Any way to push the air bags back inside?
syedrehankn Member Posts: 1
edited March 2014 in Suzuki
Hi, Is there a way to push the air bags back inside?
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The place I bought my '89 Gran Fury from was doing some work on a '94-96 Caprice for another dealership. It was like this, with just a poor-fitting cover. I dunno if the airbag was just pushed back in or taken out completely.
They were at least honest about it, though, and let their customers know when the cars didn't have working air bags.
This is a non-issue. Completely out of the question. Period.
It's the same reason you can't replace your airbag steering wheel with a Momo or Grant wheel.
If it is an option in the first place, I should have the option to defeat it. But that's just me...
As a result, the gov't protects the manufacturer, for providing that safety device, by restricting people from tampering with it.
One thing I get from working for a lawfirm is understanding the under-lying legal reasons for things I would have never considered before.
NHTSA will evaluate your request and either give you written permission or not.
Should they grant the permission, then the disabling must be done by a qualified shop or dealer, as they must file all the necessary papers with NHTSA.
someone wants to install aftermarket leather on their airbag equipped seats
If they are going to do something like that, then they are better off getting the standard seats for the vehicle and having leather put on them.
Two things come into play when doing something like that. One being liability.
I cannot imagine any reputable upholstery shop putting leather on an airbag equipped seat.
The second thing being the fact that in the event of an accident, the energy from the explosion of the airbag has to go somewhere. You would in essence be making a small bomb.
If it is an option in the first place, I should have the option to defeat it.
No, you have the option to not get it.
If it is installed, then it is no longer your option to remove it. That is the law, like it or not.
2) see #1 for all exceptions.
the number of lives saved is of higher importance than some infrequent maintenance costs.
Washington doesn't even allow the sale of vehicles with cracked or broken windshields [legally, that is].
Oregon on the other hand, while it requires working windshield wipers, doesn't even require a windshield.
There should be some kind of standard, but there never will be. LOL!
Why? Because they pay injury claims, etc. The safety rating of a car is lowered (Ok, that may not be the best way to say it, but hopefully you get the gist) if the airbag is removed.
However, you are still paying the premiums for a car model with airbags.
This is pure speculation on my part, but it seems reasonable.
I forget what the airbag portion of that bill was, but the total bill was something like $3,000+ to get the car fixed. Well, $3,000+ is no big deal on a car that's only a year or so old. But a lot of insurance companies total out a car once the cost to fix reaches 60% of book retail. That '99 Altima now has over 100K miles on it, so I'm sure it can't be worth a whole lot. Another minor bump like that would probably total it!
Or take something like my '89 Gran Fury. Built like a tank. I could probably run into something and not even do any real damage to it, yet still set off the airbag. So what would ordinarly be a trip to the junkyard to buy a new header panel for $200 suddenly means a totaled car! Well, at least it only has a driver's side airbag, so maybe it wouldn't be *too* expensive to replace. Anybody have a rough idea what something like that would run?
ASSUMING you don't have an early-system unit in which the inflator canister is separate from the airbag, in which case add another 100-200 dollars.
AND ASSUMING the used one really is serviceable, and is not a refinished component with a dead airbag inside.
AND ASSUMING it doesn't go off with a bang due to handling or static at any point in the purchase/transportation/installation/first test drive phase. nothing like having hands full of screwdrivers between you and a loose-hanging airbag inches from your face, and then it goes off.
AFAIK, there is not a safe and effective ohmmeter test for airbags, and I wouldn't try it anyway. you've got a stick of dynamite in equivalent explosive power inside there, and that isn't my game.
I would leave it to the professionals using a fresh factory part, and wince and cuss the cost.