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1996 Pontiac Grand am need to deactivate airbags one has deployed.. have not been in an accident. and want to prevent the other from blowing out my dash.. Help GM was no help at all GM said it was an older car and things go wrong, I just want to stop thie passeenr side from going off while driving or on my kids.

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  • amymartinez9 May 16, 2009

    just got this grand am 4 days ago after midwest storms the floor boards had water.

    I wet vaced the water... then right when key was put into ignition turnd over to put windows up air bag deployed think sensor under the foor has been getting wet.

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I would find the fuse(SRS) and remove it.Unless there is a wiring anomaly in your car you should be OK.If in doubt get it checked out by an auto electrician.

Posted on May 16, 2009

  • twodogs666 May 16, 2009

    Pull the fuse Amy!

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