It can not be switched off.
Allow me to shift gears a bit, it can not be turned off in the USA. We have
federal rules that require there be airbags. I noticed you are posting from
the UK, your rules may be different, but I doubt it. It is certainly
possible to defeat the system, but it's illegal to do so.
On our side, if one has a child that rides in a rear-facing seat, that child
should be placed in the back seat of the car. ONLY trucks that have no back
seat have the capacity to disable the Passenger Side air bag, and in that
case only the passenger bag can be disabled. The driver bag can not be
Good call. The determining factor is the lack of any other place to park the
kid. Trucks fit this description, but so does the Z3, Z4, and any other make
that is challenged for places to seat its occupants.
Jeff, this no longer is true. Many cars have detection systems, and
the associated warning lights, that disable the passenger-side airbag
if no one is sitting there, or if something "light" is there. For instance,
our '04 Toyota Highlander.
Tha tmay be true, but is beside the point, given the OP's original question.
He wanted to disable the airbag(s), and was not clear as to whether he
wanted the driver bag, or passenger bag, or both disabled.
Actually, it's *NOT* beside the point, as I was responding to your
blanket statement about "ONLY trucks". Now, you might argue
that a Toyota Highlander is a truck (I would argue car since it's
a Camry), but I felt that your statement needed correction.
Well, the truck part was not entirely accurate. The passenger side airbag
can be disabled and re-enabled via a key on any vehicle where there are only
front seats. The OP hasn't got one of those, so the distinction seemed
meaningless at the time.
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