2023 Hyundai Elantra Child Restraint System (CRS) and Seats Safety System User Guide

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This article covers the 2023 Hyundai Elantra Child Restraint System (CRS) and Seats Safety System, which offers advanced features and easy installation to keep young passengers safe and comfortable.

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Children Always in the Rear

Child Restraint System (CRS)

WARNING
Always properly restrain children in the rear seats of the vehicle.
Children of all ages are safer when restrained in the rear seat. A child riding in the front passenger seat can be forcefully struck by an inflating air bag resulting in SERIOUS INJURY or DEATH.
Children under the age of 13 must always
ride in the rear seats and must always be properly restrained to minimize the risk of injury in an accident, sudden stop, or sudden maneuver. According to accident statistics, children are safer when properly restrained in the rear seats than in the front seat. Even with airbags, children can be seriously injured or killed. Children too large for a child restraint must use the seat belts provided.
All 50 states have child restraint laws that require children to travel in approved child restraint devices. The laws governing the age or height/weight restrictions at which seat belts can be used instead of child restraints differ among states, so you should be aware of the specific requirements in your state, and where you are traveling.
Child restraint systems must be properly placed and installed in the rear seat. You must use a commercially available child restraint system that meets the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS 213).
Child restraint systems are generally designed to be secured in a vehicle seat by a lap belt portion of a lap/shoulder belt, or by a LATCH system in the rear seats of the vehicle.

Child restraint system (CRS)
Infants and younger children must be restrained in an appropriate rear-facing or forward-facing CRS that has first been properly secured to the rear seat of the vehicle. Read and comply with the instructions for installation and use provided by the manufacturer of the child restraint.

WARNING
An improperly secured child restraint can increase the risk of SERIOUS INJURY or DEATH in an accident. Always take the following precautions when using a child restraint system:

  • NEVER install a child or infant restraint in the front passenger’s seat.
  • Always properly secure the child restraint to the rear seat of the vehicle.
  • Always follow the child restraint system manufacturer’s instructions for installation and use.
  • Always properly restrain your child in the child restraint.
  •  If the vehicle head restraint prevents proper installation of a child seat
    (as described in the child restraint system manual), the head restraint of the respective seating position shall be readjusted or entirely removed.
  • Do not use an infant carrier or a child safety seat that “hooks” over a seatback, it may not provide adequate protection in an accident.
  • After an accident, have a HYUNDAI dealer check the child restraint system, seat belts, tether anchors, and lower anchors.

Selecting a Child Restraint System (CRS)

When selecting a CRS for your child, always:

  • Make sure the CRS has a label certifying that it meets applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS 213).
  • Select a child restraint based on your child’s height and weight. The required label or the instructions for use typically provide this information.
  • Select a child restraint that fits the vehicle seating position where it will be used.
  • Read and comply with the warnings and instructions for installation and use provided with the child restraint system.

Child restraint system types
There are three main types of child restraint systems: rear-facing seats, forward-facing seats, and booster seats. They are classified according to the child’s age, height and weight.

Rear-facing child seats
WARNING
NEVER install a child or infant restraint in the front passenger’s seat.
Placing a rear-facing child restraint in the front seat can result in SERIOUS INJURY or DEATH if the child restraint is struck by an inflating air bag.

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A rear-facing child seat provides restraint with the seating surface against the back of the child. The harness system holds the child in place, and in an accident, acts to keep the child positioned in the seat and reduce the stress to the neck and spinal cord.
All children under age one must always ride in a rear-facing infant child restraint.
Convertible and 3-in-1 child seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.
Continue to use a rear-facing child seat for as long as your child will fit within the height and weight limits allowed by the child seat manufacturer. It’s the best way to keep them safe. Once your child has outgrown the rear-facing child restraint, your child is ready for a forward-facing child restraint with a harness.

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Forward-facing child restraints
A forward-facing child seat provides restraint for the child’s body with a harness. Keep children in a forward-facing child seat with a harness until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by your child restraint manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing child restraint, your child is ready for a booster seat.

Booster seats
A booster seat is a restraint designed to improve the fit of the vehicle’s seat belt system. A booster seat positions the seat belt so that it fits properly over the lap of your child.
Keep your child in a booster seat until they are big enough to sit in the seat without a booster and still have the seat belt fit properly.

For a seat belt
to fit properly, the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not across the neck or face. Children under the age 13 must always ride in the rear seats and must always be properly restrained to minimize the risk of injury.

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WARNING
Before installing your child restraint system always:

  • Read and follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the child restraint.
  • Read and follow the instructions regarding child restraint systems in this manual.

Failure to follow all warnings and instructions could increase the risk of SERIOUS INJURY or DEATH if an accident occurs.

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If the vehicle head restraint prevents proper installation of a child seat as described in the child seat system manual, the head restraint of the respective seating position shall be readjusted or entirely removed.

