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2023 Subaru Impreza SUBARU frontal airbag Base Sedan Guidelines

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Subaru Impreza 2023 SUBARU advanced frontal airbag system Base Sedan

The driver and front passenger of the 2023 Subaru Impreza Base Sedan are protected by a dual-stage SUBARU frontal airbag system, which is a cutting-edge feature. These cutting-edge airbags provide improved safety in the case of a frontal accident by deploying with different degrees of force depending on the severity of a collision. Additionally, the vehicle has an occupant sensing system for the front passenger airbag that adjusts airbag deployment based on the weight and presence of the occupant, protecting passengers of varying sizes. The 2023 Subaru Impreza Base Sedan’s advanced frontal airbags are a testament to Subaru’s dedication to safety and innovation, making driving safer for all passengers.

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SUBARU advanced frontal airbag system

Your vehicle is equipped with a SUBARU advanced frontal airbag system that complies with the new advanced frontal airbag requirements in the amended Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208. The SUBARU advanced frontal airbag system automatically determines the deployment force of the driver’s SRS frontal airbag at the time of deployment as well as whether or not to activate the front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag and, if activated, the deployment force of the SRS frontal airbag at the time of deployment.

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Your vehicle has warning labels on the driver’s and front passenger’s sun visors beginning with the phrase “EVEN WITH ADVANCED AIR BAGS” and a tag attached to the glove box lid beginning with the phrase “Even with Advanced Air Bags”. Make sure that you carefully read the instructions on the warning labels and tag. Always wear your seatbelt. The SUBARU advanced frontal airbag system is a supplemental restraint system and must be used in combination with a seatbelt. All occupants should wear a seatbelt or be seated in an appropriate child restraint system.

  • SRS frontal airbag for front passenger. SRS knee airbag for driver
  • SRS curtain airbag*1
  1. When an offset frontal collision that is severe enough to deploy the front airbag occurs.

These components supplement the seatbelts by reducing the impact to the occupant’s head, chest, and knees.

Driver’s SRS frontal airbag
The driver’s SRS frontal airbag uses a dual-stage inflator. The inflator operates in different ways depending on the severity of the impact.

SRS airbag system warning light

Have the system inspected by your SUBARU dealer immediately if the SRS airbag system warning light illuminates.

NOTE
The driver’s SRS side airbag and SRS curtain airbag are not controlled by the SUBARU advanced frontal airbag system.  Front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag  The front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag uses a dual-stage inflator. The inflator operates in different ways depending on the severity of the impact.

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Occupant detection system sensors
The occupant detection system sensors are installed between the seat and seat rails, and monitor the physique and posture of the front passenger. Using this information, the occupant detection system determines whether the front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag should be deployed or not.

WARNING
Do not kick the front passenger seat or subject it to severe impact. Otherwise, the SRS airbag system warning light may illuminate to indicate a Seat, seatbelt, and SRS airbags/SRS airbag (Supplemental Restraint System airbag) 1-55 malfunction of the front passenger occupant detection system. In this case, contact your SUBARU dealer immediately.

WARNING
Do not kick the front passenger seat or subject it to severe impact. Otherwise, the SRS airbag system warning light may illuminate to indicate a Seat, seatbelt, and SRS airbags/SRS airbag (Supplemental Restraint System airbag) 1-55 malfunction of the front passenger occupant detection system. In this case, contact your SUBARU dealer immediately.

CAUTION
Electronic devices* may affect the occupant detection system, especially under either of the following conditions.

  • When placed on the front passenger’s seat while connected to the accessory power outlet
  • When used by the front passenger

Examples: cell phones, laptops, portable music players, or electronic games. If either of the following situations occurs when using an electronic device in the vehicle, at first try to relocate that device to avoid it creating any interference.

  • The SRS airbag system warning light illuminates.
  • The front passenger’s frontal airbag ON and OFF indicators operate erratically.

