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Turning off passenger-side airbag

How would I go about turning off the passenger-side airbag? Need to know for medical reasons. TIA.
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That's a great question.

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You will need to go to a dealer, With the proper documentation that states your medical condition requires its deactivation. Without proper documentation, it is against federal law to disable the air bag system.

They will then have to install a special kit, that includes a deactivation switch, usually mounted in the glove box.

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Ummm...what kind of medical reason requires you to disable passenger side airbag?
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In addition, Does the kit include a label/decal stating the passenger airbag has been deactivated? Which needs to be adhere to the dashboard by the dealer. In case the OP sells the vehicle in the future, in which the new owner would be aware the airbag device is deactivated.
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One issue is even with the paper work dealers are not required by law to do it. They can and have declined due to liability concerns.

Thought TN covered this in a tread, suggest a search.
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Do this at your own risk.this information is from a mechanic who knows this works,but is not performing the operation himself.

First, disconnect your negative battery terminal and isolate it from ground. Let you car sit for 30 min to comoletely discharge the supplemental restraint sysytems capacitors. before doing any work on the car
(Take notes of radio and seat setting if you have set preferences so they are easy to re-program).

Take off the steering column plastic cover. This will show ignition switch wires, turn signal and other wires. Look for a bright yellow wraped wire set. All SRS components are bright yellow. Find the yellow plug that connects the clock spring (in the steering wheel) to the main harness at the steering column.sepporate the plug.wrap each side of the plug with electrcal tape securely to isolate the plug contacts. You do not want any possible electrical charge contacting these later on.
Then close it all back up.

With the clock spring disconnected,the SRS will deactivate by default and the computer will not allow the system to function because it is incomplete. This will take a total of 30 minutes for any compitant person to complete.
The only side effects are a flashing srs light on the dash. If this is temporary, but a black sticker on the dash cover to block the light so it will not bother you. Or you can remove the bulb with some diligence.

You will be able to plug the system back in later by following the same procedure and have a full functioning SRS.

The FED mandates all manufacturers sell cars with SRS, and dealers have the right to guard themselves from liabilitys.however,their is no law, local or FED that prevents a vehicle owner from modifying a vehicle after it is purchased. The only mandates as far as functionality are; 2 headlights,2 tailights,functioning turn signals,a windshield taller than 3 inches, a lit license plate,and seatbelts.This is only inforcable to vehicles originally sold from the factory with those items (ex:59 bellair was not sold by Chevrolet with seatbelts so they are not mandated) retain them in perfect working order.
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That would disable the entire SRS - I thought the OP only wanted to disable the passenger side airbag.

I would think disconnecting the plug at the passenger airbag would do that, but I don't know if the system would view that as a fault and disable the driver side as well.

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For the passenger side, you just have to fool the weight sensor that the person sitting on top of the seat is less than 60lbs and it will disable.

Or you could have the person sit in the back seat and not worry about air-bags.

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