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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why Don't Medium Duty and Heavy Duty Trucks require Airbags?

Airbags protect the moving occupant against the sudden deceleration of the vehicle. Trucks usually hit objects that are lighter in mass. The truck's energy is transfered to the other vehicle, so 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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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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Installing after-market seats

Usually when someone is replacing seats it's because they want racing seats, so the safety and comfort features do not apply so you would put new seats in and leave the airbags and heaters off ...
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is it a good idea to have crash/bumper guard on rear of hatch back

No, it's generally not a good idea. The manufacturer spends vast amounts of money and development time in building in proper type-approved crash protection. Randomly adding girders will transmit the ...
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Do I need to deactivate driver-side airbag to change the cabin air filter on Peugeot 407?

While I've never dealt with a Peugeot before, manufacturers would not make a vehicle where there is an owner changeable part (ie: cabin air filter) and not account for the airbag. There should be ...
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Two cable connectors under each car seat - what are they for?

The most common problem with the Chevrolet with an airbag light on and the dealership that doesn’t want to tell you the codes is the clock spring is defective which is located in your steering wheel ...
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Why don't rally cars have airbags?

It is pretty straightforward, it has absolutely nothing to do with simplicity weight or anything like that! You are not allowed by fia rules to have working airbags in a competition car due to the ...
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Why Don't Medium Duty and Heavy Duty Trucks require Airbags?

Medium and Heavy Duty trucks are expected to be "work" trucks, not grocery go-getters. Drivers of work trucks are expected to be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). An airbag can cause ...
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Air Bag Warning Light On in 2002 Golf TDI GLS

Given that the car is a 2002 Golf, my vehicle specific advice is to check that the connectors under the seats, in particular the front passenger seat, are fully engaged in their connectors. This is a ...
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VW Mk4 Golf/GTI airbag indicator warning light: How to fix/turn off

Summarizing the commentary on the question above: The vehicle is manifesting an ABS warning light. Ajax is thinking that this is a consequence of faulty wiring in the seat belt receiver itself (...
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The airbag light is on in my 2012 Chevy Silverado my car hasn't been in an accident

The air-bag system has detected a fault, so you need to get the codes read to ascertain the fault or take it in to a service shop where they will read the codes and tell you what needs doing. At the ...
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Installing electronics next to SRS Airbag controller in car

There are typically several controllers housed together. I'm guessing that the grom was installed here because the CD player was originally here - a CD player will typically produce much more ...
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Seat occupancy sensor malfunction VW Jetta 2008

The airbag won't deploy. Because an inflating airbag is much more dangerous to children than to adults, seat sensors are used to determine if an adult is in the seat. If an adult is there, the ...
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My 2003 Silverado air bag light is on

Realize you need a code reader which can read your SRS system. The codes come from a different part of the system on the CAN Bus. Your local AutoZone or what have you will not have the ability to read ...
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2009 Impala LT Airbag code B0014-0D

Seems there's an issue for 2016 Volts with the the wiring harness getting sliced on the seat frame. Possibly you have something similar going on? Check the seat wiring harness. Trace the wires and ...
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Why does my VW diagnostic codes give "Implausible Signal"?

I've frequently seen this fault logged by Volkswagens cars that have a poor condition battery, or a battery that has become discharged. The best probable explanation I can come up with is that the "...
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Why does my VW diagnostic codes give "Implausible Signal"?

An "implausible signal" is one that doesn't make sense in the context of the system -- for example a signal voltage that is outside of the normal range of a sensor. This could be an early sign of a ...
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