Buick Encore: Airbag System / How Does an Airbag Restrain?

Buick Encore 2020-2022 Owner's Manual / Seats and Restraints / Airbag System / How Does an Airbag Restrain?

In moderate to severe frontal or near frontal collisions, even belted occupants can contact the steering wheel or the instrument panel. In moderate to severe side collisions, even belted occupants can contact the inside of the vehicle.

Airbags supplement the protection provided by seat belts by distributing the force of the impact more evenly over the occupant's body.

Rollover capable roof-rail airbags are designed to help contain the head and chest of occupants in the outboard seating positions in the first and second rows. The rollover capable roof-rail airbags are designed to help reduce the risk of full or partial ejection in rollover events, although no system can prevent all such ejections.

But airbags would not help in many types of collisions, primarily because the occupant's motion is not toward those airbags. See When Should an Airbag Inflate?.

Airbags should never be regarded as anything more than a supplement to seat belts.

    What Makes an Airbag Inflate?

    In a deployment event, the sensing system sends an electrical signal triggering a release of gas from the inflator. Gas from the inflator fills the airbag causing the bag to break out of the cover...

    What Will You See after an Airbag Inflates?

    After the frontal, knee (if equipped), and seat-mounted side impact airbags inflate, they quickly deflate, so quickly that some people may not even realize the airbags inflated...

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    Buick Encore 2020-2022 Owner's Manual: Engine Power Messages


    ENGINE POWER IS REDUCED This message displays when the vehicle's propulsion power is reduced. A reduction in propulsion power can affect the vehicle's ability to accelerate. If this message is on, but there is no observed reduction in performance, proceed to your destination...

    Buick Encore 2020-2022 Owner's Manual: Delayed Locking


    This feature delays the locking of the doors until five seconds after all doors are closed. Delayed locking can only be turned on when the Open Door Anti-Lockout has been turned off. When is pressed on the power door lock switch while the door is open, a chime will sound three times indicating delayed locking is active...

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    Where Are the Airbags?

    Buick Encore. Where Are the Airbags?

    The driver frontal airbag is in the center of the steering wheel.

    The front outboard passenger frontal airbag is in the passenger side instrument panel.

    Buick Encore. Where Are the Airbags?

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