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Toyota Tacoma Owners Manual: SRS airbags

The SRS airbags inflate when the vehicle is subjected to certain types of severe impacts that may cause significant injury to the occupants. They work together with the seat belts to help reduce the risk of death or serious injury.

Front airbags

Driver airbag/front passenger airbag Front airbags

Can help protect the head and chest of the driver and right front passenger from Driver airbag/front passenger airbag

Can help protect the head and chest of the driver and right front passenger from impact with interior components.

Side airbags Side and curtain shield airbags

Can help protect the torso of the front seat occupants. Side airbags

Can help protect the torso of the front seat occupants.

Can help protect primarily the head of outside occupants. Curtain shield airbags

Can help protect primarily the head of outside occupants.

Airbag system components

Vehicles with bench type front seat

Vehicles with separated type front

seat Vehicles with separated type front seat

1.Front passenger airbag

1.Front passenger airbag

2.Curtain shield airbags

3.Side airbags

4.AIR BAG ON and AIR BAG

OFF indicator lights

5.SRS warning light and RSCA OFF indicator light (4WD models only)

6.Driver airbag

7.RSCA OFF switch (4WD models only)

8.Curtain shield airbag sensors (Access Cab and Double Cab models)

9. Seat belt pretensioners and force limiters

10. Side and curtain shield airbag sensors

11.Drivers seat position sensor

12. Drivers seat belt buckle switch

13.Front passengers seat belt buckle switch

14. Front passenger occupant classification system (ECU and sensors)

15.Airbag sensor assembly

16. Front airbag sensors

17. Front passengers seat position sensor

18. Belt tension sensor

Your vehicle is equipped with ADVANCED AIRBAGS designed based on the US motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS208). The airbag sensor assembly (ECU) controls airbag deployment based on information obtained from the sensors etc. shown in the system components diagram above. This information includes crash severity and occupant information. As the airbags deploy, a chemical reaction in the inflators quickly fills the airbags with non-toxic gas to help restrain the motion of the occupants.

Bench type front seat: The SRS airbags are designed to protect the driver and right front passenger, and they are not designed to protect an occupant in the front center seating position.

■SRS warning light

This warning light system monitors the airbag sensor assembly, front airbag sensors, side and curtain shield airbag sensor assemblies, curtain shield airbag sensor assemblies (Access Cab and Double cab models), drivers seat position sensor, drivers seat belt buckle switch, front passenger occupant classification system (ECU and sensors), AIR BAG ON and AIR BAG OFF indicator lights, front passengers seat position sensor (Bench type seat), front passengers seat belt buckle switch, front seat belt pretensioner assemblies, belt tension sensor (Bench type seat), RSCA OFF indicator light (4WD models only), airbags, interconnecting wiring and power sources.

■If the SRS airbags deploy (inflate)

●Bruising and slight abrasions may result from contact with a deploying (inflating) SRS airbag.

●A loud noise and white powder will be emitted.

●Parts of the airbag module (steering wheel hub, airbag cover and inflator) as well as the front seats, and parts of the front and rear pillars and roof side rail, may be hot for several minutes. The airbag itself may also be hot.

●The front windshield may crack.

■Operating conditions (front airbags)

●The SRS front airbag will deploy in the event of an impact that exceeds the set threshold level (the level of force corresponding to an approximately 12-18 mph [20-30 km/h] frontal collision with a fixed wall that does not move or deform).

However, this threshold velocity will be considerably higher if the vehicle strikes an object, such as a parked vehicle or sign pole, which can move or deform on impact, or if the vehicle is involved in an underride collision (e.g.

a collision in which the front of the vehicle underrides, or goes under, the bed of a truck, etc.).

●Depending on the type of collision, it is possible that only the seat belt pretensioners will activate.

●The SRS front passenger airbag will not activate if there is no passenger sitting in the front passenger seat. However, the front passenger airbag may deploy if luggage is put in the seat, even if the seat is unoccupied.

■Operating conditions (side airbags and curtain shield airbags)

The SRS side airbags and SRS curtain shield airbags will deploy in the event of an impact that exceeds the set threshold level (the level of force corresponding to the impact force produced by an approximately 3300 lb.

[1500 kg] vehicle colliding with the vehicle cabin from a direction perpendicular to the vehicle orientation at an approximate speed of 12-18 mph [20-30 km/h]).

■Operating conditions (curtain shield airbags)

The SRS curtain shield airbags are designed to inflate when the passenger compartment is subjected to a severe impact from the side or vehicle rollover.

■Conditions under which the SRS airbags may deploy (inflate), other than a collision

The SRS front airbags may also deploy if a serious impact occurs to the underside of your vehicle. Some examples are shown in the illustration.

