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Old 02-25-2013, 08:11 AM   #141
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Measuring the resistance of the air bag?

First thing is stand far away when attempting because DVOM's send voltage to measure the resistance and this could deploy the air bag. Second thing is, all air bag modules have a shorting bar across the terminals that prevent any power going to the bag unless its connected to the vehicles harness, so the reading would be 0 ohms.
Ha, you're right! I didn't think about it like that. First thing that popped into my head, and a way I've fooled other sensors before. Probably not such a great idea for an airbag.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:43 PM   #142
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With 74 reported "incidents" and approx 200,000 Elements produced between 2003-2006 the chances of this happening are .00037%
Wow, the poster that had both side airbags go off at separate times should play the Megamillions lottery!
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:21 PM   #143
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Ha, you're right! I didn't think about it like that. First thing that popped into my head, and a way I've fooled other sensors before. Probably not such a great idea for an airbag.
So .. did I win a contest or saved a fool from testing air bags?
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:33 PM   #144
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So .. did I win a contest or saved a fool from testing air bags?
Fools will always do what fools do best. lol
I find it difficult to believe that a DMM provides enough current to activate the airbag when set to read resistance, but I cannot dismiss the reality that it could be possible. Someone needs to contact Mythbusters on this one.

Typical resistance value that works for most cars is 3.3ohm, which a quick google search will uncover across a multitude of manufacturers.
(Ford, Audi, VW, Subaru, & a Mitsubishi forum all claim 3.3ohm to work without issue)
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:55 PM   #145
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I give up..

Let the fools do as they do.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:09 AM   #146
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If someone had a car that had an accidental deployment should they replace the seat, or is there a sensor that should also be replaced?
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:07 PM   #147
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In a normal collision situation you would replace the deployed SIR device, the sensors involved in the deployment, and also the SIR control module. At least that is what is recommended by most vehicle manufacturers.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:31 AM   #148
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Report to NHSTA

I would file a report to NHSTA. If they get enough reports, they might force Honda America to issue a recall. http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Owners
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