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Old 03-28-2013, 08:24 PM   #81
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Hmmmmm. Sounds like your present feelings about air bags are the same as your pre-accident feelings about seat belts. Maybe after your next head on collision???????
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I would say front airbags are more of a second measure of defense in case the seatbelt doesn't work properly or fails. Also been in a severe accident going from 50 to 0 in a split second. Seatbelt did its job and when the airbag went off I didn't even hit the airbag so in that one instance its deployment was useless. Most of the adults who get hurt from airbags is because they sit to close to the steering wheel. I see this all the time but especially with woman. They are so close that the airbag hits them b4 the seatbelt can even do its job. If people would learn the correct distance to sit from the steering wheel it wouldn't be such an issue. And unfortunately airbags going off alone can cause a car to be totaled out when otherwise it wouldn't have. Now side airbags are another story. I've thought about removing my driver one to put in a different steering wheel but decided not to just in case. As far as the passenger side goes I would like to remove that one and get a delete pocket if I can find one. I hardly ever have a passenger in the car anyways.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:02 PM   #83
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Nope. I'm good. I'll never own a vehicle with an airbag. My wife's car has it because I care about her more than me. And because she won't let me remove it. But every accident I've ever seen that airbags have been apart of has been a lot worse than it should have been. And I've seen a lot. My dad and my step-mother are both nurses and have both previously been paramedics and my dad is still a paramedic firefighter and a nurse and they both agree that the majority of accidents could have been less damaging to both person driving and passenger and vehicle. Except when there is a rear passenger involved. Then airbags are helpful. But most other times they do more damage than good. My Navy paramedic friends age with me as well. But you know. I'm just angsty. You're right. I haven't done research or asked the people that actually deal with these types of things. Lol.
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:43 AM   #84
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I'll just add my 2 cents in here... Where I live, its prohibited to remove airbags if the vehicle comes equipped with them....
And they'll know if you removed them, because funny enough, the manufacturer has a little airbag symbol on all of the vin plates on the car...
In my honest opinion, I wouldnt remove them unless, yeah, full harness and rollcage....

In my experience, I've been in numerous collisions, as passenger, and once a s a driver (got hit head on by a drunk driver over 100km/h) I owe my life to the airbag. while it hurts, fills your car with dust (tho your car is consider totalled if the airbags do go off), and is loud... I'll admit, I'll keep the bags in my car... I'd rather walk out alive with a headache for a few hours, than have no head, or serious trauma...

As for ABS, sc*w it, I've had it in previous cars, and disabled it because of my years of track, and dirt racing, I can out stop most ABS ridden vehicles.
Anywho, just my 2 cents on the matter.

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"Disabling or removing air bag prohibited
205.2(2) Except as permitted by subsection (3), no person shall disable or interfere with the proper functioning of an air bag in a motor vehicle or remove it from the vehicle, unless
(a) it is necessary to do so to repair the air bag or to service or modify the motor vehicle; and
(b) without delay after completing the service, repair or modification, the person ensures that the air bag is re-enabled or re-installed and is functioning properly.
205.2(3) As exceptions to subsection (2),
(a) a person may install a manual cut-off switch in a motor vehicle to disable an air bag if the person's installation of the cut-off switch is authorized for the vehicle under the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations, C.R.C., c. 1038, and other persons may disable the air bag by means of the cut-off switch;
(b) if the owner of a motor vehicle has written permission from Transport Canada to have an air bag in the vehicle disabled,
(i) a person may install a device in the motor vehicle that disables the air bag, or may disable the air bag in another manner, if he or she complies with the conditions of the permission, and
(ii) other persons may disable the air bag by means of the disabling device;
(c) a recycler may remove an air bag from a motor vehicle that he or she is recycling or that is being recycled by another recycler; and
(d) a person may remove an air bag from a motor vehicle if
(i) the vehicle is not registered under The Drivers and Vehicles Act or under a comparable Act in another jurisdiction,
(ii) the person owns the vehicle or has permission from its owner to remove the air bag, and
(iii) the vehicle is being dismantled for parts or destroyed for scrap.
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205.2(4) A person who contravenes subsection (2) is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than $5,000."
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