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Why don't rally cars have airbags?

For the most part, they don't need it. The purpose of the air bag is to protect the occupant as the body is thrown forward in a crash. Most racers have such vastly improved safety equipment over what ...
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Why don't rally cars have airbags?

If you are ever lucky enough to drive a competition car, the first thing that will strike you is that you can't move. Once you're in your bucket seat with your fire retardant overalls on, wearing a ...
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Is disabling the airbag inflators a task that an amateur can tackle?

There is a recall on my car, but I'm so far ignoring it. There is a recall on your car. Do not ignore it. This is not a task an amateur can tackle, but an amateur can bring their vehicle to their ...
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How can I turn on the airbag on Mitsubishi Outlander without a key?

There is a metal key hidden in your FOB. The metal tab sticking out the top is the key, press the release button and the key will slide out.
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How can I know if the airbags have expired and what are the consequences?

In general airbags don't have an expiration date. The airbags in a modern vehicle are designed to last for life. Some manufacturers have service intervals for the airbags, but it's normally a visual ...
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Is disabling the airbag inflators a task that an amateur can tackle?

Your problem is not the airbag, it's you. You aren't taking a rational approach to risk. This not to insult you, because humans generally are very bad at taking a rational approach to risk - if NASA ...
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Is disabling the airbag inflators a task that an amateur can tackle?

It all varies on a car by car basis, some cars have wires you can disconnect under the seats/pedals and some you have to take the housing that encloses the wires inside the steering wheel column off. ...
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VW Mk4 Golf/GTI airbag indicator warning light

I took my car to a different VW shop (not the dealership) and they fixed the problem for $160, but if I'd known the solution was just to solder the wires directly together, I could have fixed it ...
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Is disabling the airbag inflators a task that an amateur can tackle?

Many other answers give tips like pulling the fuse or cutting wires. Please note that if your question is about the defective Takata airbags, this won't help! The problem is, that this airbags ...
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How can I know if the airbags have expired and what are the consequences?

You should check to see if your car is under the current Takata Air Bag recall Does an Airbag Expire? While some automakers have set time limits on when to replace an airbag, the actual ...
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Is disabling the airbag inflators a task that an amateur can tackle?

Every vehicle I've worked on has had an airbag fuse you can remove from the fuse panel to fully disable the airbag; the repair manuals recommend pulling this fuse when doing any work in the dash area ...
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Is disabling the airbag inflators a task that an amateur can tackle?

It is possible to remove an airbag. This is not recommended by any vehicle safety standard. In the event that an airbag is to be removed for an "SRS" light diagnoses, there are "SRS" dummy resisters ...
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Is disabling the airbag inflators a task that an amateur can tackle?

I am not suggesting you do this, just giving my experience from replacing airbags. I am not familiar with this vehicle specifically, but I have changed the airbag on a couple older cars (early 90's). ...
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Why don't rally cars have airbags?

Simplicity (less to break, repair) Weight Safety: There would be more instances where they might cause more harm than good. (for example minor impacts or large jolts might trigger airbags, thereby ...
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Opel Astra J: passenger seat belt warning isn't working, does it affect airbags?

Yes, the passenger seat belt warning chime and the passenger present systems are linked. I can't speak about Opel directly, I'm familiar with Mazda and Honda. The way the passenger present systems ...
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AirbBag and 4x4 light is on after changing BMW X3 battery. Why?

Its common. Usually goes away in a day or less. If not, you need to have the truck reset by the dealer or bmw mechanic. This has a good explanation. Not your same model but it applies.
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AirbBag and 4x4 light is on after changing BMW X3 battery. Why?

The standard battery is an absorbed glass mat type (AGM). It is to be "registered" with a scan tool. If this is not done the vehicle can adjust to the new battery on its own. When the battery ...
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Disconnect seat switch to disable airbag?

Disabling an air bag component doesn't seem like a good idea. I think on some systems if you disable a piece of it, it can disable the whole system. I'm not any kind of an expert but messing with ...
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Is the smoke or powder produced from an airbag detonation dangerous/toxic?

According to a couple of sources I read, the substance in the air bags is either cornstarch or talcum powder. How Stuff Works says: The powdery substance released from the airbag, by the way, is ...
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Should a suspension air bag be changed after so many miles?

Treat them like other suspension components (and with a similar lifespan). The reason it's so hard to get an answer on lifespan is that it's very dependent on the installation and the other components....
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Two cable connectors under each car seat - what are they for?

The plain white connector with two wires, black and brown with a white stripe, go to a switch in the seat belt buckle. This turns off the warning light on the dash. The yellow connector is for the ...
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air bag light after seat removal repair

I found these directions for resetting the SRS after the dash light starts blinking. It is from this website: Open the driver’s door. Note the rubber covered button located low on the B pillar, a ...
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air bag light stuck on

To handle this I would advise you to take it to have the airbag system scanned to see if a trouble code exists. For us to simply just tell you what the issue is we are going to need more information, ...
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Why don't rally cars have airbags?

As others have said, there are two reasons - one is that in a rally car, you're very firmly strapped in with full harness belts, as opposed to the inertia-reel belts in a normal car. The other is that ...
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Is all Mazda 3 (2009) affected by the recent recall for possible airbag explosion issue?

The recall is not specific to certain models, it's specific to specific production runs of cars which were built using the defective components. To find out if your specific car has any recalls ...
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2005 Ford Escape Airbag code 16 - corrective actions?

I had looked at this and didn't realize it was an Escape. A friend of mine has one with the exact same problem. I would put money on it not being the sensor, but the connector you've cleaned. Not that ...
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How to Reset AirBag codes without expensive scanner?

There are many reasons your airbag lights can come on. With GM vehicles, it's generally due to the SRS (Safety Restraint System) circuit having a fault. When the ECM is powered on the SRS system and ...
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Replace Airbag Unit on Audi A3 8L?

Personally, I would not ever mess with airbags. This is not a project for a weekend driveway mechanic. Accidental activation can be fatal if you happen to be the wrong place at the wrong time with the ...
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Repair or live with 1996 Lincoln Continental Check Ride Control

Causes: Leaking rear air bag (common) Leaking rear bag solenoid. (less common) Leaking air line (Rare) Most of the time one or both bags have a leak and will get worse over time, the worse the leak ...
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can elm327 (bluetooth,wifi) adapters read and clear airbag(srs) codes?

Most "cheap" or "universal" type code readers are only going to be able to do things that are exposed as OBDII parameters. The car manufacturers are free to do whatever else they want using whatever ...
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