Kia Optima: Noise and Smoke
When the air bags inflate, they make a loud noise and they leave smoke and powder in the air inside of the vehicle. This is normal and is a result of the ignition of the air bag inflator.
After the air bags inflate, you may feel substantial discomfort in breathing due to the contact of your chest to both the safety belt and the air bag, as well as from breathing the smoke and powder.
We strongly urge you to open your doors and/or windows as promptly as possible after impact in order to reduce discomfort and prevent prolonged exposure to the smoke and powder.
WARNING - Hot Metal Parts
When the air bags deploy, the air bag inflators in the steering wheel and/or below the dashboard are very hot. To prevent injury, do not touch the air bag storage areas internal components immediately after an air bag has inflated.