After selecting a proper child seat
for your child, check to make sure it fits properly in your vehicle. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer when installing the child seat. Note these general steps when installing the seat to your vehicle:

  • Properly secure the child restraint to the vehicle. All child restraints must be secured to the vehicle with the lap part of a lap/shoulder belt or with the LATCH system.
  • Make sure the child restraint is firmly secured. After installing a child restraint to the vehicle, push and pull the seat forward and back and side-to-side to verify that it is securely attached to the seat. A child restraint secured with a seat belt should be installed as firmly as possible. However, some side-to-side movement can be expected.
  •  Secure the child in the child restraint. Make sure the child is properly strapped in the child restraint according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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A child restraint in a closed vehicle can become very hot. To prevent burns, check the seating surface and buckles before placing your child in the child restraint.

Lower Anchors and Tether for Children (LATCH System)
The LATCH system holds a child restraint during driving and in an accident. This system is designed to make installation of the child restraint easier and reduce the possibility of improperly installing your child restraint. The LATCH system uses anchors in the vehicle and attachments on the child restraint. The LATCH system eliminates the need to use seat belts to secure the child restraint to the rear seats.
Lower anchors are metal bars built into the vehicle. There are two lower anchors for each LATCH seating position that will accommodate a child restraint with lower attachments.
To use the LATCH system in your vehicle, you must have a child restraint with LATCH attachments. The child seat manufacturer will provide you with instructions on how to use the child seat with its attachments for the LATCH lower anchors.Hyundai Elantra 2023 Child Restraint System (CRS) and Seats & Safety System-20

LATCH anchors have been provided in the left and right outboard rear seating positions. Their locations are shown in the illustration. There are no LATCH anchors provided for the center rear seating position.Hyundai Elantra 2023 Introduction05

WARNING
Do not attempt to install a child restraint system using LATCH anchors in the rear center seating position. There are no LATCH anchors provided for this seat. Using the outboard seat anchors can damage the anchors which may break or fail in a collision resulting in serious injury or death.Hyundai Elantra 2023 Child Restraint System (CRS) and Seats & Safety System-04

[A]: Lower Anchor Position Indicator
[B]: Lower Anchor
The lower anchor position indicator symbols are located on the left and right rear seat backs to identify the position of the lower anchors in your vehicle (see arrows in the illustration).
The LATCH anchors are located between the seatback and the seat cushion of the rear seat left and right outboard seating positions.

Securing a child restraint with the LATCH anchors system
To install a LATCH-compatible child restraint in either of the rear outboard seating positions:

  1. Move the seat belt buckle away from the lower anchors.
  2. Move any other objects away from the anchors that could prevent a secure connection between the child restraint and the lower anchors.
  3. Place the child restraint on the vehicle seat, then attach the seat to the lower anchors according to the instructions provided by the child restraint manufacturer.
  4. Follow the child restraint instructions for properly adjusting and tightening the lower attachments on the child restraint to the lower anchors.

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Take the following precautions when using the LATCH system:

  • Read and follow all installation instructions provided with your child restraint system.
  • To prevent the child from reaching and taking hold of unrestricted seat belts, buckle all unused rear seat belts and retract the seat belt webbing behind the child. Children can be strangled if a shoulder belt becomes wrapped around their neck and the seat belt tightens.
  • NEVER attach more than one child restraint to a single anchor. This could cause the anchor or attachment to come loose or break.
  •  Always have the LATCH system inspected by your authorized HYUNDAI dealer after an accident. An accident can damage the LATCH system and may not properly secure the child’s restraint.

NOTICE
The recommended weight for the LATCH system is under 65 lb (30 kg).

How to determine an appropriate child restraint weight:
Child weight + Child restraint weight < 65 lb (30kg)

Securing a child restraint seat with a “Tether Anchor” system

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First secure the child restraint with the LATCH lower anchors or the seat belt. If the child restraint manufacturer recommends that the top tether strap be attached, attach and tighten the top tether strap to the top tether strap anchor. Child restraint hook holders are located on the rear of the seatbacks.

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WARNING
Take the following precautions when installing the tether strap:

  • Read and follow all installation instructions provided with your child restraint system.
  • NEVER attach more than one child restraint to a single tether anchor. This could cause the anchor or attachment to come loose or break.
  • Do not attach the tether strap to anything other than the correct tether anchor. It may not work properly if attached to something else.
  • Do not use the tether anchors for adult seat belts or harnesses, or for attaching other items or equipment to the vehicle.

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To install the tether anchor:

  1. Route the child restraint tether strap over the child restraint seatback. Route the tether strap under the head restraint and between the head restraint posts, or route the tether strap over the top of the vehicle seatback. Make sure the strap is not twisted.
  2. Connect the tether strap hook to the tether anchor, then tighten the tether strap according to the child seat manufacturer’s instructions to firmly secure the child restraint to the seat.
  3. Check that the child restraint is securely attached to the seat by pushing and pulling the seat forward and back and side-to-side.