If the interference remains, stop using the device in the vehicle.
The occupant detection system may not inflate the front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag even when the driver’s SRS frontal airbag deploys. This is normal. In this case, although the front passenger’s SRS
frontal airbag does not operate, the front passenger’s seatbelt pre-tensioner operates with the driver’s seatbelt pre-tensioner. SRS Airbag SystemSRS airbag (Supplemental Restraint System airbag)3

SRS airbag system warning light
If the seatbelt buckle switch and/or front passenger’s occupant detection system have failed, the SRS airbag system warning light will illuminate. Have the system inspected by your SUBARU dealer immediately if the SRS airbag system warning light illuminates. If your vehicle has sustained impact, this may affect the proper function of the SUBARU advanced frontal airbag system. Have your vehicle inspected at your SUBARU dealer. Do not use the front passenger’s seat while driving the vehicle to your SUBARU dealer.

NOTE
The front passenger’s SRS side airbag and SRS curtain airbag are not controlled by the SUBARU advanced frontal airbag system.

Passenger’s frontal airbag ON and OFF indicators

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Front passenger’s frontal airbag ON indicator
Front passenger’s frontal airbag OFF indicator

Occupant detection system

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Occupant detection system sensors

The occupant detection system sensors are installed between the seat and seat rails, and monitor the physique and posture of the front passenger. Using this information, the occupant detection system determines whether the front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag should be deployed or not.

WARNING
Do not kick the front passenger seat or subject it to severe impact. Otherwise, the SRS airbag system warning light may illuminate to indicate a malfunction of the front passenger occupant detection system. In this case, contact your SUBARU dealer immediately.

CAUTION
Electrical devices, such as cell phones, laptops, portable music players, or electronic games, especially when connected to the accessory power outlet and placed on the front passenger’s seat or used by the person sitting in the front passenger’s seat, may affect the operation of the occupant detection system. If either of the following situations occurs when using an electronic device in the vehicle, at first try to relocate that device to avoid it creating any interference.

  • The SRS airbag system warning light illuminates.
  • The front passenger’s frontal airbag ON and OFF indicators operate erratically.

If the device continues to cause interference, the use of that device in the vehicle should be discontinued.

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If the front passenger’s seat cushion is wet, this may adversely affect the ability of the system to determine deployment. Wipe off liquid from the seat, let the seat dry naturally and then check the SRS airbag system warning light.

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dry, do not allow anyone to sit on the front passenger’s seat and have the occupant detection system checked by your SUBARU dealer.

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Front passenger’s frontal airbag ON indicator
Front passenger’s frontal airbag OFF indicator

Also, if luggage or electronic devices are placed on the front passenger’s seat, this may adversely affect the ability of the system to determine deployment. This may prevent the front passenger’s frontal airbag ON and OFF indicators from working properly. Check that the indicators work properly. When the OFF indicator turns off and the ON indicator illuminates, the front passenger’s frontal airbag may deploy during a collision. Remove luggage and electronic devices from the front passenger seat.

Conditions in which the front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag is not activated
The front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag will not be activated when any of the following conditions are met regarding the front passenger’s seat:

  •  The seat is empty.
  • The seat is equipped with an appropriate child restraint system and an infant or a child is restrained in it. (See the WARNING that follows.)
  • The front passenger’s occupant detection system is malfunctioning.

WARNING
NEVER INSTALL A CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM IN THE FRONT PASSENGER’S SEAT EVEN IF THE FRONT PASSENGER’S SRS FRONTAL AIRBAG IS DEACTIVATED.

Be sure to install it in the REAR seat in the correct manner. Also, it is strongly recommended that any forward-facing child seat or booster seat be installed in the REAR seat and that even children who have outgrown a child restraint system be also seated in the REAR seat. This is because children sitting in the front passenger’s seat may be killed or severely injured should the front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag deploy. REAR seats are the safest place for children.

CAUTION
When the front passenger’s seat is occupied by an infant in an appropriate child restraint system, observe the following precautions.
Failure to do so may interfere with the proper operation of the occupant detection system, activating the front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag even though that seat is occupied by the infant in the child restraint system.

