We're talking about the driver, right? I know you can turn off the
airbag for the passenger seat, but I didn't know you could turn off
the driver's side airbag. Is this something new? Seems to me that it
defeats the whole purpose of the thing.
Not being in either camp, I did not know this. I've seen the
passenger seat airbag deactivation switch, but never a driver's. I
ran across this:
It seems that to deactivate a driver air bag a form is supposed to be
filled out so a dealer or repair shop can install the switch. It has
to be installed at the customer's request, it seems.
In any event, my point was that modifying a car to suit a small driver
is not always possible, and rarely easily done, if there is also a
tall driver. And a person operates best in a vehicle they feel
comfortable in and have confidence in. This may mean having two
vehicles. Hell, Hoover promised us that, right?
Umm, if you had actually read my post, you'd realize that all the cars my
mother had previous to her current vehicle were BENCH seats, so OBVIOUSLY
they were made long before airbags were even thought of. Hell, her last car
was the first one she ever had new enough to have seat belts. The car she
has now has automatic seat adjustments, and, by the way, no airbag (it's a
I did read your post and found it a bit misleading. You said,
"Agreed, but it's an easy fix." I was merely pointing out that it's
not so easy, nor safe, of a fix with airbags.
BTW, your newsreader is doing something funny with the stuff you're
quoting. My comment was the most recent one, and should have a single
If I recall correctly (and someone is sure to correct me if my memory
is faulty), in 1993 some cars didn't have airbags (and consequently
had those annoying automatic shoulder belts). I bought a Prizm
because it had airbags and,thus, manual shoulder belts.
I ADORED my automatic shoulder belt. I miss it desperately. I hate the
manual one. It binds up 8 out of 10 times so it takes forever to get the
thing buckled. I'm told I should just pull the thing out more slowly, but I
do everything very quickly and the car should be able to keep up. The auto
belt was auto advancing without binding up while I was able to quickly
buckle my lap belt, start the car, and get out of the garage.
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