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Hi all, looking for some friendly advice if anyone is able to oblige. My first child was born earlier this month which was awesome. Now the problem, my wife has a smart fortwo car which as the n…
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8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
Hi all, looking for some friendly advice if anyone is able to oblige.

My first child was born earlier this month which was awesome.

Now the problem, my wife has a smart fortwo car which as the name says is for 2 people. Their is a driver and passenger airbag in the car and as you are not able to have rear facing child seats in a seat with an airbag we are not able to put him in her car.

I have trawled the internet to see if it is possible to disable the airbag but have found nothing. My wife rung the local smart dealer who advised her that due to the age of the vehicle (Its on a 53 plate) there is no option to disable the airbag, This was only introduced on newer models.

He said he would enquire about actually removing the airbag only to come back and say they cant do it because its illegal to remove the airbag.

Can anyone please advise me if we are legally allowed to remove the airbag or alternatively if theirs any experts on here let me know how to disable it / remove it.

Thanks guys.
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8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
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#1
Personally I wouldnt remove it, but you can just remove the passenger airbag and just pop the cover back on!! Is their no place for the key to go near the glove box or inside it?? I knowyou said the dealer said NO but always worth a look!!
#2
If you did take out the airbag would this then make it illegal when selling it on? Unless you could re-install it after.
#3
have you checked on the side of the dash? open passenger door and there should be a keyhole to disable airbag(might be underneath a airbag sticker) on the side of dash that would be against the door when closed.

dont know of another car that you cant disable the passenger airbag,as you say it no good in your situation

hope you get it sorted

cheers
scooby
#4
if there isnt a switch couldnt you disconnect the sensor under the passenger seat so that it dosnt recognise anyone sitting in the seat,in which case the airbag shouldnt work.
#5
ryancs
If you did take out the airbag would this then make it illegal when selling it on. Unless you could re-install it after,


Are you sure it makes it illegal? We bought a new Audi recently, and I'm sure the brochure had an option for no airbag at nil cost. I'm only 5'2" so an airbag would likely leave me headless. I too have been looking at getting ours removed from the corsa which I mostly drive. Not heard anything about it being illegal.
#6
i used to have a smart car, before they were in the UK and we could disable the air bag on passenger seat on those. i recall there being instructions on the sun visor, and we had to open the front up and flick a switch. may be different on UK spec ones though....
#7
christophersmum
Are you sure it makes it illegal? We bought a new Audi recently, and I'm sure the brochure had an option for no airbag at nil cost. I'm only 5'2" so an airbag would likely leave me headless. I too have been looking at getting ours removed from the corsa which I mostly drive. Not heard anything about it being illegal.


Sorry it was meant to be a question as i was'nt sure.
#8
ryancs
Sorry it was meant to be a question as i was'nt sure.


Aah, get ya, sorry, I'm tired ! :thumbsup:

I think someone like watchdog did something on this a few years back. that was what put the frighteners on me. They put crash test dummies in a car showed that children & short people (like me) shouldn't have airbags as they do more harm than good. I remember the one with the baby was very serious (hence the no more rear facing car seats in the front any more).

Might be worth checking on the watchdog website, maybe they covered it since?
#9
From NCAP Website
Child-protection
There are no rear seats in the smart fortwo so child protection was not rated. An option package is available from smart which includes ISOFIX anchorages for the passenger seat and a switch to disable the passenger's side frontal airbag. The label warning of the dangers of fitting a rearward facing child restraint without first disabling the airbag was inadequate.


Looks like you can definatly disable it if you have the added option.....
#10
http://www.smartmaniacs.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=44901


click on above link gives you info on the problem you have and a possible cure
#11
Thanks for all the replies so far. Just had a look at that other forum, thats one possible solution but will involve having to buy equipment form smart and modify it.

Just makes me wonder if they have a clue what they are on about when they say that the airbag can't be disabled yet they sell their own brand of car seat / attachment that allows disables the airbag???
#12
Sebas111
Thanks for all the replies so far. Just had a look at that other forum, thats one possible solution but will involve having to buy equipment form smart and modify it.

Just makes me wonder if they have a clue what they are on about when they say that the airbag can't be disabled yet they sell their own brand of car seat / attachment that allows disables the airbag???


I was thinking the same thing:thinking:
#13
There used to be a switch on the passenger side door pannel, but that has been removed from smart cars in the past few years. It is not there, and it is no longer how the system works.

New smart cars have to be programmed to say there is a passenger side kids seat. It gets programmed when you install the seat fittings. If you buy second hand, the airbag will deploy. It needs to be adjusted by smart.

The fitting sets a resistance to say that the babyseat is active, a different resistance to say no one in the seat, or someone in the seat. Cutting the wire simply creates an error condition.
#14
^ lol nice first post
#15
Go out and buy a PROPER car instead .......:roll:

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