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What special tool is required to remove the air bag or can it simply be done using a flat pry bar??

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Hi there jwhyrich,

Stop, hold everything, do nothing.

You have not said whether or not it has been deployed or what your goal is here. But one thing I do know is that these devices are dangerous. They don't hit you like a fluffy pillow. Premature deployment of an unanchored airbag can be deadly.

Even if you are extracting a previously deployed airbag and have no intention of replacing it, consider, 'is this the only air bag in the car'?

I will get into how they are removed after my mandatory (imposed by me) list of precautions.

Click here for a list of precautions. Read them. Read them again and take them seriously.

I'll repeat a statement from the link. Taking these precautions does not make them safe, it lets a person handle them with a higher degree of safety.

Now if you've read and understand the precautions, the special tool is a screw driver. Four screws hold it in.

Best regard and be safe

Mike

Posted on Nov 11, 2010

Testimonial: "Thanks Mike, this info was very, very interesting, informative and helpful. I must now decide whether or not I perform this project??"

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    Justin Case Nov 11, 2010

    My first concern is keeping you safe - This is one of those areas that just tinkering can have serious repercussions - Remember, these are essentially explosive devices and need to be handled cautiously - My intent was to convey the serious nature of the consequences, to make a person pause and think about their comfort level with this new awareness - - From your response I believe I have done that - A little bit of fear in this case is both healthy and necessary. However, if you are extremely uncomfortable, don't do it - After over 700 extractions with zero accidents, I still take nothing for granted - I still approach each one the way I did the first, with caution, apprehension, fear and respect. - Treat them with respect, control the environment and you'll be fine. - Thanks for asking, I feel as if I made a difference here. Mike

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