●Hitting a curb, edge of pavement or hard surface

●Hitting a curb, edge of pavement or hard surface

●Falling into or jumping over a deep hole

●Landing hard or vehicle falling

The SRS curtain shield airbags may also deploy under the situation shown in the illustration.

●The angle of vehicle tip-up is marginal.

●The angle of vehicle tip-up is marginal.

●The vehicle skids and hits a curb stone.

■Types of collisions that may not deploy the SRS airbag (front airbags)

The SRS front airbags are generally not designed to inflate if the vehicle is involved in a side or rear collision, if it rolls over, or if it is involved in a lowspeed frontal collision. But, whenever a collision of any type causes sufficient forward deceleration of the vehicle, deployment of the SRS front airbags may occur.

●Collision from the side

●Collision from the side

●Collision from the rear

●Vehicle rollover

■Types of collisions that may not deploy the SRS airbag (side airbags and curtain shield airbags)

The SRS side airbag and curtain shield airbag system may not activate if the vehicle is subjected to a collision from the side at certain angles, or a collision to the side of the vehicle body other than the passenger compartment.

●Collision from the side to the vehicle body other than the passenger compartment

●Collision from the side to the vehicle body other than the passenger compartment

●Collision from the side at an angle

The SRS side airbags are not generally designed to inflate if the vehicle is involved in a frontal or rear collision, if it rolls over, or if it is involved in a lowspeed side collision.

●Collision from the front

●Collision from the front

●Collision from the rear

●Vehicle rollover

The SRS curtain shield airbags are not generally designed to inflate if the vehicle is involved in a frontal or rear collision, if it pitches end over end, or if it is involved in a low-speed side collision.

●Collision from the front

●Collision from the front

●Collision from the rear

●Pitching end over end

■When to contact your Toyota dealer

In the following cases, contact your Toyota dealer as soon as possible.

●Any of the SRS airbags have been inflated.

●The front of the vehicle is damaged or deformed, or was involved in an accident

●The front of the vehicle is damaged or deformed, or was involved in an accident that was not severe enough to cause the SRS airbags to inflate.

●A portion of a door is damaged or deformed, or the vehicle was involved in an

●A portion of a door is damaged or deformed, or the vehicle was involved in an accident that was not severe enough to cause the SRS side airbags and curtain shield airbags to inflate.

●The pad section of the steering wheel or dashboard near the front passenger

●The pad section of the steering wheel or dashboard near the front passenger airbag is scratched, cracked, or otherwise damaged.

●The surface of the seats with the side airbag is scratched, cracked or otherwise

●The surface of the seats with the side airbag is scratched, cracked or otherwise damaged.

●The portion of the front pillars, rear pillars or roof side rail garnishes (padding) containing the curtain shield airbags inside is scratched, cracked or otherwise damaged.

CAUTION

■SRS airbag precautions

Observe the following precautions regarding the airbags.

Failure to do so may cause death or serious injury.

●The driver and all passengers in the vehicle must wear their seat belts properly.

The SRS airbags are supplemental devices to be used with the seat belts.

●The SRS driver airbag deploys with considerable force, and can cause death or serious injury especially if the driver is very close to the airbag.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advises: Since the risk zone for the drivers airbag is the first 2 - 3 in. (50 - 75 mm) of inflation, placing yourself 10 in. (250 mm) from your driver airbag provides you with a clear margin of safety. This distance is measured from the center of the steering wheel to your breastbone. If you now sit less than 10 in. (250 mm) away, you can change your driving position in several ways: Move your seat to the rear as far as you can while still reaching the pedals comfortably.

Slightly recline the back of the seat.

Although vehicle designs vary, many drivers can achieve the 10 in.

(250 mm) distance, even with the driver seat all the way forward, simply by reclining the back of the seat somewhat. If reclining the back of your seat makes it hard to see the road, raise yourself by using a firm, non-slippery cushion, or raise the seat if your vehicle has that feature.

If your steering wheel is adjustable, tilt it downward. This points the airbag toward your chest instead of your head and neck.

CAUTION

■SRS airbag precautions

The seat should be adjusted as recommended by NHTSA above, while still maintaining control of the foot pedals and steering wheel, and your view of the instrument panel controls.

●If the seat belt extender has been connected to the front seat belt buckles

●If the seat belt extender has been connected to the front seat belt buckles but the seat belt extender has not also been fastened to the latch plate of the seat belt, the SRS front airbags will judge that the driver and front passenger are wearing the seat belt even though the seat belt has not been connected.

