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I have to say that the only thing I really dislike about the Insight is the fact that I can't turn off the air bags. I am babysitting today - last minute; not planned, otherwise I would have traded cars - and I'm going to have to drive my 4 1/2 year old nephew around. It just worries me that if we got into a really bad accident, the airbags could hurt him worse.

Any others have experience or thoughts on the airbag matter?

-Elaine
 

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Search, it's been discussed before. Quite a hastle for you to get a kill switch installed though from what I recall. If you have to put a child in the passenger seat make sure they're buckled in and move the seat all the way back. This will at least minimize the potential air bag inflicted injuries if something does happen.
 

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I wonder how far back the airbag actually expands. Given that there is so much room on the cockpit on the passenger side, it doesn't seem likely it can reach far enough to actually impact the seat at its most remote positioning.

Has anyone ever seen an expanded bag in the Insight?

I don't recommend ignoring the warning, but if the seatbelt holds a small person against the seat, and the seat is all the way back, I can't see that the airbag could reach that far.

It is designed to stop the forward motion of a passenger hurtling towards the dash, not to expand and fill the entire cockpit cavity.

The only way to know is to find one expanded and examine how far back it goes into the cockpit.

Until someone can answer that, best to be safe and not sorry.

Anyone out there with a wrecked Insight?
 
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Hi Ecogrl:

___Smart move … The front seated child warnings aren’t there for the heck of it so you did the right thing.

___Good Luck

___Wayne R. Gerdes
___Hunt Club Farms Landscaping Ltd.
___[email:zhpg6vat][email protected][/email:zhpg6vat]
 
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