I've got a 2005 Dodge Magnum. I just had the passenger-seat airbag warning
monitor recalibrated because the warning light/chime was going off and on
every minute or two whenever the passenger seat was empty.
The technician told me something about the monitor getting all
discombobulated if I put something in the seat other than a passenger -- say
a book or a pizza or a bag of groceries. He even said I should never push
the seat all the way back, as that, too, can fool the sensors and cause the
warning light/chime to start flipping out. The technician even suggested
that having a trash bag hanging from the backrest might throw off the
sensors. When I drove up to the service department and described my
problem, the technician looked askance at the printed insert from a CD I was
listening to. The piece of paper was the only thing on the passenger seat!
Can someone explain to me what the problem is in fairly clear terms? Does
this mean that nothing WHATSOEVER but a passenger should ever be placed on
the passenger seat? And if so, have car manufacturers ever addressed how
bloody inconvenient this is?