A car has a variety of safety devices. One of these safety devices is the airbag, which is not only available for the driver today, but for all other people in the car and even for people outside the vehicle, airbags are being developed. But even though an airbag is a safety device, it can quickly become a hazard, especially when children are using one Baby Seat to be transported in the front passenger seat.
An airbag switch can do that
So that an airbag in a car does not become a hazard, you can often switch it off. This is possible with a so-called airbag switch, If the car is not equipped with an airbag switch, the vehicle can be retrofitted with it. Depending on the model, there are special retrofit kits for this purpose, but there are also universal models. These consist of a switch and a switching device for deactivating the airbag. This switching device is correspondingly connected to the individual airbag systems in a car. The airbag can be switched on or off at any time at the push of a button or with the key. For this purpose you have to install the switch firmly. This requires opening the console. Here you should work as carefully as possible so that there is no major damage to the console or a visual defect in the vehicle.
TÜV approval is required
In addition to the installation of the airbag switch, the system also includes an airbag control and a diagnostic device. Corresponding lines provide a connection to the airbag switch, but also to the airbags and the vehicle electrical system. In connection with the airbag control you have to keep in mind that you have to keep a careful eye on switching on and off at all times. For example, while it can protect children, a disabled adult airbag can have serious consequences in an accident. Another point must also be considered in connection with the airbag switch, namely the approval by a test organization. An examination, approval and registration must take place here. The operation of an airbag switch is ultimately only legally permitted with successful approval. Failure to observe this obligation or incorrect installation, for example to save the airbag switch and simply pull a fuse, is not permitted. This would result in the expiry of the operating license and, in the event of an accident, also loss of insurance coverage.
in summary: installation, securing and more!
If you want to mount a child seat on the front passenger seat, the front airbag must be deactivated. If you only pull the fuse, the airbag control unit receives an error message and all airbags are switched off and the airbag control lamp is activated. Retrofitting systems also make it possible to switch off other airbags or the belt tensioners. To do this, the supply line of the corresponding system must be sought. No programming is often necessary when retrofitting. Work on airbags may only be carried out by trained persons.
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