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Old 30 Oct 2007, 11:15 am
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Default Can the 2003 Honda Accord LX Sedan be fitted with side airbags for front and rear passengers?

Can the 2003 Honda Accord LX Sedan be fitted with side airbags for front and rear passengers?
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Old 30 Oct 2007, 11:18 am
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air bags are very expensive and would require professional install if you feel you need this ( i don't see why ) then you would be a lot better off to buy a car so outfitted
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Old 30 Oct 2007, 11:27 am
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the short answer is "no". There are no rear side airbags available on any car. The side airbags are housed in the backrest of the front seats on the outboard side so that they fill the gap between the driver or passenger and the inside of the door in a collision event. The airbags are in the seat itself and the upholstery on the seat back has a special stitching so that it breaks away to allow the airbag to deploy. So if you were to try to convert the front seats you would need two new seats, with airbags. but that's not all. The passenger seat has a special sensor called an Occupant Presence Detection Sensor that determines the size and the weight of the passenger. That would need to be on the passenger seat you were retrofitting. And, you would need an entire new wiring harness and electronic control unit that was designed to work with the side and front airbags. Then you need to add all the labor to take the old out and put the new in.I'm sure such a combination of seats, airbags, harnesses and sensors exist and that you could, say, retrofit the seats and components from a 2005 Accord EX (if that has the side air bags) but to do so would be cost prohibitive. In short, if you added the cost to do the retrofit to the value of your car you would be better off trading the car for a 2008 Accord.hope that answers your question
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Old 30 Oct 2007, 11:30 am
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Consider the fact that you have to retrofit the car. That means upholstery, wiring, sensors etc...that's an awful lot to put in a 4 year old car. It may not even work after you've had it installed by someone else. You'll be better off trading it in for a newer model that has all that which in the long run will be cheaper and the peace of mind you'll get. Remember that the SRS and SIPS are factory installed in the vehicle and its warranty guaranteed by the manufacturer.
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