In this case, the SRS front airbags may not activate correctly in a collision, resulting in death or serious injury in the event of a collision. Be sure to wear the seat belt with the seat belt extender.

●The SRS front passenger airbag also deploys with considerable force, and can cause death or serious injury especially if the front passenger is very close to the airbag. The front passenger seat should be as far from the airbag as possible with the seatback adjusted, so the front passenger sits upright.

●Improperly seated and/or restrained infants and children can be killed or seriously injured by a deploying airbag. An infant or child who is too small to use a seat belt should be properly secured using a child restraint system.

Toyota strongly recommends that all infants and children be placed in the rear seats of the vehicle and properly restrained. The rear seats are the safest for infants and children.

CAUTION

■SRS airbag precautions

●Do not sit on the edge of the seat or lean against the dashboard.

●Do not sit on the edge of the seat or lean against the dashboard.

●Do not allow a child to stand in front of the SRS front passenger airbag unit

●Do not allow a child to stand in front of the SRS front passenger airbag unit or sit on the knees of a front passenger.

●Do not drive the vehicle while the driver or passenger has items resting on their knees.

●Do not lean against the door, the roof side rail or the front, side and rear

●Do not lean against the door, the roof side rail or the front, side and rear pillars.

●Do not allow anyone to kneel on the passenger seat toward the door or put their

●Do not allow anyone to kneel on the passenger seat toward the door or put their head or hands outside the vehicle.

CAUTION

■SRS airbag precautions

●Do not attach anything to or lean anything against areas such as the dashboard

●Do not attach anything to or lean anything against areas such as the dashboard or steering wheel pad.

These items can become projectiles when SRS driver and front passenger airbags deploy.

●Do not attach anything to areas such as the door, windshield glass, side door

●Do not attach anything to areas such as the door, windshield glass, side door glass, front and rear pillars, roof side rail or assist grip.

●Do not hang coat hangers or other hard objects on the coat hooks. All of these items could become projectiles and seriously injure or kill you, should the SRS curtain shield airbag deploy.

●Bench type front seat: Do not use a seat accessory, such as a cushion or seat cover, that covers the seat cushion surface.

●Do not use seat accessories which cover the parts where the SRS side airbags inflate as they may interfere with inflation of the airbags.

●Do not strike or apply significant levels of force to the area of the SRS airbag components

Doing so can cause the SRS airbags to malfunction.

●Do not touch any of the component parts immediately after the SRS airbags have deployed (inflated) as they may be hot.

●If breathing becomes difficult after the SRS airbag has deployed, open a door or window to allow fresh air in, or leave the vehicle if it is safe to do so. Wash off any residue as soon as possible to prevent skin irritation.

●If the areas where the SRS airbags are stored, such as the steering wheel pad and front and rear pillar garnishes, are damaged or cracked, have them replaced by your Toyota dealer.

CAUTION

■Modification and disposal of SRS airbag system components

Do not dispose of your vehicle or perform any of the following modifications without consulting your Toyota dealer.

The SRS airbags may malfunction or deploy (inflate) accidentally, causing death or serious injury.

●Installation, removal, disassembly and repair of the SRS airbags.

●Repairs, modifications, removal or replacement of the steering wheel, instrument panel, dashboard, seats or seat upholstery, front, side and rear pillars or roof side rails.

●Repairs or modifications of the front fender, front bumper, or side of the occupant compartment.

●Installation of a grille guard (bull bars, kangaroo bar, etc.), snow plows, winches or roof luggage carrier.

●Modifications to the vehicles suspension system.

●Do not use tires or wheels other than the manufacturers recommended size.

●Installation of electronic devices such as mobile two-way radios or CD players.

●Modifications to your vehicle for a person with a physical disability.

Deactivating the curtain shield airbags in a vehicle rollover (4WD models only)

On/off (hold for a few seconds)

On/off (hold for a few seconds)

The RSCA OFF indicator turns on (only when the engine switch is in the ON position.) The roll sensing function for the curtain shield airbags and seat belt pretensioners will turn back on automatically each time the engine switch is turned on.

■The switch only should be used

In a situation where inflation is not desired (such as during extreme off-road driving).

■Operating conditions when the RSCA OFF indicator is on

●The curtain shield airbag and seat belt pretensioner will not activate in a vehicle rollover.

●The curtain shield airbag will activate in a severe side impact.

●The pretensioner will active in a severe frontal collision.

CAUTION

■For normal driving

Make sure the RSCA OFF indicator is not turned on. If it is left on, the curtain shield airbag will not activate in the event of an accident, which may result in death or serious injury.

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Front passenger occupant classification system
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