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jasondap01

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i have a '98 Civic DX Hatchback that got wrecked this weekend. Im thinking that its fixable. i've been looking at parts online but one of the things im worried about are the fact that the airbags are deployed. where do i get them.... how much do they cost? i dont have full coverage on my car so im on my own to fix it. Pics to follow when i get them loaded

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Only problem is some insurance companies might give you grief if the bags of air are not professionally replaced.

 

Otherwise, piss on it. The bags just make for a heavier, bulkier wheel.

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It's only illegal if you remove them. IF they were deployed and you didn't replace them I don't think that is illegal unless your car was noted as a salvage vehicle and had to have an inspection to be registered.

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Technically it's illegal to remove the airbags. I've never heard of anyone getting ticketed for that though.

 

whats illegal about it? if you sell it, and don't tell the new owner that it doesn't have airbags, then its illegal.

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What's illegal? Um.....the fact that there is a law against it. I'm not sure what kind of question that is. I don't write the laws, just passing on info that this is a law. Removing safety devices from a vehicle is against the law. Removing your seatbelts would be the same deal....against the law. Not saying I give a crap, just letting people know.

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whats illegal about it? if you sell it, and don't tell the new owner that it doesn't have airbags, then its illegal.

 

It just is. All automobiles after 94 (I think, maybe it was 95) must come with airbags to be legal for sale or resale in the us. If you purposefully tamper with them it is illegal. Thats why there was such a stink about the passenger airbags and people disabling them for their kids, because by the letter of the law it was illegal. BTW, that has since been changed and now they either have a switch or a weight sensor for the pass side.

 

Anyway. If the bags were deployed and the title is clean (or if it is salvage and your state doesn't require an inspection to be re-registered) then you can just leave them and cut off the bag part, or replace the wheel with one with no bags. You'll have a rough time selling it unless the buyer doesn't care about the bags though.

 

Ohio Revised Code:

[§ 4513.26.3] § 4513.263. Occupant restraining devices.

 

(B) No person shall do any of the following:

 

 

 

 

(1) Operate an automobile on any street or highway unless that person is wearing all of the available elements of a properly adjusted occupant restraining device, or operate a school bus that has an occupant restraining device installed for use in its operator's seat unless that person is wearing all of the available elements of the device, as properly adjusted;

 

 

 

 

(2) Operate an automobile on any street or highway unless each passenger in the automobile who is subject to the requirement set forth in division (B)(3) of this section is wearing all of the available elements of a properly adjusted occupant restraining device;

 

 

 

 

(3) Occupy, as a passenger, a seating position on the front seat of an automobile being operated on any street or highway unless that person is wearing all of the available elements of a properly adjusted occupant restraining device;

 

It goes on from there, but the most important point is that of "available" i.e. you are not required to wear your seatbelt in your 1945 sedan (they didn't exist), your lawn tractor doesn have to have air bags, and your cars airbags have been previously deployed so as to no longer be "available".

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Possibly a short or a sensor. I have heard that it is a good idea to disconnect the airbag system prior to tinkering with it so as to not accidently set it off while working on it. Anyone care to back me up on that or am I totally wrong?

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