PASSENGER AIRBAG DEACTIVATION PAD INDICATOR LIGHT

Service Bulletin
Mazda North American Operations
Irvine, CA 92618-2922
© 2011 Mazda Motor of America, Inc.
Subject:
Bulletin No:
08-003/11
Last Issued:
03/25/2011
PASSENGER AIRBAG DEACTIVATION (PAD) INDICATOR LIGHT ILLUMINATION
MULTI-MODEL - PASSENGER AIRBAG DEACTIVATION (PAD) INDICATOR LIGHT ILLUMINATION
BULLETIN NOTE
Please distribute a copy of this bulletin to all service advisors.
APPLICABLE MODEL(S)/VINS
2007-2011 Mazda CX-7
2004-2011 Mazda3
2004-2011 Mazda6
2006-2011 Mazda RX-8
2007-2011 Mazda CX-9
2006-2010 Mazda5
2004-2005 Miata
2004-2006 MPV
2011 Mazda2
2012 Mazda5
2006-2011 Mazda MX-5
DESCRIPTION
This information is provided to help address Passenger Airbag Deactivation (PAD) Indicator illumination concerns during vehicle service.
TROUBLESHOOTING
1. Are both the Airbag Warning and the PAD indicator lights ON?
• Yes - This bulletin does not apply. Refer to MS3 online or Workshop Manual (section 08-02 DTC TABLE)
for troubleshooting and repair.
• No - Proceed to step 2.
Airbag Warning
PAD Indicator*
* PAD Indicator image will vary by model.
2. Is the Airbag Warning light OFF and the PAD indicator light ON solid or ON and OFF intermittently with the
front passenger seat occupied?
• Yes - Proceed to “PAD INDICATOR LIGHT OPERATION” on page 2.
• No - This bulletin does not apply. Refer to MS3 online or Workshop Manual (section 08-03 SYMPTOM
TROUBLESHOOTING) for troubleshooting and repair.
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CONSUMER NOTICE: The information and instructions in this bulletin are intended for use by skilled technicians. Mazda technicians utilize the proper tools/
equipment and take training to correctly and safely maintain Mazda vehicles. These instructions should not be performed by “do-it-yourselfers.” Customers
should not assume this bulletin applies to their vehicle or that their vehicle will develop the described concern. To determine if the information applies,
customers should contact their nearest authorized Mazda dealership. Mazda North American Operations reserves the right to alter the specifications and
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Bulletin No: 08-003/11
Last Issued: 03/25/2011
© 2011 Mazda Motor of America, Inc.
PAD INDICATOR LIGHT OPERATION
PAD indicator light is ON or OFF under the following conditions:
Condition detected by
the PAD system
PAD indicator
light
Front passenger
and side air bags
Front passenger
seat belt
pretensioner system
Curtain air bag
system
Empty (Not occupied)*
OFF
Deactivated
Deactivated
Ready
Child or child-restraint
system**
ON
Deactivated
Deactivated
Ready
Adult***
OFF
Ready
Ready
Ready
* If the front passenger seat belt is buckled, the front PAD indicator light illuminates, this is not a malfunction.
**If a larger child sits on the front passenger seat, the sensors might detect the child as being an adult depending on the child's physical proportions.
***If a smaller adult sits on the front passenger seat, the sensors might detect the person as being a child
depending on the person's physical proportions.
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Bulletin No: 08-003/11
Last Issued: 03/25/2011
© 2011 Mazda Motor of America, Inc.
PAD SYSTEM
PAD indicator illuminates to inform the customer that the passenger airbag system (passenger airbag, passenger side airbag, and passenger seatbelt pre-tensioner) is deactivated.
Passenger airbag system is deactivated to help reduce the potential injuries or fatalities to smaller occupants or
children due to air-bag inflation.
Front seat weight sensors measure just the weight that is actually applied on the seat cushion. The value
detected by the sensors and the actual passenger weight may not always be equal.
The detected value may be less than the actual passenger’s weight.
Example, the passenger is:
•
•
•
•
leaning on the door (A).
holding the assist grip (B).
leaning on the center console arm rest (C).
slouching (D).
WARNING: If items are placed on the passenger’s lap, the detected value may be more.
In the examples above, the PAD indicator illuminates when the value detected by the sensors becomes less
than the weight threshold. Also, a front seat passenger who weighs near the airbag’s cutoff threshold can cause
the PAD indicator illumination to turn on and off intermittently.
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Bulletin No: 08-003/11
Last Issued: 03/25/2011
© 2011 Mazda Motor of America, Inc.
Always sit with an appropriate seat posture by fitting your back to the seat back and make sure to wear a seatbelt.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Q&A)
Q1
Is it still safe and secure to sit in passenger seat with PAD indicator illuminated?
A1
It is required by regulation to deactivate the passenger airbag system for smaller occupant sitting in
the passenger seat who may be at greater risk of injury from a deploying air bag.
Q2
Why does the PAD indicator turn on and off intermittently?
A2
Passenger's seating posture can affect the PAD system's ON or OFF decision. Especially for passengers who weigh near the threshold they are likely to experience this symptom, as the measurement
of the occupancy sensors vary around the threshold.
Q3
Why does the PAD indicator keep illuminating even with an appropriate seating posture?
A3
Passenger’s weight is not heavy enough to activate the passenger airbag system even though the
passenger sits in the seat with an appropriate seating posture.
Q4
Why does the PAD indicator illuminate on my new Mazda? I’ve never had this occur on previous Mazdas?
A4
Due to the change of regulation, the threshold to turn the system on or off has changed.
Also, due to the difference in seat design, weight distribution on the seat may change. As as a result,
the PAD indicator may illuminate on current Mazda vehicle even though the same customer did not
experienced the PAD indicator illumination on previous Mazda vehicle.
See the Owner’s Manual section 2 for additional information.
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