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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-24-2005, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
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removing a child seat transponder???

Hey Folks,

I managed to get a second hand MB child seat for my SLK R171 - seeing as it's a 2 seater I have to get a MB seat because of the transponder that turns off the front airbags.

Now, as many of you with children will know, MB child seats are exactly the same as standard britax child seats, but much much more expensive - frankly, a complete rip off - purely down to the transponder.

The child seat I have bought works fine and will be in use for the next 9 months or so at which time I will have to buy the next child seat up for my baby son. My possible intention is to remove the transponder from the existing seat and use it within a non MB and therefore cheaper child seat.

Of course, my primary concern is to absolutely NOT jepoardise my son in any way, but if possible, I would much prefer to use the existing transponder in a (possibly cheaper) and better quality child seat from another manufacturer. The MB child seats conform to UK standards, but aren't anything special and for an equivalent price there are much much better seats out there.

So, first question - has anyone done this before? Second question, what does the transponder look like? Third question - is it safe to remove?

Many thanks!

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RE: removing a child seat transponder???

I was going to do the same thing. I totally agree that the mercedes seats are a rip off !!! I have just purchased a fantastic seat for my car for much less than half the Duo price, but need to replace the seat my wife uses in her Mercedes. I'm very tempted to remove the transponder in the baby seat and attach it to a seat of my choosing. Did you end up doing it ? What do you think I should do?
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