Buick Encore: Airbag System / Additional Factors Affecting System Operation

Buick Encore 2020-2022 Owner's Manual / Seats and Restraints / Airbag System / Additional Factors Affecting System Operation

Seat belts help keep the passenger in position on the seat during vehicle maneuvers and braking, which helps the passenger sensing system maintain the passenger airbag status. See “Seat Belts” and “Child Restraints” in the Index for additional information about the importance of proper restraint use.

A thick layer of additional material, such as a blanket or cushion, or aftermarket equipment such as seat covers, seat heaters, and seat massagers can affect how well the passenger sensing system operates. We recommend that you not use seat covers or other aftermarket equipment except when approved by GM for your specific vehicle.

See Adding Equipment to the Airbag-Equipped Vehicle for more information about modifications that can affect how the system operates.

The ON indicator may be lit if an object, such as a briefcase, handbag, grocery bag, laptop, or other electronic device is put on an unoccupied seat. If this is not desired, remove the object from the seat.

Warning

Stowing articles under the passenger seat or between the passenger seat cushion and seatback may interfere with the proper operation of the passenger sensing system.

    If the Off Indicator Is Lit for an Adult-Sized Occupant

    If a person of adult size is sitting in the front outboard passenger seat, but the OFF indicator is lit, it could be because that person is not sitting properly in the seat...

    Servicing the Airbag-Equipped  Vehicle

    Airbags affect how the vehicle should be serviced. There are parts of the airbag system in several places around the vehicle. Your dealer and the service manual have information about servicing the vehicle and the airbag system...

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    Buick Encore 2020-2022 Owner's Manual: Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control Function Check


    Warning When you are doing this inspection, the vehicle could move suddenly. If the vehicle moves, you or others could be injured. Before starting this check, be sure there is enough room around the vehicle. It should be parked on a level surface...

    Buick Encore 2020-2022 Owner's Manual: Storage Compartments


    Storage Compartments Warning Do not store heavy or sharp objects in storage compartments. In a crash, these objects may cause the cover to open and could result in injury. Instrument Panel Storage Pull the handle to open. Pull up on the handle to open...

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    Safety Locks

    The rear door safety locks prevent passengers from opening the rear doors from inside the vehicle.

    Manual Safety Locks

    Buick Encore. Safety Locks

    If equipped, the safety lock is located on the inside edge of the rear doors. To use the safety lock:

    Insert the key into the safety lock slot and turn it so the slot is in the horizontal position. Close the door. Do the same for the other rear door.

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