The abbreviation "SRS" stands for "supplemental restraint system," which describes the entire airbag system in a vehicle. Airbags work as a supplement to seatbelts to save lives during an accident. The SRS includes sensors, airbags, control units and a warning light.
SRS designs include front airbags for the driver and passenger, side curtain airbags near doors, and restraints contained in front seats that deploy for rear-seat passengers. Some systems feature airbags in rear windows to protect against rear-end crashes.
Every time a vehicle's SRS system is turned on, a light on the dashboard blinks for approximately 6 seconds as the car's onboard computer tests the inflatable restraints. If the light remains on after the test, that means the computer detected some kind of problem with the SRS.Learn More
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