Securing a child restraint with lap/shoulder belt
When not using the LATCH system, all child restraints must be secured to a vehicle rear seat with the lap part of a lap/shoulder belt.

WARNING
ALWAYS place a rear-facing child restraint in the rear seat of the vehicle.
Placing a rear-facing child restraint in the front seat can result in serious injury or death if the child restraint is struck by an inflating airbag.

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Automatic locking mode
Since all passenger seat belts move freely under normal conditions and only lock under extreme or emergency conditions (emergency locking mode), you must manually pull the seat belt all the way out to shift the retractor to the “Automatic Locking” mode to secure a child restraint. The “Automatic Locking” mode will help prevent the normal movement of the child in the vehicle from causing the seat belt to loosen and compromise the child restraint system. To secure a child restraint system, use the following procedure.

To install a child restraint system on the rear seats, do the following:

  1.  Place the child restraint system on a rear seat and route the lap/ shoulder belt around or through the child restraint, following the restraint manufacturer’s instructions. Be sure the seat belt webbing is not twisted.
    Information
    When using the rear center seat belt, you should also refer to the “Rear Seat Belt – Passenger’s 3-point system” section in this chapter.
  2. Fasten the lap/shoulder belt latch into the buckle. Listen for the distinct “click” sound.
    Information
    Position the release button so that it is easy to access in case of an emergency.
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  3. Pull the shoulder portion of the seat belt all the way out. When the shoulder portion of the seat belt
    is fully extended, it will shift the retractor to the “Automatic Locking” (child restraint) mode.Hyundai Elantra 2023 Child Restraint System (CRS) and Seats & Safety System-08
  4. Slowly allow the shoulder portion of the seat belt to retract and listen for an audible “clicking” or “ratcheting” sound. This indicates that the retractor is in the “Automatic Locking” mode. If no distinct sound is heard, repeat steps 3 and 4.
  5. Remove as much slack from the belt as possible by pushing down on the child restraint system while feeding the shoulder belt back into the retractor.
  6. Push and pull on the child restraint system to confirm that the seat belt is holding it firmly in place. If it is not, release the seat belt and repeat steps 2 through 6.
  7. Double-check that the retractor is in the “Automatic Locking” mode by attempting to pull more of the seat belt out of the retractor. If you cannot, the retractor is in the “Automatic Locking” mode.

If your CRS (child restraint system) manufacturer instructs or recommends you to use a tether anchor with the lap/shoulder belt, refer to the previous pages for more information.

Information
When the seat belt is allowed to retract to its fully stowed position, the retractor will automatically switch from the “Automatic Locking” mode to the emergency lock mode for normal adult usage.Hyundai Elantra 2023 Introduction05WARNING
If the retractor is not in the “Automatic Locking” mode, the child restraint can move when your vehicle turns or stops suddenly. A child can be seriously injured or killed if the child restraint is not properly anchored in the car, including manually pulling the seat belt all the way out to shift the retractor to the “Automatic Locking” mode.
To remove the child restraint, press the release button on the buckle and then pull the lap/shoulder belt out of the restraint and allow the seat belt to retract fully.

AIR  BAG – ADVANCED SUPPLEMENT RESTRAINT SYSTEM

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  1. Driver’s front airbag
  2. Passenger’s front airbag
  3.  Side airbag
  4.  Curtain airbag

This vehicle is equipped with an Advanced Supplemental Air Bag System for the driver’s seat and front passenger’s seats.
The front airbags are designed to supplement the three-point seat belts. For these airbags to provide protection, the seat belts must be worn at all times when driving.
You can be severely injured or killed in an accident if you are not wearing a seat belt. Airbags are designed to supplement seat belts but do not replace them. Also, airbags are not designed to deploy in every collision. In some accidents, seat belts are the only restraint protecting you.

WARNING
AIRBAG SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
ALWAYS use seat belts and child restraints – every trip, every time, everyone! Even with airbags, you can be seriously injured or killed in a collision if you are improperly belted or not wearing your seat belt when the airbag inflates.
NEVER place a child in any child restraint or booster seat in the front passenger seat. An inflating air bag could forcefully strike the infant or child causing serious or fatal injuries.
ABC – Always Buckle Children under age 13 in the back seat. It is the safest place for children of any age to ride. If a child age 13 or older must be seated in the front seat, he or she must be properly belted and the seat should be moved as far back as possible.
All occupants should sit upright with the seatback in an upright position, centered on the seat cushion with their seat belt on, legs comfortably extended and their feet on the floor until the vehicle is parked and is turned off. If an occupant is out of position during an accident, the rapidly deploying air bag may forcefully contact the occupant causing serious or fatal injuries.
You and your passengers should never sit or lean unnecessarily close to the airbags or lean against the door or center console. Move your seat as far back as possible from front airbags, while still maintaining control of the vehicle. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that drivers allow at least 10 inches (25 cm) between the center of the steering wheel and the chest.

