Switch to OFF mode
- Insert the key into the passenger airbag deactivation switch and turn the key clockwise until it indicates OFF.
- Remove the key.
- Make sure that the airbag deactivation warning light stays on when the ignition is switched on.
The passenger airbag is deactivated if the passenger: is light enough to allow the weight sensor to detect someone in the seat, but not heavy enough to deactivate the airbag. The position of the seat or the position of the passenger make the deployment of the airbag a safety risk.
- Insert the key into the ignition switch and turn the switch to the on position.
- Verify that the airbag warning light comes on. It stays on for seven seconds and then turns off. After shutting down, immediately turn off the breaker and wait three seconds.
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 two more times.
Make sure the passenger is sitting upright on the seat. Start the car, wait for the airbag controls to activate and keep the person and seat in the same position for one minute. After one minute, the front passenger can adjust the seat and seating position and the airbag remains activated.
Airbag dust won’t hurt you, but it won’t get into your eyes either. The NHTSA says it is not possible to remove or deactivate the airbags on road vehicles registered after 1996 without a waiver. The airbags cannot be deactivated simply by pulling the fuse in the airbag.
Federal Regulations for Functional Airbags
Car manufacturers typically develop airbags to protect an adult at least five feet tall and weigh around 150 pounds. Even if a child uses the seat belt correctly when sitting in the front seat, they are more likely to be injured by the passenger airbag than an adult.
Make sure there are children in the back of the car, it is safer if possible. Never install a rear-facing child seat in the front if it is an active passenger airbag. Do not move a child seat forward unless there are other options.
If the passenger airbag light is on and there is an adult passenger in the front seat, it usually means they are not seated properly. If the passenger changes positions and the light does not go out, inspect the vehicle.
What should I do
The high-back seats are also equipped with side ■■■■■ that protect the child’s head from bumps. Child seats can be used in the front or rear of the car, but it is safer to place them in the back, especially if the passenger airbag is present.
When installing a child seat in the rear, always deactivate the front passenger airbag. You never turn it off for an impatient passenger.
The side airbag warning light is located on the instrument panel. The warning light comes on to indicate the temporary deactivation of the passenger airbag. The passenger airbag is deactivated when the passenger seat is unoccupied or the passenger is not in a safe position.
The front airbag deploys normally on this airbag, unless an MB child seat has been installed which deactivates the airbag for safety reasons. It turns out this is an accidental problem with the child seat detection system.
When someone is sitting in the seat, the pressure sensor transmits the passenger’s weight to the ECU. The ECU then sends the data to the airbag, which has its own control unit. It reads the seated position of the passenger and decides if it is buckled.
Driving with the airbag light on is unsafe. If the light is on, there is a problem with the airbag system. If there is a problem with the system, the airbags do not dissolve at all in the event of an accident. It is always recommended to fix the problem as soon as possible.