Jaguar S-Type. Service manual - part 13


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Jaguar S-Type. Service manual - part 13




Occupant Protection


Pregnant women



• Pregnant women must wear a 

correctly positioned seat belt; it is 
safer for the mother and unborn 

• Never wear just the lap strap of a 

lap and shoulder diagonal seat belt 
and never sit on the lap strap using 
just the shoulder strap. Both of 
these actions are extremely 
dangerous and may increase your 
risk of serious injuries.

There are many ways that the seat belt 
can be misused for the sake of comfort. 
However, there is only one way of wearing 
it safely.

The lap strap should be fitted comfortably 
across the hips, low beneath the pregnant 
abdomen. The diagonal part of the seat 
belt should be placed between the 
breasts, and worn above and to the side 
of the pregnant abdomen.

Never place anything between you and 
the seat belt in an attempt to cushion the 
impact in the event of an accident. It can 
be dangerous and reduce the 
effectiveness of the seat belt in preventing 

Always wear seat belts without slack or 
twists, since slackness in a seat belt 
drastically reduces the effectiveness of 
the belt and the level of protection it can 
provide. For optimum protection, the seat 
belts should fit tightly around the body. 
Do not recline the front seats excessively, 
as the belts provide maximum protection 
when the seats are in the near upright 

Occupant Protection






The air bag is a supplementary 
restraint system that provides 
ADDITIONAL protection in a severe 
impact only - it does NOT replace the 
need to wear seat belts. For maximum 
safety protection in all crash situations, 
a seat belt must be worn.

Provided occupants are correctly 
seated, with seat belts worn, the air 
bags will provide additional protection 
to the chest and facial areas of the 
front seat occupants in the event of a 
vehicle receiving severe frontal impact, 
and also to the head and side of the 
body facing the impact if a severe side 
collision occurs.

Important information

To do their life-saving job, air bags must 
inflate rapidly and with considerable 
force. There is, therefore, a risk of death 
or serious injuries such as fractures, facial 
and eye injuries or internal injuries, 
particularly to occupants who are not 
properly restrained by seat belts or sitting 
correctly when the air bag deploys.

The risk of injuries from a deploying air 
bag is greatest close to the trim covering 
the air bag.

The whole sequence of events from 
sensing the impact to full inflation of the 
bag takes place in a fraction of a second.

After air bag deployment, it is normal to 
notice a smoke-like, powdery residue or 
smell the burnt propellant. This may 
consist of cornstarch, talcum powder or 
sodium compounds that result from the 
combustion process that inflates the air 

Small amounts of other chemicals may be 
present which may irritate the skin and 
eyes, but none of the residue is toxic.

While the system is designed to help 
reduce serious injuries, it may also cause 
minor burns, abrasions, swelling or 
temporary hearing loss.



• No objects, whatsoever, should be 

attached to the center cover of the 
steering wheel, the passenger facia 
panel, the sides of the front seats or 
the interior trim immediately above 
the door openings. Do not put 
anything on or over the air bag 
inflation area. Placing objects on or 
over the air bag inflation area may 
cause those objects to be propelled 
by the air bag into your face and 
torso, causing serious injuries.

• Occupants with disabilities that 

may require the vehicle to be 
modified must contact a Jaguar 
Dealer before any modifications are 

• Safety experts recommend a 

minimum distance of at least 25.4 
cm (10 inches) between an 
occupant's chest and a front air 


Occupant Protection


• Children 12 years old and younger 

can be killed or seriously injured by 
the air bag. The rear seat is the 
safest place for children.

• Do not try to put an adult seat belt 

around two children.

• Several air bag system components 

get hot after inflation. Do not touch 
them after they have deployed.

• If an air bag is inflated, the air bag 

will not function again and must be 
renewed immediately. If a new air 
bag is not fitted, the unrepaired 
area will increase the risk of injuries 
in a collision.

Note: (USA only) If you are considering 
modifying your vehicle in any way to 
accommodate a disability, for example by 
altering or adapting the driver’s or 
passenger’s seat(s) or air bag system, 
please contact Jaguar Cars at:
Jaguar Cars
Customer Relationship Center
555 MacArthur Blvd
New Jersey 07430-2327

Warning label

An alert label on the front face of the 
driver’s and passenger’s sun visor directs 
you to read the warning label on the rear 
face of each sun visor.

The warning label contains the following 



• Children can be killed or seriously 

injured by the air bag.

• The back seat is the safest place for 


• Never put a rear-facing child seat in 

the front.

• Always use seat belts and child 


• See Owner’s Manual for more 

information about air bags.

Occupant Protection



Air bag fault warning indicator

The air bag warning indicator in 
the driver’s instrument pack will 
be lit for approximately six 

seconds when the ignition is turned on.

If the indicator remains on or flashes, it 
indicates a fault within the air bag 
electrical circuits. Report the fault to a 
Jaguar Dealer immediately if any of the 
following symptoms occur:
• The warning indicator fails to 

illuminate when the ignition switch is 
turned to position II.

• The warning indicator fails to 

extinguish within approximately six 
seconds after the ignition switch is 
turned to position II.

• The warning indicator illuminates after 

the engine is started, or while the 
vehicle is being driven.

It is safe to drive the vehicle; however, in 
an accident the air bags may not operate.

When the ignition switch is turned to 
position II, the diagnostic control unit 
monitors the readiness of the system’s 
electrical circuits.

The following components are monitored 
by the air bag system:
• Driver’s dual stage air bag (steering 


• Driver’s side thorax air bag
• Driver’s pre-tensioner
• Driver’s side crash sensor - 2 off
• Passenger’s dual stage air bag
• Passenger’s side thorax air bag
• Passenger’s pre-tensioner
• Passenger’s side crash sensor - 2 off
• Passenger’s seat occupancy sensor
• Restraint control module

Air bag warning indicator information is 
shown on page 95.








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