Where Are the Air Bags?

Driver’s and passenger’s front airbags
Your vehicle is equipped with an Advanced Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) and lap/shoulder belts at both the driver and passenger seating positions.
The SRS consists of air bags which are located in the center of the steering wheel, in the driver’s side lower crash pad below the steering wheel column, and the passenger’s side front panel pad above the glove box.
The airbags are labeled with the letters “AIR BAG” embossed on the pad covers.

HyunWhere Are the Air Bags? Driver’s and passenger’s front air bags Your vehicle is equipped with an Advanced Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) and lap/shoulder belts at both the driver and passenger seating positions. The SRS consists of air bags which are located in the center of the steering wheel, in the driver’s side lower crash pad below the steering wheel column and the passenger’s side front panel pad above the glove box. The air bags are labeled with the letters “AIR BAG” embossed on the pad covers.dai Elantra 2023 Child Restraint System (CRS) and Seats & Safety System-11

The purpose of the SRS is to provide the vehicle’s driver and front passengers with additional protection than that offered by the seat belt system alone. The SRS uses sensors to gather information about the driver’s and front passenger’s seat belt usage and impact severity. The seat belt buckle sensors determine if the driver’s and front passenger’s seat belts are fastened. These sensors provide the ability to control the SRS deployment based on whether or not the seat belts are fastened, and how severe the impact is. The advanced SRS offers the ability to control airbag inflation within two levels. A first-stage level is provided for moderate severity impacts. A second stage level is provided for more severe impacts. According to the impact severity, and seat belt usage, the SRS Control Module (SRSCM) controls airbag inflation. Failure to properly wear seat belts can increase the risk or severity of injury in an accident.

WARNING
To reduce the risk of serious injury or death from inflating front airbags, take the following precautions:

  • Seat belts must be worn at all times to help keep occupants positioned properly.
  •  Move your seat as far back as possible from the front airbags, while still maintaining control of the vehicle.
  • Never lean against the door or center console.
  • Do not allow the front passenger to place their feet or legs on the dashboard.
  • No objects (such as crash pad cover, cellular phone holder, cup holder, air fresheners or stickers) should be placed over or near the airbag modules on the steering wheel, instrument panel, windshield glass, and the front passenger panel above the glove box. Such objects could cause harm if the vehicle is in a crash severe enough to cause the airbags to deploy.

Side airbags

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Your vehicle is equipped with a side airbag in each front seat. The purpose of the airbag is to provide the vehicle’s driver and the front passenger with additional protection than that offered by the seat belt alone. The side air bags are designed to deploy only during certain side-impact collisions, depending on the crash severity. The side and curtain airbags on both sides of the vehicle may deploy if a rollover or possible rollover is detected. For vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor, the side airbags and pre-tensioners on both sides of the vehicle may deploy if a rollover or possible rollover is detected. However, the side airbags are not designed to deploy in all side impact or rollover situations.Hyundai Elantra 2023 Introduction05WARNING
To reduce the risk of serious injury or death from an inflating curtain airbag, take the following precautions:

  • All seat occupants must wear seat belts at all times to help keep occupants positioned properly.
  • Properly secure child restraints as far away from the door as possible.
  • Do not place any objects over the airbag. Also, do not attach any objects around the area where the airbag inflates such as the door, side door glass, front and rear pillar, and roof side rail.
  • Do not hang other objects except clothes, especially hard or breakable objects. In an accident, it may cause vehicle damage or personal injury.
  • Do not allow passengers to lean their heads or bodies onto doors, put their arms on the doors, stretch their arms out of the window, or place objects between the doors and seats.
  • Do not attempt to open or repair the side curtain airbags yourself.
    If necessary, have the airbag inspected by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer?

How Does the Air Bag System Operate?

How Does the Air Bag System Operate?

The SRS consists of the following components:

  1. Driver’s front airbag module
  2. Passenger’s front airbag module
  3.  Side airbag modules (front)
  4. Curtain airbag modules
  5. Retractor pre-tensioner assemblies
  6. Airbag warning light
  7. SRS control module (SRSCM) /Rollover sensor
  8. Front impact sensors
  9.  Side impact sensors (acceleration)
  10. Side impact sensors (pressure)
  11. Occupant classification system
  12. Driver’s and front passenger’s seat belt buckle sensors

The SRSCM (Supplemental Restraint System Control Module) continually monitors all SRS components while the Engine Start/Stop button is in the ON position or approximately 3 minutes after the ignition is off to determine if a crash impact is severe enough to require air bag deployment or pre-tensioner seat belt deployment.

SRS warning light
The SRS (Supplement Restraint System) air bag warning light on the instrument panel displays the airbag symbol depicted in the illustration. The system checks the airbag’s electrical system for malfunctions. The light indicates that there is a potential malfunction with your airbag system, which could include your side and curtain airbags used for rollover protection.

