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Fixing airbag cover

Steven VS

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I have a Commodore acclaim 1995. Does anyone know if I can rip off the passenger side airbag cover and then glue it back down without ruining it or tearing it.
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Treat an airbag with respect...

Best practice is to disconnect the car battery and wait some time before working around airbags or looms carrying airbag wires. This is because people have died by airbags inadvertently going of when they are near them and fiddling.

Then there is the issue of understanding how dash airbag coverings are manufactured and held in place and how the airbags tear away those coverings (but normally keep them captive in some way) when the airbag deploys.

There is a lot of subtlety in design of such parts and you don’t want to compromise the design by gluing something that shouldn’t be glued or using too strong a glue. It’s like the special tear away thread and stitching on seat side airbags which you need to duplicate when having the seats recovered. Its not just rip of the old and chuck on a new... Because doing the wrong sort of dash/airbag repair could maim or kill your passenger should the airbag deploy in a crash :eek:

You wouldn’t pull a pin from a grenade just cause you read something on a forum or watched a YouTube video, you’d treat the grenade with respect.Should be the same sort of respect for an airbag.

So best to talk to a business that’s expert in airbag installations and repairs...
 

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Not really, the cover is glued to the airbag door in the centre, so you can't really glue the corners down. Use search, been covered heaps.
 

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Treat an airbag with respect...

Best practice is to disconnect the car battery and wait some time before working around airbags or looms carrying airbag wires. This is because people have died by airbags inadvertently going of when they are near them and fiddling.

Then there is the issue of understanding how dash airbag coverings are manufactured and held in place and how the airbags tear away those coverings (but normally keep them captive in some way) when the airbag deploys.

There is a lot of subtlety in design of such parts and you don’t want to compromise the design by gluing something that shouldn’t be glued or using too strong a glue. It’s like the special tear away thread and stitching on seat side airbags which you need to duplicate when having the seats recovered. Its not just rip of the old and chuck on a new... Because doing the wrong sort of dash/airbag repair could maim or kill your passenger should the airbag deploy in a crash :eek:

You wouldn’t pull a pin from a grenade just cause you read something on a forum or watched a YouTube video, you’d treat the grenade with respect.Should be the same sort of respect for an airbag.

So best to talk to a business that’s expert in airbag installations and repairs...
Thanks for your reply. I've spoken to the dash doctor and he couldn't help. Do you know of anyone who could help?
 

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There are a few members that's have documented their fix without removing the dash. Some with the windscreen removed, as others have said, disconnect the battery, and a search will be best

The airbag is below the metal door on the VS, which flips up to the windscreen. For the best result the dash needs to be removed to fully access the metal door
 

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Hi Steven,

If you could put up some good photos of the current state then I could best advise you on how to go about this task without anything being compromised. I have done mine not that long ago, but with the windscreen out as it was going to be replaced anyway due to a large crack induced by an Army Truck of all things.
 
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