Kia Optima: Noise and Smoke - Air Bag - Supplemental Restraint System - Knowing your vehicle - Kia Optima MS/Magentis 2000-2005 Owners ManualKia Optima: Noise and Smoke

When the air bags inflate, they make a loud noise and they leave smoke and powder in the air inside of the vehicle. This is normal and is a result of the ignition of the air bag inflator.

After the air bags inflate, you may feel substantial discomfort in breathing due to the contact of your chest to both the safety belt and the air bag, as well as from breathing the smoke and powder.

We strongly urge you to open your doors and/or windows as promptly as possible after impact in order to reduce discomfort and prevent prolonged exposure to the smoke and powder.

WARNING - Hot Metal Parts WARNING - Hot Metal Parts

When the air bags deploy, the air bag inflators in the steering wheel and/or below the dashboard are very hot. To prevent injury, do not touch the air bag storage areas internal components immediately after an air bag has inflated.

How the Drivers Air Bags (SRS) Work
The drivers air bags are stored in the steering wheel hub. The passengers air bag is stored in the dashboard above the glove box. In certain frontal collisions, your air bags will instantly infla ...

The Importance of the Passenger Being Properly Seated
The front seat passengers air bag is much larger than the steering wheel air bag and inflates with considerably more force. It can seriously hurt or kill a passenger who is not in the proper po ...

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Side Airbag (SAB) Module. Description and Operation
Description The Side Airbags (SAB) are installed inside the front seat and protects the driver and passenger from danger when side crash occurs. The SRSCM determines deployment of side airbag by ...

Adjustment
Glass Adjustment Check the glass run channel for damage or deterioration, and replace them if necessary. ...

Inspection
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