  • Do not place any article (including electronic devices) on the seat other than the infant in the child restraint system.
  • Do not place more than one infant in the child restraint system.
  • If the front passenger’s frontal airbag ON indicator illuminates and the OFF indicator turns off even when an infant or a small child is in a child restraint system (including booster seat)

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  1. Turn the ignition switch to the “LOCK”/ “OFF” position.
  2. Remove the child restraint system from the seat.
  3. By referring to the child restraint manufacturer’s recommendations as well as the child restraint system
  4. Turn the ignition switch to the “ON” position and make sure that the front passenger’s frontal airbag ON indicator turns off and the OFF indicator illuminates. If the ON indicator still remains illuminated while the OFF indicator turns off, take the following actions.
  • Ensure that no article is placed on the seat other than the child restraint system and the child occupant.
  • Ensure that the backward-forward position and seatback of the front passenger’s seat are locked into place securely by moving the seat back and forth.
  • If the ON indicator still remains illuminated while the OFF indicator turns off after taking the relevant corrective actions described above, relocate the child restraint system to the rear seat and immediately contact your SUBARU dealer for an inspection.

NOTE

  • When a child who has outgrown a child restraint system or a small adult is seated in the front passenger’s seat, the SUBARU advanced frontal air bag system may or may not activate the front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag depending on the occupant’s seating posture. Children should always wear a seatbelt when sitting in the seat irrespective of whether the airbag is deactivated or activated. If the front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag is activated (the ON indicator remains illuminated while the OFF indicator turns off), take the following action.  the seat other than the occupant.
  • If the ON indicator still remains illuminated while the OFF indicator turns off despite the fact that the actions noted above have been taken, seat the child/small adult in the rear seat and immediately contact your SUBARU dealer for an inspection. Even if the system has passed the dealer inspection, it is recommended that on subsequent trips the child/small adult always take the rear seat. Children who have outgrown a child restraint system should always wear the seatbelt irrespective of whether the airbag is deactivated or activated.

Conditions in which the front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag is activated
The front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag will be activated for deployment upon impact when any of the following conditions are met regarding the front passenger’s seat.

  •  When the seat is occupied by an adult. . When certain items (e.g. jug of water) are placed on the seat
  • If the passenger’s frontal airbag OFF indicator illuminates and the ON indicator turns off even when the front passenger’s seat is occupied by an adult

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  • Front passenger’s frontal airbag ON indicator
  •  Front passenger’s frontal airbag OFF indicator

This can be caused by the adult incorrectly sitting in the front passenger’s seat.

  1. Turn the ignition switch to the “LOCK”/ “OFF” position.
  2. Ask the front passenger to set the seatback to the upright position, sit up straight in the center of the seat cushion, correctly fasten the seatbelt, position his/her legs out forward, and position.
  3. Turn the ignition switch to the “ON” position.

If the OFF indicator remains illuminated while the ON indicator remains off, take the following actions.

  1. Turn the ignition switch to the “LOCK”/ “OFF” position.
  2. Make sure that the front passenger does not use a blanket, seat cushion, seat cover, seat heater or massager, etc.
  3. If wearing excessive layers of clothing, the front passenger should remove any unnecessary items before sitting in the front passenger’s seat, or should sit in a rear seat.
  4. Turn the ignition switch to the “ON” position and wait 6 seconds to allow the system to complete self-checking. Following the system check, both indicators turn off for 2 seconds. Now, the ON indicator should illuminate while the OFF indicator remains off adjust the seat to the rearmost

If the OFF indicator still remains illuminated while the ON indicator remains off, ask the occupant to move to the rear seat and immediately contact your SUBARU dealer for an inspection.

Operation

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  • Driver’s side
  •  Passenger’s side
  •  SRS AIRBAGs deploy as soon as a collision occurs.
  •  After deployment, SRS AIRBAGs start to deflate immediately so that the driver’s vision is not
    obstructed.

The SRS airbags can function only when the ignition switch is in the “ON” position. The SUBARU advanced frontal airbag system is designed to determine the activation or deactivation condition of the front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag depending on the characteristic of the item(s) or person on the front passenger’s seat monitored by the front passenger’s occupant detection system sensor. For this reason, only the driver’s SRS frontal airbag may deploy in the event of a collision, but this does not mean failure of the system. If the following sensors detect a predetermined amount of force during a frontal collision, the control module sends signals to the airbag module(s) (only the driver’s module or both driver’s and front passenger’s modules) instructing the module(s) to inflate the SRS frontal airbag(s).