WARNING
If your SRS malfunctions, the airbag may not inflate properly during an accident, increasing the risk of serious injury or death.
If any of the following conditions occur, your SRS is malfunctioning:

  •  The light does not turn on for approximately three to six seconds when the Engine Start/Stop button is in the ON position.
  •  The light stays on after illuminating for approximately three to six seconds.
  • The light comes on while the vehicle is in motion.
    The light blinks when the engine is running.

Have an authorized HYUNDAI dealer inspect the SRS as soon as possible if any of these conditions occur.
During a frontal collision, sensors will detect the vehicle’s deceleration. If the rate of deceleration is high enough, the control unit will inflate the front airbags.
The front airbags help protect the driver and front passenger by responding to frontal impacts in which seat belts alone cannot provide adequate restraint. When needed, the side airbags help provide protection in the event of a side impact or rollover.

  • Air bags are activated (able to inflate if necessary) when the Engine Start/Stop button is in the ON position or approximately within 3 minutes after ignition off.
  • Airbags inflate in the event of certain frontal or side collisions to help protect the occupants from serious physical injury.
  •  Generally, airbags are designed to inflate based on the severity of a collision, its direction, etc. These two factors determine whether the sensors produce an electronic deployment/inflation signal.
  • The front airbags will completely inflate and deflate in an instant. It is virtually impossible for you to see the airbags inflate during an accident. It is much more likely that you will simply see the deflated airbags hanging out of their storage compartments after the collision.
  •  In addition to inflating in certain side collisions, vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor, and side and curtain airbags will inflate if the sensing system detects a rollover.
    When a rollover is detected, side and curtain airbags will remain inflated longer to help provide protection from ejection, especially when used in conjunction with seat belts.
  • To help provide protection, the airbags must inflate rapidly. The speed of air bag inflation is a consequence of the extremely short time in which to inflate the airbag between the occupant and the vehicle structures before the occupant impacts those structures. This speed of inflation reduces the risk of serious or life-threatening injuries and is thus a necessary part of airbag design.
  • However, rapid airbag inflation can also cause injuries which can include facial abrasions, bruises, and broken bones because the inflation speed also causes the airbags to expand with a great deal of force.
  • There are even circumstances under which contact with the airbag can cause fatal injuries, especially if the occupant is positioned excessively close to the air bag.

You can take steps to help reduce the risk of being injured by an inflating airbag. The greatest risk is sitting too close to the airbag. An airbag needs about 10 inches (25 cm) of space to inflate. NHTSA recommends that drivers allow at least 10 inches (25 cm) between the center of the steering wheel and the chest.

WARNING
To reduce the risk of serious injury or death from an inflating airbag, take the following precautions:

  • NEVER place a child restraint in the front passenger seat.
    Always properly restrain children under age 13 in the rear seats of the vehicle.
  •  Adjust the front passenger’s and driver’s seats as far to the rear as possible while maintaining you to maintain full control of the vehicle.
  • Hold the steering wheel with hands at the 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock positions.
  •  NEVER place anything or anyone between the airbag and the seat occupant.
  • Do not allow the front passenger to place their feet or legs on the dashboard.

How Does the Air Bag System Operate?

When the SRSCM detects a sufficiently severe impact to the front of the vehicle, it will automatically deploy the front airbags.

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Upon deployment, tear seams molded directly into the pad covers will separate under pressure from the expansion of the airbags. Further opening of the covers allows full inflation of the air bags.
A fully inflated air bag, in combination with a properly worn seat belt, slows the driver or the front passenger’s forward motion, reducing the risk of head and chest injury.

How Does the Air Bag System Operate?

After complete inflation, the air bag immediately starts deflating, enabling the driver to maintain forward visibility and the ability to steer or operate other controls.

WARNING
To prevent objects from becoming dangerous projectiles when the passenger’s airbag inflates:

  • Do not install or place any objects (drink holder, CD holder, stickers, etc.) on the front passenger’s panel above the glove box where the passenger’s airbag is located.
  • Do not install a container of liquid air freshener near the instrument cluster or on the instrument panel surface.

What to Expect After an Air Bag Inflates

After a frontal or side air bag inflates, it will deflate very quickly. Airbag inflation will not prevent the driver from seeing out of the windshield or being able
to steer. Curtain airbags may remain partially inflated for some time after they deploy.

WARNING
After an air bag inflates, take the following precautions:

  •  Open your windows and doors as soon as possible after impact to reduce prolonged exposure to the smoke and powder released by the inflating airbag.
  • Do not touch the air bag storage area’s internal components immediately after an air bag has inflated. The parts that come into contact with an inflating airbag may be very hot.
  • Always wash exposed skin areas thoroughly with cold water and mild soap.
  • Always have an authorized HYUNDAI dealer replace the airbag immediately after deployment. Airbags are designed to be used only once.

