Hyundai Elantra: Noise and smoke - How does the air bag system operate - Airbag-advanced supplemental restraint system - Safety system of your vehicle - Hyundai Elantra HD 2006Ц2010 Owners ManualHyundai Elantra: Noise and smoke

When the air bags inflate, they make a loud noise and they leave smoke and powder in the air inside of the vehicle. This is normal and is a result of the ignition of the air bag inflator. After the air bag inflates, you may feel substantial discomfort in breathing due to the contact of your chest with both the seat belt and the air bag, as well as from breathing the smoke and powder. We strongly urge you to open your doors and/or windows as soon as possible after impact in order to reduce discomfort and prevent prolonged exposure to the smoke and powder.

Though smoke and powder are nontoxic, it may cause irritation to the skin (eyes, nose and throat etc). If this is the case, wash and rinse with cold water immediately and consult a doctor if the symptom persists.

WARNING WARNING

When the air bags deploy, the air bag related parts in the steering wheel and/or instrument panel and/or in both sides of the roof rails above the front and rear doors are very hot. To prevent injury, do not touch the air bag storage areaТs internal components immediately after an air bag has inflated.