I didn’t have them replaced. The only indication is that at startup, the
'95’s airbag light comes on in place of the odo readout, but one touch of
the button that cycles through the display turns it off. It’s a small price
to pay to not have your front window, sunroof, and door tops all blown out,
your steering wheel damaged and dashboard destroyed by the detonation of the
Oh, one more suggestions to living with airbags. Never drive with your
windows completely closed. The steering wheel would still have been bent and
the dash destroyed, but we still would have had a windscreen, a sunroof, and
doors that didn’t have an inch gap at the top.
Fortunately my son was driving with his hands at 9 and 3 and came away with
only rope burn on the inside of his left arm. The car he hit had only
scratches on the bumper cover because he submarined it as they both braked
hard to avoid an idiot in front of them. IOW, the airbags were totally
unnecessary given the speed of the crash.
I’ve been told that just disconnecting a sensor or two will disable the
bags, but have never tried it. You could probably search the Internet for
good advice. My pickup (no back seats) has a switch so that a small
passenger isn’t killed. I leave that off all the time.
“Mark 1” Mark Stephenson
'52 XK120 S673129, '59 Mk1, '84,'85,'86 &'95 XJ6-----Original Message-----
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf
Of Anthony Hladun
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2005 8:01 AM
Subject: RE: [x300] Seat Movement
In reply to a message from Mark Stephenson sent Mon 22 Aug 2005:
I share your opinion about airbags. My view is that if airbags are
genuine safety features why donï¿½t racing cars have them? We all
know the answer. I always wear my seatbelts. On the other hand
from experience, seatbelt pre-tensioners are a great benefit.
On several previous cars Iï¿½ve owned, Iï¿½ve just disconnected the
airbags. With more electronics it gets harder and harder to do
that without warning lights and buzzers coming on. Have you been
able to disconnect your bags or did you just not have them
Just to finish the story, my desire to move the seatbelts back is
not just airbag related. With the VDP thereï¿½s 2 feet of legroom in
the back seat and itï¿½s pretty cozy up front. More room in the
front seats would be nice.
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