Range Rover: Air bag operation - Occupant safety - Range Rover Owner's ManualRange Rover: Air bag operation


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends a minimum distance of 10 in. (25 cm) between an occupant's chest and the driver’s air bag module.


Air bags provide additional protection in certain types of collision only - they do not replace the need to wear a seat belt. All occupants, in all seating positions, should always wear their seat belt, whether or not an air bag is present in that seating position.


For the air bags to operate correctly the roof lining and door post trims must be in good condition, correctly fitted, and free from obstruction. Any damage, wear, or incorrect fitment should be referred to your Land Rover Retailer/Authorized Repairer as soon as possible for examination and repair.


Air bags inflate at high speeds. To minimize the risk of injury, ensure that all vehicle occupants wear correctly positioned seat belts, sit correctly in the seats, and position the seats as far back as practical.


Air bag inflation takes place instantaneously, and cannot protect against the effects of secondary impacts. Under these circumstances the only protection will be provided by a correctly worn seat belt.


Phone systems should only be installed by qualified persons familiar with the operation of, and requirements for, vehicles fitted with SRS. If you are in any doubt, seek advice from your Land Rover Retailer/ Authorized Repairer.

Air bag deployment is dependent on the rate at which the passenger compartment changes velocity following the collision. Circumstances affecting different collisions (vehicle speed, angle of impact, type and size of object hit, etc.), vary considerably and will affect the rate of deceleration accordingly.

The Supplementary Restraint System components include:-

  • • SRS warning indicator.
  • • Rotary coupler.
  • • Air bag modules.
  • • Seat belt pre-tensioners (front seat belts).
  • • Air bag diagnostic control unit.
  • • Crash sensors.
  • • Air bag wiring harness.
  • • Seat occupancy sensor.
  • • Front passenger belt tension sensor.

The air bags and SRS are not designed to operate as a result of:

  • • Rear impacts.
  • • Minor front impacts.
  • • Minor side impacts.
  • • Heavy braking.
  • • Driving over bumps and pot holes.

Therefore, it follows that considerable superficial damage to the vehicle can occur, without causing the air bags to deploy.

Note: If as a result of an impact, you believe the air bags should have deployed and they failed to do so, please call 1 (800) 637-6837 for advice, or arrange for a Land Rover representative to inspect the vehicle.


High speed impacts may cause serious injury or death irrespective of safety features fitted to a vehicle.


The air bag SRS cannot provide protection in some types of impact. Under these circumstances the only protection will be provided by a correctly worn seat belt.

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