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How to deactivate your front passenger airbag

Baby on board? Carrying them in a rear facing child seat? Then learn how to turn off your front passenger airbag to help keep them safe.

How to deactivate your front passenger airbag

Baby on board? Carrying them in a rear facing child seat? Then learn how to turn off your front passenger airbag to help keep them safe.

You may need to deactivate the front passenger airbag when you’re travelling with a rear facing child seat.

You’ll find a useful reminder sticker behind the front passenger visor. But DO NOT deactivate the front passenger airbag if you’re using a front facing child seat.

Here’s what to look out for and how to turn off the airbag:

  • In some vehicles, the deactivation switch is in the glovebox. In others, it’s on the end of the instrument panel by the passenger door. 
  • If the switch is in the glovebox, look for the deactivation lock.
  • Insert your car key. Turn it until the white mark points to the ‘off’ position.
  • Close the glovebox. And from the driver’s seat, turn on the ignition.
  • Check your dashboard. The airbag deactivation warning symbol should illuminate.
  • When you’ve finished carrying your child in the front seat, ALWAYS reactivate the front passenger airbag.

IMPORTANT: 

  • You must switch the airbag OFF when using a rearward facing child seat on the front seat.
  • You must switch the airbag ON when you are not using a child seat on the front seat.

That’s how easy it is to deactivate your front passenger airbag.

But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, you can always refer to your Owner’s Manual, or simply contact your Ford Dealer.

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

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