No, and most were dealer installed prior to 2002 if you could get them
to do it.
in 2003 with GM implementing "LATCH", (lower assist tether for
children) but the use of that information varies all over the place.
That system required the manual deactivation of the airbag. Some just
stop the deployment and still others regulate the speed it deploys.
Also not all functions were applied to the full years production. My
2004 had only the key shut off and my 2005 has the key shut off,
weight sensing, and tether points. Best check with your dealer for the
specifics of your serial number to be sure. Also not all of this
information applies to Corvette and is a general development window
for weight sensing airbag controls.
By 2006, the U.S. government is requiring that one-third of cars have
a sensor in the front seat to detect the weight of the passenger. From
that the sensor will read the weight, it goes though some analog
signal conditioning, then to either a DSP or microprocessor or
microcontroller to make a decision whether or not to deploy the
For instance, children riding in the front seat -- who could be
severely hurt by the blow of an airbag and who's estimated height
would not cause them to hit the dashboard-- would not have airbags
deployed, thanks to these smarter systems.
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