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rzemanfl

(29,883 posts)
Sat Apr 27, 2024, 12:20 PM Apr 27

Does anyone here have experience with a front seat occupancy sensor emulator?

My 14-year-old Hyundai started displaying an "Air Bag" warning light. The diagnosis at the repair shop was a bad sensor in the front passenger seat. The estimated cost of repair was between a thousand and eighteen hundred dollars, depending on whether the whole seat needed to be replaced or just the bottom part under the upholstery. I found a front seat "occupancy sensor emulator" on the Internet for under ninety dollars delivered. It appears to bypass the sensor in the seat and send a signal that there is always someone sitting in the front passenger seat. The only drawback I can see, assuming it works as promised, is that in an accident, the passenger side bag would inflate even if there was no one sitting there. I figure in a car that old, any accident that would trigger the airbags would probably result in the car being written off as a total wreck. I never drive with anyone other than an adult in that seat, so there is no danger of the bag hitting a child.

If anyone has any experience with something like this, I would appreciate hearing from you. I was ready to spend the thousand-dollar final estimated cost of repairs until I came across this alternative that may save me around nine hundred bucks. When I get the part in the mail in a week or two and it's installed, I will update this post. In the meantime, I will stay off highways.

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Does anyone here have experience with a front seat occupancy sensor emulator? (Original Post) rzemanfl Apr 27 OP
I have good luck using You Tube pwb Apr 27 #1
Thank you! rzemanfl Apr 27 #10
I'll save ya $985. CincyDem Apr 27 #2
Ummm can't you just perfessor Apr 27 #3
Please see my response below. n/t rzemanfl Apr 27 #6
This is not the seatbelt sensor. rzemanfl Apr 27 #5
Got it. Thanks. Wasn't thinking about it the right way. CincyDem Apr 27 #9
The video above shows that the seat belt sensor is involved too. rzemanfl Apr 27 #11
You could use the seat belt hack described above intrepidity Apr 27 #13
I was never very mechanical and will be 77 soon. rzemanfl Apr 27 #15
And that's why I drive a 2001 lol intrepidity Apr 27 #16
Plus, you can get collector plates soon. rzemanfl Apr 27 #17
I put black tape over certain warning lights, and foam rubber squres over banks of them. usonian Apr 27 #4
The air bag is a big deal. n/t rzemanfl Apr 27 #7
Agree. usonian Apr 27 #8
Piece of tape over warning light. gibraltar72 Apr 27 #12
Works for many things, but intrepidity Apr 27 #14

CincyDem

(6,622 posts)
2. I'll save ya $985.
Sat Apr 27, 2024, 12:27 PM
Apr 27

Go to o a pet store and get a car leash. About 12 bucks. Got a clip on one end and the other clips into the seat belt slot. Cut the leash off and stick the seatbelt end into your passenger seatbelt slot. Your sensor will read it as seatbelt in use.

When you have a passenger, they can just pop it out.

rzemanfl

(29,883 posts)
5. This is not the seatbelt sensor.
Sat Apr 27, 2024, 12:54 PM
Apr 27

It is the sensor that "arms" (for lack of a better word) the front seat passenger airbag. Right now, anyone in the front passenger seat does not the protection of an air bag.

rzemanfl

(29,883 posts)
11. The video above shows that the seat belt sensor is involved too.
Sat Apr 27, 2024, 01:34 PM
Apr 27

The failed part is called the "passenger sensor mat."

intrepidity

(7,603 posts)
13. You could use the seat belt hack described above
Sat Apr 27, 2024, 03:06 PM
Apr 27

(the pet leash one) plus the emulator as described in the video, if you don't want to mess with the wiring. The emulator will have a connector that just clicks in.

I wonder what is wrong with the sensor, though? Maybe it just needs to be repositioned? I'd take it apart and examine it, but that's how I do everything, lol.

Good luck, seems you have your answer.

rzemanfl

(29,883 posts)
15. I was never very mechanical and will be 77 soon.
Sat Apr 27, 2024, 03:17 PM
Apr 27

I will let someone younger at the garage do this.

As I understand it, there are a series of sensors on the sensor mat which has some sort of software. It is an expensive part. The one for the Subaru in the video was over twelve hundred dollars.

usonian

(11,174 posts)
4. I put black tape over certain warning lights, and foam rubber squres over banks of them.
Sat Apr 27, 2024, 12:41 PM
Apr 27

Anything critical will show up at startup. (I'm no fool)

I did this when the windshield washer bottle sensor decided to go on whenever it felt like going on.

intrepidity

(7,603 posts)
14. Works for many things, but
Sat Apr 27, 2024, 03:08 PM
Apr 27

certain safety features---especially where air bags are involved!---should be approached differently.

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