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Old 05-14-2011, 09:20 AM   #1
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Disengage Airbags??

Would really like to add an after market steering wheel to my '97 TJ and I'm also going to paint the interior dash and door panels. Has anyone permanently disengaged the air bags. Need the basics. Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-14-2011, 09:38 AM   #2
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Short answer, pull the fuse. Long answer, if your in an accident, feds are not going to be happy that you disabled them as its against the law.

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I have heard that if you do something to the bags then the airbag light will stay on, but Idk for sure
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Old 05-14-2011, 01:37 PM   #4
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If it's its not a dedicated trail rig an aftermarket steering wheel without an airbag is an utterly stupid idea.
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Old 05-14-2011, 01:57 PM   #5
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If it's its not a dedicated trail rig an aftermarket steering wheel without an airbag is an utterly stupid idea.
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Old 05-14-2011, 02:01 PM   #6
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An aside, why did jeep discontinue the pasenger air bag shuttoff?
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Old 05-14-2011, 05:42 PM   #7
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X3 on driving a Jeep without an airbag. I'll be happy to show you my scar where my teeth went through my lower lip when I ate the steering wheel in my 74 Renegade(pre airbag)
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:12 PM   #8
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An aside, why did jeep discontinue the pasenger air bag shuttoff?
Lawyers convinced Jeep the liability potential was too great if that passenger-side airbag didn't work in an accident. Plus the switch added another failure point that increased the odds of the airbag not working when it should have. Not to mention that Jeep dealerships were too afraid to install the switch if the Jeep didn't come with it from the factory... more liability concerns.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:24 AM   #9
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OK, here's my rant.
It's too bad that we live in a society where people feel they don't need personal responsibility, and liability and litigation is such a major thought in the design of any product.
I personally don't like airbags. The last thing I really want in a front end collision situation is a secondary explosion in my face after the initial impact.
I've been in accidents where the bags have deployed, and never felt that I was the better for it. I realize that in some situations this is not the case and most people want to feel protected-just in case. Maybe just slowing down and paying more attention to every driving situation would ease the insecurities. Accept the fact that a certain amount of risk will always be involved from being strapped in a rolling box of sharp metal, plastic, wire and glass being propelled by controlled explosions.
Air bag and seat belt laws-are they for personal safety or lawsuit avoidance? Tell me that most businesses really have my best interest in mind past the point they acquire my funds, short of a legal situation that their perceived negligence may have encouraged? Riiiight....

...but in regards to the OP and his desire to remove the bags, do whatever you want! You make the payments, and it's your ride. Just realize and accept the last thing to go through your mind in a bad accident might be the windshield.
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OK, here's my rant.
It's too bad that we live in a society where people feel they don't need personal responsibility, and liability and litigation is such a major thought in the design of any product.
I personally don't like airbags. The last thing I really want in a front end collision situation is a secondary explosion in my face after the initial impact.
I've been in accidents where the bags have deployed, and never felt that I was the better for it. I realize that in some situations this is not the case and most people want to feel protected-just in case. Maybe just slowing down and paying more attention to every driving situation would ease the insecurities. Accept the fact that a certain amount of risk will always be involved from being strapped in a rolling box of sharp metal, plastic, wire and glass being propelled by controlled explosions.
Air bag and seat belt laws-are they for personal safety or lawsuit avoidance? Tell me that most businesses really have my best interest in mind past the point they acquire my funds, short of a legal situation that their perceived negligence may have encouraged? Riiiight....

...but in regards to the OP and his desire to remove the bags, do whatever you want! You make the payments, and it's your ride. Just realize and accept the last thing to go through your mind in a bad accident might be the windshield.
So you suppose the drunk driver who wanders from his lane and hits you head on could have been avoided if you had been more alert? Yeah, you totally had some fault in that.... And if your really going to gry and argue airbags are more dangerous than useful than good, you go disengage the airbags from you jeep so we can clean the gene pool.

How about the guy who who speeds through a red light being chased by the police, hits a BMW, flips into the air and lands on the roof of a GMC sitting at a red light with a mother, father, and their baby in the back seat, then continus to roll and hit a power poll, and then the driver crawls out of the mangled truck completely fine. Meanwhile the mother in the GMC has a crushed neck, it takes the firemen nearly an hour to remove her, and she has to be airlifted from the scene.

True story, all this happend within 2 feet of me while sitting right next to the GMC about to turn right. Sure this doesn't have anything to do with airbags, but it goes to show the absolute randomness in this world and how "just slowing down and being alert" isn't going to solve everything. Having airbags is just another way to minimize the injurys in this world of unexpected events.

There's my rant.
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Lawyers convinced Jeep the liability potential was too great if that passenger-side airbag didn't work in an accident. Plus the switch added another failure point that increased the odds of the airbag not working when it should have. Not to mention that Jeep dealerships were too afraid to install the switch if the Jeep didn't come with it from the factory... more liability concerns.
...And by not having the ability to de-activate the front pass. side airbag, it discourages parents from installing child seats in the front seat. While it was acceptable 10+ years ago, it is considered taboo today.

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Airbags and seat belts save lives when seated and buckled up properly. That is a fact and there are 40+ years of data that prove it. I cannot imagine any one rendering a potential life saving device useless but to each is own I guess. Sh!t happens but so do "accidents". Drive safe!

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