Noise and smoke from inflating airbags
When the airbags inflate, they make a loud noise and may produce smoke and powder in the air inside of the vehicle. This is normal and is a result of the ignition of the airbag inflator. After the airbag inflates, you may feel substantial discomfort in breathing because of the contact of your chest with both the seat belt and the airbag, as well as from breathing the smoke and powder. The powder may aggravate asthma in some people. If you experience breathing problems after an airbag deployment, seek medical attention immediately.
Though the smoke and powder are nontoxic, they may cause irritation to the skin, eyes, nose, throat, etc. If this is the case, wash and rinse with cold water immediately and seek medical attention if the symptoms persist.\Occupant

Classification System (OCS)

HHow Does the Air Bag System Operate?

Your vehicle is equipped with an Occupant Classification System (OCS) in the front passenger’s seat.

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Main components of the Occupant Classification System

  •  A detection device is located within the front passenger seat cushion.
  • Electronic system to help determine whether the passenger airbag systems should be activated or deactivated.
  • An indicator light is located on the overhead console which illuminates the words “PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF” indicating the front passenger airbag system is deactivated.
  • The overhead console airbag indicator light is interconnected with the OCS.

The OCS is designed to help detect
the presence of a properly-seated front passenger and determine if the passenger’s front airbag should be enabled (may inflate) or not. The purpose is to help reduce the risk of injury or death from an inflating airbag to certain front passenger seat occupants, such as children, by requiring the airbag to be automatically turned OFF.
For example, if a child restraint of the type specified in the regulations is on the seat, the occupant classification sensor can detect it and cause the airbag to turn OFF.
Front passenger seat adult occupants who are properly seated and wearing the seat belt properly, should not cause the passenger airbag to be automatically turned OFF. For small adults it may be turned OFF, however, if the occupant does not sit in the seat properly (for example, by not sitting upright, by sitting on the edge of the seat, or by otherwise being out of position), this could cause the sensor to turn the airbag OFF. You will find the “PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF” indicator on the overhead console. This system detects conditions 1-4 in the following table and activates or deactivates the front passenger airbag based on these conditions.
Always be sure that you and all vehicle occupants are seated properly and wearing the seat belt properly for the most effective protection by the airbag and the seat belt.
Never install a Child Restraint System in the front passenger’s seat. If you should install a CRS (Child Restraint System), use a forward-facing CRS with a 3-point ALR safety seat belt and adjust the front passenger’s seat as far to the rear as possible. If the PASSENGER AIR BAG “OFF” indicator is OFF after a CRS (Child Restraint System) is equipped, the front passenger’s airbag is operating so you should install the CRS in the rear seats of the vehicle immediately.
The OCS may not function properly if the passenger takes actions that can affect the classification system. These include:

  • Failing to sit in an upright position.
  • Leaning against the door or center console.
  • Sitting towards the sides of the front of the seat.
  • Putting their legs on the dashboard or resting them on other locations reduces the passenger weight on the front seat.
  • Wearing the seat belt improperly.
  • Reclining the seatback.
  • Wearing thick clothes like ski wear or hip protection wear.
  • Putting an additional thick cushion on the seat.
  • Putting electrical devices (for example, notebook, satellite radio) on the seat with inverter charging.

Condition and operation in the front passenger Occupant Classification System

 

Condition detected by the occupant classification system

Indicator/Warning light Devices
“PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF”

indicator light

SRS warning light Front passenger air bag
1. Adult *1 Off Off Activated
2. Infant *2 or child restraint system with 12 months old

*3 *4

 

On

 

Off

 

Deactivated

3. Unoccupied On Off Deactivated
4. Malfunction in the system Off On Activated
  1.  The system judges a person of adult size as an adult. When a smaller adult sits in the front passenger seat, the system may recognize him/her as a child depending on his/her physique and posture.
  2.  Do not allow children to ride in the front passenger seat. When a larger child who has outgrown a child restraint system sits in the front passenger seat, the system may
    recognize him/her as an adult depending upon his/her physique or sitting position.
  3. Never install a child restraint system on the front passenger seat.
  4. The PASSENGER AIR BAG “OFF” indicator may turn on or off when a child above 12 months to 12 years old (with or without a child restraint system) sits in the front passenger seat. This is a normal condition.

WARNING
Riding in an improper position or placing weight on the front passenger’s seat when it is unoccupied by a passenger adversely affects the OCS. To reduce the risk of serious injury or death:

How Does the Air Bag System Operate?

  • NEVER put a heavy load in the front seat or seatback pocket, or hang any items on the front passenger seat.

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  • NEVER place your feet on the front passenger seatback.

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  • NEVER sit with your hips shifted towards the front of the seat.

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  • NEVER ride with the seatback reclined when the vehicle is moving.

