GMC Sierra Owners Manual
Airbag On-Off Switch
If one of the switches pictured in the following illustrations is located in the glove box, the vehicle has an airbag on-off switch that you can use to manually turn on or off the right front passenger airbag.
If the vehicle does not have an airbag off switch, it may have a passenger sensing system. See Passenger Sensing System on page 3‑35.
This switch should only be turned to the off position if the person in the right front passenger position is a member of a passenger risk group identified by the national government as follows:
Infant. An infant (less than 1 year old) must ride in the front seat because:
• My vehicle has no rear seat;
• My vehicle has a rear seat too small to accommodate a rear-facing infant seat; or
• The infant has a medical condition which, according to the infant's physician, makes it necessary for the infant to ride in the front seat so that the driver can constantly monitor the child's condition.
Child age 1 to 12. A child age 1 to 12 must ride in the front seat because:
• My vehicle has no rear seat;
• Although children ages 1 to 12 ride in the rear seat(s) whenever possible, children ages 1 to 12 sometimes must ride in the front because no space is available in the rear seat(s) of my vehicle; or
• The child has a medical condition which, according to the child's physician, makes it necessary for the child to ride in the front seat so that the driver can constantly monitor the child's condition.
Medical Condition. A passenger has a medical condition which, according to his or her physician:
• Causes the passenger airbag to pose a special risk for the passenger; and
• Makes the potential harm from the passenger airbag in a crash greater than the potential harm from turning off the airbag and allowing the passenger, even if belted, to hit the instrument panel or windshield in a crash.
If the right front passenger airbag is turned off for a person who is not in a risk group identified by the national government, that person will not have the extra protection of an airbag. In a crash, the airbag will not be able to inflate and help protect the person sitting there. Do not turn off the passenger airbag unless the person sitting there is in a risk group.
To turn off the right front passenger airbag, insert the ignition key into the switch, push in, and move the switch to the off position.
The word OFF or the off symbol will come on in the passenger airbag status indicator located in the overhead console to let you know that the right front passenger airbag is off, after the system check is completed. The airbag off light will come on and stay on to let you know that the right front passenger's airbag is off. See Airbag On-Off Light on page 5‑21.
If the airbag readiness light ever comes on and stays on, it means that something may be wrong with the airbag system. For example, the right front passenger airbag could inflate even though the airbag on-off switch is turned off.
To help avoid injury to yourself or others, have the vehicle serviced right away. See Airbag Readiness Light on page 5‑20 for more information, including important safety information.
To turn the right front passenger airbag on again, insert the ignition key into the switch, push in, and move the switch to the on position.
The right front passenger frontal airbag is now enabled (may inflate).
See Airbag On-Off Light on page 5‑21 for more information.