WARNING   WARNING:  Do not place objects or mount equipment on or near the airbag cover, on the side of the front or rear seatbacks, or in areas that may come into contact with a deploying airbag. Failure to follow these instructions may increase the risk of personal injury in the event of a crash.
WARNING   WARNING:  Accessory seat covers not released by Ford Motor Company could prevent the deployment of the airbags and increase the risk of injuries in a crash.
WARNING   WARNING:  Do not lean your head on the door. The side airbag could injure you as it deploys from the side of the seatback.
WARNING   WARNING:  Do not attempt to service, repair, or modify the supplementary restraint system or associated components. Failure to follow this instruction could result in personal injury or death.
WARNING   WARNING:  If a supplementary restraint system component has deployed, it will not function again. Have the system and associated components inspected as soon as possible. Failure to follow this instruction could result in personal injury or death.

The side airbags are on the outermost side of the front seat backrests. In certain sideways crashes or rollover events, the side airbags will be inflated. The airbag was designed to inflate between the door panel and occupant to further enhance the protection provided to occupants in side impact crashes.
Side Airbag InflatedThe system consists of the following:
  • A label or embossed side panel indicating that your vehicle has side airbags.
  • Side airbags inside the driver and front passenger seat backrests.
Airbag  Crash sensors and monitoring system with readiness indicator.   See   Crash Sensors and Airbag Indicator
The design and development of the side airbag system included recommended testing procedures that were developed by a group of automotive safety experts known as the Side Airbag Technical Working Group. These recommended testing procedures help reduce the risk of injuries related to the deployment of side airbags.