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  • NEVER place your feet or legs on the dashboard.

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  • NEVER lean on the door or center console or sit on one side of the front passenger seat. ODH035900K

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  • Do not sit on the passenger seat wearing heavily padded clothes such as ski wear and hip protectors.

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  • Do not use car seat accessories such as thick blankets and cushions that cover up the car seat surface.

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  • Do not place electronic devices such as laptops, DVD players, or conductive materials such as water bottles on the passenger seat.
  •  Do not use electronic devices such as laptops and satellite radios which use inverter chargers.

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  • If a large amount of liquid has been spilled on the passenger seat, the airbag warning light may illuminate or malfunction.
    Therefore, make sure the seat has been completely dried before driving the vehicle
  •  Do not place sharp objects on the front passenger seat. These may damage the occupant detection system if they puncture the seat cushion.
  • Do not place any items under the front passenger seat.
  •  When changing or replacing the seat or seat cover, use the original items only.

The OCS has been developed based on using original HYUNDAI car seats only. Altering or changing the authentic parts may result in system malfunction and increase the risk of injury when in a collision. Any of the above could interfere with the proper operation of the OCS sensor thereby increasing the risk of an injury in an accident.

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Proper seated position for OCS
If the “PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF” indicator is on when an adult is seated in the front passenger seat, place the Engine Start/Stop button in the OFF position and ask the passenger to sit properly (sitting upright with the seat back in an upright position, centered on the seat cushion with their seat belt on, legs comfortably extended and their feet on the floor). Restart the engine and have the person remain in that position. This will allow the system to detect the person and enable the passenger airbag. If the “PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF” indicator is still on, ask the passenger to move to the rear seat.

WARNING
NEVER allow an adult passenger to ride in the front passenger seat when the “PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF” indicator is illuminated. During a collision, the airbag will not inflate if the indicator is illuminated. Have your passengers reposition themselves in the seat. If the “PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF” indicator remains illuminated after the passenger repositions themselves properly and the vehicle is restarted, have the passenger move to the rear seat because the airbag will not inflate.

NOTICE
The “PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF” indicator generally illuminates for approximately 4 seconds after the Engine Start/Stop button is in the ON position or after the engine is started. However, if the ignition switch or Engine Start/Stop button is turned to the ON position within 3 minutes after ignition OFF, the indicator does not illuminate. If the front passenger seat is occupied, the OCS will then classify the front passenger after several more seconds.

Do Not Install a Child Restraint in the Front Passenger’s Seat

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Even though your vehicle is equipped with the OCS, never install a child restraint in the front passenger’s seat. An inflating air bag can forcefully strike a child or child restraint resulting in serious or fatal injury.

WARNING

  • NEVER place a rear-facing or front-facing child restraint in the front passenger’s seat of the vehicle.
  • An inflating frontal air bag could forcefully strike a child resulting in serious injury or death.
  • Always properly restrain children in an appropriate child restraint in the rear seat of the vehicle.

Why Didn’t My Air Bag Go Off in a Collision?

Airbags are not designed to inflate in every collision. There are certain types of accidents in which the airbag would not be expected to provide additional protection. These include rear impacts, second or third collisions in multiple-impact accidents, as well as low-speed impacts. Damage to the vehicle indicates collision energy absorption and is not an indicator of whether or not an airbag should have inflated.

WARNING
To reduce the risk of an airbag deploying unexpectedly and causing serious injury or death:

  • Do not hit or allow any objects to impact the locations where airbags or sensors are installed.
  •  Do not perform maintenance on or around the airbag sensors. If the location or angle of the sensors is altered, the airbags may deploy when they should not or may not deploy when they should.
  • Do not install bumper guards or replace the bumper with non-genuine HYUNDAI parts. This may adversely affect the collision and airbag deployment performance.
  • Place the ignition switch in the LOCK/OFF or ACC position when the vehicle is being towed to prevent inadvertent airbag deployment.
  • Have all airbag repairs performed by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer.

Airbag collision sensors

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  1. SRS control module/Rollover sensor
  2. Front impact sensors
  3. Side impact sensors (acceleration)
  4.  Side impact sensors (pressure)

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Front airbags
Front airbags are designed to inflate in a frontal collision depending on the severity of the impact of the front collision.

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Side and curtain airbags
Side and curtain airbags are designed to inflate when an impact is detected by side collision sensors depending on the severity of impact resulting from a side impact collision.
Although the driver’s and front passenger’s airbags are designed to inflate only in frontal collisions, they also may inflate in other types of collisions if the front impact sensors detect a sufficient impact. Side and curtain airbags are designed to inflate only in side impact collisions or rollover situations, but they may inflate in other collisions if the side impact sensors detect a sufficient impact.
If the vehicle chassis is impacted by bumps or objects on unimproved roads, the airbags may deploy. Drive carefully on unimproved roads or on surfaces not designed for vehicle traffic to prevent unintended air bag deployment.

