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I'm looking at an 04 CC and I'm wondering if the front Passenger Air bag can be deactivated/Activated? My duaghter will be very dissapointed if she has to ride in the back!
 

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My wife wasn't happy with this issue either - usually two seaters have some way to disconnect the passenger seat. And sticking a grandkid in the trunk wasn't a viable option - although it would have been amusing. If you open the passenger door, on the side of the dashboard - there is a black plug cover. Interesting enough, this plug is in the same location as compared to my Z4 roadster - which had a key slot to manually disengage the pass airbag. I have never been able to verify if the Euro models have a switch in this location.
 

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My wife wasn't happy with this issue either - usually two seaters have some way to disconnect the passenger seat. And sticking a grandkid in the trunk wasn't a viable option - although it would have been amusing. If you open the passenger door, on the side of the dashboard - there is a black plug cover. Interesting enough, this plug is in the same location as compared to my Z4 roadster - which had a key slot to manually disengage the pass airbag. I have never been able to verify if the Euro models have a switch in this location.
Well, on the passenger car here there is a clearly indicated key slot (not covered by anything... VERY visible) to activate or de-activate the dash (above the glovebox) airbag... dunno if it also deactivates the passenger door (lateral impact) one.
 

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Thanks Troesma,

For some reason, the pass airbag deactivation system has been removed for North American market. Using Eurospares, I can get the correct part numbers for the switch and the appropriate airbag control module - it looks like a pure plug and play.

I have heard of one gentleman who did this, but couldn't verify if he got it too work - the dealer wouldn't mess with it for liability reasons.
 

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Air Bag

You're kidding right? Safer for kids to be in the back, regardless.
Ever been rearended by a Semi? Position is all relative to impact location, velocity and structural intergrity among other items. I wouldn't ask the Question unless I was serious. What if I have 3 kids? Better to stuff them all in the back without seatbelts then turn of the airbag so one can sit in the front
 

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Ever been rearended by a Semi? Position is all relative to impact location, velocity and structural intergrity among other items. I wouldn't ask the Question unless I was serious. What if I have 3 kids? Better to stuff them all in the back without seatbelts then turn of the airbag so one can sit in the front
It is generally accepted by automative safety experts that the rear seat is a safer location for children, and you didn't say you have 3 kids, you only mentioned 1. It seems paradoxical that you seem concerned enough to disable the airbag, but not enough to have her sit in the back in the first place where it isn't an issue. Does she still use a booster seat?

http://sev.prnewswire.com/health-care-hospitals/20050503/PHM00902052005-1.html

I can certainly understand the need for this feature in a Spyder.

BTW my Maserati came with a spare lock barrel, wonder if it was from this airbag disable switch?
 

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Glenn, I do have 1 child and normally would have her in the back seat. I was currious if it was possible to turn off the front passenger airbag. Yes, there is certainly a time when I would take her for a ride and have her up front with me. It maybe generally accepted that the rear is safer for a child (No booster she's old enough to sit without one), however there maybe the occassion when having her able to sit in the front would be good.

It's genarally considered Safer to Fly then Drive, yet I don't take a plane everwhere I travel too either.

As for the European Model that has this feature, would you then argue that North Americans care more for their kids than Europeans do?
 
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