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post #1 of 9 Old 01-29-2010, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry clicked on the return button - and my last message got posted

I am after removing the front passenger seat to transport a long load abroard
I can see and have undone the electric air bag trigger plug, but mt question is The airbag no work light has illuminated on the dash
doeas this mean just the passenger airbag - or the drivers etc. as well
Is there any other reson or problems that may occur if I travel or remove this seat that anyone can advise on please
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It's strongly advised not to mess with the airbags and wait 30minutes after disconnecting the battery for the capacitors to discharge before attempting ANY sort of maintainance or procedure. If the capacitors are not allowed to discharge you can risk accidental deployment. The light indicates a fault on the system and when activated disables the whole system as a result. The system is self resetting so if you have a fault and the light is on fixing the probem will automatically put the light out.

Driving without a seat or at least something connected can potentially be very risky if the conductors were to touch something, wouldprobably also invalidate insurance, put the other occupants in greater risk of injury. Do so at your own peril. At a minimum I would wrap the connector in tape to avoid shorts.

Please remember that airbags electronic wiring are coded yellow so they can't be tampered with accidentally and contain explosives.

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Even a Ford set of roofbars is less than 100 which for that length of journey seems a safer idea




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Drivers Airbag WILL still work, it has just seen absense of seat pad sensor, not sure if pass airbag will deploy or not.
Electrical plugs pins shouldn't touch anything, they were designed so you couldn't probe them with anything.
Some will no doubt disagree, but I have driven about with various systems including airbags disconnected, not highly advisable but maybe only as a last resort ;-)

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Just another thought
Have you checked with regard to what the legality is of using a vehicle without the front seat fitted in whichever foreign country you are going to be going to / through




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Drivers Airbag WILL still work, it has just seen absense of seat pad sensor, not sure if pass airbag will deploy or not.


Are you sure about this?

Dealership told me that when the light is activated the whole system is taken offline as a safety measure. I'm not sure there is a seat pad sensor in the passenger seat (either seat for that matter).

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Thanks for thr quick and helpful replies
I have know altered my load so iy does just fit into the car with the front seat still fitted - Its not usable mind as its folded to the limit forward
But that overcomes my problem
The local Ford dealer confirmed that the car IS driveable but the airbag/ airbags may not all /if any deploy on any incident
They also commented on the insurance implications of overiding safety equipement

I have now overcome this by removeing all the rear seats and fitting a loose box 8 1/2 inch high in the passenger rear footwell to suport the load
Thanks again
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I've found before now that for smallish diameter but long items like timber that to fold the passenger seat right back onto the rear seat suffices if you then remove the parcel shelf and put the items right down into what would be the front passenger footwell
I've never tried with taking the rear seat(s) out as to if the front seat would go even lower




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