2016 Discovery 4

OCCUPANT SENSING

WARNING

Crash statistics show that children are safest when properly restrained in a child restraint system appropriate for their age and weight and secured in a rear seating position.

WARNING

Extreme hazard! Do not use a rearward facing child restraint on a seat protected by an air bag in front of it!

WARNING

For optimum safety, children of 12 years and under should travel in the rear of the vehicle at all times; front passenger seat travel is not recommended. An inflating air bag could cause serious injury or death to children riding in the front passenger seat.

The front passenger seat is fitted with an occupancy sensor system that determines if the seat is unoccupied, occupied by a person of low weight, a child seat or object, or is occupied by a heavier person or object.

The system consists of:

  • A weight sensing pressure pad installed under the front passenger seat cushion.

    The sensor measures downward pressure/weight on the seat cushion.

  • A seat belt tension sensor integrated into the anchor point of the front passenger seat belt.

  • A control unit installed under the front passenger seat.

  • An air bag status indicator lamp, mounted on the Instrument panel.

WARNING

When checking the operational status of the front passenger air bag, make sure that the ignition is switched on.

The system will adjust the passenger air bag status and operate the status indicator, as follows:

Seat occupancy status Passenger air bag status Status indicator active
Completely empty Deactivated No¹
Child restraint or low weight occupant/object Deactivated Yes
Heavy occupant/object Activated No

¹It is possible to receive an intermittent indicator with an empty seat condition. This is part of the system’s adaptive behavior, and does not affect the status of the passenger air bag. However, if the indicator becomes permanently illuminated when the seat is definitely empty, then contact your Retailer/Authorized Repairer immediately.

NOTES

In some cases, a small child placed in a child seat will not activate the passenger air bag status indicator. If this occurs, the passenger air bag status will be as described for an empty seat, i.e., passenger air bag ‘Deactivated’ but the status indicator is not illuminated.

NOTES

The indicator will only illuminate when the ignition is switched on or the engine is running.