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Old 04-14-2003, 01:43 AM   #1
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Default Leather Seats over WRX seats=BAD? (airbags in seats)

Aren't there airbags in the seats?
Does that mean if you cover them up with leather the airbags will have a hard time deploying?
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Old 04-14-2003, 02:30 AM   #2
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Yes but the designers were smarter than the average bear. They designed the leather kits so that on the side where the airbag deploys, they used (what I think the term is) "french seams" so that the airbag can easily tear away the stitching and deploy as normal. I have leather in my car, and it is very noticeable the difference of the stitching on the side where the airbags deploy (ie. there is a specific right and left).

HOWEVER - I will also admit that I have yet to EVER see a side airbag deploy on a WRX. If somebody has pics, I would love to see them, because I have seen numerous crash photos, and the driver/pass airbags went off, and some crashes that appear to have side-body damage, still show no indication of the side airbags going off. I don't know what it requires, nor what difference it makes, but figured I would throw that out there too.

So in conclusion - leather *should* not affect the operation of the side impact airbags (I can only vouch for the katzkin kit) -- however, I don't believe anybody is willing to test it out at this time
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