The real risks are:
1) Exploding bag hitting external objects and launching them as projectiles
2) Idle hands attempting to disect the inner working of an airbag. This
could prove to be extremely dangerous and potentialy fatal.
3) Damaged hearing
You can cut the wires back, short them out, hide them etc. etc. but the only
true safe option is to:
Have Fiat or another insured party to remove the airbag and return to
Fiat/other for safe disposal.
Anything else you do at your own risk. Sorry to sound/be a damp squid but
once you have interfered with in any way with an airbag, or seat with an
airbag, then you will have nullified any protection/insurance claims against
Also the seat may be fitted with seatbelt pretensioners. These are also, in
most cases, explosive devices!
I was going to add when I posted that most Fiat seat covers are fairly easy
I'm not saying this but I've watched Fiat technicians detonate air bags
under controlled/safe circumstances. From an academic / interest point of
view it is quite educational, although short lived, to see and hear what
happens when an air bag goes off.
Now if I had an air bag surpless to requirements then ........a remote
garden location/shed........away from young eyes...........I'll leave you to
guess the wrest.
November 5th provides a good cover story :-)
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