Firehouse Magazine
University of Extrication Series
by Ronald E. Moore

revised listing: 1-18-99
Note: This information supercedes that
published in the University of Extrication February 1999 edition of Firehouse

Subject: Side Impact Airbag Supplemental Restraint Systems (SIPS bags)
Topic: 1999-model Vehicles
Objective: Increase awareness of new vehicles with SIPS bags
Task: Using the list of 1999-model year vehicles and given a specific
make and model of 1999 vehicle, the participant shall be able to
identify if the vehicle could be equipped with SIPS bags

Side impact airbag supplemental restraint systems, known as SIPS bags, are available as an installed feature or as optional equipment on over 90 different 1999-model year vehicles. In 1997 there were less than two
dozen vehicles with SIPS bags. In 1998, there were almost 40.

Emergency responders expect to find dual front bags. It is evident by this list that we must anticipate side impact airbags in not only seats and doors, but in roofline areas and even rear seat passenger areas. Once again, the question is not, "I wonder if that car has airbags?" The question now is "Where are all the airbags this time"?

To assist in advancing your awareness of SIPS bags that you may encounter at vehicle fires or crash scenes, here is the A-to-Z list for
1999-model Vehicles. SIPS bags are seat-mounted unless noted differently on this list.

SIPS Bag List for 1999-model Vehicles

Acura 3.2RL sedan
Audi A-4
Audi 1.8T Avant wagon
Audi A-6
Audi A-6 Avant wagon
Audi A-8 SIPS bags front & rear
Audi TT coupe
BMW 3-series (entire series consisting of 10 different vehicle models)
(door-mounted) (front and rear doors)
BMW 5-series SIPS bags front & rear
(2 vehicles ) (door-mounted)
(front and rear doors)
BMW 7 series (3 vehicles) SIPS bags
(door-mounted), (front & rear doors)
HPS system (roof-mounted), optional rear SIPS (door-mounted)
BMW Z-3 (optional) (door-mounted)
BMW M-3 Coupe, (door-mounted)
BMW M-3/Z-3 Roadster (door-mounted)
Cadillac Catera,
Cadillac DeVille
Cadillac DeVille Concours
Cadillac Seville
Chevy Prizm (optional) door-mounted
Chevy Venture minivan
Chevy Impala, model year 2000
(available 4/98), one seat-mounted side impact airbag on DRIVER'S SIDE ONLY
Ford Explorer (optional)
Ford Windstar minivan
Hyundai Sonata
Infiniti G20
Infiniti I30 (optional)
Infiniti Q45
Jaguar XJ
Jaguar XJ-8
Jaguar XJ-8L
Jaguar Vanden Plas
Jaguar XJ-R
Jaguar XK-8
Kia Sportage (NO SIPS bag but don't forget it's the only vehicle with driver's knee bag)
Lexus GS300
Lexus GS400
Lexus ES300
Lexus LS400
Lexus RX300 (SUV)
Lexus SC 300
Lexus SC 400
Land Rover Range Rover
Lincoln Continental
Lincoln LS6
Lincoln LS8
Lincoln Town Car
Mercedes C-230 (door-mounted)
Mercedes C-280 (door-mounted)
Mercedes C-430 (door-mounted)
Mercedes CL-500 (door-mounted)
Mercedes CL-600 (door-mounted)
Mercedes CLK (2dr coupe (door-mounted))
Mercedes E-300 (door-mounted)
roof-mounted side curtain airbags
Mercedes E-320 (door-mounted)
roof-mounted side curtain airbags
Mercedes E-320 wagon (door-mounted)
roof-mounted side curtain airbags
Mercedes E-320 (AWD) (door-mounted)
roof-mounted side curtain airbags
Mercedes S-320 (door-mounted)
Mercedes S-320 (stretch version
Mercedes S-420 (door-mounted)
Mercedes S-500 (door-mounted)
Mercedes S-500 Grand Edition (door-mounted)
Mercedes S-600 (door-mounted)
Mercedes SL-500 (door-mounted)
Mercedes SL-600 (door-mounted)
Mercedes SLK-230 (2dr convertible)
Mercedes ML-430 (4dr wagon) (door-mounted)
Mercedes ML-320 (SUV) (door-mounted)
Mercury Cougar (optional)
Mercury Mountaineer (optional)
Mitsubishi Galant (optional)
Nissan Maxima (optional for Deluxe package) door-mounted
Pontiac Montana minivan
Porsche 911 Carrera door-mounted
Porsche 911 Boxster door-mounted
Olds Silhouette minivan
Range Rover
Saab 9-3
Saab 9-5
Toyota Avalon
Toyota Camry (optional)
Toyota Camry Solara (optional)
Toyota Corolla (optional)
VW Cabrio (optional)
VW Golf
VW Jetta
VW New Beetle
VW Passat
Volvo S40
Volvo V40
Volvo C70
Volvo S70
Volvo V70
Volvo V70 convertible
Volvo S80 (front SIPS bags in seats, Volvo's Inflatable Curtain in roofline for both front and rear seat outboard passengers)

NOTE: All 1999 Volvo automobiles now utilize electrical crash sensors to activate all front and side impact airbags. All previous Volvos (model year 1995-1998) used mechanical impact sensors.

[Note: This message has been edited by rmoore]