  •  The front impact sensors
  •  The impact sensors in the airbag control module On the driver’s side, the SRS knee airbag also inflates with the SRS frontal airbag.

The driver’s and front passenger’s SRS frontal airbags use dual-stage inflators. The two inflators of each airbag are triggered either sequentially or simultaneously, depending on the severity of impact, in the case of the driver’s SRS frontal airbag, and depending on the severity of impact and the characteristic of the item(s) or person on the seat in the case of the front passenger’s SRS frontal air-bag.

After deployment
After deployment, the SRS airbag immediately starts to deflate so that the driver’s vision is not obstructed and the driver’s ability to maintain control of the vehicle is not impaired. The time required from detecting impact to the deflation of the SRS airbag after deployment is shorter than the blink of an eye. Both when only the driver’s SRS frontal airbag deploys and the driver’s and front passenger’s SRS frontal airbags deploy, the driver’s and front passenger’s seatbelt pretensioners operate at the same time. When the SRS airbag deploys, a sudden, fairly loud inflation noise will be heard and some smoke will be released. These occurrences are a normal result of the deployment. This smoke does not indicate a fire in the vehicle.

CAUTION
Do not touch the SRS airbag system components around the steering wheel and dashboard with bare hands right after deployment. Doing so can cause burns because the components can be very hot as a result of deployment.

Example of the type of accident
The driver’s SRS frontal airbag and the front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag are designed as follows.

  • To deploy in the event of an accident involving a moderate to severe frontal collision
  • To function on a one-time-only basis The driver’s SRS frontal airbag and front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag are not designed as follows.
  • To deploy in most lesser frontal impacts*1
  • To deploy in most side or rear impacts
  • Because the necessary protection can be achieved by the seatbelt alone.
  • Because deployment of only the driver’s

SRS frontal airbags or both the driver’s and front passenger’s SRS frontal airbags would not protect the occupant in those situations. SRS airbag deployment depends on the level of force experienced in the passenger compartment during a collision. That level differs from one type of collision to another, and it may have no bearing on the visible damage done to the vehicle itself.

Example of an accident in which the driver’s/driver’s and front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag(s) will most likely deploy

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A head-on collision against a thick concrete wall at a vehicle speed of 12 to 19 mph (20 to 30 km/h) or higher activates only the driver’s SRS frontal airbag or both the driver’s and front passenger’s SRS frontal airbags. The airbag(s) will also be activated when the vehicle is exposed to a frontal impact similar in fashion and magnitude to the collision described above.

Examples of the types of accidents in which it is possible that the driver’s/driver’s and front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag(s) will deploy

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Only the driver’s SRS frontal airbag or both the driver’s and front passenger’s SRS frontal airbags may be activated when the vehicle sustains a hard impact in the undercarriage area from the road surface (such as when the vehicle plunges into a deep ditch, is severely impacted or knocked hard against an obstacle on the road such as a curb).

Examples of the types of accidents in which deployment of the driver’s/driver’s and front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag(s) is unlikely to occur

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  1. The vehicle strikes an object, such as a telephone pole or sign pole.
  2. The vehicle slides under the load bed of a truck.
  3. The vehicle sustains an oblique offset frontal impact.
  4. The vehicle sustains an offset frontal collision.
  5. The vehicle strikes an object that can move or deform, such as a parked vehicle.

There are many types of collisions that might not necessarily require the deployment of driver’s/driver’s and front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag(s). In the event of accidents like those illustrated, the driver’s/driver’s and front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag(s) may not deploy depending on the level of accident forces involved. Examples of the types of accidents in which the driver’s/driver’s and front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag(s) are not designed to deploy in most cases

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The driver’s and front passenger’s SRS frontal airbags are not designed to deploy in most of the following cases.

  •  If the vehicle is struck from the side or from behind.
  • If the vehicle rolls onto its side or roof.
  • If the vehicle is involved in a low-speed frontal collision.

