Through the stitching in a specially constructed seam (see the images below)
Through a Velcro flap located on the side of the backrest.
Through a large plastic cover which is the cover of the housing for the Airbag. (see image further below)
Various other methods are used please always contact your car dealer to confirm whether or not your vehicle is equipped with seat-fitted side airbags.
Vehicle manufacturers are required by law to display if the seats have seat-fitted airbags. Various methods are used - look for tags or stamps etc on the seats they will use "AIRBAG" or "SEAT AIRBAG" or "SRS AIRBAG"
Black Duck is one of the few seat cover manufacturers in Australia that have their seat covers tested and Certified that the seat cover does not affect the deployment of the Seat-Fitted Airbag and that the vehicle still maintains compliance to Australian Design Rule 72/00 Very important for insurance and roadworthy compliance purposes.
The seat-airbag compatible seat covers are designed to allow the side seams to split upon deployment of an airbag.
They are constructed using a computer-controlled stitching process and specialised thread, which has been tested by
APV-T Testing and Engineering services 1521 Hume Highway, Campbellfield, Victoria 3061
and found to not obstruct the deployment and position of the airbag.
For full details of a sample test report please click on the link below
SPERLING ENTERPRISES AIRBAG DISCLAIMER
If your SPERLING SEAT COVERS are SEAT-AIRBAG COMPATIBLE they will have a label sewn into a seam on the backrest at around shoulder height.
This product is suitable for cars with standard side seat- airbags. Before fitting please read below.
1. Correct initial fitting and securing of this seat cover on your vehicle is essential to allow the deployment of seat
airbag. Incorrect fitting can prevent the seat airbag from inflating correctly in the event of a collision.
2. The driver and passenger seat cover must be fitted to the correct side. There is an identifying tag on each
seat cover. You must fit ‘drivers’ on the driver's side and passenger’ on the passenger side.
3. Seat covers that have slipped must be repositioned. If this is no longer possible because of advanced wear
the seat cover must be replaced.
4. Do not tamper with the opening side seam of the seat cover.
5. These seat covers are designed to allow the side seams to split open upon deployment of an airbag because
they are constructed using a computer-controlled stitching process and specialised thread.
6. If the side seam splits for any reason it cannot be repaired. Any attempt to resew the seam may interfere with
the standard integrated side airbag deployment.
7. Discard the seat covers after side airbag activation.
IF YOU HAVE A VEHICLE WITH SEAT-FITTED AIRBAGS THEN YOU MUST INSTALL SEAT COVERS THAT ARE SEAT-AIRBAG COMPATIBLE SERIOUS INJURY MAY RESULT IF YOU FIT COVERS THAT ARE NOT SEAT-AIRBAG COMPATIBLE.