Q:

What does "SRS" stand for in a car?

A:

Quick Answer

"SRS" is the acronym for a supplemental restraint system, more commonly known as a car's airbag system. Considered a passive restraint system, the SRS is intended to be used in conjunction with seat belts rather than as a replacement.

Continue Reading
What does "SRS" stand for in a car?
Credit: kenneth-cheung E+ Getty Images

Full Answer

The SRS connects the installed airbags to a computer, which uses sensors located at different points on the vehicle to determine when to inflate the airbags. In certain models, the SRS also adjusts seat belt tension when certain criteria are met. Current-model vehicles with SRS utilize a lighted dashboard icon to alert the driver when the system is not functioning properly. As of 2014, there are several types of airbags in use, including frontal, side torso, side curtain, center, knee and rear.

Learn more about Car Parts & Maintenance

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What is a passive restraint system?

    A:

    A passive restraint system does not require anyone to do anything manually to make it work. An airbag is an example of a passive restraint system. When a vehicle’s sensors detect an impact, the airbag automatically deploys. Seat belts, unless automated, do not fall under the true definition of “passive” as a manual action secures the belt to its clasp.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    Why does the airbag light stay on?

    A:

    An airbag light stays on when there is a problem in the supplemental restraint system. The light requires troubleshooting the system, repairing and manually resetting it in order for the light to turn off inside the vehicle.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    What causes the airbag light to come on?

    A:

    The airbag light, also called the supplemental restraint system light, turns on when there is a problem with one of the components of the safety system. It warns the driver that the safety system needs to be inspected as the light disables the airbag from operating.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    What does "SRS" mean on a car?

    A:

    "SRS" stands for supplemental restraint system. A car's SRS is a passive safety system that usually includes airbags. Unlike a seat belt, which must be snapped into place in order to work, the SRS automatically deploys in the event of an accident.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore