Is is possible to buy a new car with no driver's airbag?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by David Probett, Feb 26, 2004.

  1. Hi

    I won't go into the reasons but I wondered if it is currently possible
    to purchase a new model of car in the UK which either has NO drivers
    air-bag fitted, or one which can be switched off?

    I realise that this might seem unusual but my wife is only 5-feet tall
    and sits so very close to the steering wheel that, she feels, if there
    was and accident which caused the air-bag to inflate, it would break
    her neck.

    (She really does sit VERY close to the wheel.)

    Whilst we have only had one (minor) accident during the past ten
    years, there is no point in my wife trying to drive a car of which she
    is terrified. That's the way to a near-certain accident.

    It is not a problem for me as I am 6' 5" tall and sit well back form
    the wheel.

    We shall have to change our current car during the next few months -
    12-y-o Vauxhall Astra Estate is developing serious structural rust
    problems and it probably only pass one more M.O.T.

    The manufcatureres/dealers I have tried all refuse, point-blank, to
    consider supplying a car with no driver's airbag.

    Is there any way I could turn the bag off, notify the insurance
    company and pay the increased premium?

    Advice appreciated.



    David Probett
    David Probett, Feb 26, 2004
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    Steve Knight Guest

    I won't go into the reasons but I wondered if it is currently possible
    There are companies all over the UK who specialise in adapting cars for
    disabled people. They will be able to replace a steering wheel with an
    airbag for one without. They may be able to suggest other adaptations which
    might help instead.

    For a list click here:

    You must inform your insurers about any adaptation, but it may not increase
    the premium much.

    It would also be advisable to budget for having the original steering wheel
    replaced when you sell the car.
    Steve Knight, Feb 26, 2004
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    Blazehelm Guest

    It is almost certain the Vx can simply disable the airbags via the Engine
    Management System. If you approach your insurance company to ask for a
    letter stating that if the airbags were disabled the insurance is still
    valid, I hope you will find the dealers more friendly. I took this approach
    with my wife's Clio - as soon as the dealership saw that the car's insurance
    would not be invalidated, they disconnected the airbags.
    Blazehelm, Feb 28, 2004
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