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  1. First Impact
  2.  Second impact

In an accident where the vehicle is impacted more than once, the driver’s and/or front passenger’s SRS frontal airbag(s) will deploy only once on the first impact.

Example: In the case of a double collision, first with another vehicle, then against a concrete wall in immediate succession, once either or both of the driver’s and front passenger’s SRS frontal airbags is/are activated on the first impact, it/they will not be activated on the second impact.

FAQ

What type of airbag system does the 2023 Subaru Impreza Base Sedan come equipped with?
The 2023 Subaru Impreza Base Sedan is equipped with a frontal airbag system.

How many frontal airbags are there in the 2023 Impreza Base Sedan?
There are two frontal airbags in the 2023 Impreza Base Sedan, one for the driver and one for the front passenger.

What is the purpose of frontal airbags in a vehicle?
Frontal airbags are designed to provide additional protection to the driver and front passenger in the event of a frontal collision by inflating rapidly upon impact.

Are the frontal airbags in the 2023 Impreza Base Sedan dual-stage airbags?
Yes, the frontal airbags in the 2023 Impreza Base Sedan are dual-stage airbags, which means they can deploy with varying levels of force depending on the severity of the collision.

Is there an occupant sensing system for the front passenger airbag in this model?
Yes, the 2023 Impreza Base Sedan is equipped with an occupant sensing system for the front passenger airbag, which can detect the presence and weight of the front passenger and adjust airbag deployment accordingly.

How does the occupant sensing system work?
The occupant sensing system uses sensors in the front passenger seat to determine whether the seat is occupied and the weight of the occupant. Based on this information, it can decide whether to enable or disable the front passenger airbag.

Can the front passenger airbag be manually deactivated in the 2023 Impreza Base Sedan?
Yes, there is typically a manual deactivation option for the front passenger airbag, which allows it to be turned off in situations where a child or rear-facing child safety seat is in use.

What is the recommended age and size for passengers to safely use the front passenger airbag?
The front passenger airbag is generally safe for adult-sized passengers. Children and small individuals are typically advised to sit in the rear seat, away from the airbag, to ensure their safety.

Are there any specific weight or height limits for the occupant sensing system?
The weight and height limits for the occupant sensing system may vary by model year and trim level, so it’s essential to consult the vehicle’s owner’s manual for specific details.

Does the 2023 Impreza Base Sedan have side airbags or other supplemental restraint systems?
Yes, in addition to the frontal airbags, the 2023 Impreza Base Sedan may come equipped with side airbags and other supplemental restraint systems for enhanced safety.

How does Subaru ensure the effectiveness of its frontal airbags?
Subaru conducts extensive testing and research to ensure the effectiveness of its frontal airbags in various collision scenarios, using crash test dummies and advanced
computer simulations.

Can the frontal airbags be deployed in non-collision situations, such as hitting a pothole?
Frontal airbags are designed to deploy primarily in the event of a significant collision. Hitting a pothole or a bump in the road is unlikely to trigger their deployment.

Is there a way to check if the frontal airbag system is functioning correctly?
Most vehicles, including the 2023 Impreza Base Sedan, have a warning light on the instrument panel that illuminates briefly when the vehicle is started. If this light stays on or flashes, it may indicate a problem with the airbag system, and it should be inspected by a qualified technician.

Can the airbags be serviced or repaired by the owner?
Airbag systems are complex and sensitive safety components, and any maintenance or repairs should be performed by trained professionals. Attempting to service or repair airbags yourself can be dangerous and is not recommended.

Are there any recalls or safety issues related to the frontal airbags in the 2023 Impreza Base Sedan?
To check for recalls or safety issues related to the frontal airbags in a specific vehicle, it is advisable to visit the official Subaru website or contact a Subaru dealership for the most up-to-date information.

Useful Link

View Full User Guide: Subaru Impreza 2023 Base Sedan User Guide

Download Manuals: https://www.subaru.com/owners/vehicle-resources/manuals.html

2024 Subaru Impreza Specs, Price, Features, Mileage (Brochure)

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