Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: 222.132 & 221.122 & 213.050 & 906.633
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If I were concerned about the safety of a newborn kid, I would not transport him/her at the front seat and then the passenger airbag would not be an issue.
Where did you hear it would be simple and anyone would be able to do it? At least the two of us obviously cannot. I'd leave rumours aside in an important topic like this.
You would feel sorry if an adult was sitting at the passenger seat and the car faced an accident (could be someone else's fault). Would you be sure that no adult would sit at the front passenger seat after you removed the airbag?
An official MB workshop in Europe would not be allowed to disable this airbag. If you wanted to have it done anyway, someone should know how to fool the airbag unit to assume the airbag is present when it isn't, otherwise the SRS control unit would not work correctly (and you would get the airbag warning, would not pas MOT etc.). The actual airbag should be removed from the car. It could be safe to properly terminate the squib, after all the intention is that the airbag would not operate under any conditions.
Both can be done actually, there is a way to fool the SRS unit and the airbag can be deactivated but what if this was not done properly and the airbag exploded when your kid is at the seat? Have the airbag removed completely if you want to go this way, and explain other passengers that they should sit at the rear seat even if your child seat was not present in the car (better not to remove it at all, you would not need to explain why adults can't sit at the front).
Sorry for the rant, I just feel this is an important safety issue and deserves some thought.