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Yes there is. AOI Electrical has been manufacturing Airbag On/Off Control Switches since 1998, in accordance with NHTSA regulations for the product. An air bag ON-OFF switch allows either the driver or passenger frontal air bag in passenger cars and light trucks to be turned on and off in appropriate circumstances. Only authorized dealers and repair shops can install ON-OFF switches and can do so only with an authorization letter from NHTSA. Vehicle owners can get this authorization letter by filling out a request form (Request for Air Bag On-Off Switch pdf) and sending it to the agency. Read more.
Yes they are. NHTSA recognizes that there are certain circumstances where the occupant’s risk of having an active air bag outweigh the safety benefits. As such, NHTSA established FMVSS 208, CFR 49 part 595.5 which establishes the conditions for which NHTSA will authorize a dealer or vehicle repair business to install aftermarket airbag on/off switches. Read more.
An air bag ON-OFF switch allows air bags in passenger cars and light trucks to be turned on and off in appropriate circumstances. Air bag switches are used when the air bag does not need to be completely removed from the vehicle. They are ideal for situations where the seat occupant changes as does the need for air bag protection (i.e. one spouse cannot sit behind an active air bag but the other can).
Yes. If an ON-OFF switch is not available from the vehicle manufacturer for a particular vehicle, NHTSA will authorize air bag deactivation on a case-by-case basis under certain circumstances. If an ON-OFF switch is available only from an aftermarket company, NHTSA still will authorize air bag deactivation for eligible people. Vehicle owners can get air bag ON-OFF switches installed for frontal air bags in their vehicles in this circumstance if they, or users of their vehicle, fall into one or more of these risk groups:

  1. Individuals with the need to transport an infant in a rear-facing child restraint in the front seat because the vehicle has no rear seat, the rear seat is too small to accommodate a rear-facing child restraint, or because it is necessary to constantly monitor the child’s medical condition. (For passenger side only.)
  2. Individuals with the need to carry children between one year old and 12 years old in the front seat because the vehicle has no rear seat, the consumer must carry more children than can be accommodated in the rear seat, or because it is necessary to constantly monitor a child’s medical condition. (For passenger side only.) Read more.
Yes. If an ON-OFF switch is not available from the vehicle manufacturer for a particular vehicle, NHTSA will authorize air bag deactivation on a case-by-case basis under certain circumstances. If an ON-OFF switch is available only from an aftermarket company, NHTSA still will authorize air bag deactivation for eligible people. Vehicle owners can get air bag ON-OFF switches installed for frontal air bags in their vehicles in this circumstance if they, or users of their vehicle, fall into one or more of these risk groups:

  1. Individuals with medical conditions where the risks of a deploying air bag exceed the risk of impacting the steering wheel, dashboard or windshield in the absence of an air bag. (For both driver and passenger side.)
  2. Individuals who cannot position themselves to properly operate the vehicle with breastbone at least 10 inches back from the center of the steering wheel air bag cover. (For driver side only.) Read more.
If an ON-OFF switch is not available from the vehicle manufacturer for a particular vehicle, NHTSA will authorize air bag deactivation on a case-by-case basis under certain circumstances. If an ON-OFF switch is available only from an aftermarket company, NHTSA still will authorize air bag deactivation for eligible people. Vehicle owners can get air bag ON-OFF switches installed for one or both of the frontal air bags in their vehicles if they, or users of their vehicle, fall into one or more of the four specific risk groups below:

  1. Individuals with medical conditions (Driver because of scoliosis or achondroplasia, or Passenger because of scoliosis or Down syndrome and atlantoaxial instability. The physicians also noted that a passenger air bag might have to be turned off if an infant or child has a medical condition and must ride in front so that he or she can be monitored.) where the risks of a deploying air bag exceed the risk of impacting the steering wheel, dashboard or windshield in the absence of an air bag. (For both driver and passenger side.)
  2. Individuals who cannot position themselves to properly operate the vehicle with breastbone at least 10 inches back from the center of the steering wheel air bag cover. (For driver side only.) Read more.
An air bag ON-OFF switch allows either the driver or passenger frontal air bag in passenger cars and light trucks to be turned on and off in appropriate circumstances. If the vehicle manufacturer does not make an ON-OFF switch available for a particular vehicle, NHTSA will authorize deactivation for the following reasons only:

  1. A rear-facing infant restraint must be placed in the front seat of a vehicle because there is no back seat or the back seat is too small for the child restraint. (For the passenger air bag only.)
  2. A child 12 years old or younger must ride in the front seat because the child has a condition that requires frequent medical monitoring in the front seat. (For the passenger air bag only.)
  3. An individual with a medical condition is safer if the frontal air bag is turned off. A written statement from a physician must accompany each request based on a medical condition unless the request is based on a medical condition for which the National Conference on Medical Indications for Air Bag Deactivation recommends deactivation. (For driver and/or passenger frontal air bag as appropriate.)
  4. Drivers must sit within a few inches of the air bag (typically because they are of extremely small-stature, i.e., four feet, six inches or less). (For the driver frontal air bag only.)

Provided one of the above four conditions are met, the agency will continue to grant deactivation requests even if an aftermarket parts manufacturer makes an ON-OFF switch available for those vehicles. Only authorized dealers and repair shops can install ON-OFF switches and can do so only with an authorization letter from NHTSA. Vehicle owners can get this authorization letter by filling out a request form (Request for Air Bag On-Off Switch pdf) and sending it to the agency. Read more.

Only authorized dealers and repair shops can install ON-OFF switches and can do so only with an authorization letter from NHTSA (FMVSS 208, CRF49 part 595.5). (This is a different subpart from the “Make Inoperative” parts 595.6 and 595.7) Vehicle owners can get this authorization letter by filling out a request form (Request for Air Bag On-Off Switch pdf) and sending it to the agency. Read more.
If you need to remove the air bag entirely because of modifications that either move the seating position or mount aftermarket equipment in the air bag’s deployment zone then a Deactivation Shunt is what you need to purchase. If you are not removing air bags, moving the seating position, or introducing permanent aftermarket equipment into the air bag’s deployment zone then you will want to purchase an air bag on/off switch that allows for the air bag to be turned off or on.
Deactivation shunts are used when an OEM air bag is removed from the vehicle. The shunt tells the air bag circuit that the system if functioning properly even though the corresponding air bag has been removed. This allows other safety sensors to function properly that might otherwise be effected by the removed air bag.