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Old 07-12-2005, 06:33 PM   #1
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Angry Passenger Airbag Switch HELP!!!

I need to have an airbag switch installed on my 2005 TJ. I've gone through NHTSA which is required now and gotten approval but have had no luck finding a dealership who will install it due to the liability factor. Has anyone else out there had one installed and know of a place that will do it? Or knows of a place to get the switch and install yourself? HELP!!!

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huh....didn't realize you have to get something like that approved. since many major car manufacturers have them on new cars, figured it'd be just finding someone to do it. ya learn somethin new everyday. never heard of someone intalling one, so i can't help there, though. sorry.

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Old 07-13-2005, 12:24 AM   #3
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I think DC even mentions has intsructions for it in the owners manual.
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Old 07-13-2005, 12:31 AM   #4
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Hmmm, which models does this function actually come on from the factory? I never pay any attention to those types of things. My 99 Sahara has it.
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Old 07-13-2005, 07:33 AM   #5
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1st question is why? Kids? Small dog? No rear seat? Just wondering. I can understand why a dealer would not want to do it. Having had both of mine go off before I can tell you it takes one heck of an impact for them to open.. read..semi truck.
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Old 07-13-2005, 08:01 AM   #6
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Thanks for the info guys. First of all, I am trying to get one installed because I have a 3 yr old who rides with me and I would like to get the binkin top/tonneau cover for my jeep so she would have to ride up front with me. Also, the whole her riding in the backseat with the top off scares me a bit. I had a 2001 TJ that had it in it and I beleive that was one of the first years they put them in it. I had no idea when I bought my 2005 that it would be such a hassle to even find information on. I've been doing research on it for about 2 weeks now and have come to the conclusion that back in 98 NHTSA mandated that ever small vehicle had a switch made. Well apparently after the switches were used in the TJs for a couple of years and tested out they decided to only make the switches available to people who fit into their risk categories. NHTSA has some dealers listed on their website as installers but even those dealers won't even touch them now. I found a factory switch on ebay last night but it only works if your jeep is factory wired for it. My jeep has the blank plastic peice where it should go but I have no idea how to find out if it was factory wired for it. What a dilema!!! I'm a TJ Girl at heart and I was sad to let my 2001 go when my daughter was born and am anxious to get my new TJ lookin just as good. If you guys have any suggestions or hear of anyone else with this problem please let me know! Thanks!!
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I checked the factory service book for the wiring on the airbags, on the switched ones, there is a control box, and then a box for the on/off switch feeds off the same power line, and one fuse which they both run into. Thus, it would seem if you would need both the old control box and the on/off box. I have a buddy in the service dept for a large multi dealership.. I will ask if they have ever done them, maybe he can give some advice.
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Thanks so much for the info!!! Any guidance your friend could give would be great!
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Thanks so much for the info!!! Any guidance your friend could give would be great!
Okay, talked to my buddy.. he said even though the Fed's say its okay to add on, they would not touch it as there is just way to much that could go wrong. Could deploy when it not supposed to, could not deploy when its supposed to, etc etc. Thus, who knows, how old does a kid have to be to ride up front with an airbag?
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passenger airbag

What you need is an airbag cutoff switch/wiring harness assembly. Your dealer probably won't know that Chrysler even makes a switch/harness kit. The part #, and I am only assuming it will work on an '05 too, is 05013525AA. (I have a '97, same problem.) You may or may not have to show the NHTSA approval form before they will order it. You definitely need it before anyone else will attempt the installation for you.

The switch installs in the glove box and the wiring harness has standard plugs. No cutting and splicing. I have yet to attempt the install. I found a guy that will do it... an independent automotive electric shop. He won't warranty the work and he figures he has to charge several hours labor at a minimum. Said he hasn't been asked to do one in about 5 years. Used to have quite a sideline in it, but then the trucks started getting cutoff switches standard. He seems convinced anyone with basic skills can do the install, however the directions provided from Chrysler aren't exactly a step by step guide so I've been delaying.

