Instruction book Audi A3 Version Year 2014
Audi A3  Safety  Airbag system
Applies to Audi A3s: with key-operated switch for front passenger's airbag
If an airbag has been deactivated, it should be reactivated as soon as possible so that it can continue to give the required protection.
The key-operated switch for deactivating the front passenger's airbag is located in the glove box Fig. 1.
To deactivate the front passenger's airbag, use the key to turn the key-operated switch to -0-.
The front passenger's airbag can be reactivated by turning the key to position -1-.
Deactivating front passenger's airbag when a child seat is in use
If you have no alternative but to install a rearward-facing child seat on the front passenger's seat you must deactivate the front passenger's airbag beforehand.
We recommend that child seats should be fitted on the rear seat so that the front passenger's airbag can remain functional and provide protection in an accident Link.
Monitoring of airbag system
The indicator lamp Link will light up for a few seconds every time the ignition is switched on.
If the front passenger's airbag has been deactivated, the indicator lamp "PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF" or "¬†AIRBAG OFF" or "Airbag deactivated" will light up constantly as a reminder Fig. 2. In addition, the following message will appear briefly:
Passenger airbag off
Once you have reactivated the passenger airbag, the following message will appear briefly:
Passenger airbag on
WARNING!
  • If you have no alternative but to install a rearward-facing child seat on the front passenger's seat, the front passenger's airbag must be deactivated beforehand. Potentially fatal injuries to the child can result if the front passenger's airbag is not deactivated Link!
  • If you have deactivated the front passenger's airbag, reactivate it as soon as the child seat is no longer needed so that the airbag can continue to give the required protection.
  • It is the driver's responsibility to ensure that the key-operated switch is set to the correct position.
Note
All the other airbags in the car will remain functional if the front passenger's airbag has been deactivated with the key-operated switch.

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