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

Buick Encore 2020-2024 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 2020-2024 Owner's Manual: Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)


    This legal identifier is in the front corner of the instrument panel, on the driver side of the vehicle. It can be seen through the windshield from outside. The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) also appears on the Vehicle Certification label and certificates of title and registration...

    Buick Encore 2020-2024 Owner's Manual: Headlamps, Front Turn Signal and Parking Lamps


    Headlamp Assembly The vehicle has halogen high-beam and low-beam headlamps, an LED turn signal lamp, Daytime Running Lamps (DRL), and a sidemarker lamp on the headlamp assembly. High-Beam Headlamp Low-Beam Headlamp High-Beam Headlamp/Low-Beam Headlamp Open the hood...

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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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