I have now discovered they have a passenger AND driver side cutoff switch. The wiring harness appears the same. I always wonder when I'm wheeling if I won't bump something hard enough to blow the driver bag, so I wish I had ordered that one. It would only cause a problem if I sold the Jeep, because I have NHTSA approval for just the passenger.
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Airbag cutoff

Did you ever find someone to do this and the part # for your Wrangler. My dealer told me they stopped making them after 1991 and was not willing to try putting it into a 2006.
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You could install an airbag simulator. You unplug your airbag, and plug the simulator into the wiring connector. There is NO WAY the airbag is going off if its unplugged, and the simulator keeps the "Air Bag" light from coming on.
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Airbag Simulator/Disconnect

Simulators are $29/each.

I remember reading somewhere that if you install the on/off switch, you have to have the air bag module flashed to enable it.
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Im on the phone with the Jeep parts department and the kit for the 97 is discontinued.
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Old 02-11-2010, 03:31 PM   #15
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An 05 doesn't have an airbag switch?
Why? my 01 does, somebody please explain who the idiot was that designed a Jeep without a passenger side airbag switch
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Its my understanding that they only include the passenger side air bag switch on the vehicles that are not equipped with a rear seat. Evidently, you could get a TJ without a rear seat, so they installed a passenger side air bag switch on those vehicles.
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:02 PM   #17
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Mines an 01 it has a drivers side airbag and a passenger side airbag and a cut off switch for the passenger side, it came with a rear seat. it may be 10 years old but the original owner before me did nothing to it as far as buying anything or mods, so it came stock with the switch as an option I guess.
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The '03 FSM states that the switch is installed only on models without a rear seat. I checked the '01 FSM and it says the switch is standard on all models.
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The '03 FSM states that the switch is installed only on models without a rear seat. I checked the '01 FSM and it says the switch is standard on all models.
I have an 2000 Sahara and it has a key operated cut off switch in the center console. The sahara also comes with a back seat. So I don't believe these switches just came with jeeps without back seats. I believe this was an option of some sort. My jeep does have anti-lock brakes too.
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I have an 2000 Sahara and it has a key operated cut off switch in the center console. The sahara also comes with a back seat. So I don't believe these switches just came with jeeps without back seats. I believe this was an option of some sort. My jeep does have anti-lock brakes too.
The '01 FSM says that all models were equiped with this switch. The '00 FSM doesn't mention if there are models that do not have them. The '03 FSM specifically states that the switch is not installed on models with a rear seat. This is what the '03 FSM says, "The passenger airbag on/off switch is standard equipment on all versions of this model that are equipped with the dual front airbag system, but are not equipped with a rear seat (Fig. 35)."
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Ok that explains why mine has one and his doesn't, but having or not having a rear seat is a stupid reason to have or not have a air bag switch.
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I have a '99 sport with a switch and a factory back seat.
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Old 03-08-2010, 06:43 PM   #23
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I installed the air bag simulator a few days ago. It works great. The passenger side air bag is unplugged and the air bag light doesn't stay on. Very simple to do. Unhook the battery, remove the glove box, unplug the air bag and install across the leads. Then just put everything back.
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I installed the air bag simulator a few days ago. It works great. The passenger side air bag is unplugged and the air bag light doesn't stay on. Very simple to do. Unhook the battery, remove the glove box, unplug the air bag and install across the leads. Then just put everything back.
Not having actually looked at one of these. Do you think it would be possible for someone to then add a switch so that the airbag could be switched on/off at will?
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Personally I'd like to remove BOTH airbags from my jeep, suppose I am of teh pavement and slide front end first into something, I'm gonna look really stupid in a ditch with my face plowed into a big bag ain't I?
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I installed the air bag simulator a few days ago.
Why not just remove the light bulb in the dash rather than pay $29 for a simulator?
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I am a Newb, but can't you just pull the fuse?
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I'm no expert on Air bags, in facet I know almost nothing about them at all, but I think they will still be armed even is the fuse is removed, I'm not sure, but somebody told me some time ago that they can still go off unless the unit is removed from the vehicle. Personally, I'd like to take both sides out of my jeep, here's why........I find a trail or field where I need 4wd to have a little fun, like the farm field down the road a mile, anyway I'm going along through there and wham I hit a ditch, no problem I have 4wd right? Well not if the air bag pops in my face.
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ok here ya go airbag freaks. LOL
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Thanks you very much Darton that's a site I will have to order from
In Va its illegal to remove an airbag, but nothing says I can turn it on or off.

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