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    Airbag Question

    Hello all. I'm planning on a completely custom dashboard and center console for my 2000 Dodge Durango (worklog). I have a question regarding the passenger airbag. What should I do to fabricate over it while allowing it to work?

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    Do not cover or block it at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckinMP3 View Post
    Do not cover or block it at all.
    What he said.

    Don't forget that you not only want the airbag to still work as designed, you don't want pieces of your custom (fiberglass?) dash being blown into the eye socket of the person sittign in front of the airbag when it goes off.

    Also, you might find that changing your dash so much that is inhibits the airbag is not only extremely dangerous but a vehicle defect and the 5-0 might want to hit you up with a fine/vehicle inspection down the track.
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    Thanks, I guess I'll see what I can come up with. The existing dash over the air bag feels like a lightweight plastic that flips up. I might take a look at doing some sort of cloth with perforations on the back side.

    Thanks again.

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    If you take a look at the new Suzuki Swifts, they're dash is simlar to what you are describing. In the girlfriends swift, you can faintly make out the edge of the flaps on the passenger side of the dash that will split when the airbag goes off. If you think of the top of a cereal box (without the little side flaps on the edges), it's just some lightweight plastic that fold open when the airbag goes off.

    The problem would be testing it though. You would surley want to make a proof of concept before shoving it into you car. You wouldn't want it not opening up like it should in the event of a crash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NiSlo View Post
    The problem would be testing it though.
    Good point! I'll see what else I can do, or what's been done.

    Thanks!

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    i don't know about messing with it at all... not saying it can't be done, but in my opinion it's absolutely foolish to make changes to the SRS system without knowing the slightest bit about what kind of testing and engineering went into it to make it a safety feature.

    Remember that for all intents and purposes, airbags are explosives that are designed to deploy from a specific structure in a very specific way.

    Even the most minor modification, such as the cloth you suggest is going to affect the deployment of the airbag. Again, this is something calibrated to blow through a specific panel and meet your face in mere milliseconds without generating the kind of force that causes more injuries than it prevents.

    Anything you stick in front of that constitutes a potential delay of deployment or even complete failure of that system... even if it's just a piece of cloth that wasn't there in the engineering model at design time. When the difference between a soft landing and picking a radio knob out of my skull is such a small period of time, i'll take all the time i can get.

    I don't say very many things can't be done, but i'd say even the most engineering/electrical/fabrication savvy of us here would be woefully unequipped to adequately deal with that kind of project. That said, i think for your own safety and the safety of your passengers, it should not be done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoHybrid View Post
    i don't know about messing with it at all... not saying it can't be done, but in my opinion it's absolutely foolish to make changes to the SRS system without knowing the slightest bit about what kind of testing and engineering went into it to make it a safety feature.

    Remember that for all intents and purposes, airbags are explosives that are designed to deploy from a specific structure in a very specific way.

    Even the most minor modification, such as the cloth you suggest is going to affect the deployment of the airbag. Again, this is something calibrated to blow through a specific panel and meet your face in mere milliseconds without generating the kind of force that causes more injuries than it prevents.

    Anything you stick in front of that constitutes a potential delay of deployment or even complete failure of that system... even if it's just a piece of cloth that wasn't there in the engineering model at design time. When the difference between a soft landing and picking a radio knob out of my skull is such a small period of time, i'll take all the time i can get.

    I don't say very many things can't be done, but i'd say even the most engineering/electrical/fabrication savvy of us here would be woefully unequipped to adequately deal with that kind of project. That said, i think for your own safety and the safety of your passengers, it should not be done.
    Very well put, and...seconded. No purely cosmetic mod is worth compromising your safety. Period.

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    Thanks guys, I guess I'll just repaint the stock dash.

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    Paint over the airbag cover is not a good idea. It can change the function by messing up the physical characteristics of the cover.

    If you do anything to the safety features of your car you could cause someone to be very hurt and could be liable for the injuries.

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