Ford Escape: Front passenger sensing system
The front passenger sensing system is designed to meet the regulatory requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 208 and is designed to disable (will not inflate) the front passengerвЂ™s frontal airbag under certain conditions.
The front passenger sensing system works with sensors that are part of the front passengerвЂ™s seat and safety belt. The sensors are designed to detect the presence of a properly seated occupant and determine if the front passengerвЂ™s frontal airbag should be enabled (may inflate) or disabled (will not inflate).
The front passenger sensing system will disable (will not inflate) the front passengerвЂ™s frontal airbag if:
вЂў the front passenger seat is unoccupied, or has small/medium objects in
the front seat,
вЂў the system determines that an infant is present in a rear-facing infant seat that is installed according to the manufacturerвЂ™s instructions,
вЂў the system determines that a small child is present in a forward-facing child restraint that is installed according to the manufacturerвЂ™s instructions,
вЂў the system determines that a small child is present in a booster seat,
вЂў a front passenger takes his/her weight off of the seat for a period of time,
Note: When the passenger airbag off light is illuminated, the passenger (seat mounted) side airbag may be disabled to avoid the risk of airbag deployment injuries.
The front passenger sensing system uses a passenger airbag off or pass airbag off indicator which will illuminate and stay lit to remind you that the front passenger frontal airbag is off. The indicator lamp is located in the center stack of the instrument panel just above the air vents.
Note: The indicator lamp will illuminate for a short period of time when the ignition is turned to the on position to confirm it is functional.
When the front passenger seat is not occupied (empty seat) or in the event that the front passenger frontal airbag is enabled (may inflate), the indicator lamp will be unlit.
The front passenger sensing system is designed to disable (will not inflate) the front passengerвЂ™s frontal airbag when a rear facing infant seat, a forward-facing child restraint, or a booster seat is detected.
вЂў When the front passenger sensing system disables (will not inflate) the
front passenger frontal airbag, the indicator lamp will illuminate and stay
lit to remind you that the front passenger frontal airbag is disabled.
вЂў If the child restraint has been installed and the indicator lamp is not lit, then turn the vehicle off, remove the child restraint from the vehicle and reinstall the restraint following the child restraint manufacturerвЂ™s instructions.
The front passenger sensing system is designed to enable (may inflate) the front passengerвЂ™s frontal airbag anytime the system senses that a person of adult size is sitting properly in the front passenger seat.
вЂў When the front passenger sensing system enables the front passenger frontal airbag (may inflate), the indicator will be unlit and stay unlit.
If a person of adult size is sitting in the front passengerвЂ™s seat, but the passenger airbag off or pass airbag off indicator lamp is lit, it is possible that the person isnвЂ™t sitting properly in the seat. If this happens:
вЂў Turn the vehicle off and ask the person to place the seatback in the
full upright position.
вЂў Have the person sit upright in the seat, centered on the seat cushion, with the personвЂ™s legs comfortably extended.
вЂў Restart the vehicle and have the person remain in this position for about two minutes. This will allow the system to detect that person and enable the passengerвЂ™s frontal airbag.
вЂў If the indicator lamp remains lit even after this, the person should be advised to ride in the rear seat.
WARNING: Even with Advanced Restraints Systems, children 12 and under should be properly restrained in a rear seating position.
After all occupants have adjusted their seats and put on safety belts, itвЂ™s very important that they continue to sit properly. A properly seated occupant sits upright, leaning against the seat back, and centered on the seat cushion, with their feet comfortably extended on the floor. Sitting improperly can increase the chance of injury in a crash event. For example, if an occupant slouches, lies down, turns sideways, sits forward, leans forward or sideways, or puts one or both feet up, the chance of injury during a crash is greatly increased.
WARNING: Sitting improperly out of position or with the seat back reclined too far can take off weight from the seat cushion and affect the decision of the front passenger sensing system, resulting in serious injury or death in a crash.
Always sit upright against your seatback, with your feet on the floor.
The front passenger sensing system may detect small or medium objects placed on the seat cushion. For most objects that are in the front passenger seat, the passenger airbag will be disabled. Even though the passenger airbag is disabled, the pass airbag off lamp may or may not be illuminated according to the table below.
If you think that the status of the вЂњpassenger airbag offвЂќ indicator lamp is incorrect, check for the following:
вЂў Objects lodged underneath the seat
вЂў Objects between the seat cushion and the center console (if equipped)
вЂў Objects placed on the front-passenger seatвЂ™s occupantвЂ™s lap
вЂў Objects that may have trapped the safety belt against the seat or passenger side b-pillar, preventing free movement of the safety belt
вЂў Other passengers or cargo pushing or pulling on the seatвЂ™s bottom cushion
вЂў Rear seat passengerвЂ™s feet resting on or pushing on the seatвЂ™s bottom cushion
The conditions listed above may cause the weight of a properly seated occupant to be incorrectly interpreted by the front passenger sensing system. The person in the front passenger seat may appear heavier or lighter due to the conditions described in the list above.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of possible serious injury:
Do not stow objects in seat back map pocket (if equipped) or hang objects off seat back if a child is in the front passenger seat.
Do not place objects underneath the front passenger seat or between the seat and the center console (if equipped).
Check the вЂњpassenger airbag offвЂќ or вЂњpass airbag offвЂќ indicator lamp for proper airbag Status.
Failure to follow these instructions may interfere with the front passenger seat sensing system.
In case there is a problem with the front passenger sensing system, the airbag readiness lamp in the instrument cluster will stay lit.
If the airbag readiness lamp is lit, do the following:
The driver and/or adult passengers should check for any objects that may be lodged underneath the front passenger seat or cargo interfering with the seat.
If objects are lodged and/or cargo is interfering with the seat; please take the following steps to remove the obstruction:
вЂў Pull the vehicle over.
вЂў Turn the vehicle off.
вЂў Driver and/or adult passengers should check for any objects lodged underneath the front passenger seat or cargo interfering with the seat.
вЂў Remove the obstruction(s) (if found).
вЂў Restart the vehicle.
вЂў Wait at least two minutes and verify that the airbag readiness lamp is no longer illuminated
вЂў If the airbag readiness lamp remains illuminated, this may or may/not be a problem due to the front passenger sensing system.
DO NOT attempt to repair or service the system; take your vehicle immediately to an authorized dealer.
If it is necessary to modify an advanced front airbag system to accommodate a person with disabilities, contact the Ford Customer Relationship Center at the phone number shown in the Customer Assistance chapter of this OwnerвЂ™s Guide.
WARNING: Any alteration/modification to the front passenger seat may affect the performance of the front passenger sensing system.
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