Kia Forte: Airbag Module / Side Airbag (SAB) Module

Kia Forte 2019-2020 (BD) Service Manual / Restraint / Airbag Module / Side Airbag (SAB) Module

Description and operation

Installed inside the front seat, the side airbags (SAB) protect the driver and front passenger from danger in the event of a side crash. The SRSCM determines deployment of side airbag based on Side Impact Sensor (SIS) signal.


Never attempt to measure the circuit resistance of the airbag module (squib) even if you are using the specified tester. If the circuit resistance is measured with a tester, accidental airbag deployment will result in serious personal injury

Components and components location

1. Side Airbag (SAB)

Repair procedures

Disconnect the battery negative terminal.


After disconnecting the cables, wait at least 30 seconds.


Remove the front seat back cover.

(Refer to Body - "Front Seat Back Cover")


Improper mounting of the front seat back cover, so interfering with the normal deployment of side airbags and front seat backrest ensure that the cover is well seated.


Remove the side airbag wiring after loosening the side airbag wiring clips (A).


Remove the side airbag (A) after loosening the nuts.

Tightening torque :

5.8 - 7.8 N·m (0.6 - 0.8 kgf·m, 4.3 - 5.7 lb·ft, 52.0 - 69.4 lb·in)


Install in the reverse order of removal.


After installing the airbag module, confirm proper system operation:


Switch "ON" the ignition. The SRS indicator light should turn on for about six seconds and then off.


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