Air bag non-inflation conditions

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In certain low-speed collisions, the airbags may not deploy. The airbags are designed not to deploy in such cases because they may not provide benefits beyond the protection of the seat belts.

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How Does the Air Bag System Operate?

Front airbags are not designed to inflate in rear collisions, because occupants are moved backward by the force of the impact. In this case, inflated airbags would not provide any additional benefit.

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Front airbags may not inflate in side impact collisions, because occupants move in the direction of the collision, and thus in side impacts, front airbag deployment would not provide additional occupant protection.
However, side and curtain airbags may inflate depending on the severity of the impact.

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In an angled collision, the force of impact may direct the occupants in a direction where the airbags would not be able to provide any additional benefit, and thus the sensors may not deploy any airbags.

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Just before impact, drivers often brake heavily. Such heavy braking lowers the front portion of the vehicle causing it to “ride” under a vehicle with a higher ground clearance. Airbags may not inflate in this “underride” situation because deceleration forces that are detected by sensors may be significantly reduced by such “underride” collisions.

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Front airbags may not inflate in rollover accidents because airbag deployment may not provide protection to the occupants.
However, side and curtain airbags may inflate when the vehicle is rolled over by a side-impact collision.

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Air bags may not inflate if the vehicle collides with objects such as utility poles or trees, where the point of impact is concentrated and the collision energy is absorbed by the vehicle structure.

SRS Care

The SRS is virtually maintenance-free and there are no parts you can safely service by yourself. If the SRS airbag warning light does not illuminate when the ignition switch is in the ON position, or continuously remains on, have your vehicle immediately inspected by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer.
Any work on the SRS system, such as removing, installing, repairing, or any work on the steering wheel, the front passenger’s panel, front seats, and roof rails must be performed by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer. Improper handling of the SRS system may result in serious personal injury.

WARNING
To reduce the risk of serious injury or death, take the following precautions:

  • Do not attempt to modify or disconnect the SRS components or wiring, including the addition of any kind of badges to the pad covers or modifications to the body structure.
  • Do not place objects over or near the airbag modules on the steering wheel, instrument panel, or the front passenger’s panel above the glove box.
  • Clean the air bag pad covers with a soft cloth moistened with plain water. Solvents or cleaners could adversely affect the airbag covers and proper deployment of the system.
  • Always have inflated airbags replaced by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer.
  • If components of the airbag system must be discarded, or if the vehicle must be scrapped, certain safety precautions must be observed. Consult an authorized HYUNDAI dealer for the necessary information. Failure to follow these precautions could increase the risk of personal injury.

Additional Safety Precautions

Passengers should not move out of or change seats while the vehicle is moving. A passenger who is not wearing a seat belt during a crash or emergency stop can be thrown against the inside of the vehicle, against other occupants, or be ejected from the vehicle.
Do not use any accessories on seat belts. Devices claiming to improve occupant comfort or reposition the seat belt can reduce the protection provided by the seat belt and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash.
Do not modify the front seats. Modification of the front seats could interfere with the operation of the supplemental restraint system sensing components or side airbags.
Do not place items under the front seats. Placing items under the front seats could interfere with the operation of the supplemental restraint system sensing components and wiring harnesses.
Do not cause an impact to the doors. Impact on the doors, when the Engine Start/Stop button is in the ON position, may cause the airbags to inflate.
Modifications to accommodate disabilities. If you require modification to your vehicle to accommodate a disability, contact the HYUNDAI Customer Connect Center at 800-633-5151.

Adding equipment to or modifying your air bag-equipped vehicle
If you modify your vehicle by changing your vehicle’s frame, bumper system, front end or side sheet metal, or ride height, this may affect the operation of your vehicle’s airbag system.

Air Bag Warning Labels

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FAQ

What types of child restraint systems are compatible with the 2023 Hyundai Elantra?

The 2023 Hyundai Elantra is compatible with various types of child restraint systems, including rear-facing seats, forward-facing seats, and booster seats.

Where are the LATCH anchors located in the 2023 Hyundai Elantra?

The LATCH anchors are located in the rear seat on both sides. The lower anchors are situated between the seat cushion and seat back, while the top tether anchors are on the rear parcel shelf or the back of the seat.

Can I install a child restraint system in the front passenger seat of the 2023 Hyundai Elantra?

It is not recommended to install a child restraint system in the front passenger seat due to the presence of airbags. Always place child seats in the rear seats.

Can I use a second-hand child restraint system in the 2023 Hyundai Elantra?

It is generally not recommended to use second-hand child restraint systems, as they may have been involved in an accident or have expired. Always check the history and expiration date of the seat.

How do I use the child seat anchors in the 2023 Hyundai Elantra?

Locate the LATCH anchors between the seat cushion and seat back in the rear seats. Attach the child seat’s lower anchor connectors to these points and ensure a secure fit.

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