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Hi everyone i have just taken collection of my new c max 58reg style ,i have a new born baby arriving in a couple of weeks which normaly goes in a rear facing baby seat in the passengers seat, but there is no key overide for the passengers side air bag i have spoke to one ford dealer which tells me there is not one available,other makes of cars have had overides for a long time even in basic models,if anyone can give me more info on this i would be very gratefull to hear many thanks.
 

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There are in fact various vehicle Construction and Use Regulations that say you can;t use certain types of child seats with air bags.

I'm sure I remember for lster MY vehicles in the higher spec that there was a switch somewhere behind the glove box that allows air bag deativation

Give me a while and i'll find the exact details
 

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the following comes from the TIS disc for upto 2003 MY so i presume should be for later as well

A PAD switch can be fitted by the dealer as an optional extra; the switch is installed in the glove box. The driver can operate the PAD switch with a key to deactivate the passenger airbag.

the following comes from the Road Traffic Act 1988 and although it specifically only mentions rear facing child seats I understand that a forward facing seat should not be used unless the passenger seat can be pushed back far enough for the air bag to miss the child in the event of deployment UNLESS of course it is deactivated

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(a) a child is in the front of a motor vehicle other than a bus,
(b) the child is in a rear-facing child restraining device, and
(c) the passenger seat where the child is placed is protected by a front air bag,

a person must not without reasonable excuse drive the vehicle on a road unless the air bag is deactivated.".
(2)It is an offence for a person to drive a motor vehicle in contravention of subsection (1) or (1A) above.
When the ignition is switched on, a warning lamp in the instrument panel indicates to the driver and passenger that the passenger airbag has been deactivated.
The warning lamp is connected to the PAD switch via cables and is independent of the CAN bus. After installing a PAD switch kit, the RCM must be re-configured using WDS.
 

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Sorry
I goy mu cut & paste in a knot

the following comes from the TIS disc for upto 2003 MY so i presume should be for later as well

A PAD switch can be fitted by the dealer as an optional extra; the switch is installed in the glove box. The driver can operate the PAD switch with a key to deactivate the passenger airbag.


When the ignition is switched on, a warning lamp in the instrument panel indicates to the driver and passenger that the passenger airbag has been deactivated.

The warning lamp is connected to the PAD switch via cables and is independent of the CAN bus. After installing a PAD switch kit, the RCM must be re-configured using WDS


the following comes from the Road Traffic Act 1988 and although it specifically only mentions rear facing child seats I understand that a forward facing seat should not be used unless the passenger seat can be pushed back far enough for the air bag to miss the child in the event of deployment UNLESS of course it is deactivated

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(a) a child is in the front of a motor vehicle other than a bus,
(b) the child is in a rear-facing child restraining device, and
(c) the passenger seat where the child is placed is protected by a front air bag,<O:p></O:p>
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a person must not without reasonable excuse drive the vehicle on a road unless the air bag is deactivated.".<O:p></O:p>
(2)It is an offence for a person to drive a motor vehicle in contravention of subsection (1) or (1A) above.
 

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IKnow the switch your on about.I have one in my glove box. I have to use a seperate key to turn my air bag off and on , and I have a warning light above my hazard light switch to tell me it is off.
 
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