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Old 05-15-2000, 09:31 AM   #1
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Question air bag fuse?

At the risk of being flamed for my total lack of concern for my own safety, a question: Will removing the air bag fuse COMPLETLY disable the air bag system?
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Old 05-15-2000, 03:55 PM   #2
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I'm not sure...I would think so.
I'm interested in defeating both airbags while at rallycrosses...I've never heard of anyone activating their airbag but in this case I think yanking the fuse might be a safer way to go...then pop it back in before driving home....
Anyone?
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Old 05-15-2000, 08:06 PM   #3
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Interesting idea... I wonder how much braking force it'd take to pop the air bag. Would be really distracting if you come into a corner braking hard and your air bag pops on you, LOL.
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Old 05-16-2000, 01:35 AM   #4
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My wife is 5'3" and my soon-to-be-16 daughter is 5'5". I think they (and I) are more likely to be injured by the airbags in an accident than anything else, since we all wear seatbelts.
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Old 05-16-2000, 05:42 AM   #5
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Then you should apply for permission to disable the system. The dealer either installs a switch or completely removes the whole system. (I'd pick #2 personally, and sell the airbags.) If you want to go this route, check out the info at the NHTSA site and then contact your local DOT to get it started.
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Old 05-16-2000, 06:24 AM   #6
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Old 05-16-2000, 07:37 AM   #7
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Even if you get permission from the DOT to disable the airbags (very unlikely), very few shops will do the job for liability reasons. Plus why pay someone to do something when it's as simple as removing a fuse?
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Old 05-16-2000, 08:06 AM   #8
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For what its worth,

Your wife and your daughter would bu MUCH better served to have the airbags on gaurd. Everyone has thier opinions, no doubt. I formed mine after three months of research for a paper, numerous interviews with paramedics and firefighters, and correspondence with engineers. Disable them if you want, but you are doing all in your family a diservice by doing so...

As a note, my wife is only 5'1" tall, and knowing what I know now, I prefer to have an airbag in front of her....

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Old 05-16-2000, 01:08 PM   #9
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Airbags in all modern cars that I know of have a secondary power supplies which will enable them to deploy regardless of the presence of a fuse. A service manual should go into depth on this topic.

And for those on the fence, the only situations where airbags help a properly belted occupant are high speed front and rear impacts. Those type of accidents make up roughly half a percent of crashes. OTOH, 33% percent of airbag deployments result in serious, non-fatal injuries to occupants, including broken upper extremities, and damage to sight and hearing. ( A common injury is a broken nose. A driver with their hand on top of the wheel backhands him or herself when the bag deploys. )

The bottom line, if you are in a high speed frontal accident, air bags may be beneficial in addition to being properly belted. Otherwise, you are better off without them, especially if you are short, and/or sit close to the wheel.

Either way, you pays your money, and you takes your chances.
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