frontal airbags and seat-mounted side impact airbags inflate, they quickly deflate, so quickly that some people may not even realize an airbag inflated. Roof-rail airbags may still ...

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    Personal Settings (Customer-Programmable Features)
    Personal Settings allows the driver to set and recall features when the automatic transaxle is in PARK. Press and release the MENU button until “Personal Settings” displays in the EVIC. Pres ...

    BluetoothT Hands-Free Phone System without Navigation System (if so equipped)
    WARNING: - Use a phone after stopping your vehicle in a safe location. If you have to use a phone while driving, exercise extreme caution at all times so full attention may be given to vehicle op ...

    Safety belt reminder for the driver's and front passenger seat
    The indicator lamp flashes or lights up and a signal sounds. Make sure that the safety belts are positioned correctly. The safety belt reminder is active at speeds above approx. 5 mph/8 km/h ...