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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 22nd June 2008, 17:29 Thread Starter
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Airbag off...

Can anyone tell me if you can switch the front passenger airbag off - I'm getting an EX in a couple of weeks and forgot to ask the dealers..

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 22nd June 2008, 17:33
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You can in the CTR, so I would imagine all Civics are the same.


Update: Just been to check and Smurf is right you can't switch it off.

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Don't think you can, i can't in my SE
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Don't think you can, i can't in my SE

No you are right I've just been to check, I was thinking of my previous car.

How strange.
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The dealer can disconnect it though.
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The dealer can disconnect it though.
Thats no good
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It can be done at the dealers.

The last gen Vivic was the same. Oddly, my old 02 Clio had a key hole in the passenger arm rest that could be used to swith the air bags on or off. Don't know why Honda don't let you do it.
Perhaps for safety? Remove one possible delay/break in the system.
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I think most dealers will resist the idea of turning the Passenger Airbag.

It'll interfere with the Warranty maybe??

On a serious note though.... IF the dealer turned the airbag off and the passenger was killed in an accident due to this action the dealer would be liable for doing the deed and the car insurance would 'probably' be invalid.
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My last two cars, an 04 Leon a Y reg Peugeot 406 both had a keyhole to switch it off and a warning light on the dash. Very useful with younger kids in the front seat.
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On my old Mondeo if you put the passenger seat belt in with no-one sitting on the seat, it would switch off the airbag and put a light on the dash - quite a good idea as it would cut down the repair costs in the event of a minor collision, I'm surprised the Civic doesn't have this functionality
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It can be done at the dealers.

The last gen Vivic was the same. Oddly, my old 02 Clio had a key hole in the passenger arm rest that could be used to swith the air bags on or off. Don't know why Honda don't let you do it.
Perhaps for safety? Remove one possible delay/break in the system.
Even though you can turn it off with a key it is not recommended to use for instance a rearward facing child seat. If the collision is violent enough it can still be activated and *poof*.

So it is basically unnecessary to switch it off since you normally want to switch it off to use a child seat in the front. The recommendation is still "dont".
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But if you sit a young person (say about 7 or 8 y.o.) in the front seat who is too old for a child seat, then you need it to be switched off or the bag will do damage to their face!
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I think most dealers will resist the idea of turning the Passenger Airbag.

It'll interfere with the Warranty maybe??

On a serious note though.... IF the dealer turned the airbag off and the passenger was killed in an accident due to this action the dealer would be liable for doing the deed and the car insurance would 'probably' be invalid.
They'd get you to sign a legal disclaimer also advising you to inform your insurance company!
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The passengers airbag can be switched off on any 2006 onwards Civic 3/5dr, but only by the dealer plugging in their diagnostic machine and setting up the system to just deactivate that airbag whilst leaving everything else on. And yes they do get you to sign a disclaimer as well!
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Rubbish - another thing missing that I'm used to having.
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Is there no way of unplugging the pressure mat to de-activate the bag???

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Is there no way of unplugging the pressure mat to de-activate the bag???

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It will detect an open circuit on the occupancy sensor mat and shut the whole system down!

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Oh bugger Worth postulating though, there has to be some way, even if they (a local Honda person, could install a key switch under the bonnet, like most cars have).

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But if you sit a young person (say about 7 or 8 y.o.) in the front seat who is too old for a child seat, then you need it to be switched off or the bag will do damage to their face!
From what I remember about the new legislation, unless the 7 or 8 y.o. is a giant they would be under the legal minimum height (1.35m) and have to sit on a booster seat whatever. The best kind are the ones with ISO fix fittings, and as the Civic ISOfix bits are in the back seat the safest place for a 7 or 8 y.o. is in the back!

In fact, here's a link to the legislation...

UK Department for Transport | THINK! Road Safety - Welcome to the THINK! web site
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