Steering Wheel Airbag - how paranoid do I need to be?

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Steering Wheel Airbag - how paranoid do I need to be?

Post by oxfordshirerob » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:30 pm

Hey all,

I just got my new steering wheel and airbag components all sorted and am currently handling the unfitted air-bag like a dangerous nuclear warhead!

How cautious do I really need to be with the airbag module, I am literally holding it facing away from me at all times, carrying it around in its big box, generally treating it like the plague until I come to fit it......at which point I think I am going to be a nervous wreck trying to plug it in, while ducking etc..... I read on the forums that even static electricity can set them off, so am a little worries in my rough handling when it comes to install time.

Am I being paranoid and in reality its completely inert and fine to treat like a normal car part, and only becomes active after its plugged in........or am I right to be handling it with kids gloves for fear of it going pop in my face while I have it in the house, and come to fit it.

Rob

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Re: Steering Wheel Airbag - how paranoid do I need to be?

Post by marco_polo » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:08 pm

Just don't put a voltage across the terminals, and you'll be fine. They're also the horn switch, which is happy to be punched all day long.
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Re: Steering Wheel Airbag - how paranoid do I need to be?

Post by oxfordshirerob » Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:54 am

marco_polo wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:08 pm
Just don't put a voltage across the terminals, and you'll be fine. They're also the horn switch, which is happy to be punched all day long.
Cheers marco-polo, you've put my mind at rest somewhat and good point about the horn ha ha!

Rob

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