I am getting exhausted by the ongoing news that airbag inflators can malfunction and explode, injuring the driver and front passenger. Most worrying is that nothing in the news says that the replacement parts are perfectly safe (or even close).
It is not that long ago that airbags were a feature reserved for luxury cars. With time airbags became standard on what seems like all cars.
I would be quite content to remove this safety feature from my car. There is a recall on my car, but I'm so far ignoring it. Is disabling, or even removing, the two inflators a task that an amateur can tackle?
Alternatively, do you have experience making such a request at a dealership? Is there anything in the books that would make them decline such a request?
I found some information regarding the last part of the question. Disabling the airbag is legal, at least in some jurisdictions. This article, from Transport Canada, indicates that they allow drivers to install a switch that turns off airbag inflators. They recommend against such a switch. Installing a switch is a better solution than simply cutting off the power supply and/or control circuity of the airbag inflators, and I suspect it raises the caliber of the technician needed for this task from an amateur to a pro.