I need to be able to turn off/disconnect the passenger airbag in my car but I don't have a manual for this vehicle to determine if there is a way to do this. I need to separate the kids and the best option is to put the oldest (5 years old) up front. Can I disconnect this?
NO u definately do not want to mess with that because there are certain procedures to disarm them cause if you do this wrong it can explode and injure someone but if u need to do this i can try to find you the procedures to do this
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Your vehicle did not come with a manual [driver controlled] deactivation switch. The passenger side airbag on this car is controlled by a switch built into the bottom seat cushion of the passenger seat. If you place an object heavy enough on the passenger seat to activate that switch, the airbag will be activated. If it is activated when the seat is empty, then the switch inside the seat bottom is either defective or someone has disconnected it. Look under the passenger side seat for an electrical connector which may be unplugged.
There is no such thing as an airbag fuse. The airbag is run through the drive train module. If what you are trying to do is turn off the airbag on the passenger side, some vehicles such as my Toyota truck have a little key hole option where you can turn the airbag off. If you don't have that, you can remove the whole airbag out, however, disconnect the battery for at least 3 minutes first in order to avoid getting punched in the face.
Unless the vehicle is fitted with a manual 'OFF' switch, then presumably there is no other simple way of disabling the passenger airbag without disconnecting the air-bag module. This is not recommended however and may disrupt the operation of the SRS system.
If the light is on but the computer shows no fault then it maybe an issue where you tapped into that as a power source you were looking for. try disconnecting the battery negative terminal for 60 seconds then reconnect and see if that resets everything. This assumes you don't have a switch that turns that airbag off that just needs to be reset. Doing the disconnect on the battery may reset that switch as well. I know some vehicles in the year were equipped with a switch to turn the airbag on the passenger seat off as it was an issue of safety for some occupants at the time, I am not sure if your vehicle had such a switch or not but it would be listed in the Owners manual if it does.
Personally i would never put a baby in a front passenger seat of a car fitted with an air bag. On saying that, there should be a key hole to turn the airbag off, using the ignition key. where this is situated should be on the centre dash between the seats or at the side of the dash near the pass side of the vehicle. A light should illuminate when the airbag is off to warn you that it is Disconnected/off. your owners manual should shed some light on this. Failing that stop off at ANY audi dealer and they will tell you.
The passenger airbag is what is called a smart generation airbag, there is a sensor in the passenger seat that tells the airbag control module to turn off the bag if the weight is less than 50 pounds in the paswsenger seat, i.e. a child, I work for Ford and we will not turn off or tamper with or disconnect the airbag, why? if you get in a wreck and are hurt because we disconnected or otherwise defeated the airbag we would be liable for damages and a lawsuit.